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The colloquial phrase "dollars to donuts", sometimes spelled "dollars to doughnuts" or used with other monetary units, indicates that something is exceedingly likely to happen. When placing a bet, the person gambling feels that their outcome is a sure thing. They feel so confident that they believe they could gamble their dollars against someone else's donuts, indicating that even though the bet is lopsided the gambler thinks there is no way they can lose and they'll end up with a box of free donuts.

Of course, many gamblers feel like they're going to win, which is why gambling exists. Sometimes this slang phrase is used to psyche themselves up to place the bet. The unfortunate problem is that sometimes the donuts win. 

  • Buster Douglas versus Mike Tyson (1990): Most gambling houses would not take any bets on this fight because the world believed Mike Tyson would knock out the overweight and past his prime Douglas. 
  • Ronda Rousey versus Holly Holm (

It's an easy thing to tell a new author to just sit down and do your best to get as many words on the digital paper, and for most folks that's the secret they've been trying to avoid.

For others, sometimes it's important to know when you should focus on other things.

Medical Issues

This one caught up with me in a big way for the past year. It's important to take care of yourself when you're younger. The older you get, the tougher it is to fix the old chassis. In…

Yesterday I incurred a standard gym injury. While replacing a barbell on the J-hooks of the rack, I managed to catch the tissues of my hand between the hook and the barbell, basically tearing and gouging out a small V of flesh.

Which meant that after cleaning out the wounds and so forth, I had to deal with Band-aids.

I don't remember the name of the guy who invented them, but I do remember the important gist of the story, he did it because his wife was a complete klutz. Before Band-Aids,…

News for Noders

September 16 Feliz cumpleaños Ancientsnow!

September 18 Happy birthday Stuart!

September 18 Stanislav Petrov has died.

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July 1: Brevity Quest 2017 begins!

July 4: Alice’s Day (AKA Alice in Wonderland Day); also Independence day in the US.

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July 31: Harry Potter's Birthday.


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April 1: April Fool's Day has been cancelled. Everyone just go home.

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April 12: Yuri's Night

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