Content for Thursday, May 9, 1996

News & Stories

La Jolla, 1962

A father, two sons, and the merciless summer sun

On the hot, breathless, soft, fragrant afternoon of my graduation from Princeton it seemed that everything good was note merely latant but unavoidable, folded and in the bag. I’d worked like a Turk those past ...

Debris of an Early Spring Garden

My father died and I just started weeding

Last year I pulled bucketful after bucketful of radishes from the ground. I sat on the patio and scrubbed them clean. I ate a few, but most times I’d forget to bring them inside.

Why so many people bite their nails

Is onychopagia nherited? Or a way to discharge stress?

It's been studied scientifically, so there are a few reliable things we can say about onychopagia. Unfortunately, "why" isn't one of them. Every time you sit down to dinner for four, consider that one of ...

What happens if somebody files an absentee ballot but dies before election day?

Does their vote count?

If you're lively enough to actually get the ballot to the registrar's office, that's all that matters. The fact that you don't stick around to suffer the outcome of the election is irrelevant. Unfortunately, I ...

A lesson in reduction

The art of knowing a lot without really knowing anything at all

Mattmail: How can anything be reduced more than one time? Like in today's U-T food section. Rats given low fat got 2-1/2 times less incidence of cancer. I've asked financial experts (who use the expression ...

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Donuts

A precise account from Donut Touch's Ben Alvati on Mira Mesa Boulevard

I buy a shortening they have designed only for frying donuts —100 percent vegetable oil. A mix of cottonseed and soybean. Nobody uses lard anymore. Shortening ranges from $15 for a 50-pound box to $22.

Peckerwoods: from a term for lazy, ignorant rustics to a general anti-white/Anglo pejorative used in prison

No matter where you find him, a skinhead is just a bonehead with a bad haircut.

Have you ever heard of a prison group called Peckerwood? I'm curious to know if this association is similar to the Aryan Nation or worse. — Brent, La Jolla A few of them have ended ...

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