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The Straight Dope

I understand a few of the reasons behind our complicated English measurements. For instance, an acre was the area plowable in one day using draft animals. But where, pray tell, did the mile and, while we’re at it, the yard come from? I mean, 1,760 yards or 5,280 feet can’t possibly hold any mystical significance, […]

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Laura’s Place

Taped to the door is a handmade sign with a carefully drawn gun that says “Forget the Dog, Beware of Owner.” The owner of Laura’s Resale Shop, on Broadway in Uptown, is Laura, a large, 40-ish woman with black back-combed hair, high cheekbones red with rouge, and pencil-thin eyebrows. She says hello with a friendly […]

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The City File

Facts we could have gotten through the day without: According to Gillette, the “average North Atlantic male”–whatever that is–“generates an average of 27.5 feet of facial hair in his lifetime.” “If they want to call it bribery, that’s fine with me. It’s bribery, but it’s open bribery…. It’s just something you can’t turn down.” So […]