Don’t Fear the Beeper

In one of Aesop's fables, a shepherd boy gets his jollies by raising the alarm that a wolf is threatening the herd to trick the villagers to run out to offer protection, only to find they'd been tricked.  After the boy had pulled his prank a few times, a wolf really does come to threaten... Continue Reading →

Driving a Lemon

There's a popular urban myth known as "The Killer in the Backseat."  The most common variations of the story involve a lone driver, almost always a woman, on a deserted backroad at night.  Another vehicle, usually some sort of truck, is following her, flashing its lights, trying to pass her, or even trying to ram... Continue Reading →

Winchester Mystery App

Several years ago, I took the tour of the Winchester Mystery House in San Jose.  The mansion was built by Sarah Winchester, widow of the heir of the Winchester gun fortune.  After suffering through several personal tragedies, she was said to believe that her family and fortune were haunted by the victims of Winchester rifles,... Continue Reading →

Once Upon a Time…

There was a kingdom that made most of its money by placing little advertisements everywhere (everywhere!) it could fit them on a webpage. It had to record each of these ads very carefully so it could tax the advertiser and so the kingdom's tax collectors didn't come after them for misreporting. The monarch had two... Continue Reading →

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