Author Archives: Marc Roberts

The Most Underrated Inventions of Our Time

The Most Underrated Inventions of Our Time

At one time or another most of us have debated what are the greatest inventions of all time. Penicillin, the printing press, computers, and of course, for those of us with more primitive thoughts (meaning you), “the Pill” (birth control or Viagra, take your pick) are all typically bandied about. So important are these thatContinue Reading

I Was in a Parallel Universe

I Was in a Parallel Universe

Stephen Hawking is right, after all. There are such things as parallel universes. I was in one just the other day. It started about 4:00 p.m. I’d been busting my you-know-what for weeks, working all sorts of crazy hours meeting crisis deadline after crisis deadline. My boss walked into my office, put his arm aroundContinue Reading

The 10 Greatest American Novels

The 10 Greatest American Novels

Certain to spark a debate among connoisseurs (that means you!), today I list my top 10 picks for the best all-time American literary classics (I know you’ve read them all):   THE GRAPES OF WRATH John Steinbeck’s masterpiece about a family that leaves the dust bowl for the promised land of California only to findContinue Reading

Team Nicknames That Never Saw the Light of Day

Team Nicknames That Never Saw the Light of Day

In this age of political correctness, it’s not at all surprising that many of the more unique team nicknames have never been made public. But my sources have uncovered some of the more interesting monikers.   UDDERLY RIDICULOUS The WNBA’s Chicago Sky thought to capitalize on their male counterparts’ nickname, Bulls, but WABTOOL (Women AgainstContinue Reading

The Greatest Rock & Roll Lyricists of the 1960s

The Greatest Rock & Roll Lyricists of the 1960s

The emergence of rock & roll in the 1950s left it poised to become the most important medium for social commentary and consciousness in the decade that followed. It was in that time that most of the prolific and poetic lyricists of the genre came of age. In the five decades that have followed sinceContinue Reading

Road Signs Put to Good Use

Road Signs Put to Good Use

For the road-weary traveler, be he the daily commuter, the family-man vacationer or the cross-country trucker, road signs are too often harbingers of gloom. Despair, however, is in the eyes of the beholder.  If you really think about it, your fertile imagination will put these signs to good use. Here are some examples:   SLIPPERYContinue Reading

The Advantages of 5 Love-Making Positions

The Advantages of 5 Love-Making Positions

In a prior piece (an appropriate word given the subject matter of this article), I wrote about the ways men like to do, or imaging doing, “it” (click here to read it). But in that article, I was just joking. Today, I discard humor for a scholarly discussion about the relative merits of five actualContinue Reading

Politics Made Easy

Politics Made Easy

Being a politician is tough. It’s not easy to obfuscate issues, divert attention from them and trumpet cockamamie claptrap to make sure your real message is not heard. I’m here to simplify liberal and conservative positions on some of the weighty issues of the day:   WORKFARE LIBERAL: “People are degraded by having to cleanContinue Reading

Battle of the Mindless Babes: Kim Kardashian vs. Paris Hilton

Battle of the Mindless Babes: Kim Kardashian vs. Paris Hilton

Normally, in trying to choose which of two hot females I would rather be marooned on an island with, I would decide based upon the women’s positive attributes. But when it comes to  Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton, it’s easier to choose based on who would annoy me less. So here is how I see thisContinue Reading

Some of the Sexiest Commercials of the 1970s

Some of the Sexiest Commercials of the 1970s

Ah, the 1970s! Too often sadly remembered as the Age of Disco (which, in terms of evolution, preceded the Bronze Age), this decade fills us with memories of uninhibited, causal group sex—as told by our friends, since we were never invited to participate—and, almost as importantly, the forerunners of today’s overtly sexual commercials. We wentContinue Reading