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December 10, 2013

10:58
A.M.

ComPost Live with Alexandra Petri

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About the host

Alexandra Petri

Alexandra Petri writes the ComPost, a lighter take on the news and issues of the day, and she contributes to the Post editorial page. Her work has appeared in venues such as The Huffington Post, The Week, Newsweek.com, Businessweek.com, Collegehumor, and The Harvard Crimson. She has appeared on Jeopardy!, Showbiz Tonight and Canadian radio, and she has performed at Boston's Comedy Studio and Comedy Connection. She would love to be on your TV show, radio show, Daily Show, HBO special, or to be an honored guest (or regular guest) at your Bar Mitzvah. She is the author of two books (unpublished, but contact her!), two screenplays, three plays, one musical, and one memoir (Ernest Hemingway's A Moveable Feast.)

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Q.

Alexandra Petri :

Howdy all!

I think I promised/threatened, depending on your point of view, that this would be a Choose Your Own Adventure chat. Are you all game, as the Predator asked? Let me know as I answer the preliminary Q's!

Q.

Just my opinion

I am surprised as how critical and cynical we have become. Instead of appreciating things, we tweet and message critical comments about everything we see before us. We have become collective "mean girls" and "bullying guys and "bitchy swing both ways.". Frankly, I believe it is time we stop instantly making fun and dissing things and other people. I believe we should learn to appreciate the good things there are in the world and to appreciate the attempts of others to being something into our lives, I am tired of all the negativity. If you snot nosed critics don't stop being the brainless dunderhead fools that you all are, this world will never get better.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

It sounds like you read that Tom Scocca essay on smarm! Or, if you didn't, it sounds like you should.

– December 10, 2013 11:01 AM
Q.

The hills are alive with the sound of critics

With rants they have writ for a thousand years
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Maria presents the same problem every time.

– December 10, 2013 11:02 AM
Q.

X is for Xerxes

I was looking over the "Anti-Slavery Alphabet" (http://bit.ly/1hJphJj), an abolitionist children's book of the "A is for... B is for..." variety that was published in 1846, and while I found it a moving artifact of the fight against slavery, I also noticed that the author had to stretch a bit to justify "X is for Xerxes" because presumably no one could think of a better X word. Nowadays the default X word if you can't think of another one is "xylophone", but I checked the dictionary and found that the word "xylophone" is not attested in English until 20 years after the book was published! Do you think everyone just used "Xerxes" as the X word until someone got around to inventing the word "xylophone" in the 1860s? And isn't it sad that Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator, quite likely went to his grave without ever being able to discuss xylophones?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

And don't forget the X-ray, the other go-to X-word!

Actually, this gives us a good goal for 2014: come up with an X-word of the year to add some spice and variety to these alphabet books. And not xanthic.

– December 10, 2013 11:04 AM
Q.

You are also a playwright

The Russian Poet Lomonosov was accustomed to read his plays to a young peasant, whom he had taken into his service for that purpose, to judge (in imitation of Moliere) the more certainly of their theatrical effect, by their impression on an uninformed and unprejudiced mind. One evening the little Huron, while holding the light as usual, suddenly began to weep and sob, in a most piteous way, to the delight of the poet, who cried out in a transport, ˜Waste not your tears before the time, my child; the scenes, in which you will most need them, come not till the fifth act.

˜Oh, no," replied the boy, "it is not for that, but I need to [poop]"

A.
Alexandra Petri :

Ha! This is great! It is somewhat deprived of its punchline by my dim sense that it needed bowdlerizing to fit into a family newspaper chat.

– December 10, 2013 11:07 AM
Q.

Why not.

How adventurous could it get on a family blog, eh?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

See previous answer!

– December 10, 2013 11:07 AM
Q.

And not xanthic.

It's right in the periodic table: xenon. Which an idiot seventh-grade science teacher I had back in 1968 insisted was pronounced "eggs-on."
A.
Alexandra Petri :

But when do you really talk about xenon?

– December 10, 2013 11:08 AM
Q.

X is for...

...that stuff your big brother won't let you see on his laptop.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

His Coldplay album?

– December 10, 2013 11:10 AM
Q.

Nevermind then.

I didn't realize we were starting off with poop jokes. Never a good sign to start an adventure...
A.
Alexandra Petri :

That was my feeling as well.

