Ben & Jerry’s has come out with a new flavor inspired by Ron Burgundy: Scotchy Scotch Scotch.
We don’t know how to put this but this flavor is kind of a big deal. Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it “Scotchy Scotch Scotch”. Scholars maintain that the translation was lost hundreds of years ago. Stay Classy, From all of us at Ben & Jerry’s.
I’m sure I’m not the only one to be disappointed that the “Scotch” part of the name means butterscotch, however, I will consumer this, gladly.
Every year, right around this time, my thoughts turn to which “Christmasy” movies I should watch in celebration of the season. Every year I watch four staples: Die Hard, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Story. In addition to those four, I try and watch a few other Christmas related movies to round things out.
This year I think the other movies will be Deck the Halls, Four Christmases, Arthur Christmas, The Ice Harvest, While You Were Sleeping, Miracle on 34th Street, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.
That’s 11 movies in total, and about three weeks until Christmas, which works out to over three movies per week. While I do have a few days off around Christmas, writing it down and planning it out makes me think that I shouldn’t be spending time writing about it, but should be watching one instead.
NPR podcast Planet Money made a t-shirt, and followed the production from the genetically modified cotton seeds through to delivery.
We wanted to see the hidden world behind clothes sold in this country, so we decided to make a T-shirt. We wanted to make an ordinary shirt like the vast majority of the shirts sold in this country — not organic cotton, not hand-sewn in the United States.
The whole project is quite interesting, and the web site is really well done. The pictures juxtapositioning today’s production to the early 1900′s U.S. production are striking. Besides the videos, I highly recommend the audio stories half-way down this page as well.
USA Today gives us a list of America’s 15 best pizzas.
Pizza is about as varied and beloved a genre, as opinionated a subject, and also as accessible a food as there is, which makes determining the country’s best pizzas a truly challenging task.
Six joints in NYC, three in New Haven, CT (wtf?), two in SF, and one each in Portland, Providence, and LA. Notice, not one in Chicago or any mention of that deep dish crap. John Stewart’s right, “It’s not pizza…it’s a fucking casserole.”
How do you think that book got on top of that electrical(?) box in between two subway tracks?
My first thought is that someone dropped their book onto the tracks while waiting for the train and gave up on it. Later, someone from the MTA was in the tracks cleaning something up or working on something, found it, and instead of throwing it out, picked it up to give away or read later. However, if that was the case, wouldn’t they place the book on the platform rather than on that rather inaccessible box?
My new theory is that a track worker was using that book, either as a log book or as a reference guide, placed it there while they needed two hands for something, and forgot it was there.
Update: The book has disappeared.
The Atlantic lets us know about the trend of using “because” as a preposition.
But it also conveys a certain universality. When I say, for example, “The talks broke down because politics,” I’m not just describing a circumstance. I’m also describing a category. I’m making grand and yet ironized claims, announcing a situation and commenting on that situation at the same time. I’m offering an explanation and rolling my eyes—and I’m able to do it with one little word. Because variety. Because Internet. Because language.
My new favorite thing to come out of the Internet, as far as language is concerned, is the ability to use a noun as a verb, e.g. when correcting bad grammar and saying, “Sorry, I can’t English,” or not writing the tip amount on a check and instead writing, “I can’t math,” and putting the total in.
The US Supreme Court is trying to figure out what constitutes “clothing”.
In 2012, a group of 800 steelworkers at a U.S. Steel plant in Gary, Indiana brought suit against their employer, asking for “work time”—that is, paid time—to include the time it took them to put on and take off their work clothes. For steelworkers, “work clothes” aren’t just suits or coveralls; they include flame-retardant jackets and pants, protective leggings, Kevlar sleeves, gloves, steel-toed boots, hard hats, safety glasses, earplugs, and hoods. When you work with molten metal, getting dressed for work—and, then, un-dressed—takes some time.
Some of the back-and-forth arguments are interesting, especially if you consider a toupee as “clothing”. However, I can’t believe a court needs to decide this. Seems like the steelworkers ratified a bad contract.
Researchers believe that dogs became domesticated much earlier than originally thought.
The authors concluded that dog domestication most likely occurred in Ice Age Europe, between 18,800 and 32,100 years ago — much earlier, and much farther north, than previously believed.
“The initial interactions were probably at arm’s length, as these were large, aggressive carnivores,” said senior study author Robert Wayne, an evolutionary biology professor at UCLA. “Eventually though, wolves entered the human niche. … Maybe they even assisted humans in locating prey, or deterred other carnivores from interfering with the hunting activities of humans.”
Of course, there are those who disagree with the findings. What I want to know is, when did dogs become cute?