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July 19, 2008

Daily (Intermittent) Open-Ended Puzzle (DOEP): The triple negation of butter

We often buy “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” despite its awful name and soul-withering chemical composition. Even the product’s faux-entertaining site refers to it as a “nutritious blend of oils.” Mmm. But, I like it, so shut up.

In fact, we just bought the “light” version of it, which is therefore some sort of simulacrum of the original. I can’t figure out whether its name should therefore be:

1. “I Can’t Believe I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter”

2. “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Not Butter”


3. _______________________ (fill in the blank)

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July 15, 2008

Daily (Intermittent) Open-End Puzzle: Sweeping up the night’s dead moths

Before paper, what did the wings of moths look like?

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June 30, 2008

Daily (Intermittent) Open-Ended Puzzle: Stub

Do barefoot cultures have a word for stubbing their toes?

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February 4, 2008

DOEP (Daily (intermittent) Open-Ended Puzzle: Web clichés

I’m about to post a new issue of my (free) newsletter, which has the following Bogus Contest:

These days, instead of saying “If you look up ‘miserable failure’ in the dictionary, there’s a picture of George Bush there,” you’d more likely say, “If you google ‘miserable failure,’ George Bush is the first return.”

Can we come up with more clichés transposed to the world of tech? For example:

The more things are upgraded, the more they stay the

A watched IPO never boils

It takes two to flame

A woman needs a man the way a fish needs a C compiler

There’s more than one way to skin a Firefox

When the net nanny’s away, the mice will play

Your turn! (To enter — which is, remember, functionally the same as not entering — post your updated clichés as a comment. 

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