I am on a no-carb diet but tend to cheat at the holidays when there is pie around. But my uncle, in whose mind I must remain honorable, judges me. Normally my mother bakes the Thanksgiving pies, so she can sneak me slices. But this year my uncle is holding the feast at his apartment, and ordering the pies. I'm… » 11/27/13 1:12pm 11/27/13 1:12pm

The problem with this particular metaphor isn't that it's tasteless; nor is it that the comparison is totally inapt (even though it is). The problem is that it doesn't go anywhere. It doesn't enlarge our understanding of [the NBA] or, for that matter, [Breaking Bad]. It just sits there, inert and a little too pleased… » 8/09/13 3:24pm 8/09/13 3:24pm

There's a whole This American Life story, from three years ago, about dog-poo DNA testing. It's a real, live booming business, because of all sorts of uptight homeowners' associations (and inconsiderate dog owners). But it's controversial and embarrassing, too, so the threat of testing alone often does the trick.

UPDATE: Gaudin's defense has arrived, and it's an unexpected one. According to his lawyer, Gaudin was disoriented (and in the hospital in the first place) because of rhabdomyolysis, a condition where one's muscles break down and then the components of those muscles enter the kidneys. It can happen to athletes who… » 7/10/13 6:54pm 7/10/13 6:54pm