Friday, August 08, 2008


Memo from the Department of Useless Information Retrieval

This morning I couldn't remember, when asked by the receptionist, when I last visited the eye doctor.

Among other potentially useful things I can't remember: anything from my graduate school statistics course.

But with only the letter X to go on, I answered 59 Across in this morning's New York Times Crossword, "1985 Golden Globe-nominated role for Eddie Murphy."

Answer: Axel Foley.

The important things stick in our minds, and stick deeply. Axel Foley is one of life's organizing principles (principals?). A statistics count for only 1/2 of twenty.
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