Every child knows the story of the star-crossed Romeo & Juliet, has heard Hamlet's midnight lament to his father's ghost, and shivered as the witches pronounce poor Macbeth's doom.
The question of what happens to Superman as he ages was never dealt with, you know. Does he age at all if left on Sol to operate by solar power? Do his powers fade with time? Does he achieve a sort of "super" senescence that is like the hip vibe of the World's Most Interesting Man, but lasts forever?
As all of you who have ever watched a DVD know, each Blu-Ray begins with an unskippable anti-piracy blurb that equates copyright infringement with raiding of the sort that felled the Incas and filled Billy Bones' sea chest with doubloons. Which is only to be expected when copyright owners refer to copyright infringement as "theft."
Apart from generational favorites such as The Bible, or Paul Tillich's luminous writings, there is really no widely-disseminated guide that teaches young people how to behave in a world gone mad (MTV does not count) . . . . Personally, I find this to be a tragedy.
Today, of course, UNIX is part of the infrastructure of the world; without UNIX the Internet would not function, telephone calls could not be made, and e-commerce would come to a screeching halt.
One town in China -- Hangzhou City -- boasts that it has 358 patents on various toothbrush designs, such that virtually every citizen is an inventor of his own particular style of brush.
Whether and how you cleaned your teeth before this time depended principally on sense and sensibility. The primary form of dental hygiene was the mighty toothstick (forefather of our toothpick); to wit, a twig.