0 Airportag Pillows

For anyone who loves to travel, these colorful throw pillows by Airportag would make an excellent gift (hint). Each displays a three-letter International Air Transport Association (IATA) code designating many airports around the world. Airport check-in desks print these codes onto luggage tags, which some of us may or may not compulsively check to ensure our bags are heading to the correct destination.

(via Swiss Miss)

0 Take the Regional Dialect Quiz

How do you pronounce aunt: with the vowel in ah, to sound like ant or with the vowel in caught? How about the second syllable of pajamas: with the vowel in jam or with the vowel in palm?

What do you call a long sandwich containing cold cuts, lettuce and so on: sub, grinder, hoagie, hero or poor boy? What about a sweetened carbonated beverage: soda, pop or soft drink?

Take the NYTimes.com quiz to see your personal dialect map

p.s. Mine is definitely correct!

0 'Cut Food': Beautiful Cross Sections of Everyday Foods (Video)

Photographer Beth Galton and food stylist Charlotte Omnes give us a peek inside everyday foods.

Their photo series,"Cut Food," halves various edibles—donuts and coffee, popcorn, stuffed turkey, ice cream and noodles—to reveal gorgeous geometric patterns within.

Check out the video to see how they do it.

(via NPR)

0 Michelangelo's Illustrated Grocery List

Bread, Milk, Eggs... the everyday grocery list is carelessly scribbled onto scrap paper and expeditiously thrown away.

Far from mundane, this 1518 grocery list illustrated by Michelangelo is much more apropos of a Renaissance master.
Because the servant he was sending to market was illiterate, Michelangelo illustrated the shopping lists — a herring, tortelli, two fennel soups, four anchovies and ‘a small quarter of a rough wine’ — with rushed (and all the more exquisite for it) caricatures in pen and ink.

It's no Sistine Chapel ceiling, but a work of art worth preserving nonetheless.  

(via Open Culture)

0 The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100 Years Old

Happy 100th Birthday Crossword Puzzles!

If you've been to Google over the last 24 hours, you know why today's date is so puzzling.

(Note: At the time of this writing, Google hasn't yet published the answers online, so here's a link to my unverified solution. With regard to difficulty, I'd give it a Tuesday rating.)

The world's first crossword puzzle was printed on December 21, 1913.

The diamond-shaped puzzle, known as a "Word-Cross" (pictured at right), was published in the "Fun" section of the Sunday paper, the New York World. It was written by Arthur Wynne, a British journalist.

Crossword constructor Merle Reagle explains:
On a snowy evening in the early 1900s, a newspaper editor at the New York World was hunched over his desk trying to think of something special for the Christmas issue.

Remembering the small word squares he’d solved as a young Brit in Liverpool, he drew a diamond-shaped grid with numbered squares and numbered clues. It contained 32 words, and his simple instruction read:

“Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions.”

The puzzle appeared Dec. 21, 1913, and what 42-year-old Arthur Wynne had created was the first crossword puzzle.
Here's New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz with more:

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