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65. Dear Don Draper, I’m a young, beautiful and intelligent woman who decided to use my brain to succeed instead of using my daddy’s money to find a nice husband. I have no problem meeting interesting men, but I tend to want what I can’t have. Should I still pursue marriage even though the institution is a sham?

whatwoulddondraperdo: First you have other things to consider—the principal being your father’s money. Does your partner love that? Or your youth, beauty and intelligence? All, some or just one of these reasons is enough for most people, but a true marriage is built on a greater (some say the … Continue reading

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JBS Haldane on courage and nonviolence: I AM a man of violence by temperament and training. My family, in the male line, can, I think, fairly be described as Kshattriyas. …From 1250 to 1750 we occupied a small fort commanding a pass … Continue reading

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Department of Happiness Studies

I chose to go to university at the age of 18 because I thought heaps of useful knowledge was stored there. I thought to myself: Old people know a lot of stuff. I want to learn what they know. Because … Continue reading

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I’m tired of things improving incrementally through experience. I just want to achieve a symbolic success and then ride off into the sunset…. The problem, though, is that sunset turns into night, and then the next day is just a … Continue reading

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Genius

Have you ever noticed that professors never call another professor “a genius”, but regular businessmen (who own a bakery, a winery, a taxicab company, a janitorial supply company, a waste disposal company; welders, machinists, real estate agents, demolitionists) will regularly … Continue reading

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the Underpants Gnomes Pattern

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[A] wall of fifty or sixty glass demijohns, wired tight against earthquakes, exhibit creatures from the [United East India] Company’s once-vast empire. A pickled dragon of Kandy…a slack-jawed viper of the Celebes…A baby alligator from Halmahera…The alligator’s umbilical cord is … Continue reading

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