Also, last night I had a dream that I showed up at an Abraham Lincoln impersonator contest ready to compete and not enough people were there so they canceled it, never a good omen for anything. The best part of the dream was when a guy who had put a lot of effort into looking like Lincoln climbed sadly onto his bicycle and rode off without removing his stovepipe hat. 

– December 10, 2013 11:12 AM
Q.

But when do you really talk about xenon?

Whenever I talk about lasers. No, actually, it's whenever I do a New York Times crossword puzzle.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Do you get to talk about lasers often? Your life sounds like fun!

– December 10, 2013 11:13 AM
Q.

Perhaps that is the future of humor though.

Classing up old low jokes with big vocabulary words?
A.
Alexandra Petri :
– December 10, 2013 11:15 AM
Q.

Xochiquetzal enters, the Aztec goddess of fertility

Is this the Adventure chat?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

No, the entrails weren't favorable.

Go into another chat and see if you can get the inhabitants to sacrifice you something, maybe?

– December 10, 2013 11:16 AM
Q.

But when do you really talk about xenon?

When do you really talk about xylophones?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

CONSTANTLY

unless you're Abraham Lincoln

as we established earlier

– December 10, 2013 11:16 AM
Q.

Snuggler bust

So baby, here's your ticket, Put the suitcase in your hand. Here's a little money now, Do it just the way we planned. You be cool for twenty hours And I'll pay you twenty grand. I'm sorry it went down like this, And someone had to lose, It's the nature of the business, It's the snuggler's blues. Snuggler's Blues The sailors and pilots, The soldiers and the law, The pay offs and the rip offs, And the things nobody saw. The idea seemed be sound. They put the sin in Wisconsin though.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Sad disclosure, I had never heard the original song until just now, so the remix baffled me. Here's the video for anyone else with this problem!

– December 10, 2013 11:19 AM
Q.

X-word suggestion

Xenophobe seems to be a rather appropriate one for the public mood.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Heh, but how do you illustrate that in a children's book?

– December 10, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Honest Abe used to keep a tiny xylophone under his hat

In those days they called it a glockenspiel. He used to play it while visiting General McClellan. Drove the man crazy. The Gettysburg Address is actually an old English xylophone drinking song.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

That's why it's only 260 words long, because otherwise the Glockenspiel overheats!

– December 10, 2013 11:26 AM
Q.

Catured

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iPFLcKKZ14A/TxrdanFsowI/AAAAAAAAABA/J-JVfvFCuIA/s400/Snuggles+Finally+Captured.jpg
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Well, we can all sleep more safely now.

– December 10, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

Xylophones

I have one sitting in my car now. Bought for grandchild and discovered that one is already possessed by both grandchildren. Where to go with this item? Still, smaller than an accordion to dispose of. Glad I didn't purchase an XBox that wasn't wanted.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Ah, but if you had, you'd have an x-box now...

– December 10, 2013 11:27 AM
Q.

The Great Edward Gorey

cheated, surprisingly, in his "The Chinese Obelisks" (http://evelynstowe.wordpress.com/the-chinese-obelisks/) by using "X was the Exequies sparsely attended." A rare lapse from the man who wrote limericks in French.
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Alexandra Petri :

Aw, but when else are we going to run into exequies? I always see obsequies hanging around, but exequies usually stays at home and catches up on its reading.

– December 10, 2013 11:28 AM
Q.

Quiet, I am in a chat

Going back a few columns, I see where yelling is bad for children. I agree. From now on, I will calmly tell them to stop being brainless, dunderhead fools.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

People are still struggling with this question over at HaxPhiles.

Basically, everything you say to a child, especially the tiny remarks you allow to drop in moments of carelessness, will probably dent the kid emotionally somehow, seems to be the only real consensus.

– December 10, 2013 11:30 AM
Q.

Xochiquetzal

No proper names!...oh wait. That's Scrabble. Never mind.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I always think that rule applies to everything, too!

Xanthus the horse is back in that case.

– December 10, 2013 11:31 AM
Q.

Xenon walks into a bar.

The bartender says "We don't serve inert gasses in here." Xenon doesn't react.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

HA!

Ooh, hmm, why did the matador buy argon for his flatulent opponent?

