Jerry Baldwin explains the difference between arabica and robusta beans. There’s more on this subject and plenty of other great stuff in Taylor Clark’s excellent book Starbucked.
KFC’s new grilled chicken is made with rendered beef fat and plenty of MSG (monosodium glutamate). There are two ways you can find this out. First, you can read the 37-page long list of ingredients in all of KFC’s products. Or you can read this post by Laura McClure on Kevin Drum’s blog. Thanks for [...]
What can a responsible satirist satirize at a time when America is blessed with a President who transcends irony and sarcasm? The American people, of course: Obama Drastically Scales Back Goals For America After Visiting Denny’s
I was walking downtown around an hour ago. I saw a woman standing by a hot dog stand, holding a foil-wrapped dog that was already missing a few bites. As I walked by, she made eye contact with and began to ask a question in a low voice. Could I spare some money for a [...]
“For it is a great misfortune to a people, to come under the government of such a one, as knows not how to govern himself.” Thomas Hobbes, “Discourse upon the Beginnings of Tacitus” Still no Hobbesian explanation for George W. Bush.
…one sees that great men are always the same in every fortune; and if it varies — now by exalting them, now by crushing them — they do not vary but always keep their spirit firm and joined with their mode of life so that one easily knows for each that fortune does not have [...]
Alan Wolfe is a “public intellectual.” I’ve always found this term to be confusing, as it’s not like so many thinkers have gone out of their way to prevent their ideas from going public. Even Theodore Kaczynski mailed in his manifestos. But it makes a little more sense when one realizes that a public intellectual [...]
Around election time last year, it became de rigueur to caricature Hyde Park as a haven of Bobo-ishness; a wealthy enclave replete with professional radicals, Esperanto courses, Wiccan temples, fair trade sex shops, and what have you. This portrait annoyed me to no end. In a given week, I receive around fifteen invitations to goings-on [...]
The British government has a new proposal to curb the obesity epidemic. From the Daily Mail: The Government is set to order manufacturers to shrink the size of chocolate bars and fizzy drinks. Health Secretary Alan Johnson will tell firms such as Mars, Coca-Cola, Britvic and Nestlé that smaller versions of their products should be [...]
A pilot on an Aeroflot flight sparked a revolt when passengers came to suspect he was drunk: Mr Cheplevsky did little to ease passengers’ fears by refusing to leave the cockpit to show that he was sober. When he was finally persuaded to face them, witnesses said that he appeared unsteady on his feet and [...]
A disturbing video appears to show that two LA gangsters are now mercenaries fighting on behalf of Syrian dictator Bashar al Assad. Calling themselves “Wino” and “Creeper,” the two gang member. […]
Thanks to the recent Winter Olympics, the city of Sochi has two gorgeous ice hockey arenas. However, it doesn’t have an ice hockey team to play in them. These arenas are just two of Sochi’s many. […]