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December 21, 2017

Spaceships real and unreal drawn to scale



From Supernova Condensate: "This, my friends, is an image showing several of the most notable spacecraft we plucky human beings have created (and are busily creating) to date. The past, the present, and the ones that never quite made it. All spacecraft shown are to scale (assuming my sources were accurate). Because I felt I needed to exercise my graphic design muscles. And because, well, let's face it — space ships are just inherently cool, aren't they?"

"If you feel like seriously geeking out, see below."


[via Explore]

December 21, 2017 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Winston Churchill's Daily Routine


From Daily Routines:


He awoke about 7:30 a.m. and remained in bed for a substantial breakfast and reading of mail and all the national newspapers. For the next couple of hours, still in bed, he worked, dictating to his secretaries.

At 11:00 a.m., he arose, bathed, and perhaps took a walk around the garden, and took a weak whisky and soda to his study.

At 1:00 p.m. he joined guests and family for a three-course lunch. Clementine drank claret, Winston champagne, preferable Pol Roger served at a specific temperature, port brandy and cigars. When lunch ended, about 3:30 p.m. he returned to his study to work, or supervised work on his estate, or played cards or backgammon with Clementine.

At 5:00 p.m., after another weak whisky and soda, he went to bed for an hour and a half. He said this siesta, a habit gained in Cuba, allowed him to work 1 1/2 days in every 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. he awoke, bathed again, and dressed for dinner at 8:00 p.m.

Dinner was the focal point and highlight of Churchill's day. Table talk, dominated by Churchill, was as important as the meal. Sometimes, depending on the company, drinks and cigars extended the event well past midnight. The guests retired, Churchill returned to his study for another hour or so of work.


[via The Churchill Centre, Eric Henning, and Cultural Offering]

December 21, 2017 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)



Wrote Rachel Rummel on Atlas Obscura:


This Mexican candy recreates a spaghetti dinner with spicy-sour gummy noodles and tamarind sauce


Salsaghetti is an example of the whole being completely different from the sum of its parts.

Combining the word "salsa" (sauce) with a misspelling of the latter half of the word "spaghetti" sounds like a marinara-slathered Italian noodle dish, but it's actually a heap of spicy Mexican candy straws.

These tubular, sour watermelon–flavored gummies are covered in fine chili-tamarind powder and crystals of sugar.

A packet of tamarind sauce acts as the fruity spaghetti's salsa. 


Candy critics warn that it "might look like gooey caramel" but the runny consistency is "more like a packaged turkey gravy."

Unlike a traditional Italian dinner, salsagheti is sweet, sour, and meant to be eaten without silverware.

One taster lamented that pouring the tamarind packet on top of the chewy strands was too messy,

but dipping the candy into a flat pool of sauce was no easy feat either.


Unsurprisingly, kids across Mexico appreciate this sticky, messy, interactive flavor-punch to the face.

Salsagheti isn't just popular at birthday parties, celebrations, and school events — adults love the intense, zingy flavor combination too.

One chef even went so far as to concoct a dish made from salsagheti, various fruits, cucumber, peanuts, chamoy, Tajín, and four other types of Mexican candy.

It may not be conventional, but it is one way to incorporate salsagheti into a balanced meal.



The 12-pack pictured above costs $11.90.

December 21, 2017 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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