As the weekend begins I will give my readers all the news that was unfit for national consumption as decided by the news corporations……a little weird, a little FYI and mostly useless.
It is Summer and the bikinis and ‘banana hammocks’ come out of the closet….and Italy wants no part of the prancing around in those revealing bathing suits…..
Tourists flock to the resort town of Sorrento, Italy, on the southwestern coast for its picturesque views. The mayor, however, is insisting that they cover up when they do so, reports Travel Weekly. Massimo Coppola has decreed that anyone walking around town in a bikini or without a shirt faces fines of up to about $500, per CNN. Coppola says he acted because the town has seen “malpractice and behaviors that are perceived by the majority of people as contrary to decorum and decency.”
Police will apparently give tourists a warning first, and those who don’t comply will be fined. Coppola makes the case that having people walk around with little clothing is uncomfortable for locals and for more modest tourists, and he’s worried about the city’s image, per the UK Times. He warns that the situation, unchecked, will lead to “a deterioration in the quality of life of citizens.”
How would this fly in South Beach or Venice Beach?
Like I said…it is Summer and most places are experiencing some extreme heat….so how hot is hot?
Heat waves are becoming supercharged as the climate changes – lasting longer, becoming more frequent and getting just plain hotter.
One question a lot of people are asking is: “When will it get too hot for normal daily activity as we know it, even for young, healthy adults?”
The answer goes beyond the temperature you see on the thermometer. It’s also about humidity. Our research shows the combination of the two can get dangerous faster than scientists previously believed.
Scientists and other observers have become alarmed about the increasing frequency of extreme heat paired with high humidity, measured as “wet-bulb temperature.”
During the heat waves that overtook South Asia in May and June 2022, Jacobabad, Pakistan, recorded a maximum wet-bulb temperature of 33.6 C (92.5 F) and Delhi topped that – close to the theorized upper limit of human adaptability to humid heat.
How hot is too hot for the human body? Our lab found heat + humidity gets dangerous faster than many people realize
There are probing questions in life that we seldom get a good answer for….and one for me is….why do kids eat boogers?
There’s an old joke: What’s the difference between broccoli and boogers? You can’t get kids to eat broccoli.
There definitely seems to be something about boogers that is simply irresistible to many children. Glance at a group of five or more children, and chances are good that at least one of them will likely have their finger either thrust up their bulging nostril halfway to their brain or poking the flake/chunk/globule sourced from within said nostril into their mouths. Yes, children can be truly disgusting.
Boogers, of course, form in the nose, when some of the mucus that is constantly produced gets dried out. The purpose of nasal mucus is to stop potentially harmful particles and pathogens found within the air from being inhaled. Instead, they are caught by wet, sticky snot and taken down the throat to be dealt with in the stomach. Larger particles, or large amounts of them, can form bigger sticky chunks or linger long enough to dry out, which is when the stuff in your nose goes from sniffable to pickable.
Hard seltzer……fizzy water with alcohol…..why?
America fell in love with hard seltzer in the summer of 2019. It appears our feelings might have slightly cooled. In a piece for the Atlantic, Amanda Mull charts hard seltzer’s heyday (more than 150 brands on the market by mid-2021!) and where sales are now (certainly not awful, but down year-over-year for the first time). But what she really looks at is the why. Yes, there are common-sense factors like inflation-related purse-string tightening. But she suggests something else is at play: the fact that “hard seltzer just isn’t very good.” Mull qualifies her opinion by giving a drinking CV of sorts: She’s a 36-year-old in the target audience for the beverage who is not a booze snob, still takes the occasional Jell-O shot, and has sampled more hard seltzer brands than she can count.
“The first sip was great: cold, slightly fizzy, not too sweet, identifiably lime-flavored,” she writes of the first White Claw she ever tried. But within a few minutes of being out of the fridge, the drinking experience had severely degraded. That pattern repeated itself over the years, and she realized “the problem is, in large part, inherent to the product.” Unlike, say, Mike’s Hard Lemonade, hard seltzer doesn’t cover up the taste of its cheap alcohol—generally made from malt or fermented sugar—with sugar. So “when the drinks begin to warm even slightly,” there’s nothing to hide the taste of the alcohol. “I know why people get so drunk off these,” Mull recalls thinking way back in 2019. “You have to crush them.”
Who said ‘Eat The Rich’?
Short answer…the author of the Social Contract, Jean-Jacques Rousseau….and now you can take his advice…..
If you’re in New York City or Los Angeles on Wednesday and want to work out your angst against capitalism, there’s a frozen treat waiting for you, modeled after the world’s richest men. Just stop by what’s being deemed a “unique art pop-up” by CBS New York: the roaming “Eat the Rich” ice cream truck, which is hawking popsicles in the shape of the heads of Elon Musk (ice cream name: “Munch Musk”), Jeff Bezos (“Bite Bezos), Bill Gates (“Gobble Gates”), Mark Zuckerberg (“Suck Zuck”), and Jack Ma (“Snack on Jack”). The treats are being sold by the MSCHF artists collective—the same group that teamed up with Lil Nas X to push his Satan-themed Nikes, which contained a drop of real blood—and are in such demand that they’re selling out in the Big Apple, per Bloomberg.
Quartz notes that the phrase “eat the rich” originates from 18th-century Swiss philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who famously said, “When the people shall have no more to eat, they will eat the rich.” The price of the MSCHF popsicles, however, is raising eyebrows: At $10 each, or around two times the price of a regular ice pop, some say that MSCHF is propping up the capitalistic system it’s ostensibly decrying. And at one of the truck’s stops in New York City, a man who ran a regular ice-cream truck complained to the MSCHF team that their truck was taking business away from him (the MSCHF truck eventually left).
Still, the price hasn’t deterred everyone from biting into their least-favorite billionaires. “Pay your workers more,” one NYC woman laughed to CBS as she enthusiastically munched on a frozen Bezos pop. Unfortunately for those looking to get in on this “eat the rich” action, Wednesday is the last day the trucks will be operating, and an MSCHF exec says “there are no plans to expand” the project, reports CBS News. Meanwhile, for anyone who’s curious, the Elon Musk popsicle has been the most popular item on the New York truck.
All that just may be TMI….so I will leave it there for this Saturday…..do not fret I will return next week with more useless information….
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