Jeopardy Does It Again

The Jeopardy errors continue to accumulate. Here’s a clue from the June 8, 2016 Double Jeopardy category “The Book Book”: $800 The “day” medieval English folk thought the world would end; it comes before “Book” in the name of a tome that counted them. Alex accepted the response “What is the Doomsday Book?” but the…

Common Sense or Common Knowledge?

The Washington Times published a quiz with the title “Are You Common Sense Smart?” and the invitation “Take our ‘simple’ quiz to find out.” I came across the link on Facebook. An inveterate Facebook test-taker, I took the quiz. 

Toilet Paper Ads, Then and Now

Every time a Cottonelle toilet paper ad comes on, I hit the remote, either to mute it or to change the channel. According to the usual US television trope, people who speak with a British accent are supposed to be classy. Toilet paper ads have been with us since the early days of television. An…

Marigold, Lady Edith, and the Word “Ruse”

Because of the taciturnity and often blank expression of the little girl who plays Marigold Gregson on Downton Abbey, I wondered if the character was supposed to have developmental problems. Several online comments by Downton followers suggest that the character was written to be autistic. Others speculate that the child playing the part may have been…