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by Con Chapman

Last Build Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:43:56 +0000


Business One-Upmanship 101Con Chapman

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:36:49 +0000

Stephen Potter, a British humorist who has undeservedly faded into obscurity, is the father of “one-upmanship,” a strategem for besting an opponent–somewhat unfairly–without actually cheating. One accomplishes this by throwing an opponent off his game without violating… More(image)

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To Make Ends Meet, More Poets Turn to DiscountersCon Chapmanpoetry1

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 11:39:22 +0000

NEEDHAM, Mass.  Curtis Bascomb, Jr. is a third-generation family business owner, so he has more than just his time and money invested in his workplace.  “Grandad founded this place on a promise,” he says with… More(image)

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Female Scent-Marking in the SuburbsCon Chapman

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 14:11:42 +0000

Several cats can make use of the same hunting ground without coming into conflict by using it according to a timetable, in the same way as housewives use a communal washhouse.  An additional safeguard against… More(image)

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Aging Hippie Recalls Days of Rage With Child’s PlayCon Chapman

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 13:54:31 +0000

DOWNERS GROVE, Illinois. At the age of 67, Zack Coffelt still can’t believe he’s a grandfather, much less a happy one. “My generation believed you couldn’t trust anyone over 30, and now I’m an old… More(image)

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Guy Named Mike Awards 2017 “Freakin’ Genius” GrantsCon Chapman

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:36:17 +0000

WORCESTER, Mass. Three close friends of Mike Andruzzioni, a part-time cab dispatcher who also tends bar, were among the recipients of the 2017 Michael C. Andruzzioni “Freakin’ Genius” grants, awarded annually since 2010 to innovators… More(image)

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You Can Keep Your Glow-in-the-Dark SheepCon Chapmansheep

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 01:14:00 +0000

          The Animal Reproduction Institute of Uruguay has produced a genetically altered lamb that glows under ultraviolet light.                                     The Wall Street Journal You know what really gives me the creeps? The very idea… More(image)

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If I Had Math SkillsCon Chapman

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 14:51:01 +0000

If I had math skills, oh the things I could do! I could probably tell you the square root of two. I’m sure I could reel off the Rule of 78s and impress both close… More(image)

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Green Messages Have Brown-Baggers Seeing RedCon Chapman

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 11:34:06 +0000

FALL RIVER, Mass.  Tony Amico and Greg Brown are two “finish” carpenters who spend their days installing cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms.  “It’s not Finnish like Teemu Selanne,” Amico says, referring to the former high-scoring NHL… More(image)

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Let Us Now Praise Our Not-Yet-Famous SelvesCon Chapman

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 01:35:22 +0000

The poets and writers who over-promote would fill, I think, a very large boat and if it sank in stormy seas well, that would be perfectly all right with me. I check my email and I… More(image)

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As Evil Spreads, States Try to Halt Commercial Child AbuseCon Chapman

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:46:13 +0000

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.  It’s 1:30 a.m. in this western suburb of Boston known for a long strip of shopping centers called “The Golden Mile.”  The malls are closed now, but a late model American make car can be seen… More(image)

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