Open Thread for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

It’s another slow news day with every news outlet reaching in a different fruitless direction for a lede. So forget important; today I’m looking for interesting:

  1. Big debate about Shakespeare finally settled by big data: Christopher Marlowe gets his due — Yeah, you know what? I’ve never really gotten into the whole “Who wrote Shakespeare’s plays?” debate. It’s always seemed pointless to me. Whoever it was, he or she or they (if, as this story says, it was a collaboration), was a genius, and we call that genius “Shakespeare.” It’s not like there’s an actual guy around to claim the credit today. He, she or they is/are dead. And a rose by any other same, etc. Anyway, this finding only applies to Henry VI, and I’ve never read or seen a dramatization of those three plays. They mean nothing to me. It’s not like they’re saying Marlowe helped write the “Band of Brothers” speech in “Henry V,” or something awesome like that
  2. Exclusive: leaked recording shows what Theresa May really thinks about Brexit — Or rather, what she really thought, back before the vote. Hint: She didn’t like it. But didn’t we know that? The Guardian thinks it’s a big scoop.
  3. Why Some Clinton Fans Think She Just Might Win Texas — Whoa. Next thing you know, we’ll be talking seriously about South Carolina.
  4. GOP Congressional Ads Pitch Candidates as Check on Clinton — You know what? Again, I wish people, including Republicans, would stop acting like her election is a foregone conclusion. It is not.
  5. In Pickens County, first elk sighting in state for centuries — Just to give you something sort of local. I don’t think this is accurate, though. I seem to recall my cousins going to swim at the Elks Club in Florence, back in the ’60s…


3 thoughts on “Open Thread for Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  1. Brad Warthen

    Forgot to mention that tonight is the start of the World Serious, as Ring Lardner’s Jack Keefe would have said.

    Watching it now… and how was that a homer by Perez? It didn’t go out of the park — it bounced back in!

    OK, it hit some railing — hard to see at first….

    It shouldn’t have gone out anyway. I blame the Lively Ball (another Lardner reference there)…

  2. Juan Caruso

    re: Rare Elk sighting – “Rocky Mountain elk that have been re-established in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, said noted outdoorsman and Pickens County resident Dennis Chastain.”

    Note: According to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation about one million elk live in the western United States, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina.

    Compare the range of Rocky Mountain Elk (above) to this venison (sandwich test) range: Arby’s will begin testing venison sandwiches by the end of this month in Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Georgia, the company announced Tuesday.

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