Grand Central Terminal

April 26, 2015 at 6:00pm • Zero comments

The Atlantic looks at why men and women’s buttons are on different sides.

For a corollary to that, we can thank, again, Napoleon. That hand-in-waistcoat pose? Women, apparently, used to mock the emperor by mimicking that pose. One theory (which, warning, I can’t find much corroboration for, but I put out there for your consideration) holds that Napoleon ordered women’s shirts be buttoned on the opposite side of men’s to end all the fun-making at his expense.

That theory makes the most sense to me because Napoleon strikes me as that kind of guy.

April 8, 2015

The Star Wars movies will finally be available digitally on April 10th:

Plus, unlike Lando’s bargaining with Darth Vader, this deal is getting better all the time: Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film.

These are the Special Editions, not the theatrical originals. Worthless.

April 7, 2015

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