News of the Week: Fixing Twitter, a Wizard of Oz Dress Has Been Found, and Here’s How to Open an Oreo

In the news for the week ending April 29, 2022, are cookie science, cat weddings, horrible traffic, raisin recipes, and more.

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Two Things

You may have heard that super-billionaire Elon Musk just bought Twitter, the social media site loved even by the people who hate it. Some users are thrilled, some are aghast. Some of us don’t use it anymore and don’t really care. But here are two ideas on how the super-billionaire could possibly fix Twitter.

1. Make a rule that you can only post dog and cat photos and nothing else.

2. Shut it down.

Traffic Jam

Here’s another list, this one with five entries: the worst cities for traffic. There’s really only one surprise on the list, Houston, but it’s probably not a surprise if you live there.

Because, Because, Because, Because, Because

The dress that Judy Garland wore in The Wizard of Oz – well, one of them anyway – has been found and is going up for auction at Bonhams New York on May 24.

Where has it been all these years? Believe it or not, in a shoebox. The blue-and-white dress was given to the priest who ran the drama department at Catholic University of America in 1973 but had been misplaced since then. It was found last year, one of only two dresses from the film that are known to still exist.

Check your attic. Who knows, you might have the sled from Citizen Kane or the pants Jimmy Stewart wore in It’s a Wonderful Life.

It’s Called Oreology

I have to admit something to you. It’s a secret I’ve been keeping for a half-century.

I’ve never twisted open an Oreo cookie.

It’s just something I never did as a kid. I would just eat them, you know, like a cookie. But I’m aware that most people do twist them open at some point in their lives, and apparently there’s a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it, according to the minds at MIT. It’s science!

I wonder if this is specific to Oreo cookies or if it also works for Hydrox?

Headline of the Week

“Woman Marries Her Cat to Get Round Pet-Hating Landlords”

RIP Guy Lafleur, Orrin Hatch, Daryle Lamonica, Jim Hartz, Sid Mark, and James Bama

Guy Lafleur was one of the great players in hockey history, helping the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles. He died last week at the age of 70.

Orrin Hatch was the longest-serving Republican senator, representing Utah for 42 years. He died Saturday at the age of 88.

Daryle Lamonica was a star quarterback for the Oakland Raiders. He died last week at the age of 80.

Jim Hartz co-hosted NBC’s Today with Barbara Walters from 1974 to 1976. He also worked as an anchor and correspondent at WNBC and WRC and hosted several shows on PBS. He died last week at the age of 82.

Sid Mark was a disc jockey known for celebrating the music of Frank Sinatra, so much so that the singer and Mark became good friends. He died earlier this month at the age of 88.

James Bama’s artwork was everywhere, from the pages of The Saturday Evening Post and Argosy to Doc Savage novel covers to boxes of Aurora monster model kits. He died last week at the age of 95.

This Week in History

James Buchanan Born (April 23, 1791)

The 15th president is still the only bachelor to ever occupy the White House.

ABC’s Wide World of Sports Premieres (April 29, 1961)

It’s funny how popular Wide World of Sports used to be but is now a show you really don’t hear many people talking about. I watched it every week, especially the weeks that Evel Knievel tried to jump over something.

Uploaded to YouTube by Evel Knievel

This Week in Saturday Evening Post History: Traffic Jam (April 28, 1956)

I had to zoom in on this Earl Mayan cover to see what’s going on, and then I figured it out. (Hint: The drivers are all men.)


Saturday is National Raisin Day, which isn’t the most exciting sentence I’ve typed, but let’s see what kind of recipes I can dig up.

Gimme Some Oven (which is one of the best names for a recipe site I’ve ever come across) has these Apple Cinnamon Raisin Bars. Taste of Home has these Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Raisin Cookies and also an Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding. The Post has a recipe for Cinnamon Raisin Bread and an Orange-Raisin Pie from the 1950s (along with a few other desserts you might want to try).

If you’re looking for something to do with raisins that isn’t a dessert, try Food & Wine’s Lemon Chicken with Golden Raisins.

Next Week’s Holidays and Events

National Teacher Appreciation Week (May 2-6)

Do kids these days still give teachers apples or do they send money via Venmo so they can purchase one?

Star Wars Day (May 4)

I forget, is Star Wars the one with Klingons or the one with the Hobbits?

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  1. The Twitter fix “solution” should apply to to all social media accounts including Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Instagram, SnapChat, TikTok, and others. WE WERE BETTER OFF SOCIALLY BEFORE THERE WAS EVER ANY SORT OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO PREOCCUPY OUR LIVES. Get rid of it all as far as I’m concerned. I refuse to use it anyway and find I have less stress in my life.

  2. Love the Twitter solution and thank you for the remembrances of those who passed.

  3. I believe you are thinking of the one where Picard says “Use the Force, Harry!”


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