Ah, Certainty!

The Games satisfy us with rules and results not found in Enron or Afghanistan

For a moment I thought another plane had crashed. My wife was watching TV in the next room, when suddenly I heard moaning and then, "Oh, no!" The phone rang not 10 sec. later--my mother-in-law. "Did you see it?" she said. Her voice was loud and agitated. She demanded to speak with her daughter. I was worried.

A few minutes later, I found out what was wrong: a pair of Canadian figure skaters had been cheated out of a gold medal by dicey judging. In other words, no one had died--a huge relief. But try telling that to my Canadian mother-in-law....

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