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May 18, 2019

Age your gifts: think like a distillery in Scotland


For as long as I can remember, I've deferred opening presents whenever possible.

That goes for letters from people I really like and things I buy for myself.

The thing is, anticipating the pleasure to come is oftimes better than the thing anticipated.

And you still get the object in the end anyway.

I like free delight.

I call this sort of behavior pathological in that it's not normal.

But I'm OK with that.

May 18, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Before And After


How it happened that I did not even know of the existence of this 1992 novel by Rosellen Brown until two weeks ago I have no idea.

Fantastic book.

It's about a murder, told from the points of view of the four members of the family of the killer.

I was quite engrossed for the first three-fourths of the novel, and then something happened that set the final quarter ablaze.

I invoked SlowRead for the last hundred or so pages so as to make them last as long as possible.


May 18, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Average number of times people were drunk in one year — by country

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[via CNN]

May 18, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)

Green River soda – invented in 1916, immortalized by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Green River_Steven Schwark

From Atlas Obscura:

When Richard C. Jones of Davenport, Iowa, concocted a sparkling green drink to attract high school students to his ice cream shop and soda fountain in 1916, little did he know that one day it would keep a brewery in operation during Prohibition, inspire a famous rock song, and become a symbol of Irish festivities in Chicago.

But such is the charm of the electric Green River soft drink, with its characteristic lemon-lime tang.

Jones named his creation "Green River," and it was an instantly popular Davenportian refreshment.

In 1919, he sold his recipe to the Schoenhofen Edelweiss Brewing Company in Chicago, which manufactured and sold the beverage until the company shut down its brewery in 1950.

During the early years of Prohibition, when Schoenhofen had to limit production of its Edelweiss beer, it is said the company got by from the sales of Green River.

From around 1930 to 1950, Green River was the second-most popular carbonated beverage in the Midwest, after Coca-Cola.

After Schoenhofen closed operations, several other entities owned the secret recipe and distribution rights for Green River, and the drink would sporadically pop up at stores or drive-ins.

Green River's popularity spread as far as California, where it found its most famous fan.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's John Fogerty named a song after the verdant drink, which he enjoyed at his neighborhood pharmacy.

In the CCR biography Bad Moon Rising, Fogerty says, "The drink was a green, lime drink on ice with fizz water, a soggy green snow cone. That's what I would order and it made me the happiest."

The band released "Green River," whose lyrics described a walk along a river (and did not mention the soda), in 1969.

Even though the song was a massive hit, few know the origins of its name and the soda has remained a mostly Midwestern favorite.

While it is unclear why Richard Jones named Green River thus, the drink's fortuitous name and green color make it a perfect refreshment for St. Patrick's Day celebrations in Chicago, when the Chicago River is dyed green.

Nearly a third of Green River’s annual sales allegedly happen around St. Patrick's Day.

Chicagoans have been enamored of this electric-green fizzy pop for over a century.

Though the brand was acquired by the California-based WIT Beverage company in 2011 and Mr. Jones's original shop no longer exists, you can still find an authentic Green River soda in its ancestral home.

Simply slide onto a stool at Lagomarcino's soda fountain counter in Davenport, where a refreshing glass costs about $2.

May 18, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

Level Cufflinks


Why do they call them "Spirit Level Cufflinks?"

Nobody knows why "spirit" is part of the name — except for boj readers, who get the scoop here.

But I digress.

From the website: "These novelty cufflinks each contain an actual spirit level. Practical, quirky, and stylish, these are the perfect accessory."


$18 (gift boxed).

May 18, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)

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