The resident faculty left a pogo stick outside the mail room door this morning. As we already have a campus shuttle service, the staff think this was a clue. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s writers:

On Monday, you shared your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week and addisnana shared Culture Shock and Awe in Midday Matinee.

On Tuesday, Winning Progressive offered The Road to a More Progressive Senate in 2013 in Morning Feature, the Squirrel bemoaned Those Poor Billionaires in Furthermore!, and readers collaborated on Tuesday’s Tale: The Tech Geek Cometh in Midday Matinee.

On Wednesday, Winning Progressive suggested Debate Questions for Mitt Romney in Morning Feature, the Squirrel saw conservative fear-mongering go Kaaaaaa…Fizzle in Furthermore!, and addisnana mused on Clapping for Yourself in Midday Matinee.

On Thursday, we began a series on Nate Silver’s book The Signal and the Noise with Cockiness, Confirmation Bias, Chaos, and Complexity in Morning Feature and triciawyse brought us Fursdai Furries in Midday Matinee.

On Friday, we continued our series on The Signal and the Noise with How Should the News Change Your Views? in Morning Feature, triciawyse shared Frieday Critters in Midday Matinee, new author Dr. F discussed Framing Conservative Arguments in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan returned with Why We Need Insects in Our Earth.

On the weekend, we concluded our series on The Signal and the Noise with Less and Less Wrong in Saturday’s Morning Feature, Ms. Crissie was asked about Just Asking? in Sunday’s Morning Feature, Winning Progressive shared Weekend Reading in Furthermore!, we chuckled at Silly Sunday: That’s Debatable in Evening Focus, and winterbanyan brought our weekly Eco News Roundup in Our Earth.

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Thus we return to the pogo stick left outside the mail room by the resident faculty as they made their way from the wine cellar library where they spent the weekend drinking thinking on our motto of Magis vinum, magis verum to the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference.

As we already have a campus shuttle, the staff were confident this was a clue. The Professor of Astrology Janitor suggested the reference might be to the Walt Kelly comic strip Pogo, at which point Chef noted that the Professor of Astrology Janitor was dating himself. “I have to date myself,” he replied. “No one else will.”

All thought of deciphering the clue was put on hold while the Squirrel tapped away at his Blewberry. “I’ve opened an account for you at CampusStaffDates. Your profile reads: ‘Double male seeks sincere partner for buffing, bluffing, and Bippiescopes.’ You can edit it if you want.”

“Double male?” the Professor of Astrology Janitor asked.

“I didn’t think I should detail The Cream Cheese Incident in your profile,” the Squirrel replied.

“I think I will edit that profile,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor said.

With his dating issues on their way to resolution, the staff returned to the task of deciphering the weekly clue. The Squirrel returned to his Blewberry and found that legend holds the Pogo stick was invented by an American traveler named George Hansburg, who was visiting Burma. There he met a shoeless girl named Pogo, who wanted to to the local temple without walking through mud and over rocks.

“Hansburg invented a bouncing stick for her and gave it her name,” the Squirrel texted. “Or at least that’s the legend. I wonder why he didn’t just buy her a pair of shoes.”

“Maybe he tried and the shoes didn’t bounce well,” Chef suggested. “Or maybe it was just a story he told to explain an otherwise inexplicably awkward method of personal transportation.”

“A pogo buffer,” the Professor of Astrology Janitor mused, still editing his profile. “That’s what I need.”

“Iz so eezee,” Pootie the Precious texted on her iHazPhone. “This week da fakultee will bounce around topix.”

“Thank you,” Chef said, stroking between Pootie’s ears. “We kind of knew the clue meant the resident faculty would bounce around topics this week, but we needed an excuse to get the Professor of Astrology Janitor to sign up for that dating service.”

“And my profile is done,” he said. “Sanitation maintenance engineer and stellar forecaster seeks sincere partner for fun and companionship. Please respond with breakfast recipes.”

He looked at Chef. She smiled. Sparks flew.

Time to repair that pogo buffer.


Happy Monday!