I saw a cartoon today. In it, a military recruiter says to the young man seated across from him, “And you’ll be murdering peasants who could never possibly hurt anyone in the U.S., all in order to further corporate interests.”

Quite the opposite of what recruiters actually say, I’m sure.

Similarly, centuries before science harnessed the underarm wetness-fighting power of aluminum chlorohydrate, incense was burned during religious rituals to mask the collective reek of the unwashed and the unwell.

It helped to keep the minds of the faithful focused.

It also looked cool.