Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Gaining Ps and Losing Qs

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I remember, I bet you do too, singing the alphabet when I was young. The innocent days of learning to spell, to read, to write.

OK, maybe not so innocent. 
I also remember the alphabet song joke. Bet you remember this one too:

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abcdedfghijklmno qrstuvwxyz
At which point our not-so-innocent co-conspirator asks, giggling."But where's the P?"
"Running down my leg," young you answers, laughing so hard you can barely get your assigned words out (despite having both heard and told this joke about a thousand times).

Ah, bathroom humor. The stuff of childhood. That and fart jokes. Although for the most part we no longer tend to sing the alphabet, on those rare occasions that we do (OK, I'll admit it, I do when alphabetizing a new recipe on this blog's Recipe Box page), all letters have returned to their rightful place.

Or not.
While P now stands for good things, like poems, pubs, and pasta . . .
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 Pasta Salad Bites

. . . there's another letter that's in alphabet jeopardy. And it's no joke. It's the Q.
Long after my alphabet song joke years, I was probably in high school when I started learning about propositional logic. I loved the study of logic, took a number of college logic courses too. Being left brain dominant, I find comfort in the rational, so the absolutes of logic was my thing. You know what I'm talking about. If P = Q, then whenever P is true, Q is true as well (yes, I'm way oversimplifying). 

Now I know that all of that logic is . . . illogical. Based on a false premise, actually. Because I've learned in the past few years that although P can be a joke, Q is a disease.

Forever more known as the dreaded Q, not funny at all, QAnon (aka Q) is the stuff of lies, mind washing, hateful, harmful, and hurtful conspiracy theories.
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We've all heard them, depraved lies, repeated ad nauseam, advanced with the deliberate goal of causing distress, harm, confusion, even violence. Absurd fabrications, like that Bill Gates is inserting microchips into us all via the covid vaccine. Or that mass shootings didn't happen, are just a hoax. Or that Hillary Clinton ran a child sex ring out of a DC pizza restaurant.
Seriously? These theories are so absurd they'd be funny if a significant number of Americans didn't actually believe them. I can't imagine a better example of a complete lack of logic.  

With maturity, we all (most of us, anyway) learn to mind our Ps and Qs (so to speak), when it comes to the bathroom jokes. So welcome back, P. I vow to never again make you the butt of a joke. 
But Q? Sorry, you're out.  
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Pasta Salad Bites      


Printable Recipe

1 pint grape tomatoes
1/2 of a cucumber
1 can (about 2.25 oz) sliced black olives
1/3 cup + 2 TBSP light raspberry vinaigrette salad dressing, divided
12 - 14 jumbo pasta shells (about 1/2 of a 12 oz box)
1 cup fresh spinach 
1/4 cup bacon bits
*NOTE: for a larger crowd you can double the recipe and use the entire 12 oz box of shells.
*Quarter the tomatoes. Peel, slice, and chop the cucumber. Tear the spinach. Drain the black olives.
*Mix the tomatoes, cucumber, and black olives in a bowl with 1/3 cup of the salad dressing. Cover and refrigerate.
*Boil the shells to al dente (about 8 - 10 minutes). Drain and rinse 2 - 3 times with cold water to stop the cooking process. Gently toss with the remaining 2 TBSP of the salad dressing.
*Remove the marinated vegetables from the refrigerator. Mix in the spinach and bacon bits, then gently fill the shells with the vegetables.



  1. Yep. Now Q is running down our legs...

  2. This recipe looks wonderful! How many shells do you think would constitute a serving?

    1. It depends on appetite and what else you're serving. As a side dish with a full meal, I eat one, but Hubs could eat 2 or 3.

  3. Not my day - first I got the "Google Account" thing on my phone (in a waiting room at the time) and then I managed to close out of your blog before commenting twice so let's hope this one takes. That pasta salad sounds so delicious. And as for Q - that poor letter is forever stained. And it wasn't the letter's fault. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

    1. Proving, I guess (in the case of the letter Q) that sometimes it really is the company that you keep.

  4. Had me singing the alphabet like all people my age do..............lol
    Q is often lost without U, just saying

  5. What i want to know from those who believe this stuff is, how many times does the same foolish thing have to be predicted and not come true before the person realizes s/he is being played? The same predictions are made over and over, this person is going to be arrested and tried, that person is going to come forward with evidence, etc. and it never happens.

    Now i'm not saying there isn't corruption, and i'm not saying there are not things the government doesn't tell us (obviously), but the problem with believing all these conspiracies is that history has shown us any conspiracy of more than a half dozen people fails because someone, somewhere, has to blab.

    Someone i know well is not taking the vaccine and has said, "Our medical personnel are dropping like flies because they're being forced to take the vaccine and it's killing them!" The discussion i want to have with him is to ask him what "dropping like flies" means to him -- 10%? 20%? More? Get him to commit to a percentage of medical people who have died because of the vaccine. Then i want to look up how many doctors are at our local hospital, almost all of whom have been vaccinated, and look up obits to see how many of them have died.

    Knowing him, he won't have this conversation. He would then say that obits are not being printed and names are being withheld so we can't find out how many are dying. Even if i took him to visit every doctor who practices at that hospital, and showed him they are all still around after being vaccinated, it would not convince him.

    It's sad, but people who feel powerless in their daily lives want to believe conspiracies because it gives them a reason why they are not achieving what they want, or living the way they want to, or whatever it is they feel they are missing. They want a scapegoat.

    Sorry to hijack your comments, if i've said too much, please just ignore.

    1. You are always welcome to share your thoughts and observations, I value your opinion and insight. I do agree with you, the problem with conspiracy theorists is that you cannot reason with them, they are vested in the lie and will not hear anything else. It's part of why they're so dangerous.

  6. I know 25 letters of the alphabet, Y, I don’t know.


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