Matchbook: Rosa Mexicano

March 22, 2015 at 9:00am • Zero comments

A new study finds that there are too many studies:

The authors of the study found that the “decay” in scholars’ attention towards influential studies in their field is speeding up. That means they forget about studies way more quickly than before because of the overwhelming amount of content, not unlike how we forget about that Buzzfeed listicle after we get up from our desk to grab a sandwich.

Maybe there are just too many “scholars”?

March 20, 2015

Cristiano Ronaldo has his stylist make sure that his wax likeness is perfect:

Speaking on a Spanish radio show, Gonzalo Presa, communications director of the Madrid Wax Museum, said that, like Ronaldo himself in the real world, the Real Madrid star’s wax likeness at the museum enjoys a bit of preferential treatment.

“Cristiano told us to be sure his figure was perfect,” Presa said, according to a translation from ESPNFC. “He sent his own hairstylist to brush his figure once a month.”

This would be unbelievable if it wasn’t so true.

March 19, 2015

Matchbook: China Grill

March 1, 2015 at 9:00am • Zero comments

Fred Roger’s recorded a message, shortly before he died, to those of us who grew up watching his neighborhood:

Fred Rogers recorded this message for those who grew up with “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” It aired on PBS to mark the one-year anniversary of 9/11, about five months before he died. #bemyneighbor

His company posted it on Vimeo yesterday.

February 28, 2015

Phil Plait, Slate’s Bad Astronomer, notices something strange about The Simpsons:

… Until a scene came up that chilled me to the bone. I was so shocked that I had to rewind and watch it again, then freeze frame it to make sure I wasn’t hallucinating.

This is the moment that changed everything for me. The frozen moment of time when I realized that for 26 years, The Simpsons has been lying to us.

This totally jives with the theory that Homer has been in a coma for 20+ years.

February 23, 2015

Matchbook: Bar Americain

February 22, 2015 at 9:00am • Zero comments

Daniel Engber at Slate makes the case to get rid of wind chill:

As the use of equivalent temperatures spread, people started to notice inconsistencies between real temperatures and their wind chill counterparts. For some reason, a day spent in a minus-40 wind chill was a lot easier to handle than a minus-40-degree day with no wind. Around 2000, two researchers—Randall Osczevski in Canada and Maurice Bluestein in the United States—began looking closely at this problem. Before long, they discovered that the adapted Siple-Passel equations grossly overestimated rates of heat loss.

I didn’t realize it was calculated using a 5-foot man…that seems strange. Weather services and weathermen (weatherpeople?) will never get rid of it because it’s a grand number that they can trot out in teasers to get viewers/listeners.

February 18, 2015

Scientists used a high-speed camera and sound recording to figure out why a popcorn pops:

Using a high-speed camera, which took 2,900 frames per second, the researchers also show that the kernel is propelled into the air by a “leg” of expanding starch. Previously, scientists had speculated that escaping steam might boost the kernel upwards in a “rocket” effect. But in a freeze-frame analysis, the researchers show the dynamics of a jumping piece of popcorn are similar to an acrobat performing a somersault.

Next time I make popcorn, I’m going to start giving those little acrobats a number grade.

February 17, 2015

Matchbook: Bouley

February 15, 2015 at 9:00am • Zero comments