Don’t you sometimes think that life is just as strange as a Rube Goldberg machine? You know the ones I mean; those crazy drawings of fantastically elaborate machines that link together events in implausible ways to generate some unexpected outcome. For example, at 7 a.m. a cuckoo bird emerges from an old clock, knocking a vase onto a see-saw, flipping a statuette into a fishbowl, splashing a cat that jumps from a mantle, tripping a string that turns a dial that lights a burner that cooks an egg, et voilà! You get the idea. The point is that in life, we see the cuckoo clock strike 7 a.m., but how could we ever imagine that this would lead to breakfast sunny side up? Yet so often life is just this complex. For a timely example, take cupcakes. Or more precisely,…

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