Friday, March 29, 2019

Batch of links

So there I was, thinking I hadn’t published one of these in a while (which is true), when I realized that I actually started this post in November and it has sat there, waiting patiently for me to finish it, ever since. So the first two links mention decluttering, and then we get back to more up-to-date things.

- I was decluttering some papers and came across a piece cut out from a magazine (probably an old Cosmopolitan) stating that marquise diamond wearers have the highest divorce rates. I googled it and this came up, even though there are no references. I’d love to have more info!

- Still decluttering, I came across a quote attributed to Lillian Gish: “You know, when I first went into the movies, Lionel Barrymore played my grandfather. Later, he played my father, and finally, he played my husband. If he had lived, I’m sure I would have played his mother.” Her IMDb page gives a very similar quote and ends it with “That’s the way it is in Hollywood. The men get younger and the women got older.” I looked it up, and the three movies are Judith of Bethulia (1914), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925), and Duel in the Sun (1946). Of course this reminded me of Sally Field and how she was Tom Hanks’s love interest in Punchline, but played his mother a mere six years later in Forrest Gump (tidbit courtesy of this gem of a skit by Amy Schumer).

And while I was looking up Lillian Gish’s IMDb page, I read the following, which made me like her even more: “She was taught how to shoot by notorious western outlaw Al J. Jennings, who was in one of her early films (after having served a long term in prison for train robbery). When John Huston and Burt Lancaster took her to the desert to teach her how to shoot for The Unforgiven (1960), they were astounded to discover she could shoot more accurately and faster than they did. She found that she liked shooting, and over the years had developed into an expert shot.”

- Speaking of actresses, I really liked Emilia Clarke’s article in The New Yorker.

- Great article by David McMillan of Joe Beef on his sobriety.

- And great article about Buc-ee’s, THE best rest stop in Texas – and beyond!

- Bon Appétit just had a good article on Samin Nosrat, the author of the wonderful Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat (I talked about it here and here). I really have to find the time to watch her Netflix series! I’m only halfway into Marie Kondo’s show as it is…

- American cheese on the decline as millennials shun processed food. Or, they could just admit that it’s because American cheese sucks.

- And yet, sliced ketchup is the condiment you never asked for. You can say that again!

- There’s an edible games cookbook. Frankly, the game presented in the free chapter seems to elaborate for me, but there might be some cool stuff in there.

- Apparently, blood tests for food sensitivities are widely misused.

- I loved this article called The deadly truth about a world built for men – from stab vests to car crashes.

- Finally, I had to share this: a local university student *may* have found a cure for gastric cancer!

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