Off topic: Scandal suffixes, American happiness, sex duration, simultaneous historical events

Naming scandals: -Gate, -Ghazi, what’s next? Quantification’s all the rage: measuring American happiness, and separately, mapping how long people have sex. And what do “Star Wars” and the guillotine have in common, and other juxtapositions of simultaneous events.

 

Photo: “Star Wars” came out in 1977, the same year of the last execution by guillotine in France. Shown above, an original Darth Vader costume at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose in 2013. (Patrick Tehan/Bay Area News Group)

 
 

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