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Hearts afire

There’s an adorable bit of narration from the “Maelstrom” ride in EPCOT’s Norway at Disney world: “Those who seek the spirit of Norway face peril and adventure, but more often find beauty and charm.” It’s just a tourism promotion (a … Continue reading

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A very dairy decaptitation

He is working his way through the women in his rotating case. Some have already had their likenesses, twice-life-sized, carved into butter. Others are yet just photos stapled to great plastic-wrapped blocks of the stuff, their forms yet to emerge. … Continue reading

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Very little shaking

The Internet According to the Interstate: I-90 and I-94 from Madison to St. Paul May this stretch of road never know that overrun feeling you get in Florida. This Internet According to the Interstate is more sedate than the last … Continue reading

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Simply look around and view it

The term “bro” probably has about six months of funny left in it, so here goes. A Friday night on the Capitol Square in Madison. A 22-year-old, maybe a bro, maybe a barely-bro, in cargo shorts and a modest green … Continue reading

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I don’t know but I been told

Clutching some plastic bags, walking down State Street, a man chants “Re-call Wal-ker!” There’s something disembodied and tired about it. Half a block behind him, another one starts up in response. It could be a jogging chant from Full Metal … Continue reading

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Brah-rillas in the mist

The pool is a redneck-voice string quartet. The grumbling overlaps and shouted crescendos of beer- and sun-thickened male voices. Dynamics, people. It’s exquisite. And amid the greater life-force of symphonic harmony, a few melodic phrases, if you will, make themselves … Continue reading

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Deferenses, domes

The Internet According to the Interstate: I-4 Welcome to The Internet According to the Interstate, a sporadic tour of the URLs one encounters on billboards. I will do one of these every time I drive or bus along a stretch … Continue reading

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For To Cross

Is the walking dude part of the sentence? Or is the City of Tampa preserving the important folkway of the “for to [verb]” construction?

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Food saves, and ODB died for our sins

The Tampa metro area is the second-most-dangerous in the U.S. for pedestrians, says a 2011 study by Transportation for America. Orlando takes first. Is the home-state pride clogging your pores yet, or is that just our much-coveted humidity? I’ve been … Continue reading

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