“The Big Lebowski” house for sale

The six one-bedroom cottages that The Dude called home in “The Big Lebowski” is for sale. Asking price is $2,295,000.

No word on whether the rug is included.

July 27, 2011

Biplane on a Manhattan roof

There’s a replica of a WWI biplane on a roof in Manhattan.

Though Kaufman delights in onlookers wondering if a plane did indeed fly in and land on 77 Water Street, the aircraft is actually just an artistic re-imagining of a 1916 British Sopwith Camel, designed by Rudolph de Harak and constructed by sculptor William Tarr. It was hoisted into place by crane in 1969 and hasn’t moved since.

I love how it now looks almost like a shipwreck at the bottom of the ocean.

July 22, 2011

The Monkeys You Ordered

The Monkeys You Ordered is a tumblr of New Yorker cartoons with literal captions, and I think I’ve been enjoying them more than the real New Yorker cartoons.

July 19, 2011

NYC bagels demystified

Slate explains why NYC’s bagels are so good. While water chemistry might play a bit part in it, it’s more about making them correctly than where they’re made:

If the bottom is significantly darker and harder than the rest of the surface, you’re eating a roll with a hole, not a bagel.

I’ve had good bagels outside of New York; and I’ve had bad bagels in New York; but nothing* comes close to a really good bagel, fresh out of the oven on a Sunday morning in New York while listening to tables around you debate on whether the Yankees need an additional pitcher (they do) or whether the Mets should just trade everyone away and start over from scratch (they should).

*Nothing, except maybe a nice MLT (mutton, lettuce, and tomato sandwich) where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe.

July 18, 2011

Cactus before

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July 9, 2011

The IRS would not have given back the ball

Over the weekend, Derek Jeter of the Yankees hit an almost Hollywood-scripted home run for his 3,000th hit (his first home run in Yankee Stadium since July 2010, by the way). The fan who caught the ball, Christian Lopez, gave it back to Jeter and wanted nothing in return. The Yankees, wanting to make the most of the PR opportunity, gave Lopez luxury box tickets to every home game for the rest of the season through the World Series as well as assorted signed bats, balls, jerserys, etc. Now, the Daily News is reporting that he will be on the hook for between $5,000 and $13,000 in taxes:

“He’s a great guy,” says Terry Ganer, a die-hard Yankees fan and accountant for Ganer Grossbach & Ganer in midtown. “But I’m pretty sure the tax man, unfortunately, is not a Yankee fan and will not look at this so sympathetically.”

Leave it to the IRS to put a damper on things…uh…I mean, I love the IRS and think that everyone who works there are wonderful people who I would probably love to hang out with after work or on a weekend and they are only doing their job.

Update: Several companies have come forward to not only pay any taxes he might be assessed for his gifts, but also his student loans. Topps will even put him on a baseball card next season.

July 12, 2011

Pete Rose signed baseball

Wal-Mart is selling an autographed baseball by Pete Rose with the inscription, “I’m sorry I bet on baseball”. It’s officially licensed by Major League Baseball.

Pete has his place in baseball history when he set the all-time major league hit record of 4,192 breaking Hall of Famer Ty Cobb’s mark of 4,191. Pete totaled an amazing 4,256 hits by the time of his retirement.

They should just let him in the Hall of Fame already. The “integrity of the game” excuse doesn’t hold a lot of water with all the cheating that’s ever gone on in the history of the game. Hell, the HoF’s location in Cooperstown, “the birthplace of baseball”, isn’t even legit.

And yes, Joe Jackson should be in there too.

July 7, 2011