Falling Apples

Da do Rand Ron

Sir Isaac Newton, 1667: “The apple falls from the tree!” (Discovering gravitational mechanics.)
Political observer, 2010: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!” (Discovering Rand Paul, son-of-Ron.)

Robert Paul

And now, in 2011, we spot yet another Paul-apple nestled up there in the branches. This time it’s Robert, also son-of-Ron, toying with a run for Senate to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison, and also threatening to fall very close to the tree. How many Paul-apples can one Congress digest without getting a really bad tummy ache? Perhaps we are about to find out.
Meanwhile, in honor of falling apples everywhere, this week’s timewaster celebrates apples that fall near the tree and those that fall frustratingly far away. 100 apples will fall in the course of the game, and the counter keeps track of how many you catch in your basket. Sounds simple enough…but it’s freakishly hard to catch them. My personal best on this one is 78 which I think is pretty darn good, all things considered. My 11-year-old tech assistant claims an 84. Sometimes I don’t even know why I tolerate that kid.


About filistro

Filistro is a Canadian writer and prairie dog who maintains burrows on both sides of the 49th parallel. Like all prairie dogs, she is keenly interested in politics and language. (Prairie dogs have been known to build organized towns the size of Maryland, and are the only furry mammal with a documented language.)
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One Response to Falling Apples

  1. filistro says:

    Hey, all you historians…. has there even been a time when three members of the same nuclear family (ie parents and/or siblings) have served in congress simultaneously?

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