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Special thanks to those who have made contributions to ventipop this week:
Andy Hileman, Lisa McCade, Deb Seahorn, Manford o’Braun, Cecila Finch & Edie Mccaffrey
BA-NONNA & PUNKIN’
The following video proves we stress out way too much about what to buy one another:
12 Favorite Books Read This Year
City of Thieves by David Benioff
Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz
I’ll Be Gone In The Dark by Michelle McNamara
Lethal White by Robert Gailbraith
Charlesgate Confidential by Scott Von Doviak
The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
Before The Fall by Noah Hawley
The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson
Elevation by Stephen King
The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker
We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas
The Chalkman by C.J. Tudor
A Song - “No One Changes” by Conor Oberst
Coming Soon Ventipop’s Favorite 50 Songs of 2018
Interview of the Week :: Julia Louis-Dreyfus
The Necessary Joy of Fucking Up
"I am, by nature, a socially awkward human being who has ruined many a party for my long-suffering wife, but there’s something about presenting work to a client that brings out the dreadful show-off in me. According to my mother, I was a horribly precocious child who would dance in front of the telly when Top of the Pops was on, shrieking "Look at me! Look at me!" at the top of my voice. For some reason, client meetings bring out this delightful side to my character.
And so I stood up on my chair to give Jill the most vivid impression I could of what it would be like to witness the full technicolour glory of Brian May paying electric homage to her new burger.
"SESAME SEED BUN!" I roared, miming a powerful guitar chord: "THWAAAANG!"
This extraordinarily moving performance was met with an unexpectedly deathly silence. From the corner of my eye, I could see that Jim had turned bright red and was looking fixedly down at the table in front of him as if there was something really fucking important going on there that he had to pay attention to right this very minute or the world would come to an end. I looked up at Jill."
Snaps & Buckles & Things…
Long Term Parking - “It turns out that a long, happy marriage resembles a slow-moving rom-com, one that plays out over decades. The first few years of a marriage are rife with conflicts, but the emotional weather eventually changes, according to a new study by psychology researchers at UC Berkeley. In time, humor—friendly teasing, jokes, and silliness—becomes more prevalent, and bickering and criticisms decline.”
Christmas Jeers! - “This is what happens when a Christmas movie plot unfolds in North Idaho: It's a story that involves armed "patriots," secret recordings, Fox News, claims of anti-Christian bigotry, reports of vandalism, a lawsuit, a countersuit, depositions and even — a la Miracle on 34th Street — Santa Claus on the witness stand.”
More of things like this: You Are Magic
Psst. There’s this thing called Sex Dust.
“She isn’t mad at you. She just seems like it because she’s been “on” all day, and you are the only one she can take it out on because she knows you’ll still love her in the morning.” - 21 Completely Subjective Rules for Raising Teenage Girls
Food & Stuff
When slicing soft or slippery items — like cheese or raw bacon — pop them in the freezer first + 11 Other Insider Secrets from Restaurant Kitchens (That You Can Use at Home)
Curl Up in Front of a Fried Chicken-Scented Fire This Winter, Thanks to KFC — Ever wanted to make your house smell more like a fast-food restaurant? Probably not, but nonetheless, KFC has unveiled fried chicken-scented firewood KFC’s 11 Herbs & Spices Firelogs are now available online for $18.99 — (UPDATED: I Don’t know what says more about our society; The fact that these exist or the fact that they are now sold out)
Behold the world’s most expensive bento box — Here’s the perfect, ridiculous gift for the one-percenter who truly has everything: A $2,500 cow-shaped bento box filled with 10 pounds of Japan’s finest wagyu beef. it holds the Guinness world record for the most expensive bento box
The Butterfinger You Know And Love Is About To Change
here’s a simple “Apple pie jaffle” recipe that’s both weight watchers & waistline friendly
The New York Times Most Popular Recipes of 2018
did you know there are now ‘food holidays’ every day of the year? here are december’s upcoming food holidays. get a bib and go celebrate accordingly
Auctioneers of Fine Art
I’m sold on this fine art auctioneer Bruun Rasmussen ad that in and of itself is a work of art:
Finally…Art For All
Art for all is the affordable art print shop we’ve all been searching for
Forgery Experts At Work
Forensic scientist Thiago Piwowarczyk and art historian Jeffrey Taylor are often called upon to authenticate purported paintings by well-known artists. Using a drip painting resembling Jackson Pollock’s work, they show how they use historical research, hardcore science, and good-ol’ human observation.
O’ Human Tree, O’ Human Tree (NSFW)
If you're annoyed by all the holiday cheer in Christmas ads, how about a dark Christmas ad about a world in which Christmas trees chop down humans, decorate them and then discard them when the holiday is over. Ad Age's Alexandra Jardine calls it a "twisted, dark tale that will appeal to those with a sick sense of humor. Guess that’s me.