I couldn’t live there without going nuts

A couple of articles about New York City have had me shaking my head in disbelief, to think of having to live in such a place. First, there’s the cost of accommodation.  Please note the bold, underlined text, which is my emphasis. Tourists have been booking rooms in the 665-room Pod Times Square — a micro-hotel with rooms averaging just 115 square feet apiece — since its January debut on West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue. . . . The hotel’s collection of “Pod Pads” — 45 apartments available for long-term rents — recently debuted, making Pod Hotels the latest

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I think I’m in the wrong line of work

I’d do better working in New Jersey’s ports than I would writing books – by more than an order of magnitude! ON THE WATERFRONT, there’s a longshoreman on the books who washes trucks. He gets paid $465,981 a year. To wash trucks. Fired when his bosses discovered he wasn’t actually showing up when he claimed to be working, he nevertheless regained his job—after an arbitrator concluded it was not unusual in the industry for employees to be paid “without being expected to work all the hours for which they are being paid.” . . . Part of the reason for

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Low, fast and stupid

This video, apparently dating from 2014, shows a Ukrainian Sukhoi Su-24 (a Soviet equivalent to the US F-111) making a very low, very fast pass over other Ukrainian aircraft at the Starokostiantyniv air base. At that speed, and that (lack of) height, one slip and he’d have been a smear of metal and strawberry jam on the earth . . . Peter

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This one’s for Phlegmmy

The lovely Phlegmmy is quite the connoisseur of ladies’ shoes.  When I saw this image over at Wirecutter’s place, I couldn’t resist borrowing it to show her here. Louboutins they ain’t;  Fluevogs they’re definitely not;  but they have a certain je ne sais quoi, wouldn’t you say?  Note the nail claw polish matching the shoe leather.  I do appreciate the extra effort.  Not paltry poultry, those . . . Peter EDITED TO ADD: Reader L. L. just e-mailed me, saying “Hey! Cluck-me shoes!” Grrroooooaaaannn . . .

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Doofus Of The Day #1,012

Today’s award goes to the person who asked this question concerning the volcanic eruptions currently going on in Hawaii. The USGS responded to one Twitter user who asked, “Is it safe to roast marshmallows over volcanic vents? Assuming you had a long enough stick, that is? Or would the resulting marshmallows be poisonous?” . . . The USGS responded: Erm… we’re going to have to say no, that’s not safe. (Please don’t try!) If the vent is emitting a lot of SO2 or H2S, they would taste BAD. And if you add sulfuric acid (in vog, for example) to sugar, you

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Mugshot of the week

For the benefit of overseas readers, in the USA a “mugshot” is a common term for the photograph taken of suspects/offenders by police when they’re arrested, as they’re booked into the local jail. This one comes to us courtesy of the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office in Michigan.  More information here. Blue??? Peter

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