"White Castle, the 96-year-old burger chain centered in the midwest and mid-atlantic, isn’t exactly known as a first-class eatery. White Castle is a place for, above everything, tiny hamburgers that cost pocket change: the original slider with and without cheese both still run you less than a dollar. That’s why it’s truly astounding that every single year for one night only, White Castle becomes a fine-dining establishment."
"The government wants at least triple the amount of the Postal Service’s sponsorship funds back from Armstrong, which means he could be paying more than $100 million in damages."
Think of all the mail this guy could deliver.
"Swedish supermarket chain ICA started experimenting in December with "natural branding," a process that uses low-energy carbon dioxide lasers to remove the pigment from the outer skins of fruits and vegetables."
Sweden is that place you think about when somebody else says, “Why, in every other civilized country in the world blah blah blah….” You never think of Venezuela, right? Or the Philippines. Or even Egypt. No, you think of Sweden. That’s where Swedes live.
And you’re right! Seriously, if they can figure out a way to tattoo tomatoes so I don’t have to scrape those (&(_(^&^ stickers off them any more, they will be the best people ever."
Better than Canadians, even.
I’ve been distracted from book reading recently by other exciting things (watching snow melt! Taking long naps!) but I did manage Bernard Cornwall’s Waterloo, YA account of the famous battle in 1815. Cornwell has authored many volumes of historical military fiction, several excellent examples of which have appeared hereabouts in the past, but this is straight and carefully researched, certainly not the first and probably not the last to be attempted. I’m leaving it off the regular list but you can find it here. New books for the list are underway.
…complaining about too much water.
It seems like only yesterday.
"Auriemma never thought his team would come close to reaching the century mark, let alone break the previous record set by the Huskies from 2008-10. The Hall of Fame coach set up the most difficult non-conference schedule in the country, playing five of the top eight teams in the AP before Monday, including road games at No. 2 Maryland, No. 4 Florida State and No. 7 Notre Dame."
"Gambling houses all over the world are taking in action on whether Trump, inaugurated just last month, will resign or be impeached. And the odds aren't as long as you might think."
"In the US, the number of manufacturing jobs peaked in 1979 and has steadily decreased ever since. At the same time, manufacturing has steadily increased, with the US now producing more goods than any other country but China."
Maybe some of the people who voted for Trump are, for better or worse, ahead of the curve and not behind it.
"The replacements come at a time when the Navy says that half its aircraft can’t fly because they’re awaiting maintenance or lack needed spare parts."
Do the boats float?