I stumbled on a new columnist recently, Martha Brockenbrough. She's got some interesting light reading:

"There's a creeping "metricization" going on. And someday, you may finally have to admit that kilo for kilo, it really is a better system. It's hard for me to write that. I am a huge fan of the United States' resistance to conversion. The American Revolution lives on. Give us inches or give us death!"

"Pope Gregory XIII decreed that the new year would start on January 1 instead of April 1. People who continued to celebrate New Year's on April 1 were teased with gag gifts and invitations to nonexistent parties."

"What's the point of daylight-savings time?"