Ask Brent: IT

I watched IT this weekend so I wouldn’t have to go to my son’s parole hearing.  And though he was ultimately not granted parole, I did learn a lot about what constitutes a “bathing suit” according to AMC’s “theater-goer rules and regulations.” Now, as far as how it compares to the original, I honestly have…

Brent: New iOS?

Apple is trying to keep me from texting and driving. Look, I get it.  “Don’t txt+drv.”  I’ve seen the signs along the highway (their flashing lights are so distracting that I sometimes even look up from my Pokémon GO). Here’s all I’m saying though:  Why shouldn’t I be able to enjoy a nice TED talk…

Ask Brent: Should I See “It”?

This week’s question comes from T. Cruz of Texas.  He writes: Hello, Brent.  I have a very pressing question to ask this week:  should I watch the new version of Stephen King’s “It” in theaters, should I wait until it hits Blu-Ray and watch it at home with my cat and children, or should I…

Ask Brent: Phones, Neighbors

Jarvis asks: I’m not sure about how phones work. How do they work? Also, why are my neighbors so rude? A very good question, Jarvis. Phones actually make use of a special government technology called ‘squidging’ to function.  Squidging was first developed in 1967 by a Polish scientist named Nicolli Reznikoff in an attempt to create a…

Ask Brent: Why is snow white?

P. Escobar asks: Brent, why is snow white? Why is Snow White?  Some might respond: Because magic, because magic. The shocking truth, however, is that Snow White isn’t—and never was. Cutting-edge research has revealed that Snow White actually never existed.  Says nursery school teacher Marsha Thomson, “Yes…?”  (Her inflection cannot be stressed enough; it was…

Ask Brent: Politicians, Quasicentric Cyst

This week’s question comes from Paul.  He writes: Why are politicians old? And what does a qausicentric cyst on my abdomen mean for me? Studies from the Centers for Demographic Research (CDR) have shown consistently over the last several decades that politicians are majority ‘old’ (a term here defined as over the age of 65,…

Ask Brent: Why do they call me Big Tom?

This week’s question comes from Big Tom in Arkansas: Why do they call me Big Tom? Surely an important question in this day and age, Big Tom. Experts say that the name Tom was originally created in 1940 for the cartoon character Tom Cat of Tom and Jerry.  Says anthropologist Marci Albertson of the University of Washington,…