Samantha Hunt: “Edgar M. Welch, a young father and, so far, the most famous victim of fake news, luckily did not kill anyone when he showed up at Comet Ping Pong pizzeria heavily armed, ready to liberate the phantom children who were being held in the restaurant as sex slaves for Hillary Clinton. Mr. Welch told the New York Times after his arrest, ‘The intel on this wasn’t 100 percent.’ Indeed. The intel on anything, everything, outside of death, will never be 100 percent. The only question is, Will we ever be brave enough to acknowledge that truth?”

E. B. White on William Strunk, author of  The Elements of Style:

“Omit needless words!” cries the author on page 21, and into that imperative Will Strunk really put his heart and soul. In the day when I was sitting in his class, he omitted so many nedless words, and omitted them so forcibly and with such eagerness and obvious relish, that he often seemed in the position of having short-changed himself, a man left with nothing more to say yet with time to fill, a radio prophet who had outdistanced the clock. Will Strunk got out of this predicament by a simple trick: he uttered every sentence three times. When he delivered his oration on brevity to the class, he leaned forward over his desk, grasped his coat lapels in his hands, and in a husky, conspiratorial voice said “Rule Thirteen. Omit needless words! Omit needless words! Omit needless words!”

(H/T Language Log)

Pregnant athletes have been kicking ass for a while now: “In 2009, the golfer Catriona Matthew won the Brazil Cup on the L.P.G.A. tour when she was five months pregnant with her second child; eleven weeks later, she won the Women’s British Open. The beach-volleyball player Kerri Walsh Jennings won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics while five weeks pregnant. The Olympic distance runner Kara Goucher trained throughout her pregnancy with her son, and even went for a run on the day she went into labor. Labor is a pretty intense workout. People with a high level of fitness going into pregnancy can generally keep exercising till the end.”


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