0 Iconic Photo 'Lunch Atop a Skyscraper' Turns 80

Today, the most dangerous thing about lunch is deciding whether to heat up a frozen meal, which could easily explode all over the microwave, or to risk eating out, where unhealthy options prevail. Back in 1932, for a group of steel workers in New York City, lunch involved attempting to eat a sandwich without falling off a beam situated 800-feet above ground.

Eighty years ago, the iconic photo "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" was taken on 69th floor of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center (later renamed the GE Building). Ever since the photograph was published anonymously in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932, the identities of the 11 men at lunch have remained a mystery. Archivists are now certain, however, that the photo was actually a staged publicity stunt to help promote the skyscraper.

A new documentary film “Men at Lunch” explores the story behind the iconic photograph.

(via NYTimes; The Independent)

0 Paris vs New York, a Minimalist Video

From the makers of the previously featured blog, Paris vs. New York, a tally of two cities.

(via Explore)

0 Happy 30th Birthday, Emoticon :-)

On September 19, 1982 at 11:44 am, Professor Scott Fahlman of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University sent the following email to a colleague.

professor scott fahlman, emoticon
And thus, the emoticon (a portmanteau of the words emotion + icon) was born.

"This was a little bit of silliness that I tossed into a discussion about physics," Fahlman said. "It was ten minutes of my life. I expected my note might amuse a few of my friends, and that would be the end of it." Boy was he wrong. =(

(via The Independent)

0 Talk Like a Pirate Day ARRRRRt Tutorial

talk like a pirate day, andertoons, art tutorial
Ahoy, mateys! September 12, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. But if talkin' like a pirate ain't yer thing, ye landlubbers should try drawin' one.

> Click here for the easy 12-Step ARRRRRt Tutorial

0 Spaghetti IN Meatballs

spaghetti in meatballs
I thought I'd seen it all when it comes to spaghetti. But no. Behold Spaghetti IN Meatballs: Parmesan-covered meatballs filled with mozzarella cheese and angel hair pasta atop a bed of tomato sauce...YES!

> Learn how to make Spaghetti IN Meatballs

(via Laughing Squid)

0 'A Christmas Story 2' Trailer - Official Sequel

I think we can all collectively agree that we'd rather shoot our eyes out than sit through any part of this sequel.

Years after realizing his childhood dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, 16-year-old Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters) sets his bespectacled sights on a gift of the four-wheeled variety in this belated sequel to Bob Clark's beloved 1983 classic "A Christmas Story." As the snow begins to fall and the carolers start to sing, Ralphie dreams of waking up on Christmas morning to find the keys to a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible dangling from the tree, and embracing a whole new world of freedom as he cruises the streets of Hohman, Indiana in style. "Home Alone" alumni Daniel Stern takes over for the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man, with Stacey Travis, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson, and Valin Shinyei sounding out the supporting cast as Mrs. Parker, Schwartz, Flick, and Randy respectively.
Don't worry — it's heading straight to Blu-Ray/DVD.

(via MovieWeb)

0 Introducing Candy Corn Oreos

candy corn oreos, halloween cookies
Oreos = delicious; candy corn = possibly THE most disgusting candy in existence.

Hence, this could go either way.

Candy Corn Oreos will be sold exclusively at Target starting Monday, September 10. The limited-edition cookies will only be offered during the Halloween season.

These would be festive treats for holiday parties, so hopefully they taste like traditional Oreos.

(via Foodbeast)

0 Vote for America's Best Restroom

Vanity Nightclub, Las Vegas, America's Best Restroom, Cintas
The bathroom in Vanity Nightclub - Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
Public bathrooms are important resources, especially when traveling. The best of the best are now being celebrated as finalists in the 11th annual America's Best Restroom Contest, sponsored by Cintas.

Last year's winner was the Field Museum in Chicago, IL. After scrolling through this year's finalists, it seems to me the bathroom in the Hard Rock Hotel's Vanity Nightclub looks like a nice place to take care of business.
Situated in the heart of the Vegas strip this lavish lair spans 2,000 square feet and features eleven stalls and six sinks. But it’s the individual vanity stations, each separately lighted and paired with red-velvet cushioned seats that really get the gals talking! The porcelain palace is also flush with gold plated faucets, gold laced curtains and finished off with a custom-designed $40,000 chandelier made from 70 hand-blown glass globes. With a cocktail waitress making rounds in the restroom, we might just argue the life of the party is in this lounge's loo.
> See all 10 finalists and vote for your favorite

(via Boing Boing)

0 Warhol-Inspired Campbell's Soup Cans Available at Target

Campbell's Tomato Soup, Andy Warhol, Target
Even if you're not an eater of Campbell's soup, these cans would be tasteful display items for any kitchen pantry/cupboard.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 famed work, "32 Campbell’s Soup Cans," Campbell Soup Company is introducing limited-edition cans of Campbell’s Tomato soup with labels derived from original Warhol artwork.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 2, the cans will be exclusively available at most Target locations nationwide for $.75 per 10.75-ounce can, while supplies last.
(via Grocery Headquarters)

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