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Chemistry Nobel
Most chemists thought the lanthanides and actinides could be inserted in the sixth and seventh rows, but no, they're just floating down at the bottom with lots more undiscovered elements all around them.
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How Old
We've met! I remember you when you were thiiiis tall! [*holds a hand an inch above their head*]
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Cell Phone Functions
... tazer ... fire extinguisher ... bird feeder ... toilet paper ...
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Hours Before Departure
They could afford to cut it close because they all had Global Entry.
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College Athletes
Their signature play is the three-point combinator, a recursive offense which is guaranteed not to halt and continues accumulating points until the buzzer.
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Fresh Pears
I want to sell apples but I'm still working on getting the machine to do the cutting and grafting.
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Drone Fishing
Today's consumers who order their drones off the internet don't know the joy of going out in nature and returning with a drone that you caught yourself, whose angry owners you fought off with your own two hands.
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Math Work
I could type this into a solver, which MIGHT help, but would also mean I have to get a lot of parentheses right...

Book tour wrap-up

Thank you to everyone who came to events on my book tour! If you weren't able to make it to any of my tour events, How To is now available everywhere, including at Barnes and Noble, Target, Amazon, local independents, and more. Some Barnes and Noble locations and indies have special signed copies, so you can check with your bookseller to see if those are available.
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Mavis Beacon
There are actually lowercase-like 'oldstyle' forms of normal numbers with more pronounced ascenders and descenders, which is why some numbers like '5' in books sometimes dangle below the line. But the true capital numbers remain the domain of number maven Mavis Beacon.
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Types of Approximation
It's not my fault I haven't had a chance to measure the curvature of this particular universe.
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Ksp 2
"The committee appreciates that your 2020 launch is on track, but the 'human capital/personnel retention' budget includes a lot more unmarked cash payments than usual. What are th--" "Public outreach."
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Lots of people called their ships unsinkable before the Titanic. Voicing your hubris doesn't make failure more likely, just more memorable.
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Earth-Like Exoplanet
Fire is actually a potential biosignature, since it means something is filling the atmosphere with an unstable gas like oxygen. If we find a planet covered in flames, it might be an indicator that it supports life. Or used to, anyway, before the fire.
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Foucault Pendulum
Trust me, you don't want to get on the wrong side of the paramilitary enforcement arm of the International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service.
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Unreachable State
ERROR: We've reached an unreachable state. Anything is possible. The limits were in our heads all along. Follow your dreams.
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Literary Opinions
If I really focus, I can distinguish between John Steinbeck and John Updike, or between Gore Vidal and Vidal Sassoon, but not both at once.
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An Apple a Day
Even the powerful, tart Granny Smith cultivar is proving ineffective against new Gran-negative doctors.
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Ken Burns Theory
Some of the KBCU ancillary works try a little too hard to tie everything together. Doris Kearns Goodwin, the sports journalist featured in "Baseball," was somehow ALSO a famous historian who wrote bestselling biographies of Lincoln AND Johnson? Unrealistic.
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