Let me share this here, before you all inevitably do so on your Facebook walls. BuzzFeed has created a list of the “21 Things You’re Only Afraid of If You Live in Philly.” Winners include “The People of SEPTA,” bike-killing trolley tracks, and of course, North Philadelphia. Sure, I too am afraid of bike-killing trolley tracks. But before you go blasting this list around along with the words “soooo true” take a minute to realize that you too could have devised this exact list. Because the only qualification you need to write such a list is to have at one time or another lived in the City of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Business Journal has offered up its list of the city’s “23 most influential business people,” the results based on an online poll taken a few months ago. No surprise: Comcast is well-represented on the list, with veep David L. Cohen and CEO Brian Roberts both making the list.
Remember last spring when visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art could play the old Atari game “Pong” on the side of the Cira Center across the Schuylkill River? That inspired idea from Drexel proff Frank Lee turned out to be a record-breaking feat.
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Sixers legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving will be giving a free talk tonight as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Author Event series.
The Doctor, who mesmerized Sixer fans from 1976 to 1987, will discuss his life on and off of the court, as well as to promote his recently released book Dr. J: The Autobiography (in which we learn some things we wish we could unlearn). Of course, the good doctor is no stranger to shilling products. In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, let’s look back at the top five Dr. J commercials.
I recently met someone who lives in Center City and is debating whether or not she should buy a car. Are you kidding me? Driving in Philadelphia is one of the worst ideas ever. Here, the ten reasons why driving in Philadelphia is a really, really positively and utterly stupid idea.
We know that you’re used to getting all the latest “list” news here at Philly Mag. So…sit down. We have something to tell you. A list just came out. Philadelphia was not on it. And yes, we’re feeling bereft.
I watched Sunday’s Eagles game and I felt bad. Not for Chip Kelly or for Nick Foles or Michael Vick. I felt particularly bad for Matt Barkley.
What a disaster. His NFL debut. I’m sure his entire family was watching. And he throws three interceptions in nine minutes. Four actually, but one was called back due to a penalty. Of course there were circumstances that led to this, like throwing a rookie into a tough situation and forcing him to make long passes because his team was down late in the game. But no one, Barkley included, was making excuses. This was his big moment. And it sucked.
It was approaching 1:30 a.m. Some friends and I were sitting on my couch watching TV, but there was nothing on. Obviously, it was 1:30. Rather than check out on demand or streaming, I kept flipping the remote like it was the 1990s. Then I saw it: The Club Risque infomercial was on.
Ah, Tastykake. Every Philadelphian, diabetic or no, has a soft spot in their heart for the caky, spongy treats cranked out by way of the Navy Yard. From the simple breakfast treats like their frosted danish to dessert-y items like pies and cupcakes, these little squares of corn syrup and flour are as much a part of our identity as the Liberty Bell or an incredibly high gun murder rate.
So, you could see how a ranked list of Tastykake products might make sense as editorial content, so congrats to the 700 Level on their list. Unfortunately, though, they’re all wrong. Let’s take a look, shall we?