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What Do You Get When You Cross a…?

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I don't usually think much about genetics, but lately it's been brought back into focus in our lives. Our appearance and myriad other physical traits come from our ancestors through our parents. Among those traits are tendencies toward certain ailments, allergies, etc. It's all written into our DNA. For instance, diabetes does not run in my family — it gallops! I knew that it was not a matter of if, but rather when, I would become diabetic. On my mom's side of the family, at least three generations before mine have all developed type 2 diabetes. I am now dealing with being officially pre-diabetic, doing my best through lifestyle changes to delay the development of diabetes as long as possible.

My wife Becka learned some years ago that she is allergic to aspirin (more accurately salicylates), just as her mother was. Through our daughter Nora's recent experiences, it appears that she has inherited the same allergy. Our son Mark has had the same reaction I had to the cleaning agent now used on blood donors. Fortunately our kids have inherited Becka's good eyesight and not my poor vision. Unfortunately Mark has inherited my flat, narrow feet. And if what we're told about diabetes and genetics is true, my children will probably all develop diabetes at some point in the future, as will my grandchildren, and so on. Sorry, kids.

Some time ago, I found a fun picture that illustrates how genetics works.

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Twins, especially identical twins, hold a special fascination for many of us. I loved both of the following geeky explanations for twinning.
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Do you like potpourri? To me, some varities are nice, but many are overpowering to the point of irritation. My French students always seem shocked to learn that the pourri part of the word comes from the French verb pourrir, which means "to rot." Since pourri is the past participle, potpourri is literally a "rotten pot." Unfortunately, some potpourri smells like it.

Today's iv is a collection of oddments that individually aren't enough for a whole blog post. What it amounts to is five different things I've come across that could have each been part of previous blog posts.

I had meant to include this in my most recent blog post on geek humor, but it wasn't in the right folder and was, hence, forgotten. I wonder if it's from the same source that two cartoons were from in my last post. It was sent to me without attribution. (see comments for attribution)

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Is It All Geek to You?

picture of WiFi sign

Do you have a computer geek in your life? Many of my readers know that my summers are spent working at IT Service Desk on campus, "improving life ... one computer at a time." (my motto, not theirs) This Friday ends my summer at IT and that is bittersweet — I really enjoy my work as a tech helping people, but I'm also eager to get back in the classroom.

Even though I like to express my inner geek, I have to admit that there are many aspects of computers that I don't understand and I'm not as geeky as some. To test your level of geekdom (if that's not a word, it should be), see how much of the humor in today's iv is funny to you.

You've heard it said that the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. Well, I must admit that I am a digital packrat. (Attribution for the cartoon, unknown at the time of publication, is in the comments section.)

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And you are the beneficiaries of my digital packrattiness ... Exhibit A: today's post. 🙂

When people ask me questions about Microsoft Word, I can honestly plead ignorance. I avoid using that program like the plague — it drives me crazy! So when I find humor poking fun at Word, I automatically love it.
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Dog Owner Look Alikes

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My last post highlighted some bizarre things from the newpaper. The picture on the right could have gone in that post, but it seemed like the perfect way to start off today's post. Which one is the dog and which one is the owner in that picture?! Have you ever noticed how much dogs and their owners resemble each other? It's as amazing as it is amusing.

One of my long-time readers asked about some pictures that used to be in my funny pictures archive, no longer necessary with the blog. I'll post them today so that they become part of the blog archives. I'll look through that folder to see what else I need to put on the blog soon. 🙂

Here are six sets of pictures that do a better job than the newspaper article above did.

#1 picture of dog-owner lookalikes

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Attention Grabbers

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We live in an increasingly distracting world. Public speakers find that "attention grabbers" are useful and at times even necessary in getting their audiences to focus. Newspapers have to do this with headlines. Today I'm posting some headlines that grab the attention for one reason or another. I suspect that some of them were more arresting than the person writing them had hoped for, like the one on the right.

Here's one from this summer that makes you wonder if they understand what a tie is.

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Even an elementary school student could catch the typo in this one, if he or she has learned the ditty "Capital M, I S S, I S S...."

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