OFF THE CUFF

  • Where old sayings come from, part 27
    As I’ve said in the past, going a day without hearing an old saying or slang term is pretty hard, because the English language is full of them and we Americans love them.
  • What would it take?
    Last week I explored reasons why there is such an increased amount of grisly news in the United States these days.
  • What are we doing?
    You’ve seen the awful headlines and read the disgusting, appalling stories – even in the local newspaper.
  • Weird laws from around the world
    Strange and unusual laws don’t just exist in the United States, but can be found in all corners of the globe.
  • Weird laws around the U.S., part 3
    While being a law-abiding citizen is usually a good idea, there are laws in place around the United States that might give a person reason to wonder.
  • Strange but true facts, part 4
    In the interest of strengthening peoples’ knowledge of stuff that doesn’t really matter, here is another set of odd, but true, tidbits of relatively useless information.
  • We are who (and what) we are
    Due to the thickness of my skull and the rather primitive simplicity of my brain, there are certain things I simply can’t comprehend no matter how hard I try.
  • Unwanted calls can’t be stopped
    The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt recently released a list of the top 10 consumer complaints from 2021, and it depicts that Missouri residents have a major lack of understanding about the subject of unwanted phone calls. Of the 126,100 total consumer complaints the AG’s office reportedly received in 2021, a whopping 39,244 […]
  • A nearby hidden gem of the Ozarks
    There is no shortage of “hidden gems” in the south-central Missouri Ozarks.
  • Beware of the bad guys
    Through the ages, there have been numerous examples of the “bad guys” appearing to be the “good guys.”
  • You’ll hear it in the Ozarks
    Like residents of several regions of the United States, people who live in the Ozarks have developed some unique and interesting ways of utilizing the English language.
  • Dedicated to the firefighters
    In light of circumstances this week, I thought I’d dust off an entry in this series that first ran in the spring of 2016 and roll it out one more time.
  • A chicken on a mission?
    A chicken was recently apprehended while wandering around in a high security area at the Pentagon.
  • You know it’s 2022
    Here we are in early 2022, and there are numerous signs of the times.
  • Often unrecognized acronyms
    A recent post that received a lot of attention on social media indicated the word “news” is actually an acronym standing for “notable events, weather and sports.”

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