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The Straight Dope

A couple years ago a friend of mine who owns a small recording studio mentioned that a client wanted to record a bunch of different subliminal messages on separate tracks and then mix them all down into one hodgepodge under ocean waves or some other masking sound. The idea was that the unconscious mind could […]

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Regular Democrats

To the editors: The question asked in the subheadline of February 20th’s issue — “Rate the Records — Each Candidate Has Served One Term — Which One Deserves Another?” This is similar to asking which do you prefer, white refined sugar which makes you sick then makes your teeth rot or a nice heaping tablespoon […]

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The City File

My compliments to the microcircuitry of the chef. University of Chicago computer scientist Kristian Hammond has developed a computer program, CHEF, that can learn from its mistakes. “One of the recipes it created was a beef and broccoli stir-fry,” he says. “But if you cook broccoli with beef, the juice from the meat makes the […]

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Department of Biased Drivel

To the editors: I have just finished reading Mr. Gary Rivlin’s and Mr. James Tuohy’s articles about Tom Hynes [April 3]. It is both sad and disgusting to see such biased drivel trying to drape itself around the word “journalism.” You and your newspaper should stick to subjects for which you have a particular insight–like […]