It’s Veterans Day, the occasion on which we honor the men and women who serve and have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Over the weekend, the city staged what it billed as its First Official Annual Veterans Day Parade, which it may have been but which didn’t hold a candle to the World War I homecoming parade for the 28th Division on May 15, 1919, which drew two million visitors to the city (no special TransPasses needed!). The city overflows with monuments and memorials to America’s soldiers. Most days, we pass them by. Today, we pause to salute these, our 10 favorites. Read more »
The “BuzzFeed community” has ranked the Most Beautiful College Campuses in the World, and the good news is that Penn is on the list, at number 13, represented by photos of a snow-covered Quad and the LOVE statue. The bad news is that the Most Beautiful College in the World is someplace called Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, where 2,000 lucky students get to wallow in glory that surpasses that of every other college campus on earth. (Berry’s photos show a grandiose quad with a reflecting pool and very bad grass, as well as a Teutonic-looking farm.) Read more »
The University of Pennsylvania ranked seventh among private U.S. colleges in private giving in 2014, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Penn garnered $483,569,483 in private gifts, as reported by the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s Philanthropy 400 project, just ahead of Columbia’s $469,968,713 and behind Cornell (Cornell?!?), which took in $546,087,720. Read more »
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I’m 59 years old, I’ve been married for 32 years, and my husband and I have sex five times a week.
You’re thinking something about me, aren’t you?
But I’m just kidding. I am 59, and I have been married that long, but my husband and I have sex five times a year.
Now you’re thinking something else about me.
From the time a delivery-room nurse puts us on a scale at birth, we compare ourselves and are compared to everyone around us. Are we taller? Prettier? Faster? Smarter? We do this all through life.
When it comes to sex, studies say the typical American couple has it just over once a week. Feel better? Worse? Research shows that on average, young people have more sex than old folks. Married couples have more than singles. But averages don’t help you find a comfortable rung on the sexual ladder. Remember that scene in Annie Hall where the therapist asks Woody Allen how often he and Diane Keaton have sex? “Hardly ever,” he says mournfully. Then the therapist asks Keaton, and she sighs: “Constantly.”
This is a story about women having sex — or, rather, women not having sex. Not having enough sex. Maybe. Enough for what, though? Enough to make them happy? Or enough to make a drug company a billion bucks? Read more »
In addition to everything else you’ve got to remember for Halloween this year, remember to turn your clocks back an hour — all your clocks — because goddamned Daylight Saving Time will be messing up your life again. True, you’ll gain an hour of sleep. But that hour will be more than devoured by the time you expend adjusting every clock in your house, the clocks in your cars, the clock on the wall of your office, and, of course, the clocks at your mom’s house, because changing the clocks these days has gotten really hard.
You know what? That’s a lie, that part about gaining an hour of sleep. You’re not going to gain anything. The sun isn’t going to stay up any longer because of DST. All you’re doing is shifting an hour of darkness at the start of the day to the end of the day. And you only get to do that because last spring, you had your circadian rhythms thrown into chaos when the clocks sprang forward — a dumb expression albeit one beloved by news commentators, because clocks don’t just spring forward on their own. They have to be pushed or prodded or spun or clicked forward — by you. Read more »
Halloween is Saturday night, which means my inbox is chock-full of holiday-related emails. There’s the one from U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, who apparently loves him some caps lock; his press release leads off with the following bit of autumn cheer in 24-point type:
SCHUMER REVEALS: HALLOWEEN MAKEUP ON STORE SHELVES COULD POSE SERIOUS DANGER TO CHILDREN; HALLOWEEN PRODUCTS FROM CHINA OFTEN CONTAIN HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS LIKE NICKEL & LEAD THAT ARE LEFT OFF OF INGREDIENTS BUT CAN MAKE KIDS VERY SICK; SENATOR URGES PARENTS TO BE WARY, NOT USE HALLOWEEN MAKEUP MADE IN CHINA; PUSHES FDA TO INVESTIGATE DANGEROUS INGREDIENTS OFTEN HIDDEN TO CONSUMERS.
Whew! I mean, God forbid that on one day out of the year, Jayden and Mason and Veronica rub a bit of rouge on their chubby little cheeks; as Schumer says (in lower-case, at least), according to the CDC, “no safe blood lead level in children has been identified.” My baby’s going to die from unregulated Chinese face paint! Hey, Chuck? Don’t you have anything better to do than scare kids and their parents about — oh, wait, I get it. Excellent troll! Best Halloween prank ever! Read more »
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I only heard the announcement because WHYY was conducting a fund drive and I was surfing the radio dial in the car. (Then again, when isn’t WHYY conducting a fund drive?) Still, what I heard did cause me to look a bit less fondly at my decade-old Honda, which, despite the extensive body damage inflicted by my parking garage (love you guys!) and the 197,568 miles on its odometer, I usually like very much. My Honda, though, doesn’t have Sirius. And the announcement from radio station More FM 101 was that already, now, right this very minute, it was conducting an online poll to choose which Christmas songs we, the people, want to hear this year.
This was two weeks before Halloween. Read more »