Congress considers mustache tax break

It’s called the Stache Act, and it was submitted to committee by the staff of Maryland 6th district U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett

It’s called the Stache Act, and it was submitted to committee by the staff of Maryland 6th district U.S. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett in a blatant attempt to win the hipster vote in the next election.

Read about it here.

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Drew Magary really wants to eat his sick kid’s Top Ramen

Drew Magary, writing in Deadspin’s Dadspin section, has a great essay on really wanting to eat his sick kid’s Top Ramen

Drew Magary, writing in Deadspin’s Dadspin section, has a great essay on the desire to eat his sick kid’s Top Ramen. If you have ever been around a sick person’s untouched food, and you’re a slob, you know exactly how he feels. Magary writes: “I can’t tell you how hard it is to NOT eat that soup. The fact that I’m not supposed to eat it only makes me lust for it more. Normal people are able to push this kind of thing aside with relative ease. You should see how quickly my wife will throw away three quarters of a steak that she doesn’t want anymore and no one else can eat because she has a sniffle. It’s like she’s murdering a puppy right in front of me. I can’t watch her throw food away like that so casually. HAVE YOU NO FEELINGS, WOMAN?!” Read the whole blessed thing here. Photo by Amy Loves Yah

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H.L. Mencken shakes the South out of its cultural lethargy

Read H.L. Mencken’s “Sahara of the Bozart,” a devastating attack on the South’s lack of culture

A reader recently shared H.L. Mencken’s “The Sahara of the Bozart” with me. It had been years since I’d read it. So I re-read it, and I’m glad I did. Mencken’s essay on the early 20th century South’s lack of culture is so damning, humorous and just plain nasty that it made me think that if H.L. Mencken was alive today he would have been some unholy combination of Christopher Hitchens and Lewis Black from The Daily Show. Here’s one little snippet from “The Sahara of the Bozart.”

“There are single acres in Europe that house more first-rate men than all the states south of the Potomac; there are probably single square miles in America. If the whole of the late Confederacy were to be engulfed by a tidal wave tomorrow, the effect upon the civilized minority of men in the world would be but little greater than that of a flood on the Yang-tse-kiang.”

Mencken later wrote that he believes this essay helped revive culture in the south. No one ever accused him of being humble.

Read the whole thing here.

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