Yelp has revealed it’s Top 100 places to eat in the U.S.

Engineers on Yelp’s data mining team used a technique based on the Wilson Score to compile a list of highly rated places to eat. This method takes into account both star rating and number of reviews to reveal which spots not only have top notch ratings, but also which are most popular in the Yelp community.

Of course, since it’s only using Yelp’s data, the results are skewed towards the type of people who actively use Yelp. Case in point: NYC’s top rated place to eat is a food truck. While it is quite good, I don’t know anyone who would list it at number one in the city.

The Times informs us that Moviefone’s phone line is going dead.

“It’s a missed opportunity and unfortunately characterizes the way AOL has mismanaged the Moviefone business for quite a while,” Mr. Jarecki said. “The fact that a lot of people still call — hundreds of thousands a month, from what I have been told — shows that it isn’t some ancient idea.” AOL responded in an emailed statement, “Moviefone is one of the best-known brands in entertainment, and we believe it can mesh seamlessly with AOL’s strategic focus on premium content and video.”

Yeah, cause that’s working so well for AOL’s other brands.

Slate explains how Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” may be the perfect illustration of man…because of a hernia.

But in selecting his model for human perfection, Leonardo also managed to depict how our perfect bodies, upon closer inspection, are never so perfect after all. His sketch also reminds us that there is a certain futility in humans’ historic search for an exemplar, the one individual we can all point to and call the pinnacle of the human form.

I just thought it was his pubes.

John Stanmeyer’s “Signal” won World Press Photo of the Year, and thinkTank Photo brings us his thoughts on the photo.

What I try to do on every assignment is wander about, getting lost.

This is good advice for everybody, not just a photographer on assignment.

Two studies indicate that whole-fat milk and dairy products might be better at keeping the pounds off than their low-fat counterparts.

The second study, published in the European Journal of Nutrition, is a meta-analysis of 16 observational studies. There has been a hypothesis that high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity and heart disease risk, but the reviewers concluded that the evidence does not support this hypothesis. In fact, the reviewers found that in most of the studies, high-fat dairy was associated with a lower risk of obesity.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune explains that American’s have a love affair with the British accent because it’s associated with high class.

“Someone making a movie or TV show has just seconds to manufacture a character,” Sheldon said. “A Disney movie, for example, can immediately establish [a character’s] social position through how they talk. Even a young child can pick up on it instantly and subconsciously. How they talk provides instant clues to who they are.”

They also explain something that I’ve noticed but never really thought about:

As it turns out, Brits generally can master an American accent much more readily than Americans can speak good Brit, Bailey said, largely because “we grow up with a lot of American TV, American music, American movies.”

Major League Eating has concluded a “years-long study” into the most efficient way of eating chicken wings.

According to MLE, the average consumer eats with no specific approach and could reduce the time necessary to consume a plate of one dozen wings by a full three minutes and 30 seconds through these methods. Correctly applied across the 24 billion chicken wings consumed annually in the United States, these methods could save 116 million hours each year, significantly enhancing productivity in other areas.

This is important stuff, people!

A buildup of methane gas from flatulent cows ignited, setting their barn on fire. The NY Daily News headline: “Farting cows blow up barn after deadly buildup of methane gas inside”.

You know The Onion staff is looking around asking themselves how they missed that one.

Time gives us several photos from Christopher Morris of the NYC subway from 1981.

The images that emerged from his months-long project show subway cars being tagged, and stations covered in dirt and grime, but we also see commuters going about their business — reading newspapers, listening to music — beneath advertisements for vacation deals and aspirin.

We Were Told Two-to-Four Inches!

January 21, 2014 at 11:30pm • One comment

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