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Today the Social Security Administration has released its list of top baby names for each state in the union. Let's take a gander at Pennsylvania and New Jersey, shall we?PABoys Girls1. Mason 1. Emma2. Liam 2. Sophia3. Jacob 3. Ava4. Michael
So says the finance website Nerdwallet, but here's what's really galling: Dallas comes in first on the list. It's not as though Nerdwallet meant to shame Philadelphia by ranking it after Dallas, Chicago, Detroit, New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Denver, and Miami, yet the shame is still there. At least Nerdwallet made us sound OK:The City that Loves You Back, and the city of terrible nicknames (Bobby “Clarkie” Clarke; Mike “Schmitty” Schmidt; etc.) is also a city full of invincible sports fans. From the Flyers to the Eagles, Philly never lets their fans down. The Eagles and Flyers regularly
Fast Company released its "100 Most Creative in Business" list today, and Philly makes a pretty good showing. Clocking in at #11 is Penn professor and cancer researcher Dr. Carl June, who has experienced remarkable success treating Leukemia patients using a disabled form of HIV. At #28 is Diplo, the D.J. and founder of the Mad Decent record label, who attended Temple. Finally, Tina Wells clocks in at #48. The Camden County native heads up Philly-based Buzz Marketing, which taps into the pulse of the "Millenial" generation to figure out what's, well, buzzing. Nate Silver, for the record, was numero
Would you pay for your favorite YouTube video? Monday, the New York Times reported YouTube is planning a subscription service for some channels. As Time TV critic James Poniewozik helpfully pointed out, the reaction in the comments was top-notch Internet overreaction: "What next? Am I going to be charged for the air I breathe?" I also enjoyed, "What's next, buying a stamp for email?"Hyperbole in the comments aside, the move doesn't sound too bad. Certain broadcasters could have subscription fees as low as two bucks a month, the Times reports, and it does seem to be another chance at a revenue stream for independent broadcasters. There's the chance the broadcasters will give you promo codes to access the content for free anyway. Plus, maybe all those "hilarious" videos of parents who film their kids crying or high on drugs after the doctor will be shifted to a pay-section and I'll never have to see them again!But what, if any, content is there on YouTube that you'd be willing to pay for? I thought about it for a full day and came up with 10 videos I'd pay to watch over and over and over again. I tried to spread the genres around instead of just filling it with puppy videos. Enjoy!
I don't have much interest in running the Broad Street Run. Maybe this makes me a bad Philadelphia runner. I hit the pavement four or five times a week, but I just don't like racing that much. I remember my career as a mildly successful high school runner fondly, though, and I know how important those cheers can be. Even the sight of a lone spectator on the course just watching was a pick-me-up. I can't be the only vain one who picked up the pace just to not look bad, even in front of a stranger. That's why, every first Sunday in May since I moved downtown, I've hoofed it over to Broad Street to cheer on runners.Spectators' cheers help runners' finish the race. After the bombings at the Boston marathon, runners expressed dismay that spectators were injured. "It's such a tragedy for the people that supported us," 10-time Boston finisher Josie Magee told USA Today.
I am writing this post while sitting on my couch, which is wedged between a bookcase and an armchair in the corner of my cluttered living room. My feet are propped up on a cardboard box, one of the many that clutter this room and block all the outlets on the walls. I am hoping I can write this post without having to play box Tetris in order to get access to electricty to power my laptop. The only sound I can hear besides the clicking of the keyboard is my cat bellowing in the basement. He's been holed up there—nestled behind the dryer—for almost 48 hours, the trauma of a 10-minute car ride across town too much for his skittish soul to bear. Later, I'll sit on the floor of the cellar and push a can of food at him, hoping to coax him out so he doesn't get desperate and pee everywhere.The joys of moving.
The NFL draft is a bore. I remember it used to be fun, when I was a kid. The TV production was slightly amateurish; it had the feel of an event only die-hards cared about. I'd sit in front of the TV watching ESPN, slogging through a few early picks—I remember wanting the Eagles to trade up to get Ki-Jana Carter one year—anxiously awaiting to see how the Eagles would screw up their first round selection.I don't know if the draft was every only for die-hards, but it's become an overproduced, overexposed slog for me. Somehow by trying to build it up ESPN and NFL Network have made it less interesting for me. And the hype pre-draft is unbearable. The guys at Birds 24/7 (and lots of other beat writers) have done a great job compiling Eagles draft rumors the last few months, but, my God, I want it to be over.
Lesson learned: Reese Witherspoon is kind of a diva. When her husband got pulled over for a DUI, she made a big old Hollywood scene by shouting, "Do you know my name?!" at police. She later issued an apology, stating that she was "deeply embarrassed" by what happened, blaming it on alcohol.
Not to be confused with its "25 hottest burgers" list released last month, the food blog Eater has unveiled its definitive ranking of the best hamburgers in the country: The Eater National Burger 38. Making the cut Coming in at #13* is Good Dog's Good Dog Burger (Welcome to Good Dog, Home of the Good Dog, Can I Take Your Order?)."The Good Dog burger is a riff on the Juicy Lucy-style cheeseburger; that is, the cheese (in this case, Roquefort) is inside the patty," Eater writes. But you already knew that if you've seen Inky food critic Craig LaBan's musical tribute