The Red Planet
In a perfect world, the landing of the Perseverance rover would be all we’d be talking about right now. It’s an astounding achievement. Just look at the video below. It’s like we’re living in the science fiction stories we read as kids (there’s even sound!).
The rover’s parachute contains a hidden message, which the internet quickly decoded.
Munch’s The Scream Has a Hidden Message Too …
Do You Miss Your Bar?
There isn’t much “going out” these days, certainly not to a crowded bar or crowded restaurant scenario. So let’s go to the virtual bar!
I Miss My Bar re-creates your favorite bar scene, complete with the sounds of a bartender working, customers talking, even the night or street ambience. There’s even a music playlist that changes every week. Make yourself a cocktail at home, sit back, and close your eyes. If you just want to relax and be left alone with your drink, play the “rain on window” option.
Sorry, there’s no setting for sticky floors or drunk jerks hitting on your girlfriend.
Don’t Use a Knife and Fork to Eat Bacon
Let’s check in with Miss Manners and see what type of questions she’s been getting recently. Sometimes she answers the really important life questions; sometimes she answers questions like, “Can I eat bacon with my fingers?” That was one of the questions from her column this week (scroll down to the last question).
I don’t think Miss Manners answered the question satisfactorily, because the only response is “How else are you going to eat it?”
David Sedaris Goes to the Apple Store
On CBS Sunday Morning, the humorist (who was interviewed for our September/October 2017 issue) described a recent trip to the Genius Bar to get his laptop fixed.
RIP Prince Markie Dee, Bruce Blackburn, Arturo Di Modica, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Fanne Foxe, Martha Stewart, and Bruce Meyers
Prince Markie Dee — real name Mark Morales — was a member of the Fat Boys rap group that had such ’80s hits as “Wipeout” and “Fat Boys.” He died last week at the age of 52.
Bruce Blackburn designed NASA’s “worm” logo. He died earlier this month at the age of 82.
Arturo Di Modica sculpted the famous Charging Bull statue that stands on Broadway in New York City. He died last week at the age of 80.
Lawrence Ferlinghetti was the poet and City Lights bookstore owner who helped introduce many of the Beat poets to the world, including Allen Ginsburg and Gregory Corso. He died Monday at the age of 101.
Fanne Foxe — born Annabel Villagra — was at the center of one of the big Washington political scandals of the ’70s, but she had a really interesting life before and after that scandal too. She died earlier this month at the age of 84.
Actress Martha Stewart — not to be confused with the other one — appeared in such classic movies as In a Lonely Place and Daisy Kenyon and sang with the Glenn Miller and Harry James orchestras. She died last week at the age of 98.
Bruce Meyers invented the dune buggy. He died last week at the age of 94.
This Week in History
The New Yorker Debuts (February 21, 1925)
The man on the cover of the very first issue — and the mascot for the magazine to this day — is named Eustace Tilley.
George Washington Born (February 22, 1732)
Here’s some trivia about our first president to impress your friends with: He had dogs named Sweet Lips, Drunkard, and Madame Moose.
This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Washington Crossing the Delaware (February 24, 1951)
It’s always fascinating to me when an artist (in this case, Stevan Dohanos) has to re-create a really famous painting, like this one by Emanuel Leutze. And Dohanos did a fine job.
I eat pistachios all the time, but I haven’t actually cracked one in five years. Ever since breaking a front tooth (on a pretzel) and getting a bridge put in, I’ve been somewhat reluctant to actually eat anything with my front teeth (or open beer bottles with them). And if you don’t open pistachio nuts with your fingers, a talent I never mastered, you have to do it with your teeth. So I’ve been just buying them out of the shell. They’re easier to eat that way, though I bet you eat more of them because you’re not pausing to open each one.
Today is National Pistachio Day, so here’s a recipe for Pistachio Crusted Chicken from AllRecipes. I never knew this soup existed, but you can make this Creamy Broccoli Pistachio Soup from The Sugar-Free Londoner. For dessert, you could make a classic Watergate Salad, which features instant pistachio pudding mix, pineapple, and marshmallows. And if you’re wondering about the Watergate Salad name, there’s an interesting history behind it, though no one can really agree on what that history is.
By the way, like bacon, it’s best not to eat pistachios with a knife and fork.
Next Week’s Holidays and Events
78th Golden Globe Awards (February 28)
Because of the pandemic, the show is going to look very different this year, but it’s great to see that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting again, with Fey in New York and Poehler in Los Angeles.
National Anthem Day (March 3)
It’s on March 3 because that’s the day in 1931 the United States adopted Francis Scott Key’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” as its official anthem.
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No Manners here, I will continue to eat bacon ( extracrispy, please) with my fingers & lick the fingers afterwards.
You’re right, Bob. The Perseverance rover’s landing on Mars might have been a bigger deal in a different day and time. Not that it isn’t now, even though it may appear that way.
I LOVE ‘The Scream’ painting, and the emoji perhaps even more. God knows I DO use it a lot in my regular texts and to my friends on Twitter. The story behind it is good and interesting to know, even if it doesn’t really matter.
My computer wouldn’t let me get the sound portion of ‘I Miss My Bar’. That’s okay. I don’t drink and never go to them. Fortunately, my trips to the Apple Store (when they were open) weren’t as sour as David’s. My boss (from my furloughed job) just got me an iPhone 7 to replace my old 5s that was on its last legs. Sooo appreciate being on the company phone plan and having that ARCO gas card. I don’t use much gas. After being between $2.85-$3.05 (in Ca.) over the past year it’s skyrocketed in February up to almost $4 now, definitely hitting that plus in March.
So it was Bruce Meyers that invented the dune buggy. I’d never thought about that. It’s one of those things (to me) that’s always been around. I’m sorry he passed away at age 94, but sorrier Christopher Pennock passed away recently at only 76. He was a great actor, and really helped ABC’s ‘Dark Shadows’ in 1970 and ’71 when it was past its 1968-’69 heyday. I met him along with most DS stars at various conventions for the show in the late ’80s-10’s, usually at the Marriot near LAX. Very nice, great sense of humor just like all of the show’s down-to-earth stars.
You’re also right Dohanos did an excellent job of recreating ‘Washington Crossing the Delaware’. I always think that boat is about to sink or tip over in those icy waters!
I love Pistachio too, especially pudding. The rest sound really good too. The Watergate salad sounds especially wonderful per the link. When it’s possible again, I’m going to have to try it! In the meantime it’s good to see that name associated with something other than, you know, Watergate.