Off topic: Follow the ants, patent-text generator, rethinking Monopoly, birthday words

Run for your lives! Understanding the nature of escape panic by studying ants. “An apparatus and system for fighting the bourgeoisie” is generated as a possible title for “The Communist Manifesto,” and other examples of transforming text into a patent application. “First, the game is faster because hotels pop up right away and rents get to San Francisco levels of crazy” — on alternate Monopoly rules that help the game mirror the real world. And “braniac” is my birthday word, what’s yours?


Photo: The Monopoly iron token, which has since been replaced by a cat token. (AFP/Getty Images)


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