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Wedding week Mon, Jul 19, 2010
I just attended three weddings in seven days.  One was on Sunday in Pennsylvania, one was on Friday in New Jersey, and one was on Saturday in Virginia.  All three weddings took place outdoors, and all three outdoor weddings enjoyed beautiful (albeit stiflingly hot) weather.  All three weddings had M&Ms as favors.  Two weddings took place on upscale farms.  Two weddings were officiated by female pastors.  Two weddings had both sets of parents still married.  Only one of the weddings had good wedding cake. #lifestyle

Maple syrup urine disease Mon, Jul 19, 2010
Maple syrup urine disease sounds like something good, but it's really not.  It's a condition mostly affecting infants where the body fails to break down certain types of food chemicals, causing the byproducts to be released through the urine, which tends to have a sweet odor, similar to maple syrup.  Weird.  Recommended treatment:  Asparagus.  Kidding! #health

Mauch Chunk Mon, Jul 19, 2010
Mauch Chunk is the former name of a town in Pennsylvania derived from the Native American term for "bear mountain."  The town bought the remains of famous Native American Jim Thorpe and renamed their town after him to attract attention and tourism, even though Jim Thorpe the person never set foot in the town.  The reason I bring this up is because I drove through the town recently and noticed that "Mauch Chunk" is probably the most unappealing name for anything I've ever heard in my entire life.  It sounds like a bodily secretion or a chemical additive.  No wonder they changed their name. #travel

Mosquito lifespan Mon, Jul 19, 2010
Popular Science reports that scientists have figured out how to genetically prevent mosquitoes from spreading malaria, and that much of the effect is caused by reducing the mosquito's lifespan, since the malaria parasite needs a certain amount of time to develop.  My question is this:  If scientists can reduce the lifespan of mosquitoes, why don't they simply reduce the lifespan to zero?  Mosquitoes are a worthless bunch of jerks. #science