200,000

June 9th, 2017

We haven’t done this for a while, but it’s time to celebrate another milestone. This blog has just reached 200,000 unique hits! Have some cake!

The blog started on January 1, 2007. It went public on January 6.

We reached 50,000 hits on June 7, 2010.

We reached 100,000 hits on September 19, 2012

We reached 150,000 hits on November 26, 2014

The 200,000th hit came in at 11:43pm on June 6, 2017 from Mount Laurel, NJ via a Google search. They came in to see the Family Trees for Shakespeare’s Histories.

At this point in time, there are 1,157 posts (including this one) in 97 categories and 3,312 comments.

Thanks to everyone who stuck with the site during the slow periods, which I guess is mostly Asher. And there’s much more exciting content on the way, which I guess is mostly Shakespeare Anagrams and the Thursday Morning Riddle.

Onward and upward!

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Shakespeare Anagram: Troilus and Cressida

June 3rd, 2017

This week, President Trump announced that he is withdrawing us from the Paris Climate Accord.

Now, in all likelihood, Trump is using this as a starting position for a renegotiation. That doesn’t mean we won’t actually pull out of the accord, as it seems unlikely such a renegotiation will be possible.

What this is really about is President Trump trying to show up President Obama. In his mind, he’s the greatest negotiator who ever lived. In reality, how good is he? He couldn’t even talk Republicans into repealing Obamacare.

What’s really scary about this is that, despite the unprecedented international coordination that went into making the deal, experts agree that it didn’t go nearly far enough to slow down the warming of the planet. Further action will still be needed, and that is going to be extremely difficult politically.

But what we definitely don’t want to do is move in the opposite direction, which is what this president is threatening to do. The longer we wait, the harder it will be to undo the damage that is done, and future generations may just look that this as the moment when we passed the point of no return.

Anyway, enjoy the anagram.

From Troilus and Cressida:

Paris is dirt to him.

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Idiot rips; it harms.

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Shakespeare Anagram: Richard III

May 27th, 2017

There’s a lot going on this week, but the story that stands out most for me is Montana Republican Greg Gianforte being elected to the United States House of Representatives a day after witnesses watched him grab a reporter by the neck and throw him to the ground.

From Richard III:

I do the wrong, and first begin to brawl.
The secret mischiefs that I set abroach
I lay unto the grievous charge of others.

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

The idiot congressman-elect’s sorry for a bad hate wrath.

But if he regrets rough fight violence, what is to be his action?

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Thursday Morning Riddle

May 25th, 2017

I am found where a fishing line bobs in the stream;
I am fronting a loan; I am launching a scheme;
In a festive parade, a display with a theme;
And a treat made with root beer and whipped or ice cream.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Asher. See comments for answer.

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Shakespeare Anagram: Henry VI, Part Two

May 20th, 2017

The hits just keep on coming this week, but I suppose the top story is President Trump leaking classified information to the Russians in a meeting held in the Oval Office.

From Henry VI, Part Two:

This tongue hath parley’d unto foreign kings

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Russia got thy unhinged leak for nothing, pet.

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Thursday Morning Riddle

May 18th, 2017

I am flying the plane from my seat in the pit;
I’m the episode airing before they commit;
I’m an Oregon athlete; the light that stays lit;
And a test of a program to make sure it’s fit.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Asher. See comments for answer.

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Shakespeare Anagram: Richard III

May 12th, 2017

From Richard III:

And is it thus? Repays he my deep service
With such contempt? Made I him king for this?

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Trump’s mad they think the timing which he fired Comey raises deep vast suspicion.

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Shakespeare Anagram: Twelfth Night

May 12th, 2017

From Twelfth Night:

If this were played upon a stage now, I could condemn it as an improbable fiction.

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

Idiocy politics: FBI bloop? A sentence for a laugh? A newsman detained?

Trump: “I won.”

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Thursday Morning Riddle

May 11th, 2017

I’m a pitch where the pitcher puts spin on the ball;
An adjustment control that spans None up to All;
I’m a phone with a keypad; a hamburger small;
And the Indians’ mascot who had a big fall.

Who am I?

UPDATE: Riddle solved by Scott Russell. See comments for answer.

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Shakespeare Anagram: Henry IV, Part Two

May 6th, 2017

President Trump says he “thought it would be easier.” Who knew?

From Henry IV, Part Two:

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.

Shift around the letters, and it becomes:

He wants a recount. Yeah, weasel, it’s hard.

The End