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Post Week in Review: July 27–August 2

Published: August 1, 2014

It’s a Cruel, Cruel Summer

We’ve all heard of cabin fever. That’s a phenomenon that happens in the winter when people are cooped up in their homes and it starts to drive them bonkers. But did you know that some people get it in the summer? That’s what this article in The Atlantic says. For some of us, summer can actually be depressing. You can’t escape the heat, you’re uncomfortable, TV and movies are worse, the holidays are worse, and if you don’t like summer activities like the beach/sun/cookouts/parades, what are you to do? I fall into this group, and while I think the word “depression” might be a little strong, I certainly like the fall and winter a lot more.

I would also say that I think people get dumber the warmer the weather gets, but that’s an entirely different rant for another day.

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Internet

Summer is also the time for sharks. Hey, did you hear about this Sharknado 2 movie? It hasn’t been promoted at all and no one has been talking about it so you might not have known that it premiered on Syfy a couple of nights ago.

OK, I kid, I kid. EVERYONE WAS TALKING ABOUT IT. And that’s getting some people upset on social media. They’re asking why so many people are tweeting about a dumb TV movie about sharks in a tornado attacking NYC (with Tara Reid) when there’s war in the Middle East, droughts, fires, tension in the Ukraine, and an Ebola virus taking lives. And to that I say…maybe that’s exactly why we need a dumb TV movie about sharks in a tornado attacking NYC (with Tara Reid).

To Market, to Market

I went to my supermarket a few days ago and discovered two interesting things had happened. One, there were no shopping carts to be found. Two, there were approximately 70,000 more shoppers in the store than usual.

If you live in a certain parts of the country and you shop at Market Basket, you know that the only things you can find at the stores currently are bare shelves, maybe a lime or two, a few boxes of cereal, and pictures in support of Arthur T. Demoulas, the fired CEO who current employees want back in charge ASAP. I have no idea who’s right or wrong in this fight because I don’t know enough of the details, but I do know that if you’re one of the execs of the supermarket chain and you’re in a heated battle that’s getting a lot of attention, you probably shouldn’t tweet this. I mean, that’s not only Social Media 101, it’s Life 101.

RIP

You may not know the names of two men who passed away this week but you know them for what they did. The first is Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving crew member of The Enola Gay. He was a navigator on the mission that dropped a nuclear bomb on the city of Hiroshima. He died at the age 93 in Stone Mountain, GA.

Dick Smith passed away too. He was called “The Godfather of Make-Up,” and actually did make-up for The Godfather, as well as The Exorcist, Amadeus, Little Big Man, Requiem for a Heavyweight, Taxi Driver, Midnight Cowboy, It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, Dark Shadows, and many other movies and TV shows. He was 92.

A reminder: Speaking of food, this Sunday we’ll celebrate two food holidays: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day and National Mustard Day. Note: it’s probably not a good idea to combine those two things. Unless, of course, you’re feeling a little adventurous. “Pardon me, do you have any Grey Poupon for my vanilla ice cream and cookies? But of course!”

Upcoming Anniversaries

August ? (date unknown)
1907: British veteran Robert Baden-Powell leads 22 boys in a camping experiment that becomes the Boy Scouts.

August 2
1939: Albert Einstein writes a letter to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt urging the creation of an atomic weapons research program.

August 3
1949: The Basketball Association of America agrees to merge with the National Basketball League to form the National Basketball Association.

August 4
1914: World War I–Britain declares war on Germany.
1914: The world’s first electric traffic lights are installed in Cleveland, Ohio.

August 6
1777: American Revolutionary War: The Battle of Oriskany, one of the bloodiest battles in the North American theater of the war, occurs about six miles (10 km) east of Fort Stanwix, New York.

August 8
1974: U.S. President Richard Nixon announces his resignation, effective August 9.