The 20 :: Your Daily Cup of Culture

Pens can suck it.
— Benjamin Pratelle

Your Daily Cup of Culture...

Saw a great bumper sticker yesterday and thought it was perfect for a Wednesday:

Be like a postage stamp and stick to a thing until you get there.

Here's The 20 things I found on the internet worth sharing today.

My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.
— Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942 (#97 on AFI's Greatest Movie Quotes of All-Time)

1. Marathon Miracle Girl - Who in the world is Sarah Sellers?

2. Ad of the Day - 72 Actresses, 1 commercial:

3. Sounds Delicious - Can music make your food taste better? There are restaurants experimenting with music menus.

4. Innovation - Shell and Chevy are teaming up so drivers can pay for their gas from inside their cars.

5. Pens Now Pencils - In Monday's edition of The 20, I featured a link to The Pen Addict, reader Benjamin Pratelle sent me this link about One of America's Last Pencil Factories because, as Benjamin says, "pencils are still the best and pens can suck it".

6. TV - In this age of TV clutter, I wish more channels would do this: MSNBC Drops News Ticker

7. Feel - Remember the good old days when the only way to directly communicate with someone famous was to mail them an actual physical fan letter? Sometimes those famous people would actually write back in heartfelt ways.


8. Parenting - Describe parenting in 10 words or less. Mine would be 'Do not collect your brother's pee in the monkey cup.'

9. Culture - One in three families can't afford diapers. Why are they so expensive?

10. Mona Lisa's Smile - Do you think the Mona Lisa looks happy or sad? It might depend on your mental state.

11. Yankee Doodle What? - "Yankee Doodle" is an old melody the British sang to mock colonial Americans — but the Americans turned the song into a patriotic tune.

The popular version of the first stanza is

Yankee Doodle came to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his cap
And called it macaroni.
Yankee Doodle, keep it up,
Yankee Doodle dandy;
Mind the music and the step,
And with the girls be handy.

In 1750s England, Yankee was a general term of contempt. Doodle refers to a lowly provincial person, while a Dandy is a meticulously well-dressed man. In the 1700s, macaroni was an English dandy who affected foreign fashions and mannerisms.

So, roughly translated, the song says, "This country bumpkin came along on a pony — not a horse! — and thought that merely sticking a feather in his hat would turn him into a suave sophisticate like a European. What a rube!"

Despite the mocking tone, New England colonists turned the song into their rallying theme song during the Revolutionary War. They sang it proudly in the battles against the British ... and with extra exuberance when Lord Cornwallis surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown in 1781.

12. In Memorium - R.I.P. Barbara Bush

George has discovered Sam’s Club.
— Barbara Bush

13. Food - Do not eat Romaine Lettuce right now.

14. Obligatory Coffee Link of the Day - After nearly 100 years, allow me to introduce you to Asiático Coffee.

15. Interview - Actress and fashion icon, Isabella Rossellini, discusses evolution, #MeToo’s moral complexity, and the good parts of aging in an engaging interview with Vulture.

16. TV - Disneyflix is coming and could signal the end for the movie theater as we know it.

17. Culture - Add this to your calendars: All Starbucks will be closed on May 29, 2018.

18. Books - Are these really The 50 Best Fantasy Books of the 21st Century?

19. TV - Yep, Jonah Hill and Emma Stone have a Netflix series coming soon. (Anyone NOT have a Netflix series?)

Maniac coming soon to Netflix

Maniac coming soon to Netflix

20. Song of the Day - "Pearly Gates" by U.S. Girls

Ventipop 2018 Playlist

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