LATELY — 16 June 2005

Facts and Opposite Facts

Hey, let’s play this game where you go from one fact to its exact opposite, via the Wikipedia, in the small­est pos­si­ble number of steps:

P-51 Mustang: “Chuck Yeager, flying a P-51D, was the first Allied pilot to shoot down a Me 262 when he sur­prised it during its landing approach.”

… is a link away from …

Me 262: “The Tempest was the first Allied plane to shoot down a Me262 …”

Hay fever: “Short-acting antihistamines, which are gen­er­ally over-the-counter (non-prescription), often relieve mild to mod­er­ate symptoms, but can cause drowsiness. … One for­merly pre­scrip­tion medication, loratadine (Claritin), is now avail­able over the counter.”

… is a link away from …

Loratadine: “Loratadine is a tri­cyclic antihistamine, which has a se­lec­tive and pe­riph­eral H1-antagonist action. It has a long-lasting effect …”

You can do this with the Bri­tan­nica too, al­though you might need to look at dif­fer­ent editions:

Bri­tan­nica (1985): “While the Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion can hardly be seen as the log­i­cally in­evitable outcome of Mao’s pre­vi­ous ideas and career, he so thor­oughly iden­ti­fied himself with this attempt to trans­form the whole spirit and struc­ture of Chinese society that as­sess­ment of the man and his life work must begin with it.”

Bri­tan­nica (2002): “While the Cul­tural Rev­o­lu­tion was an en­tirely logical cul­mi­na­tion of Mao’s last two decades, it was by no means the only pos­si­ble outcome of his ap­proach to revolution, nor need a judg­ment of his work as a whole be based pri­mar­ily on this last phase.”