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Russell Baker was a syndicated columnist for the New York Times from 1962 to 1998.

This column by him appeared at the end of March in 1977. Which day it appeared in a local paper just depended on how the syndication went.

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The Ohio Ahistorical Society

Folks may remember from last summer (a year ago) that I had a bit of a dilemma deciding whether to renew my membership in the Ohio Historical Society. I’d been a member for 10 years, but they’d made a recent change.

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Barefoot Girls

Here’s a cute little column from 1916.

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The Microbiome

There has been a rather recent realization that the human body is colonized by a whole host of various microbes. Some estimates are that there are as many as 10 times as many microbes cells than our own cells.

And they often serve an important function.

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Permits! Getcher Permits Here!

If you ever looked at some of the lists of stupid laws on some websites, you’d see this one, which says in Texas “A city ordinance states that a person cannot go barefoot without first obtaining a special five-dollar permit.”

But it’s not bare feet that are dangerous; it’s high heels. So I had a dream . . .

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#hatlessheadselfie

Have you joined the latest campaign on twitter? It involves posting a picture of your head, without a hat, to focus on the over 1 billion people in the world who are forced to go hatless due to their poverty.

It’s part of a charity drive to raise money to buy them hats. Won’t you please help raise awareness?

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When do the Teens End?

I’m in the mood for revisiting an over-10-year old issue.

It is now 2014, and when does the decade of the Teens end? Of course it is December 31 of 2019, and the new decade of the Twenties starts with January 1, 2020. And that is clearly how all the decades work. Yet, back in 1999 we were told we had to wait for 2001, and that there was this huge decade/century/millennium mismatch, supposedly “because there is no year zero.” Thus we were told by the pedantic. Supposedly, Arthur C. Clarke’s “2001” has that name for the same pedantic reason.

Well, the pedants were wrong. Here’s the right answer.

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