World’s most expensive cracker

A cracker, which came from the Titanic, sold at auction for £15,000 (about $23,000).

It was part of a survival kit stored within one of the ill-fated ocean liner’s lifeboats and was kept as a souvenir.

The biscuit was kept by James Fenwick, who was a passenger onboard the SS Carpathia, which went to the aid of survivors from the ship.

He put the sweet snack in a Kodak photographic envelope complete with the original note, which stated “Pilot biscuit from Titanic lifeboat April 1912”.

I bet it’s a bit stale.

October 27, 2015

Playboy going nudeless

Playboy will no longer publish photos of nude women.

In August of last year, its website dispensed with nudity. As a result, Playboy executives said, the average age of its reader dropped from 47 to just over 30, and its web traffic jumped to about 16 million from about four million unique users per month.

The magazine will adopt a cleaner, more modern style, said Mr. Jones, who as chief content officer also oversees its website. There will still be a Playmate of the Month, but the pictures will be “PG-13” and less produced — more like the racier sections of Instagram. “A little more accessible, a little more intimate,” he said. It is not yet decided whether there will still be a centerfold.

Do you hear that? Is that the sound of hell freezing over?

October 13, 2015

Congrats to the NFL

September was the first month since July 2009 that no one in the NFL was arrested.

It’s good news for the NFL, which underwent one of its most controversial years in its history in 2014, including high-profile situations such as the Ray Rice assault case and Adrian Peterson’s arrest for child abuse.

The publication of that news is going to jinx it.

October 4, 2015


In honor of Yogi Berra, the AP posted some of his more widely known ‘Yogisms’:

On a slipping batting average: “Slump? I ain’t in no slump. … I just ain’t hitting.”

On pregame rest: “I usually take a two-hour nap from 1 to 4.”

On the fractured syntax attributed to him: “I really didn’t say everything I said.”

It’s sad to think that people today will remember him more for this than for what he did on the diamond.

September 23, 2015

Beloit College Mindset List

Beloit College releases their annual Mindset List of the world that incoming freshmen have known.

Among those who have never been alive in their lifetimes are Princess Diana, Notorious B.I.G., Jacques Cousteau, and Mother Teresa.

3. They have never licked a postage stamp.

17. If you say “around the turn of the century,” they may well ask you, “which one?”

44. TV has always been in such high definition that they could see the pores of actors and the grimaces of quarterbacks.

And now I feel old.

September 1, 2015

Whoa, people spell “whoa” many different ways

Slate takes a look at the popularity and the various spellings of “whoa”:

“Whoa” is hardly a new word; it dates back to at least the early 17th century. At that time it was used mostly in shouted form and was intended to garner the attention of someone in the distance. Around the the mid-1800s, people began using “whoa” to halt forward-moving horses, and by the latter half of the 20th century it had morphed into an expression for conveying alarm, surprise, or advanced interest.

Based on my usage, I am 100% behind the “whoa” spelling. The others just look wrong.

August 10, 2015

Steve McCurry on My Big Break

NPR’s My Big Break interviewed Steve McCurry about his iconic photo “The Afghan Girl”:

But Gula didn’t give McCurry much time to work. Just as soon as he captured a few images, she got up and left to chat with her friends.

“And that was it,” McCurry says. “I didn’t know exactly what I had. This was pre-digital and it was … almost two months before I got back and actually saw the developed film.”

The whole My Big Break series is good, including The Man Behind ‘The Most Interesting Man’ Is Interesting, Too. Shocking.

July 27, 2015

The Onion accidentally broke real news

The Onion published a satirical news story “U.S. Soothes Upset Netanyahu With Shipment Of Ballistic Missiles”, and about a day later, reports started surfacing that that may have actually happened.

Whatever the truth of the matter, Haaretz, the paper of Israeli doves and liberals, reckons that when life apparently imitates satire so faithfully, it’s generally not a good sign.

My favorite The Onion stories are the ones where you’re not sure if they are true or satire; like this one about Donald Trump. Totally believable.

July 21, 2015

Bar evens the field

To draw attention to the pay gap, where, on average, women get $0.77 for every dollar that men get paid, a bar charged women only 77% of their tab.

“This is certainly price discrimination based on gender,” said Patricia McCoy, a law professor at Boston College. “Whether it is illegal price discrimination is unclear. Some states prohibit price discrimination based on gender, while others do not. Whatever else, certainly what the bar is doing is provocative and guaranteed to draw attention.”

The New York City department of consumer affairs did not respond to a request for comment as to whether this would constitute price discrimination in New York.

Who cares what they charge, it’s got a TARDIS bathroom!

July 15, 2015

When your battery is running low…

At a recent performance of Hand To God, an audience member climbed on stage and plugged his iPhone into a fake outlet on the set. An audience member wrote:

[…] The crew had to stop the precook music, remove the cellphone, and make an announcement as to why you can’t do that. Truly. I am a quiet and reserved person and I took great joy in loudly heckling the idiot when he returned to take his phone back. Moron. Has theatre etiquette–heck, Common Sense–[really] fallen that far??”

Einstein once said, “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe.”

July 7, 2015