Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Those who are expecting a treatise on NCAA basketball should go here, or (for laughs) here instead. When the rest of my friends are wrapped up in "March Madness", I'm just afflicted with "March Minor Irritation". So no, this happens to be about Enlightened Bracketology, as found in the book, The Enlightened Bracketologist: The Final Four of Everything, edited by Mark Reiter and Richard Sandomir. The book uses NCAA-style brackets to help you determine useful stuff, like "what's the greatest movie death scene?", or "which is more burned into your memory: 9/11 or JFK assassination?". Or best ad line, (I was way off from the "experts" on this one, but I still like my choice better!). Slate.com has put together 4 interactive brackets here, along with an essay by the editors, so you can try it out for yourselves. Let me know how yours turned out.

And dammit; I'm sticking with, "With a name like Smuckers.... etc".

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