This article from Modern Farmer about Midwestern teenagers who spend their summers working as corn detasselers is bound to fascinate you if you're as corn-ignorant as I am. For instance, who knew corn ever needed detasseling? Answer: a lot of people—so many people—but not me! And did you know that if you spend too much time with corn you get a thing called corn rash? Came as an mildly uncomfortable surprise to me! (Less surprising is how much time the kids spend flirting and throwing corn tassels at each other.) Yeah, it's pretty much a perfect piece.
With the Mid-Autumn Festival only about a week away, it's a good time to consider its signature treat. Mooncakes, it turns out, are not just an adorable thing I don't particularly enjoy eating: they are also, according to environmentalists who hate fun, a terrible scourge on future generations and lovable wildlife. Per the Wall Street Journal, "last year, in Hong Kong alone, residents threw out nearly two million moon cakes," to say nothing of the elaborate packaging they came in. Trust me, you'll want to click through; the article details the scope of the industry, the various fates in store for all those unwanted cakes and even their ties to goverment corruption.
Looks like Olive Garden is betting that the best way to "woo millennials" is to offer lil' bowls of hummus. And they have to do this, I guess, to keep up with Outback, who's been worming their way into the hearts of millennials through their well-documented love of Bearnaise? I have no idea what any of this means. (via Bloomberg Businessweek)
And since yesterday brought some ramen news I loved, today I should probably take the fair-and-balanced approach and share with you a bit of ramen news I hate: some guy designed chopsticks that are also straws because (at least according to the Gizmodo author that brought this to my attention) "slurping soup broth directly from a bowl can be an awkward experience." To be honest, you can probably just chill on that particular social anxiety, since everyone else eating ramen around you is doing the exact same thing you are, and you're still going to be "awkwardly" slurping up all the noodles anyway. In sum, it is my fair and balanced opinion that this is invention is silly and that the only reason you should ever be caught eating soup through a straw is if your jaw's been wired shut.
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