As I have indicated previously in this space, since I gave up watching MSNBC I have an enormous amount of time on my hands. Rather than put it to good use, I have been doing endless crossword puzzles. After working through a book of 150 superhard TIMES crosswords, I ordered another book of them from Amazon, and have just started my thirty-second. I experience an unfinished crossword puzzle as presenting an objective gestalt demand [I get this from a theory in philosophical aesthetics that was popular half a century ago, back when I was still reading Philosophy journals.]
In this latest puzzle, I have just learned something so simultaneously delicious and trivial that I had to share it with you. Apparently, in the language of the Sioux, the word Topeka, from which the Kansas city gets its name, means "a good place to grow potatoes."
That is, all by itself, enough to justify the hours I have spent filling in little squares.