When the potato lobby speaks, it always puts its best spuds forward. Yesterday at a National Press Club lunchtime briefing to promote the nutritional value of the vegetable, that meant a full bar of baked potatoes, french fries (baked, not fried), sour cream, cheddar cheese, chopped tomatoes, spinach and broccoli. Yes, according to sources close to the food, it was scrumptious.
When the death of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs was announced last night, if you were following Twitter, what you saw was a spasm of grief. Writers, actors, musicians, your friends, comedians ... the genuine sadness was palpable, not only because he was 56 years old, but because so many saw the news while holding one of his products in their hands. This is very much what popular culture is: this hive mind, this hum of collective response.
With his black turtleneck, wire-rimmed glasses and conspiratorial grin, Steve Jobs was arguably the best ambassador ever between androids and humans.
When Jobs died Wednesday at 56 after protracted combat with pancreatic cancer, the world lost a valuable shuttle diplomat between computers and tablets and gadgets and animated robots, and the people who so desperately long to relate to them.
Teachers say the new method of giving thumbs up has a calming effect, and makes it easier not to overlook students who don't want to draw attention to themselves. The new method is more like The Fonz on Happy Days and less like Arnold Horshack on Welcome Back Kotter.
The Philadelphia Phillies played the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday night, and for the second straight game a squirrel stole the show. This time the creature darted in front of the batter's box and dashed into the stands at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals' 5-3 victory was celebrated on Twitter by a new user called @BuschSquirrel.