Here are some one liners...
Nintendo Game Systems and the Perils of a Family Business -- Nintendo opens for business as a gambling card company. It will successfully change with the times, but A&P will not.
The Starry Night and the Difficulty in Diagnosing Mental Illness -- Vincent Van Gogh checks into an asylum. I talk about alcoholism and a study on how difficult it is to diagnose mental illness.
Diabetes Has Gone to the Dogs -- Animal experimentation and a recommendation for a novel.
In Other News -- Cordite, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and Adolf Hitler.
Nintendo Game Systems and the Perils of a Family BusinessIt is a card game played with hanafuda cards or "Flower Cards". The cards were forbidden by the Japanese government centuries earlier when they feared the influence of Christianity, clocks and gambling that the Portuguese sailors had introduced to Japan. The Japanese were mostly successful in containing the threats of clocks and Christianity, but gambling remained and went underground. Those looking for a secret game would rub their nose. Now with the westernization of Japan underway, the restrictions on flower cards has been lifted. A young entrepreneur opens a shop in Kyoto (key-oh-toe) and produces hand-made cards out of paper from the bark of mulberry trees. He names his business "Nin-ten-do" which is often translated as "Leave luck to heaven" but could also mean (in context): "The Temple of Legal Hanafuda Cards". Business is slow at first but eventually almost every household in the city owns a pack of his playing cards. Then business dries up, so he starts selling to the gambling houses. They have the custom at the high-stakes tables of opening a new pack of playing cards for each game. With firm contracts in hand, the company is on course to becoming a major gambling supplier.  
The Starry Night and the Difficulty in Diagnosing Mental IllnessThe artist Vincent Van Gogh has voluntarily admitted himself to an insane asylum. Last December he was in a rage with one of his fellow artists, and for some reason used a razor to slice off his own ear. He has no memory of the incident. There is some evidence that he presented the ear as a gift to a maid in a brothel to bring healing to the deep scarring she suffered from a wound. This is a strong indicator of mental illness or the later stages of alcoholism. That is why Van Gogh checked himself into an asylum. Around the 1850s, asylums became more like hospitals, and funding increased. Thus Van Gogh has walked into a treatment center and not a holding cell. The grounds are beautiful and he is entranced by the view out his window. One starry night he paints a picture of that view. It will become one of his most memorable paintings, but he will call it a failure. He attempts to use abstraction to exaggerate the stars in the sky, but he is unhappy with the result. His friends are delighted. He will soon check himself out of the asylum and move to a town in the suburbs of Paris. Next year he will paint a Wheatfield with Crows, and then shoot himself at the age of 37.    
- The sadness will last forever.
- --The last words of Vincent Van Gogh as he dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.