750 Years of Purity

A photo from my trip to Ireland earlier this month. Ballygowan (from Irish Gaelic Baile Mhic Gabhann, meaning “MacGabhann’s town”) is in County Down, Northern Ireland, not far from Dublin. The bottled water company claims rainwater takes 750 years to filter down through the limestone before it then gets to their “source,” which I sincerely … See the Meme

Cold As Hell

Yep, it’s real: screencap from WAFF-TV in Huntsville, Alabama. And Hell, Michigan, is real too: not actually a city, it’s an unincorporated community in Putnam Township, Livingston County, about 15 miles north of Ann Arbor. And for our readers with a more rational temperature measurement scale, –7F is –21.8C.

The Onion

The matryoshka dolls, also known as Russian nesting dolls, were first made in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin (1876-1956). The name literally means “little matron,” and is a diminutive form of Russian female given name “Matryona” or “Matriosha.” There was a great matryoshka gag in Waynovision back in 2016.


(Left) Wilshire Coffee Pot restaurant, c1930 (located at 8601 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills) and (right) the Coffee Cup Cafe, c1920 (8901 Pico Blvd., Los Angeles). Photos via the Los Angeles Public Library. But no, they’re not now 7-Elevens. 8601 Wilshire Blvd. is an apartment building, and 8901 Pico Blvd. is a Wells Fargo bank branch.