September 12, 2017

Je n’y croyais plus

On the southern edge of Paris, a five-thousand-square-foot basement houses the city’s lost possessions. The Bureau of Found Objects, as it is officially called, is more than two hundred years old, and one of the largest centralized lost and founds in Europe. Any item left behind on the Métro, in a museum, in an airport, or found on the street and dropped, unaddressed, into a mailbox makes its way here, around six or seven hundred items each day.
posted by Chrysostom at 11:01 PM PST - 23 comments

What’s the worst that could happen?

Back in 1982 I was dealing acid at Jim Morrison’s grave and that’s when I first met Vladimir Putin.
posted by Sebmojo at 5:00 PM PST - 107 comments

Edith Windsor, 1929-2017

Edith Windsor, the gay-rights activist whose landmark Supreme Court case struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in 2013, has died. Death is sad, but this sentence, near the top of the Time obituary, made me happy: Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed the death but did not specify a cause.
posted by ALeaflikeStructure at 4:17 PM PST - 62 comments

Getting Cooler so Corduroy is in Order

We recently did seersucker but cooler weather means it's time for corduroy. There's seems to be a resurgence of corduroy, which has happened many times before. Lots of info on its history, beginning in ancient Egypt.
posted by MovableBookLady at 3:59 PM PST - 41 comments

Winner, winner Chickn Dinr App

Spot On: A period and birth control-tracking app powered by Planned Parenthood. Transpose: A modular airplane design from Airbus. Pro Hijab: Nike's breathable, lightweight performance hijab for Muslim women athletes. The Willow Pump: An all-in-one smart breast pump that works inside a bra, collects milk in an internal bag, and tracks volume through an app, without any dangling cords or bottles. Dyson Supersonic: Dyson's hairdryer engineered for balance in the hand and to protect hair from heat damage. These are just a few of winners of Fast Company’s sixth annual Innovation By Design Awards. [Note: article annoyingly doesn't link to products.] [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A at 3:02 PM PST - 16 comments

How Did It Get There? I Don't Know.

"Whatever happens with the charts will be frosting on the cake for us." Sparks are back in the UK Top 20 album chart for the first time in 42 years with their new album Hippopotamus. The album has been garnering generally excellent reviews. Videos for the title track, "What The Hell Is It This Time?" and the terrific "Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)" (a stop-motion animation video) were released this past summer. Previously.
posted by Joey Michaels at 2:16 PM PST - 27 comments

The 'Immortal' question, answered

Author Rose Christo is publishing her memoir, Under the Same Stars: The Search for My Brother and the True Story of My Immortal, in which she claims to have co-written My Immortal, the legendary worst fan fiction ever. [CW: second link contains discussion of child sexual abuse and exploitation] [more inside]
posted by Halloween Jack at 1:04 PM PST - 27 comments

I am afraid of privilege, of ease, of entitlement.

Despite “Car Wash” and other investigations, many Latin American elites have continued their corrupt habits.
Equality before the law is probably forever unattainable. It is a noble ideal, but it can never be realized, for what men value in this world is not rights but privileges.
Odebrecht: the largest corruption network in Latin America.
As corruption scandals spread through Latin America, its new middle class is fighting back. The scandals involving presidents are indeed serious, but drug cartels today penetrate the lower echelons of government, sawing the foundations of the state and the rule of law.
posted by adamvasco at 10:34 AM PST - 7 comments

Another year, another phone

Today, live from the new Steve Jobs Theatre at Cupertino, Apple will likely release the highly anticipated iPhone X. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus at 10:03 AM PST - 328 comments

The sloth bears prefer watermelons.

How do you feed a zoo during a disaster?
posted by ChuraChura at 9:54 AM PST - 13 comments

A little piece of toast

...said Paul Young in 1978, shortly before mislaying his hat. But toast is a food which raises many questions. What is toast? Where did the word come from? What is a cruminal? Are British people strange or normal? What do some Brits accompany their breakfast toast with? What is French toast? And Texas toast? Is the avocado on toast (thanks, Gwyneth) thing over yet? Is marmalade only eaten on toast? Is burnt toast a health risk? Is salad cream on toast nice? Or combining chocolate spread and cheese (police)? Has every conceivable variation of Nutella on toast (and French toast) been explored (so good)? Can toast be safely made in space? Can (or should) a bagel be toasted? Seriously, a jaffa cake filling? And is toast research influenced by Big Butter? [more inside]
posted by Wordshore at 9:25 AM PST - 70 comments

The View From The Top

What do the rich think of the world? "When I used the word “affluent” in an email to a stay-at-home mom with a $2.5 million household income, a house in the Hamptons and a child in private school, she almost canceled the interview, she told me later. Real affluence, she said, belonged to her friends who traveled on a private plane." What The Rich Won't Tell You - how the wealthy view themselves by Rachel Sherman (NYT). Meanwhile, "Dream Hoarders", a new book by Richard Reeves making the lofty claim that the real drivers of inequality are the upper middle class, is being savaged by critics.
posted by The Whelk at 8:58 AM PST - 134 comments

"I knew you'd come back! I just knew it!"

Hot on the heels of Lord & Miller being ousted from the Han Solo solo film mid-shoot and replaced by famous narrator and occasional actor/director Ron Howard, Colin Trevorrow recently parted ways with Star Wars Episode IX. Today, LucasFilm announced his replacement for the final film in the trilogy of trilogies.
posted by entropicamericana at 8:43 AM PST - 88 comments

To catch a poet

Ira Lightman was no ordinary poet – he was also the poetry sleuth. And it looked as if this might be his biggest catch yet.
posted by dfan at 8:10 AM PST - 20 comments

Ain’t nothing more special than… house twins

What are the two houses in the UK with the same street address closest to each other? An investigation.
posted by DoctorFedora at 6:11 AM PST - 57 comments

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