Paul's smile became brittle. He returned his attention to the banker. "The interesting thing about this man was the wounds on his shoulders–made by another fisherman's claw-boots. This fisherman was one of several in a boat–a craft for traveling on water–that foundered . . . sank beneath the water. Another fisherman… » 1/19/15 8:00am 1/19/15 8:00am

Sadly, Glyptodon became extinct without ever learning how to add lime, onion, and other ingredients to turn the avocados into delicious guacamole. Glyptodon did briefly experiment with a kind of dip made from crushed avocados, but as tortilla chips would not be available for another eleven or twelve millennia, the… » 1/05/15 1:12pm 1/05/15 1:12pm

I once met a rather sweet young Hungarian woman who was learning Italian, and who became very embarrassed every time she had to talk about a bend or a curve. The Italian word "curva", unfortunately, is a homophone of Hungarian "kurva", which means a 'bitch', 'slut' or 'whore'. She was very relieved when she learned… » 1/02/15 1:11pm 1/02/15 1:11pm

There's worse. In 1978, presumed Palestinian sympathizers injected Jaffa oranges from Israel with mercury, poisoning four Dutch children (fortunately, none of them fatally). And followers of the cult leader Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh deliberately contaminated salad bars at Oregon restaurants with salmonella, sickening 751… » 12/29/14 12:10pm 12/29/14 12:10pm