Stoneless, Stiff and Combat Ready :: Daily Grind #174

Don’t lose confidence...I hope you hear good news.
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Stoneless, Stiff and Combat Ready :: Daily Grind #174

10 Random Things


How does a band from the 1980's without any number one hits to its name outsell Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars in 2017?

"Restaurant owners would pay me £10 and I'd write a positive review of their place, despite never eating there...This convinced me that TripAdvisor was a false reality...I had a revelation: within the current climate of misinformation, and society's willingness to believe absolute bullshit, maybe a fake restaurant is possible? Maybe it's exactly the kind of place that could be a hit? In that moment, it became my mission. With the help of fake reviews, mystique and nonsense, I was going to do it: turn my shed into London's top-rated restaurant on TripAdvisor." - How the Shed at Dulwich became London's #1 restaurant despite not really existing.

"One whiff and you're Stiff" - Residents of a tiny Irish village where Viagra is manufactured have complained that fumes from a nearby factory have been giving them a hard time.

How the US Military helped invent Cheetos is just one of many interesting excerpts from Anastacia Marx de Salcedo's book Combat-Ready Kitchen.


Community, Curation, Convening - How Independent bookstores are surviving and thriving despite the beast called Amazon.com.


"In a small town near the Vermont-Canadian border, the latest skirmish in the fight for affordable internet access is being waged by a 65-year-old woman pushing a laptop around in a baby stroller." - How a Retired Nurse Provides Her Small Vt. Town With Internet


Avocado Hand - “We’ve had the mini, the giant, ready sliced and we’re now launching the holy grail of avocados – stoneless. This amazing fruit has been on our radar for a couple of years and we’re very excited to have finally been able to get hold of some for our customers to try.”

Literally, Re-Inventing The Wheel - NASA has came up with a new "tire" that can compress down to the axel and still return to form:

Superhero Photographer - “The whole idea was to take the things that are weaknesses for the kids such as cancer and other diseases and turn them into strengths,” Rossi tells PetaPixel. “I worked with 6 kids under the age of 8 and completed a movie poster style image for each of them.”


Head Scratchers, Hair Raisers & Eye Rollers :: Daily Grind #173

It looks like I have a palm tree on top of my head.
— My daughter thinking maybe her new hair-do might instead be a hair-don't
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Head Scratchers, Hair Raisers & Eye Rollers :: Daily Grind #173

12 Interesting Things Today

Bored Games - Cross off the board game lover on your list with another awesome Good Games Gift Guide by Matthew Baldwin.

Eye Rollers - Why do teenage girls corner the market on eye rolls...and why do eye rolls piss us off so much?

Strange Hydrangea - Can music help your plants grow? A dentist created a swingin' playlist in the sixties which started the trend of music for plants in the 70's.

Bear of a Day - The next time you think you're having a bad day, think about this guy who got attacked by a bear, survived, but then the bear decided to have seconds.

Tangled Up In Blue - Would you take a loan out for a pair of jeans?


Shared Space Design Strategy


The CTFD Method - The latest parenting trend out there seems one I will fully embrace.

Thanks for the Memoirs - This is truly a brilliant idea.

Arabic Is Haaaaard! - If you want to learn a foreign language, check out this map which ranks the languages for easiest to hardest.

Juuling - The sad, new widespread phenomenon you've probably never heard of.

Bad Hair Day - Thieves stole thousands of dollars of...hair extensions?

The 25 Best Films of 2017?

I don't always 100% agree with David Ehrlich’s annual video countdowns of the year’s best movies, but it's always en fuego entertainment:

Mental Yoga Sunday :: Issue No. 25

The city takes a breath on Sunday. Of all that’s lost with the pursuit of what’s next, I hope we don’t lose that…
— Hawksley Workman
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Mental Yoga Sunday :: Issue No. 25

 Favorite Long Form Reads of the Week

Take a break from holiday shopping and plotting all the different ways to murder the hyper annoying person in front of you in line with my favorite long reads of the week:

  1. The Making of an American Nazi - The Atlantic

  2. Alive Inside: How A Houston Hospital Restores Patients With Severe Brain Injuries - The Houston Chronicle

  3. Local teen Mike Shelly beat the odds well before his sandwich-winning half-court shot at Sixers game - Philly Voice

  4. Digital Distraction Is Bad for Creativity - The Walrus

  5. The Cure for Dr. Luke? - The Ringer

  6. Matt Lauer’s Firing and NBC’s Theatre of Accountability - The New Yorker

  7. Every Parent Wants to Protect Their Child. I Never Got the Chance - The Cut


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