The Most Exclusive Restaurant in America
The first time Jeffrey Merrihue came across the name Damon Baehrel, he was amazed that he hadn’t heard of him. “I didn’t understand how the secret had been kept,” Merrihue said recently. “The people I go around with, it’s hard for us to find something that is genuinely unique and new.” I wonder what the Yelp reviews are like?
What Killed the Jingle?
Marketing ditties once had a distinctive, hokey sound, but today’s advertisers have ditched them for standard pop songs. Most Americans can recite their share of jingles. Perhaps they can’t remember their partner’s cell phone number, but they know every digit required to reach Empire carpet. Ask your kids, or young relatives if they even KNOW what a jingle is and prepare to feel very old
Gene Wilder’s Genius Reason for Willy Wonka Walking With a Limp (Video)
Gene Wilder starred in the original 1971 “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” but he only did so under one condition. “When I make my first entrance, I’d like to come out of the door carrying a cane and then walk toward the crowd with a limp,” he said, according to Letters of Note. One of a kind actor, with a gentle humour and kindness about him. Sad times.
Psychology debunks the idea that we’d be happier if we lived somewhere else
Virtually every time I travel to a new place, I find myself fantasizing about starting over there. Mostly the feeling sneaks up on me, as it did this summer while I walked on a coastal trail above the Pacific Ocean in Victoria, Canada. Scientists are doing a lot of debunking. Maybe THEY should move somewhere else to be happ… dammit.
Situations where it’s OK for men to talk to women they don’t know
The tantrum crops up time and time again. This time it’s because there was backlash from women towards an article teaching men how to chat up women who are wearing headphones. When women say they’d rather be left alone, men tend to completely lose their shit. Clear instructions. Please read.
Great Missenden Plays Itself
Nestled in Buckinghamshire’s Chiltern Hills, a 45-minute train ride from London, Great Missenden (pop: 2,255) was originally built in the 12th century around a vast monastery. Many of its row houses are themselves upwards of four hundred years old. The life of one amazing man and the town he lived in. Roald Dahl.
The Real-Life Superhero Who Beats the Cops to Bike Thieves
He rode his bike to work. After work, he rode his bike home again. In the evenings, in his basement, he wrenched on bikes that he fixed up and flipped. Monkeying with bikes helped him burn off stress. Hooray for everyday, ‘average’, human beings (who aren’t average at all).
How Do Mathematicians Cut Cake?
What’s the best way to cut a cake? Unless you’re a professional wedding planner, you probably haven’t given the question much thought. OK, I’ll admit it. I didn’t read all of this one. But if you like Maths and cake, you’ll love this!
Book Reading 2016
Americans today have an enormous variety of content available to them at any time of day, and this material is available in a number of formats and through a range of digitally connected devices. Must get back on my Goodreads challenge, and might make note of the format I read (digital or paper) just for kicks.
My Brother’s Pregnancy and the Making of a New American Family
When the call came, my brother was at work in the open office in Cambridge, Mass., he shares with seven colleagues who, like him, help run clinical trials for a drug developer. The phone number came up blocked, so he knew it must be the doctor. He stood up, unsteady on his feet. Dear World, gender is fluid. Ends.
Glasgow’s Building Built in Lego
Having lived in Glasgow nearly all my adult life, I have come to love this city’s varied and exciting built heritage. I recently started making Lego models of some of my favourite buildings. This blog tells you a little about how I came to do this. I am the proud owner of his version of the Wellington statue (including traffic cone!).