Bottom Story of the Day

Daily Best of the Web   —   Posted on November 20, 2013

The following is an excerpt from’s “Best of the Web” written by the editor, James Taranto.

Bottom Story of the Day 
“Harvard Students Can’t Name Capital of Canada”–video title,, Nov. 18

What Would We Do Without Experts?

“Expert Doubts Digby Wind Turbines Killed Emus”–headline,, Nov. 18

An Official Mansplanation 

“From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat,” and here’s Dreyfuss’s report on the HHS blog:

This isn’t about who wins the argument–but a study of marital fights indicates that when the wife calms down, the couples are more happy. Researcher Lian Bloch of the Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in Palo Alto found that in a study she did at the University of California, Berkeley. She looked at data that included recorded arguments by long-time husbands and wives.

“The marriages that were the happiest were the ones in which the wives were able to calm down quickly during marital conflict.”

The headline reads simply “Calm Down,” and we must admit it sounds to us like an excellent thing for a husband to say during a marital spat. In fact, the next time we have an argument with our wife, we’re going to demand firmly: “Calm down.”

That is, assuming we ever marry.

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