Note to Readers – If discussion of human bodily functions offends you, please be advised that this column deals with a common malady of travelers the world over: abdominal gas. With all the kerfuffle about “fake news” in the media these days, you’d think editors and television producers would have double- and triple-checked their story about the evacuation of an American Airlines jet at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport after someone purportedly “passed gas” in the passenger cabin.
One of my coffee table acquaintances recently remarked on the decline in simple penmanship displayed by so many young people. He had just tried to decipher the handwritten breakfast ticket brought by a cute teen-aged waitress. “Look at this… Is it what we ordered? I can’t make heads nor tails of her writing. It’s worse than my doctor’s.”This was the spark needed to ignite a lively debate at our table about how people don’t write with pen and paper anymore.
“Lord help us. Local government has targeted the coffee club!”The cell phone signal was weak, and the voice of the caller muffled. I could barely hear my old friend in the town where once I had published the newspaper. “Sounds like you’re calling from a tornado shelter or underground. Is there a storm?” I asked. “I’m telling you, a bad storm has blown up. I’m down here in city hall, hiding in a closet. Can’t let the powers-that-be see me or I’ll get thrown out.
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Selecting a term
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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