Another Monday, and another explanation of how the world works, behind the scenes. And, as with so many of these 'things,' we're clearing out the backlog of topics from... well, 2007. I feel like I should be tracking things with Gantt charts. Today, thankfully, we have a twofer. Two separate questions can be merged together into one… Continue reading The Fruit Fly and the Nymph of Time
One of the things about a five and a half-year absence is you get a certain... backlog. Especially when you do things like answer questions and explain things about the hidden world behind our own. Some folks have wondered if I'm nervous if the current myth calls are quiet. The answer there is, simply enough,… Continue reading Where do babies come from? I mean, really come from?
Welcome back to Banter Latte. We apologize for the brief interruption of service. Long time readers will remember that we answer questions about the Mythology of the Modern World -- the mythological underpinnings that lie beneath the surface, which explain how the universe works in a way that is comprehensible. That the universe is in… Continue reading Mythology of the Modern World: Aren’t I Just Ripping Off John Hodgman?
We have returned, with a special myth. It's also a long one, to warn -- though I don't think people will complain. Unless, of course, they do. People find the time to complain, sometimes. This is a holiday special, though the holiday in question is somewhat vague. I don't think we can call it Christmas,… Continue reading Prosperina: A Mythology of the Modern World Holiday Special
It was a week of system issues and exhaustion, but that is done and now it's Myth Time again, and with a little luck we'll be on the full on normal schedule again starting this week. Starting off, we're going back to Banter Latte pal CrazyDave, who asks us: Why have people stopped wearing watches… Continue reading Why do people check the time on mobile phones instead of watches?
And good morning... to you. Today's myth comes to us from "zeruslord" (who, I am given to understand, is Lord of Zerus, and there is no doubt one does not want to be on the bad side of the Lord of Zerus, so you'll understand if I answer the request, I trust. Mythologists have to… Continue reading Why are there Suburbs?
Man, I love autumn. I just do, and you can't stop me. And hand in hand with loving autumn please enjoy this myth. It comes to us from reader teckstphyle, who asks: Why is there a disconnect between Art and Industry? Why can art not be "useful?" Why can't industry "inspire?" More correctly, why are… Continue reading Why is there a disconnect between Art and Industry?
As you know, I didn't write a myth last week. It was that sort of a week. The sort where you work, oh, fifteen days in a row, mostly longer than eight hours in a given day, and feel the burn of exhaustion. But it seems people liked the retelling of the Viscountess, which is… Continue reading Manannán mac Lir and the Isle of Ninjas.
Many of you have read this before. It first appeared on Websnark, and while I considered it a part of the Mythology after starting it, it hadn't explicitly been put here. And as I had no time to write a myth this past week, this is what we have for today. I figured you would… Continue reading The Princess and the Wyverns
It's Monday and therefore the Myth. And the Myth is a thing that comes with a Monday. This week, we get our Myth from long time friend of the writing Kirabug, who asks us: Why does every small (15lb or less) dog I meet seem to think she’s 150lbs? Now, interestingly enough, there is a… Continue reading Dog Reincarnation
Hello and welcome to Yet Another Week on Banter Latte. It's Monday, and that's Myth day! Huzzah! And today the myth comes from enthusiastic friend of Banter Latte Goblinpaladin, who asks: What *really* causes hangovers? It can’t be just drinking, because plenty of people drink them and don’t get them, or throw up the alcohol… Continue reading Why does alcohol produce hangovers, and why doesn’t it produce hangovers consistently?
This week, we have a myth com from reader Streon, who asks us: Why do we get spam email that’s complete gibberish or random sentences from books strung together? Streon's question is a good one. He is careful, by the by, to differentiate between the spam e-mail that uses a block of gibberish like a… Continue reading Why do we get spam email that’s complete gibberish or random sentences from books strung together?