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The Best of The Week

I started the day with a bit of a medical adventure. For the past four days, my husband Gary has been in some of the worst pain (and subsequently, some of the worst depression) I have ever seen him in. His doctor has not been managing his pain properly, partly because new laws prevent him from doing so, but also partly because his doctor doesn't seemingly give enough of a shit to think outside the box on this.

For those who hadn't read the backstory, Gary suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy (incurable, which causes severe pain in his left leg; he has a spinal cord stimulator to address much of the pain). How severe? Take your leg. Liberally pour gasoline on it. Light it with a match. Now imagine it being on fire and never going out.

Recently, Gary started experiencing severe pain and numbness in his left arm; he went to the ER for a pain shot (which he has to do every so often) but because the pain was radiating into his chest, the ER was afraid he was having a…

Along with fucktard, cockbite, dickwad, douchebag, and jackass, asshat is a wonderfully spondaic profanity used by speakers of Late Modern English, especially on the Internet, for describing somebody whose complete lack of consideration toward others is only overcome by their similarly-impressive stupidity about how they perform their interpersonal disservices.

Much like a hat for one's posterior, the asshat is somebody…

Our atmosphere is mostly composed of the inert gas nitrogen (about 78%). Most of the remaining fraction is oxygen, which isn't flammable either—if it was, we wouldn't be here to chat about it! However oxygen does allow many other things to catch fire at a lower temperature, and then to burn both hotter and faster.

In most environments, the daily risk of fire may be small, but the effects of a fire once started can be catastrophic. Therefore most urban environments have…