 

– December 10, 2013 11:33 AM
Q.

NBC and the live musical

They are so excited about the high ratings for the Sound of Music that they are planning to stage other live musical productions. I vote for Brigadoon.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I vote for Cabaret, with Lady Gaga stuntcast as Sally Bowles. Someone I was standing with suggested it and it is exactly the sort of thing that might work!

– December 10, 2013 11:34 AM
Q.

Play Hax for me.....

I went to see the National Theater 50th Anniversary thing at a movie theater in Bethesda on Sunday. I was sitting next to a woman who seemed pretty cool. We chatted a bit before and after the "movie." I felt like I should have said "You seem cool. We should be friends," or something like that, but it felt really awkward and I didn't. What should I have done?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Because he thought something called NOBLE GAS might help. Get it, NO BULL GAS? HAHA HEM HEM HEM HER

oh yes, your question.

I think the "you seem cool, we should be friends" statement is never a bad idea if the conversation's been fairly mutual and flowing throughout. Worst-case scenario, you ask each other to "get lunch later," polite person-I-know-in-the-city code for "Let's Never Speak Again." Best-case scenario, you have a friend!

 

– December 10, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

Adventure

Here is my dream adventure: I have always wanted to have the courage to go on the merry go round. Not on one of those horses that moves up and down, of course, but maybe sitting in the carriage.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Whoa, that's pretty far out. Who are you, Holden Caulfield?

– December 10, 2013 11:36 AM
Q.

I have a spleendid question

I just have one question: What does the spleen do?

A.
Alexandra Petri :

Maybe it filters the blood?

Nah, man, that's crazy.

– December 10, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

Wintry Mix

Doesn't that sound like a veggie dip for a holiday party?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

That literally sounds like a frosted trail mix to me.

– December 10, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

Sad disclosure, I had never heard the original song until just now

Huh? What planet are you from?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

1988 :(

– December 10, 2013 11:38 AM
Q.

Xeric

Like your wit.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

YOU TAKE THAT BACK, MY WIT CONTAINS TONS OF MOISTURE

– December 10, 2013 11:39 AM
Q.

How do you illustrate xenophobe?

Put a mirror on the page. They'll be scared of anyone who doesn't look like them.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Maybe I'm not visualizing this clearly enough but this sounds like it is implying all the readers of the book are xenophobes. ("What does a xenophobe look like?" "Just like you, Billy. Just like you.")

– December 10, 2013 11:40 AM
Q.

My thought

Every time I hear a glockenspiel, I find myself thinking "needs more accordion." I have a fever.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Shhh don't make any jokes that could be construed as an invitation for Will Ferrell to show up on set, or he totally will, like some kind of publicity tour Bloody Mary.* It's really spiraled out of control.

*Who else comes when you say their name three times? I feel like there's an obvious example I'm overlooking.

– December 10, 2013 11:42 AM
Q.

How do Ohioans pronounce the name of that town?

I've always wondered, since "Xenia" is a Russian girl's name that is actually spelled "Kseniya" in Russian, but is usually rendered with an X in English.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

My guess is, "Wrong," like most towns based on European names for things.

Any Xenians out there to set me straight?

– December 10, 2013 11:43 AM
Q.

xenophobia came too late

The Google Ngram viewer reports that xenophobe was not present in published works until the early 20th century. Xenia, however, the Greek term meaning "hospitality," was more commonly used than Xerxes in the late 1840s. Using that in a alphabet of slavery would be difficult, though, except to note its absence.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Yeah, truly.

– December 10, 2013 11:44 AM
Q.

Xanthus the horse is back in that case.

"Xanthophyll" was the word that tripped up Laura Ingalls in that town spelling bee. Pa got it right. Which really makes me wonder about the vocabulary of 19th-century schoolchildren.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Well, all the boys had Latin, which probably helped with word origins. They had time to study all this Latin because modern science really did not exist and its study was (at least according to Auden, writing of his experience at school in the Edwardian era, but probably only more true earlier) snobbishly frowned on. Also there was no TV?

– December 10, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

A troll, an orc, a witch, and a hobbit are waiting for the Dungeon Mistress to roll the dice

The troll is eating a xiphias.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Sounds nutritious! Wasn't the Old Man and the Sea guy harrassed by some xiphias, or am I making that part up?

