Taking the Bait

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CaptureMy Featured Blogger this week is Phillip Mullins of The Second-Rate Scientist. Phillip is a first-rate humorist trapped in the body of a second-rate scientist (his term, not mine). By his own description, he’s “just a guy with a degree in Chemistry and a spotty Wi-fi connection, writing about ‘stuff’. (Sound familiar?).” On the plus-side, Phillip admits he loves “God and the things He made, including my family, good words, and pie — good pie (or any pie, really). “And,” he brags, “I don’t like to brag, but it should be noted that I was recently voted #6 on the list of Most Influential People in My House!” See what I mean?
So read Phillip’s latest and wind up the year with a laugh.

Lord knows we need it.

Like most of you, I am often besieged while browsing the web by those click-bait article titles that I know are misleading, yet I can’t help clicking. You know, you’re minding your own business, trying to figure out exactly what Jennifer Aniston’s teeth whitening routine consists of, and in the margins you see something along the lines of,

“We are shocked at the list of celebrities who have died this year!” next to a picture of, say, Tom Hanks.

“No!” you exclaim. “Not Forrest! Say it ain’t so, Woody! We barely knew ye, Larry Crowne.”

<CLICK> . . . Humph, I say!

Tom Hanks is nowhere on this list!  Neither is anyone you have ever heard of (not to detract from the weight of any celebrity death, whether they are A-list or, as far as you know, non-existent.)

While this this can be frustrating, I have decided it might also…

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About mitchteemley

Writer, Filmmaker, Humorist, Thinker-about-stuffer
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11 Responses to Taking the Bait

  1. revruss1220 says:

    He’s GOOD! And funny.
    Thanks for the intro, Mitch.

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  2. I did get a good laugh (as well as a very useful workplace strategy)! Thank you, Mitch!!

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  3. Thanks, Mitch, for introducing me to another blogger I will enjoy following.

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  4. Thank you Mitch! It’s always good to laugh TOGETHER, I think. I Appreciate the kind words and even more so the time you took to write this. Blessings in the new year!

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  5. Nancy Ruegg says:

    That was a delightful read all right. Thanks for recommending the Second Rate Scientist (with the first rate sense of humor)!

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  6. Debi Walter says:


    I am glad to have discovered you by you following our blog. I love a good story, and those who are able to do it well are worth listening to. I look forward to following you in the coming year. Happy New Year!

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  8. gpavants says:


    It’s good to continually ask questions about online contact Isn’t it crazy to know what’s trustworthy or not?



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