Bliss on tap

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By John Pawlak

“Ignorance is bliss,” they say. Well, if this is really true, we have a lot of happy people in this world.
 When using a credit card at a grocery store last month, the clerk handed it back and said she couldn’t accept it because it wasn’t signed. That was very responsible on her part. Cards are signed to provide security.
 So I took out a pen and signed the card. Then she accepted it and ran it through for the purchase.
Ah yes, I do love security procedures.
A few weeks ago, we celebrated Pi Day. I was telling someone about how one can estimate pi by tossing rods across a set of parallel lines and counting the percentage of times they cross the lines. I then mentioned how the Otowi bookstore did this last year by having children toss hot dogs across a grid.
The man asked me, “So, is that how they compute pi?”
Uh, yeah. Yes, that’s right. They do it with hot dogs. Lots of hot dogs.
Like I said. A lot of very happy people out there.
Rudolph Zallinger’s classic picture of the ascent of man shows an early primate walking, standing more and more erect, his head lifting ever higher toward the heavens. My theory is that as man’s head was elevated, the increased altitude reduced the oxygen level to the brain.

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