– December 10, 2013 11:47 AM
Q.

X is for...

I just started reading the chat - missed the start, but clearly the person who posted earlier never read the Richard Scarry best word book ever. X is for Xiphias (and you can see one playing the xylophone): http://books.google.com/books?id=Z7RqVVBO4ZMC&pg=PA2&lpg=PA2&dq=richard+scarry+xiphias&source=bl&ots=p5iXUjlYwa&sig=a-gMT2MqTcAcVAS92GxG9Ud1Bjo&hl=en&sa=X&ei=a0KnUrPDC8vJsASH6YGoDg&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q=richard%20scarry%20xiphias&f=false
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Oh, fabulous!

– December 10, 2013 11:48 AM
Q.

Here's an everyday word: "Xiphiplastron"

(Anat.) The posterior, or fourth, lateral plate in the plastron of turtles; - called also xiphisternum.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

How did we miss this one?

Maybe after the TMNT movie comes out we'll see a resurgence?

– December 10, 2013 11:49 AM
Q.

Brigadoon

I second that motion and also vote it be commercial free.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

What, you objected to the Walmart commercials?

– December 10, 2013 11:50 AM
Q.

moisture

is one of those words that gets me all squiggy. gross.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I have less of a problem with it than with its adjective form, which I am carefully avoiding typing.

– December 10, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

What happens in the real world

Somewhere in LA, there is a person sitting at a desk thinking "I gave the green light to a TV show based on those cavemen commercials, then I decided to have a live broadcast of "The Sound of Music" with Carrie Underwood, now what shall I approve next?"
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I thought those with green lanterns were supposed to be guardians of galactic justice!

*groans*

– December 10, 2013 11:54 AM
Q.

Sound of Music

Hey, count your blessings. It could have been Taylor Swift. And "xenophobia" is in the Reform Jewish High Holiday service. So there's that.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Taylor Swift might have been even better because she would have concentrated a vortex of strong opinions on the screen and maybe resulted in an explosion. Carrie only did that when speaking.

– December 10, 2013 11:56 AM
Q.

celebrex

I am trying to figure out what makes these drug ads so creepy and fascinating to me. It's like they are set in some highly sanitized alternate universe where attractive, medication-taking seniors still have enough vim and vigor to take dance classes. I find myself thinking, hey, dealing with osteoarthritis looks pretty enjoyable! Everyone is so clean and nicely tailored and peaceful. This goes against every depiction of old age I've read in Philip Roth books, and I'm very confused. I want to believe TV but suspect Phil's closer to the truth.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Yeah, I think the message is that if all these almost pathologically healthy people running from yoga class to Fishing Inspiringly With My Grandson need it, there's no shame in asking for it for yourself? And who knows, you might be on your way to yoga in your heart...

– December 10, 2013 11:57 AM
Q.

The X Factor

What do you have against xylophones? I love my xylophone. Oh, wait, xenophobes. That's different. Never mind.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

"I got a xenophobe for my grandchildren by mistake, and, wow, it's been awful. He's still in the back seat and I'm trying to figure out what to do with him. Periodically he murmurs something about 'Those People.'"

– December 10, 2013 11:58 AM
Q.

Taps shoes together three times

If we are not allowed to have Will Ferrell, how about Ron Burgundy, Ron Burgundy, Ron Burgundy?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

60 percent of the time that works every time.

– December 10, 2013 12:01 PM
Q.

What made you decide to be a humorist,

and not a scientist?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I couldn't figure out how to regulate the Four Humors, which is as far as my understanding of science goes, so I decided this was my best bet.*

*Eugh after that joke I am going to go see what science has to offer.

– December 10, 2013 12:06 PM
Q.

Hello 1988

What do you think of that great new song "Never Gonna Give You Up?", or how about "Got My Mind Set on You"?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Those I've heard of!

– December 10, 2013 12:06 PM
Q.

Brigadoon

The original production opened on Broadway in 1947 and ran for 581 performances. It starred David Brooks, George Keane, and Marion Bell. Brigadoon then received a West End production opening in 1949 that ran for 685 performances, and many revivals followed. A 1954 film version starred Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse. A 1966 television version starred Robert Goulet and Peter Falk. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brigadoon Would you choose empty city life or the warmth of the country? I'm for warmth of the country.
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Alexandra Petri :

Fine, fine, Brigadoon is clearly winning the chat right now. Just as long as we dont get trapped in the warmth of the country for 100 years.

