Here’s the Real Reason Why We Get Hungry Watching Football

Vinny Curry jersey (left); Thai curry (right)

We didn’t have this problem during the preseason, but during the Eagles regular-season opener, we got hungry. Last Sunday, too. Specifically, we got hungry for Thai food. More specifically, curry. Especially when the Eagles’ defense was on the field.

We finally figured out: Defensive end Vinny Curry was signaling our taste buds to crave chicken bathed in coconut milk and spices. Which got us thinking: What other foodstuffs might be playing around the league?

Herewith, our compilation (with notations) of the first-ever NFL Food Bowl. Read more »

How to Be Nice: A Guide for (Mean) Philadelphians

“I’m telling Mom,” said Dick. “Don’t be such a snowflake,” said Sally. Illustrations by Bruce Emmett

So the whole way into work this morning — a drive that included a serious detour because the morons at PennDOT had a slow-moving maintenance vehicle blocking one lane of the Schuylkill Expressway — I was racking my brain to find the perfect example of modern-day rudeness to start off this essay about how to be nice. On arriving at the office, I discovered that the President of the United States had obligingly provided it, with the following series of early-morning tweets: Read more »

The Best Thing That Happened This Week: We Got Ourselves a National Student Poet!

Actor Alfre Woodard, left, congratulates 2017 National Student Poet Juliet Lubwama, of Downingtown, Pa., on her inaugural reading at the Library of Congress on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Washington. (Kevin Wolf/AP Images for Alliance for Young Artist & Writers)

While you were packing your bag for a getaway to the beach or the mountains this weekend, 17-year-old Juliet Lubwama was in Washington, D.C., attending a private workshop with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera and reading her own work at the National Book Festival. Lubwama, the daughter of Ugandan immigrants and a rising senior at Downingtown STEM Academy, is one of five young writers being honored this weekend as 2017 National Student Poets. The winners, hailing from five regions of the U.S.—Lubwama is the Northeast representative—were selected from a pool of thousands of applicants and will spend the next year serving as “literary ambassadors” in their communities. Read more »

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