Daily Archives: October 14, 2010

LIONEL AUDIO: When Is A Stat A Record? And Stuff Aplenty

This is Khagendra Thapa Magar. He’s on the right and is being propped up as indicated by that mysterious hand. He looks like a de minimis Charlie Callas. He’s the size of a fetus and, yes, I exaggerate. Actually he’s 26.4 inches tall and holds the “record” for being the smallest man. He’s 18. Aren’t records laudatory in the strictest sense? True, someone may hold the record for remaining on death row but that’s not laudatory, praiseworthy or laudable. But the Guinness Book of World Records, I submit, chronicles laudatory records and feats of note. Does a diseased man deserve entry?

Also the perils of garlic, taking politics too seriously, the “work” and when pitifully ill-informed folks are allowed to opine politically. Are miners heroes or merely trapped victims? And the genius of my hero, Robert Klein.