– December 10, 2013 12:13 PM
Q.

The wages of provincialism

I grew up 20 miles from Xenia, pronounced "ZEEN-ya." A better rendering than nearby towns Versailles (ver-SAILZ), Russia (ROO-shee), and Milan (MYE-lan).
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Alexandra Petri :

Huzzah, an authoritative source!

– December 10, 2013 12:13 PM
Q.

The New England Primer, 1690 has

Xerxes the great did die, And so must you and I. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_New_England_Primer
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Xerxes throughout this chat has really been taking one for the team.

– December 10, 2013 12:14 PM
Q.

X marks the spot

X is for X files, and that's the truth that's out there.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I want to believe!

– December 10, 2013 12:14 PM
Q.

Xenia, however, the Greek term meaning "hospitality,"

So a xenophobe is afraid of hospitality? Sounds about right.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Well, a Xenos was a foreigner or guest-friend, if I'm remembering correctly.

– December 10, 2013 12:14 PM
Q.

Xanadu.

There needs to be a live broadcast of the play Xanadu
A.
Alexandra Petri :

YES

With skates!

– December 10, 2013 12:15 PM
Q.

Brigadoon

Brooks Atkinson of The New York Times praised the musical's integration, saying "For once, the modest label "musical play" has a precise meaning. For it is impossible to say where the music and dancing leave off and the story begins. Under Bob Lewis's direction all the arts of the theatre have been woven into a singing pattern of enchantment" "A bonny thing for Broadway, a scintillating song and dance fantasy that has given theatregoers reason to toss tamoshanters in air" What's a tamoshanter?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Well, if you find one on your person, be sure to fling it skyward! It is probably on the top of your head, if it is anywhere!

– December 10, 2013 12:16 PM
Q.

Future popular baby name

If I ever have a daughter, I am naming her Xalexendra.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Well, there we go! Everyone's problems solved, except the problems of your child trying to explain her name's spelling to strangers and on standardized test forms!

– December 10, 2013 12:22 PM
Q.

"you seem cool, we should be friends"

Meh. You have to have something from the converstaion to hang your hat on. Whatevery you discussed is the reason you think she's cool and your common interest. "I'm curious about that gallery you mentioned, maybe we could meet for coffee and you can show it to me."
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Only if she actually mentioned a gallery, though. Otherwise you just sound creepy.

– December 10, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

Ugh, Will Ferrell

Our family detests the Elf movie, and when we tell this to other people, they react as though we're from Mars. Will's idiotic man-child routine is embarrassing to watch. Are we just out of touch?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I don't think you're alone in that. I think if you go film by film as opposed to emitting an "ugh" in the general direction of his whole oeuvre, it's easier to find where you get off the bus. Which may be before the bus starts, in your case.

– December 10, 2013 12:25 PM
Q.

will ferrell

I am coming out here, in this chat, as someone who cannot stand Will Ferrell, does not find him the least bit funny and could only stomach 15 minutes of Anchorman.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Wow, first Brigadoon, now this! How many of you are there? Are you forming a critical mass?

– December 10, 2013 12:26 PM
Q.

Xanadu

Don't pass up the opportunity to see "Xanadu" in the big auditorium at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring. They show it every now and then and it is always worth it.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I'll have to mark my calendar!

– December 10, 2013 12:27 PM
Q.

Live Stage Shows on TV

Not a musical, but I can imagine HBO or Showtime staging Caligula.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Why not a musical?

"If a little dreaming is dangerous, then the cure is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time!"

– December 10, 2013 12:28 PM
Q.

RE: *Who else comes when you say their name three times? I feel like there's an obvious example I'm overlooking.

Isn't it Beetlejuice?
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Yes!

– December 10, 2013 12:28 PM
Q.

Pittsburgh, PA.

Ya know what's worse than Versailles (ver-SAILZ)? Our nearby suburb of NORTH Versailles (north ver-SAILZ). Or the NW town of Dubois (du-BOYCE). That's how we tell the newcomers from the natives.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

"Du-BOYCE. You know, like Blanche!"

