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Heads or tail?

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I'm not sure which would be worse to receive—a head in a box, or, um, something else in a box.

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Oh, now the New York Times deigns to mention Stephen Colbert's skewering of the president. But only, it would seem, because people are talking about it online.

And you and I are not the only ones who noticed the earlier eerie silence.

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And speaking of the Chronic, I'm sure most of you have seen this already, but if you haven't, here's a link to Andy Samberg and Chris Parnell's "Chronic(what?!)cles of Narnia" video at the Saturday Night Live web site. ("Lazy Sunday," it's actually called.)

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And they smear it all around

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I've always been fascinated by the continuum where language, thought, and sensation intertwine, and how it's possible for them together to create in essence a subjective reality. For instance, how is it that words alone, spoken in a movie like The Aristocrats, can induce such phyiscal spasms of nausea?

This is not to criticize The Aristocrats, a movie I thoroughly enjoyed, and which had me laughing until, in pain, I couldn't catch my breath. If I didn't already love Bob Saget after his guest appearance on Entourage, his rendition of the joke would have made me a convert. It certainly made me forget Full House. And Gilbert Gottfried. I never thought I'd say this, but damn.

Not Howie Mandel, though. That guy's just not funny, even with a shaved head.

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Supernovak

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A couple of weeks ago, Laura and I went to a taping of The Daily Show. Before the cameras rolled, Jon Stewart was taking questions from the studio audience and had been riffing on Robert Novak for a while. Laura whispered that I should ask a question about intelligent design, but I couldn't think of one until just moments too late. So here's what I would have asked Jon Stewart had my brain been just a trifle quicker:

"Is Robert Novak better evidence for evolution or intelligent design?"

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Bean. Mister Bean.

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I caught a little of Never Say Never Again on TBS or TNT or some station like that the other night. I was a little startled to see Kim Basinger in it, but not so startled as to see Rowan Atkinson playing the role of one Mr., er, Small-Fawcett, a fellow with the British embassy in the Bahamas. I kept waiting to see if I were really watching Black Adder V....

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