Mirabile Dictu! Germany Wins the World Cup!

July 13, 2014

Mirabile Dictu! Germany Wins the World Cup!

Die deutsche Fußballnationalmannschaft, the German national football team, has won the 2014 World Cup, defeating Argentina 1 – 0.

At the Vatican, Argentina’s Pope Francis will now retire and Germany’s Pope Benedict XVI will return to the Papal throne for the next four years. Consult L’Osservatore Romano for details.

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Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

July 13, 2014

Mundus Calicem: Battle of the Popes!

The big Sunday news: Today’s World Cup Final is a match between Argentina, home of His holiness Pope Francis, and Germany, home of retired Pope Benedict XVI. Good Lord!

More:

“World Cup final? No, it’s battle of the Popes,” Sophie Gadd and Martin Belam, Daily Mirror

“World Cup 2014: Battle of the Popes,” Terry Elkady, Global News

“World Cup: Germany, Argentina each have pope in corner,” Eric J. Lyman, USA Today

“World Cup final: It’s Pope versus Pope,” Daniel Burke, CNN Belief

“Who has God on their side? Popes to battle it out in World Cup final,” Carey Lodge, Christian Today

Note: The referee? Italian, naturalmente.

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Tommy Ramone, 1949 — 2014

July 12, 2014

Tommy Ramone, 1949 -- 2014

Musician, songwriter, and producer Tommy Ramone (Tamás Erdélyi) died last Friday. The drummer for The Ramones, he was the last surviving original member of that influential punk band.

More:

“Tommy Ramone, Last Original Member Of The Ramones, Dies At 65,” Scott Neuman, NPR

“Tommy Ramone Dies at 65; He Gave Punk Rock Its Pulse,” Ben Sisario, New York Times

Tom Erdelyi Discography, Discogs.com

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Faith

July 11, 2014

Faith

Faith Dane, who played Mazeppa in the play and film Gypsy, is running for DC Mayor again. She takes her trumpet to campaign events because, in politics, You Gotta Have a Gimmick.

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Cupcakes: Over

July 10, 2014

Cupcakes: Over

Way back in 2004 or so, gourmet cupcake shops began to infest America’s cities, proffering paper-wrapped pastries top-heavy with icing, selling single servings for the price of whole supermarket pies. The trend rose with yeasty vigor for over a decade — until now.

The first inkling came in April with the collapse of share prices in Crumbs Bake Shop Inc. “The icing is coming off America’s cupcake craze,” said the Wall Street Journal.

Now the bakery ovens have grown stone cold. Crumbs is closing all its 48 stores in cities across America.

More:

“The rise and fall of Crumbs, America’s first public cupcake company,” Roberto A. Ferdman, Washington Post

“The standard bearer of America’s cupcake boom just ran out of dough,” Adam Pasick, Quartz

“Is the fad over? Cupcake firm Crumbs crumbles and shuts 48 stores,” Noel Young, The Medium

“Downfall of Crumbs Shows Limits of American Cupcake Addiction,” Lauren Coleman-Lochner, Selina Wang and Lindsey Rupp, Bloomberg News

“Why I hate cupcakes,” Meghan DeMaria, The Week

Dissenting opinions:

“Cupcakes not dead!” Mary Elizabeth Williams, Salon

“Crumbs’s Fate Aside, the Cupcake Still Isn’t Dead,” Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic

UPDATE:

“Crumbs Bake Shop nears lifeline from investor group,” Katie Little, CNBC

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3-D Printing Sporks

July 9, 2014

3-D Printing Sporks

The rise of 3-D printing heralds the new Maker Revolution, dawn of a new era of post-industrial digital manufacturing. Or something.

So what do Americans and Germans want to print? Sporks.

And the French? Haute Couture, bien sûr.

Related:

“The spork’s weird history,” Bee Wilson, Salon

“The Maker Economy Won’t Be As Massive As Expected,” Hod Lipson and Melba Kurman, Big Think

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Karl Marx Cashes In

July 8, 2014

Karl Marx Cashes In

In recent antiquarian book irony financial news: Commodity Fetishism?

“Copy of Das Kapital sells for $40k just as Dow Jones hits record high,” Richard Davies, AbeBooks

Related:

“Give Karl Marx a Chance to Save the World Economy,” George Magnus, Bloomberg View

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Best New York Pizza?

July 7, 2014

Best New York Pizza?

Di Fara Pizza, located in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, might just be New York City’s best pizza. It’s been praised by Anthony Bourdain and named the best pizza in New York by Zagat, the Village Voice, and even New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.”

– “Is This New York City’s Best Pizza?” Melanie Dunea, Yahoo Travel

Pizza is serious stuff in the Big Apple, and opinions differ; Google gives 135,000 million results for Best+NYC+Pizza. Some family pizzerias are being documented by the New York Pizza Project.

More:

“Take a Trip Down Pizza Memory Lane With the New York Pizza Project,” Zachary Feldman, Village Voice

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Portlandia: Shopping Bags

July 6, 2014

Portlandia: Shopping Bags

The people of Portland, Oregon think it’s important to shop with reusable grocery bags. Really important.

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Nutella at 50

July 5, 2014

Nutella at 50
Sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa, skim milk, reduced minerals whey (milk), lecithin as emulsifier (soy), vanillin: an artificial flavor. Yum. Nutella turns 50 this year.

More: 

“Nutella: How the world went nuts for a hazelnut spread,” Dany Mitzman, BBC Magazine

“Spreading the Nutella wealth: Italy’s sweet success at 50,” Philippe Ridet, The Guardian

“Mom ‘shocked’ that Nutella isn’t healthy, wins lawsuit,” Melissa Breyer, Mother Nature Network

“8 Things You May Not Know About Nutella,” Jessica Bloustein Marshall, Mental Floss

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