– December 10, 2013 12:30 PM
Q.

X is for...

Xanax.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

There we go!

– December 10, 2013 12:31 PM
Q.

FX used to be common

Francis Xavier, e.g., the actor Francis X. Bushman.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

I suppose these days we could skip the Francis and go straight to Professor Xavier.

– December 10, 2013 12:32 PM
Q.

We should be friends OP

See that is it. There wasn't a specific thing she mentioned. I mentioned another super geeky movie thing I had done and explained why it didn't really work, and she said something really smart about the flaw. You are smart is a nice thing to say to someone you already know, but it isn't really something you say to someone you don't know yet.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

"You seem smart, stranger! Let's fraternize!" has always worked for me, which is why I'm not Hax.

– December 10, 2013 12:34 PM
Q.

Carousel Dream Adventure

This post makes me feel way, way better about my inability to get on anything resembling a roller coaster....even the little undulating ones for kids that just go around on a knee-high track.
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Moment of truth and confession: I've never ridden a roller coaster. I've been on a big slide and a scrambler and a waterpark ride, but never a coaster.

The DC comic Mikey Larrick has a great joke that sums up my basic terror of roller coasters which I'm quoting badly but is basically "You want me to get on that thing you assembled, guy who runs all the carnival rides? You couldnt even handle HAVING TEETH." That's it in a nutshell for me.

– December 10, 2013 12:38 PM
Q.

Crazy 1960's

Beatles pose with mutilated dolls & butchered meat for the cover of the "Yesterday & Today" album, It is later pulled What were they thinking? Was it a commercial? Buy this album or this doll dies!
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Great Scott!

That is really creepy-looking!

According to PBS, there are a couple of theories -- Paul at one point said it was a commentary on the Vietnam war, the photographer said it was a commentary on the absurd adulation of four people, and John said they were just bored. But, I mean, why do you ever pose with mutilated dolls and butcher meat? It's always a commentary on something, right?

– December 10, 2013 12:44 PM
Q.

The Eagle, Great America, Chicago(Gurnee)

No flips, a wonderful drop, scary climb (it's wooden and click clacks all the way up...) Built by professional engineers. No deaths since... 1981. (when it was built. OK, no deaths evah.) Because: All the cool kids do...
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Ah, but now isn't it getting OLD and RICKETY?

I don't know. Never trust a roller coaster over 30, right?

Still, the no-flips intrigues me. Will bookmark this for later consideration.

– December 10, 2013 12:45 PM
Q.

You are smart is a nice thing to say to someone you already know, but it isn't really something you say to someone you don't know yet.

this makes me think how much harder it is to ask a stranger to be your platonic friend than to be your date....
A.
Alexandra Petri :

This is really true! Friend courtship is hard! This is why Group Activities Like Classes After Which You Can All Get Drinks And Suggest Movies To See can be such a goshsend, but even then if there's a bunch of people who all already know each other you're kind of hoist.

– December 10, 2013 12:47 PM
Q.

Suckup spotting!

If I ever have a daughter, I am naming her Xalexendra. ;-)
A.
Alexandra Petri :

Please, it's not flattery until someone brings you cookies. 

– December 10, 2013 12:49 PM
Q.

Beatles

My gut reaction is go along with what John Lennon stated. The early Beatles were mostly out for laughs and I suspect this was a silly way to change the Beatles myth that Lennon admitted was tiring him. It was either that or pose nude on a wrecking ball.
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Alexandra Petri :

My favorite Lennon item is a book called Skywriting By Word of Mouth that is literally a collection of things he wrote on napkins to amuse Yoko that she then published as a Compilation of Deep Lennon Thoughts but -- no disrespect intended to things written on napkins -- you can really tell that it was originally written on a napkin. I can't tell if he'd think it was a great joke that it was published or be baffled that it's still in print.

– December 10, 2013 12:52 PM
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I hope you end with your usual goodbye.

It's a snow/cold day here, and if not, we could spend all day refreshing the browser.
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Alexandra Petri :

Ha!

No, don't do that! I'm headed off now! Stay warm! Drink something toasty! Keep reading the Compost, feel free to join me on Twitter, and see you next week!

– December 10, 2013 1:00 PM
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