Month: December 2015

Pop Culture

Southern Foodways Alliance

Southern Soda Vinegars

“I wanted to make pork barbecue with Cheerwine somehow, and I wanted it to be sour instead of sweet,” Travis says. He thought that turning Cheerwine into vinegar would be the the easiest way to achieve that flavor. “Growing up in Appalachia, I’ve always said there’s two things you come out loving: black pepper and vinegar. It’s just kind of in our palates.” target=”_blank”>I love vinegar, I love pickled things.”

Laura Balke, via Instagram

The Irony of Writing Online About Digital Preservation

The Atlantic

What’s a “Zip Disk?”

There is no guarantee that we will be able to read today’s news on tomorrow’s computers. I’ve been studying news preservation for the past two years, and I can confidently say that most media companies use a preservation strategy that resembles Swiss cheese.

Mike Essl, via Instagram

Meals of the Rich Vs. Very Poor, Around the World & Through Time


Food is Power

Photographer, Henry Hargraves, started this photo series by photographing foods historical dictators have eaten. Quickly, though, their endeavour evolved as they saw stark similarities between past and present. It became abundantly clear how authoritarian regimes throughout history have used food as a weapon, systematically oppressing, silencing, and killing people through starvation.

All Dudes Learned How to Dress and It Sucks

The Hairpin

On Metrosexuals

Am I bugging or did a whole lotta dudes in New York suddenly learn how to dress? Sure, there are still square-toed Skechers and Targus laptop carriers and suede car coats and boot-cut date rapist jeans but other than those guys, I feel like people are KILLING IT sartorially and it is the biggest, fattest, suck.

Princess Cheeto, via Instagram

How Chicago's Slaughterhouse Spectacles Paved The Way For Big Meat


Killing Fields

Hogs were driven to the roofs of the building, where they were allowed to cool down. And then they were brought onto the kill floor, about 12 or 13 at a time, where a shackler would shackle the hind leg. And then the hog would be lifted into the air by the Hurford wheel, and they’d go to the sticker, who basically cut the hog’s throat. Then it would pass onto an army of 150 men and women who would dress the hog. And then you were taken off to see the soap works, the hide rooms, through the whole thing.

Georgia Ranney, via Instagram

A Brief History of Polka Dots

The Hairpin

Whenceforth came the Polka Dot?

But then came the polka, the dance so popular that mid-19th century Europe came up with the word “polkamania” to describe its own excitement. As the polka craze swept west across the continent, enthusiasts claimed the polka jacket, then the polka hat (neither of them spotted), and finally, the polka dot. There is only a tenuous connection between dot and dance, yet surely the two are linked—it’s possible that polka dots reflect the same regulated, short bursts of energy that inflect the polka itself. Regardless, we know that the American women’s magazine Godey’s Lady’s Book was the first to print the term, in an 1857 description of a “scarf of muslin, for light summer wear, surrounded by a scalloped edge, embroidered in rows of round polka dots.”

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