Hogwash Volume 33

January 2015
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Nothing Day



Nil.  Null.  Nothing.

Empty.  Void.  Nought.  Zero, zip, zilch.  


January 16, 2015 is “Nothing Day,” purportedly created ” . . . to provide Americans with one National day when they can just sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything.”


What does “nothing” mean, really?  Think about nothing.  (Now think about that for a minute.) Can you do it?


The mathematical concept of zero is certainly not insignificant.  It has served as a “positional value” since at least the 9th century in India.  It was in India too, it seems, that zero was first treated as a number in its own right, like any other number.  


Is nothing, though, merely the absence of everything?  Or is “nothing” actually something of its own?  If you think of nothing, is it black (like space), or white (like a blank sheet of paper)?


Back to . . .thinking about nothing.  Some would say that if you can accomplish that, truly think about nothing, then you are in a true state of meditation, worthy of the envy of many practicing Buddhists around the world.

What will you do on Nothing Day . . . ?

National Skeptics Day   


According to the gurus who compile such useless information, January 13th was National Skeptics Day. Oh, I suppose dear reader that as a skeptic you too may doubt the veracity of this statement, for as a skeptic following the philosophy of skepticism you must harbor a healthy a personal disposition toward doubt or incredulity of facts, persons, or institutions.


Who can indeed prove that man, a rather insignificant creature within this broad universe, is the cause of Global Warming?   Or that we must reject what we clearly see with our own eyes and proclaim that the earth is NOT flat? Or that Aunt Edna did not see the ghost of Elvis in her rice pudding?


Thankfully our legal system, and our courts in particular, in most cases, follow the skeptic’s philosophy and require litigants to prove their case. When a party fails to do so, particularly in cases that may warrant the treatment, a jurist addressing the issue may revert to sarcasm. Samples can be found at 5 Awesomely Sarcastic Supreme Court Decisions, of which the one I like best is the statement of Justice Antonin Scalia in the matter of PGA TOUR, INC. V. MARTIN.    


In that case golfer Casey Martin, who was born with a syndrome known as Klippel-Trenaunay-Weber which limits the full use of his right leg, was not allowed by the PGA to play every round of a tournament riding a cart instead of walking from hole to hole. The PGA contended not only that Martin would have an unfair advantage against his competition, but also that walking is a fundamental aspect of golf. Justice Scalia wanted nothing to do with the case and expressed his feelings in his dissent which follows:


“we Justices must confront what is indeed an awesome responsibility. It has been rendered the solemn duty of the Supreme Court of the United States, laid upon it by Congress in pursuance of the Federal Government’s power “[t]o regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States,” to decide What Is Golf. I am sure that the Framers of the Constitution, aware of the 1457 edict of King James II of Scotland prohibiting golf because it interfered with the practice of archery, fully expected that sooner or later the paths of golf and government, the law and the links, would once again cross, and that the judges of this august Court would some day have to wrestle with that age-old jurisprudential question, for which their years of study in the law have so well prepared them: Is someone riding around a golf course from shot to shot really a golfer? The answer, we learn, is yes. The Court ultimately concludes, and it will henceforth be the Law of the Land, that walking is not a “fundamental” aspect of golf.”


To you my friends and co- skeptic, I ask, was Justice Scalia correct?

Issue: 33            
In This Issue
Nothing Day
Karen’s Home Cooking




We hope that you made it through the holidays safely.  But, statistically, the holidays result in many vehicular incidents.  If you combine that with the nerves that many of us feel if we have to say something in Court . . . 

Here are a few answers (reportedly) given by people who were asked how they got into an accident:
“The telephone pole was approaching.  I was attempting to swerve out of its way when it struck the front of my car.”

“Coming home I drove into the wrong house and collided with a tree I don’t have.”

“The other car collided with mine without giving any warning of its intentions.”

“I thought the window was down, but I found out it was up when I put my head through it.”

“The guy was all over the road.  I had to swerve a number of times before I hit him.”

“I pulled away from the side of the road, glanced at my mother-in-law, and headed over an embankment.”

“In my attempt to kill a fly, I drove into a telephone pole.”

“I had been driving for 40 years when I fell asleep at the wheel and had an accident.”

“The pedestrian had no idea which way to run, so I ran over him.”

“I was thrown from my car as it left the road.  I was later found in a ditch by some stray cows.”
And our favorite:
“I was on my way to the doctor with rear end trouble when my universal joint gave way causing me to have an accident.”

Beer Can Appreciation Day


Newark, NJ. January 24, 1935. An unsuspecting fellow (let’s call him Bobby) walks into the Gottfried Krueger Brewing Company and his eyes catch something he had ever seen before: metal cans… with beer inside. Bobby must have found it unusual, having only seen beer packaged in glass bottles before. The news spread quickly among the beer-drinking world; in 1941 alone, Americans consumed over approximately one billion cans of beer!


Interestingly, Bobby was not among the first consumers to buy a can of beer: the Krueger Company actually test-marketed the new packaging in a shop in Richmond, VA. The company did not want to tarnish its reputation in the Northeast in case the product flopped (clearly, there was nothing to worry about.)


In the eighty years since its advent, the beer can has come to enjoy a reputation of its own. For example, the 1970s through the 1990s saw the rise of beer can collectors. Based on a cursory eBay research, the market for vintage beer cans remains strong (the first auction that popped up listed an empty, somewhat rusty can of beer for sale for $58!). And although the early days of the craft beer industry saw an almost-exclusive use of glass bottles, beer geeks have since warmed up to the idea of sealing beer into a metal can; some of the top-rated beer in industry websites are canned and not bottled (such as the near-legendary Heady Topper, from Vermont-based brewery The Alchemist).  


Beer drinker or not, January 24 gives you an excuse to close your eyes, forget about the cold outside, and picture yourself in a Northern Michigan beach during the summer (an idyllic scene that likely includes a person holding a can of beer.)

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Karen’s Home Cooking 


Artichoke Salad Divine

The holidays are behind us and I am ready to begin my New Year eating as much color and flavor as I can gather in the cold, grey days of winter. I am finding wonderful greens at the Building 50 Farmers Market on Saturdays . . . endless possibilities. Happy New Year everyone!


Artichoke Salad Divine


1 can artichokes (previously soaked in olive oil, garlic, black pepper, basil and tarragon)

1/4 cup black olives

1 cup fresh sprouts (bean, alfalfa)

cup sliced raw fennel

1 orange, cut into segments

Red onion sliced thin (optional)

Aged Asiago cheese, chunked (or any firm white, cheese)


Mix all together, adding the bean sprouts last. Drizzle with a little olive oil


Enhanced Spaghetti Sauce


Make your favorite spaghetti sauce and add a hefty amount of either chopped fresh or frozen Spinach to it. It makes a marvelous, dark green color. We like to use lots of hot, spicy sausage in our sauce. I add raw shredded carrots on top of the pasta before I spread the sauce on. This adds sweetness & texture – and extra veggies are always good for us!


Watercress/Parsley Pesto


1 cup watercress

1 cup parsley

Juice of lemon

3 Tbsp pistachios

3 cloves garlic

Approximately cup olive oil


Blend it all together. Spread this on toasted sour dough or scoop it into Conchiglie (macaroni shells) and serve as an appetizer.

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