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On a tangent…

People often wonder: What does it mean, exactly, when we say “go off on a tangent”?

The thing is, it’s kind of hard to define.

First of all, words are tricky. Like, when we say “stable,” we can mean anything from “structurally sound” to “unchanging” to “the place where horses live.” Plus horses are funny animals. Not necessarily “haha” funny, but, you know, curious. Long faces, hooves, manes—many weird elements.

Although they’re not as strange as, say, elephants. Did you know that elephants are allegedly the only animals that can’t jump? Which is bullshit, of course, because sloths and some others can’t jump either.

I once had a friend who’d quote this type of trivia all the time, but he’d never think to question or research it for himself. I don’t get it. Wouldn’t you want to at least verify the claim? Check a few reputable sources? It’s like you’d rather keep repeating total bullshit than learn the facts! Is that it? Is that what you want, Peter?!

That kind of stuff really makes me angry sometimes! No, dozens of people didn’t OD on marijuana, nor is Justin Bieber legally prohibited from making music. Both stories are from The Daily Currant, which does satire. It’s right there on their “About” page, a few quick clicks away.

Thirdly, learn to count. They say math isn’t important, but it’s everywhere around us. Without math, we wouldn’t have numbers and equations. Respect your teachers, kids. Then again, you should generally respect people, even if they’re not like you—women, gays, other races, ignorant weirdos who wear hats. All of them deserve your respect and, in the case of hat-wearing weirdos, pity.

In closing, I think we can all become better at playing instruments, tap dancing, and communicating clearly, concisely, and in an easy-to-follow manner. Thank you.