that there’s no soda in space

The future is bright. Instead of taking a trip to the Grand Canyon, we’ll soon be able to trade in our Volkswagen Bus for a space shuttle (according to the Japanese at a price point around $10k) and fly to the moon, or maybe even Mars.

Only downside? As of now, there’s no way to drink soda in space. Sorry, Bowie.

“As NASA explains, astronauts have to give up the bubbles when they take to the heavens. The bubbles don’t separate out when the bottle or can (or whatever space-friendly container would be used) is opened in an environment with so little gravity. As a result, the bubbles would enter the astronauts’ digestive systems and get trapped there, with unknown consequences.”

Maybe Dr. Pepper can think of a solution?

about the ‘Just in Queso Foundation’

Over the course of the past 10 years I built an entire virtual mall worth of stores with punny names. But, with my move to the States and the fact that Americans are really bad at Dutch, I saw myself forced to start all over again.

So I was pretty excited when all of a sudden the phrase ‘Just in Queso’ popped up. Seemed like a perfect name for a Mexican cheese shop. And let’s be honest, that’s just what this world needs. But, a friend was quick to point out that it didn’t sound all that original, and a quick Google search taught me that it wasn’t thought of by just one other person, but that there are quite a few JiC’s out there.

The most impressive one would probably be food brand Tijuana Flat’s ‘Just in Queso Foundation’, that’s donating all the proceeds of their ‘Just in Queso’ Hot Sauce to charities. Admittedly, a much more worthy cause of the name then my make-belief cheese shop. And for me it’s back to thinking of more cheesy puns to put on yet-to-build store fronts.

that Dennis Rodman is 52 years old.

I’m shocked. Shocked.

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about the 86-member girl group ‘AKB48’

Thought Of Monsters and Men was impressive in terms of size with their six members? Or maybe Arcade Fire with their 10 musicians. I’m From Barcelona perhaps who feature 28 members? Think again.

My friend Elise sent me a link to a video for AKB48’s newest single of which the title I can’t read or repeat, but the story of the band is what makes it really interesting. “As of April 2013, the group has 86 members. The girls range in age from early teens to mid-20s. It is one of the highest-earning musical acts in the world, with 2011 record sales of over $200 million in Japan.” Quite a phenomenon.

where Daft Punk got their name

Tonight, after work, me and a die-hard Daft Punk fan booked a conference room, connected a computer to the speaker system, and for over an hour blasted the entire new Daft Punk ‘Random Access Memories’ album. It’s seriously good.

And then this article popped up in my newsfeed, talking about how Daft Punk got their name and who is to thank for it. Apparently, “it’s well-established lore that Daft Punk got their name from a review in MM of a song by the band Darlin’, which consisted of Thomas Bangalter, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Laurent Brancowitz, the latter of whom went on to help form Phoenix.” And, “So at long last it can be confirmed that the person who gets the credit for naming Daft Punk thanks to his quick aside is Dave Jennings, stalwart Wedding Present fan of MM among many other things.”

Consider yourself informed.

And, as a bonus, here’s a picture of us at the listening party, with some kick-ass Daft Punk helmet masks.

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that Minneapolis is the most bike-friendly city in the world

If you imagine what the most bike-friendly cities would be, you might be tempted to think of Portland, SF and other hippie communities. Well, think again. Apparently, it’s Minneapolis that takes the cake when it comes to bike-friendliness. According to this article, this is mostly due to the fact that the city is so incredibly flat. Just like home!

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(h/t Janice)

about “Whole Paycheck”

This might be one of those “you’re so not American” things, but I had never heard about “Whole Paycheck” as a nickname for Whole Food. I came across it in a (nerd alert) Kantar IQ analysis on organic food, so I guess it’s legit?

about the mustachio

While visiting the excellent ‘Picasso and Chicago‘ exhibition at the Art Institute today, I stumbled upon a word in one of the paintings’ descriptions that just had to be researched: ‘mustachioed’. (And even though I looked it up and I know that the word is not as fantastic as some of the master’s works, the fact that I’m typing ‘mustachioed’ here and it doesn’t immediately get underlined in red like with my other spelling mistakes still surprises me.)

A mustachio, it turns out, is not just a fancy word for the good-old mustache. No, this is a whole other level of upper lip decoration. According to Google (I turned to them and said: I mustache you a question), the definition of a mustachio is: “a mustache, especially a luxuriant one.”

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Glad we cleared that up.

why the popularity of craft beer skyrocketed

Today I visited the American Beer Classic, a Chicago craft beer festival that hosted over a 100 breweries that offered us samples of their famous, and less known brews. I think (I mean, try to recall what beer #1 tasted like when you’re ready to take on beer #30) my favorite was Uinta’s Hop Notch IPA. And not just because of the name, although that definitely helped.

But what made craft beer gain in popularity so much? According to a WSJ report, a tax deduction originally set off the revolution in American “craft” beer. It led to a surge in the number of U.S. breweries from a few dozen to more than 2,300 today and turned home-brewers into seasoned beer makes such as Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada and Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head.

Well, I don’t remember ever paying less for a craft beer than for a rice-blended lager, but I sure am happy that these guys are around. Cheers!

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Another aptly named IPA

about where to go for more kids

Want to get a lot of kids? Try Utah. According to a one-pager that the US Census released in anticipation for tomorrow’s Mother’s Day, this state currently sees 2,449 births per 1,000 women, making them the leading state for number of children per mother in the US.

Don’t want to have to return balls that neighborhood kids are kicking into your backyard every flippin’ three seconds? Try Rhode Island, which scores a measly total fertility rate of 1,630.5 births per 1,000 women.

Source: National Center for Health Statistics.