Unfortunately, we’re residing via a loneliness epidemic, and US Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy says that for these residing via it, it may be as lethal as smoking 15 cigarettes per day.
And why? Well, you could possibly level to the COVID-19 pandemic, however there’s additionally elevated political polarization, the rise of social media, and institutional decay. And, does it have something to do with the “American Dream” and its de-emphasizing of neighborhood in favor of bootstraps and going it lone wolf type? That’s a pretty good question, and you should definitely read Ted Anthony’s piece over at PBS about how loneliness, like jazz, is a wholly distinctive American artwork kind.
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I Saw the Sign
Facts—most Americans assume that the chasing arrows recycling image means they will toss it within the recycling bin and, voila, every little thing is hunky dory. Except that’s not what actually occurs, and if the piece of plastic you’re holding bears a resin code of 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7, it’s doubtless going to a landfill or incinerator, relying on in case your native waste administration firm can type and repurpose it.
That’s why the EPA is teaming up with environmental activists and asking the FTC to take away the recycling image from plastics, as a result of throwing these granola wrappers within the inexperienced bin is nothing greater than wishcycling.
OK, But What About Taco THURSDAYS?
I used to be yesterday years previous after I realized that the Wyoming-based Taco John’s trademarked the time period “Taco Tuesday” in 1989, and have ever since been sending stop and desist letters to any would-be taco slingers utilizing the phrase.
Now, Taco Bell needs to liberate us from the tyranny of Taco John’s legal professionals by filing a legal petition with the USPTO Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the Taco Tuesday trademark so that each one eating places can use it, but in addition largely Taco Bell.
Anywho, that is undoubtedly residing mas.
Census Taker, Beware
Kudos to Rudy on his history of the fiasco, aka the chianti bottle with a straw basket. And, sure, there’s a darkish reference to the Manhattan Project.
Frankly, Oscar Mayer, I Don’t Give A Damn
I’m pleased that I as soon as obtained to trip round within the Oscar Mayer Weimermobile, you already know, earlier than they modified the title to the Frankmobile, a rebranding sparked by their newest 100% beef franks.
Let or not it’s identified that this can be a horrible concept, and it completely waters down considered one of our nation’s beloved pieces of kitsch.
Mommy & Me
Shout-out to Jessica for her article on kids’ medical packaging, which nearly at all times options mothers and their youngsters on the packaging, and never the dads. And, no, I actually didn’t see any packaging weirdos on LinkedIn make feedback about the way it’s “aspirational” and the way mothers are the first family shopper.U Better U-Bet
This ain’t your grandpappy’s La Croix.
Really fun piece right here from The New York Times concerning the Brooklyn Seltzer Boys, the “final old skool seltzer store” in New York City. Not solely have they got a museum and a century-old carbonator, however they promote seltzer within the old-timey glass bottles you’d discover in Three Stooges shorts with the nozzle tops:
“The seltzer-making space is a Willy Wonka sequence of items linked by pipes. The star of the present—and the corporate’s workhorse—is a squat, century-old carbonator that blasts bubbles into triple-filtered faucet water at a 43-degree chill. Its 65 kilos per sq. inch of stress—too sturdy for plastic bottles, therefore the usage of handblown glass bottles made in Europe—breathes chew into an egg cream.”
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