“I’ve made a terrible mistake…”

by Joey deVilla on March 2, 2015


I hope that your present situation is better than this cat’s.

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grady twins dress

All memes and no life makes Jack a twisted boy.

Found via Trish Thornton.


black blue gold white

And do we really need science to explain it?


A wedding picture frame for cousins

by Joey deVilla on February 27, 2015


I saw this frame while looking around the local discount stores for some last-minute wedding decorations.

It’s a popular belief that the Southern US is a hotbed of cousin marriage, but you may not know that the United States is the only western nation with restrictions on marrying your cousin. Marriages between first cousins are legal through Canada, Mexico, and Europe, and it’s estimated that 1 in 5 couples worldwide are first cousins. The world is Shelbyville, it seems.

The taboo against cousin marriage has more of a basis in culture than genetics. It’s said that the risk of genetic defects in children of cousins is smaller than generally assumed: at most, 2% higher than the population-wide risk of birth defects, which is 2% – 3%. If those low risks still scare you, genetic screening can help those few at-risk cousin couples avoid it.

we can still be cousins

The real problem with getting involved with your cousin isn’t genetics, but social. As this article in Slate puts it:

You can move on from an ex-spouse or ex-lover, but there’s no such thing as an ex-cousin. How are your parents and your ex’s parents supposed to handle a nasty divorce or a breakup? How can they support their kids without antagonizing their siblings and their siblings’ kids? You’ve wrecked your whole family. It isn’t as bad as if you’d slept with a sibling, but it’s a lot worse than if you’d slept with a friend or an officemate. We don’t ban you from dating people at the office, but we don’t tell you it’s a great idea, either.

If you get into bed with your cousin, there’s no need for Uncle Sam to throw you in jail. If it works out, great. If not, you’ll find yourself in a jail no uncle will let you out of.


Quantum orange juice

by Joey deVilla on February 27, 2015

quantum orange juice

From concentrate and not from concentrate at the same time, this orange juice is part of Schrödinger’s complete breakfast. Or more accurately, the moment just prior to Schrödinger’s complete breakfast.

I’m beginning to realize that Florida is a quantum state.


More on America and the metric system

by Joey deVilla on February 26, 2015

To this day, one of the most-visited articles on this blog is one from 2008, titled Countries That Don’t Use the Metric System, which points out that there are only three: Liberia, Myanmar, and the United States.

Since it’s from the era when George W. Bush was president, I ended the article with this smart-ass quip: “I say we let them get some decent governments first, then worry about getting them on the metric system.” I believe it’s that line that got the article all that attention, and all the back-and-forth fighting in the comments section.

If you like partaking in debates about the metric system, you might find this passage from the novel Wild Thing by Josh Bazell interesting:


I should pick up this book!


Sign of the day

by Joey deVilla on February 24, 2015