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With all the hype surrounding Tim Burton's new film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, I felt that I should get in on the game. Perhaps TucsonSentinel.com will gross more than the movie. Read more»

Though PBS' award-winning childrens series Wishbone (1995-98) was a bit after my time, I was aware of it, and fascinated by the idea of turning famous books into contemporary kiddie fare, starring, of all actors, a talking Jack Russell Terrier. And if they could find a way to adapt Faust and The Red Badge of Courage, why not Lolita or Tropic of Cancer? Read more»

Why is it every time I spill a little beer, our kitchen floor becomes a refuge for the oppressed 18th century French? Read more»

Ahhh, to be the scientist who makes a breakthrough discovery. Such glory! Joseph Priestley's discovery of oxygen, Henri Becquerel's discovery of radioactivity...and then of course there's this guy. Read more»

Any artist knows this maxim (or one like it): 'Why draw when you can suggest?' Monet continued to paint well into blindness this way. Read more»

This is one of those few ideas that comes together all at once, completely formed, like a bolt of electricity. Maybe it's inspired by my recent trip to the Walgreen's pharmacy where, during a month of being in between insurance plans, I spent nearly $200 on two prescriptions. Go Med U.S.A.! Read more»

I'm not sure what disturbs me more: that we, as a society, can execute a person as nonchalantly and matter-of-factly as we do, or that modern board games can often create such stressful, high stakes situations for young players. What a world we live in. Read more»

For any scofflaw, thug, or desperado, anonymity is key. Unless, of course, you've got a seamstress in the family who's just trying to be nice. Read more»

Without even knowing it, these lucky learners are receiving lessons in chemistry, probability, AND malevolence! Read more»

In 27 years of Arizona living, I never found a single scorpion, centipede, tarantula, solpugid, vinegarroon, spider, wasp, roach, snake, lizard, arrowhead, or Ed Abbey disciple nesting in my shoe. Read more»

Wedding rings do not generally take the shape of tree rings. But wouldn't it be nice if they did? Can you imagine a wedding ring that kept track of the life of a marriage? And yet Zales R&D won't even return my calls. Read more»

Some estimates put the annual number of humans bit by venomous snakes at 5.4 million, resulting in perhaps 125,000 deaths. The CDC reports that in the United States alone, 440,000 annual deaths are smoking-associated. It is unclear at this time how many of the snakebite-related fatalities are caused by smoking serpents. Read more»

Why feel the need to invest in an expensive mp3 player when you can pick up a talking, singing, footstep-measuring minstrel at most major retailers? And if you find one that speaks in an Elizabethan dialect, all the better! Read more»

With all the conveniences that cellular technology has given us, few care that it's also fashioned a very stylish leash. There aren't many times these days when a soul can simply get away and say to the world, "Leave me alone!" We're always expected to be available. That being said, nobody should treat his or her partner like the schmuck in this cartoon. Read more»

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