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National Coffee Day; blackberries will start killing you tomorrow; once bitten, twice is ridiculous; Trump is not a nice person.

Published Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 4:45 AM EDT
Sep 29 2016

Among other things, today is National Coffee Day and Michaelmas, the Feast of the Archangels, celebrating the Archangel Michael's defeat of Lucifer. Folklore has it that when Michael physically tossed Lucifer out of Heaven, the falling angel landed with great force in a large, especially thorny blackberry bush. Enraged, Lucifer did all sorts of unspeakable things to the poor bush, until its fruit was quite unfit for human consumption. That's the story, and that's why September 29 is the last day of the year on which you can safely pick blackberries. Consume berries picked September 30 or later, and you'll be dead before the end of the year.


Some people born on September 29 who said some interesting things: Lech Walesa, Elizabeth Peters, Enrico Fermi, Ludwig Von Mises, Miguel de Unamuno, and Miguel de Cervantes.


I didn't intend for "junk" stories to become a regular feature, but a 21-year-old Australian tradesman has been bitten by a venomous spider on the penis. Again. For the second time in five months. He told the BBC "I'm the most unlucky guy in the country at the moment." Redback spiders bite about 2,000 people in Australia each year. Bite locations, alas, were not provided.


Trivia: The first use of the term "to Google" appeared on this television show.


The satirical Onion reviews Elon Musk's plan to colonize Mars. "STEP 5 - Tell poor people we'll come back for them."


Watching the debate the other night, Donald Trump's behavior seemed oddly familiar to me. Then I realized that he's an expert in using emotional abuse tactics to get his way.

Donald J. Trump has a cruel streak. He willfully causes pain and distress to others. And he repeats this public behavior so frequently that it’s fair to call it a character trait. Any single example would be off-putting but forgivable. Being shown many examples across many years should make any decent person recoil in disgust..

Here's an even deeper probe into the mind of Donald Trump. Suggest you don't read it before bedtime.

We can't elect a man who is obsessed with hate for Rosie O'Donnell. You never hear Putin bring up Yakov Smirnoff in a political debate.

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