Tuesday, March 31

March Sandwichness - The Winner!

by Kathleen Richards

 

Sandwichness
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CHEESEBURGER IS THE WINNER!!!!!!!
 
It was a battle of meat, cheese, and bread. A battle not for the faint of heart or of stomach. A battle in which there was only one winner: Cheeseburger.

 

I wish I could say it was a tough fight or even a close race, but the truth is that Cheesesteak never stood a chance against the classic Cheeseburger. In the end, Cheeseburger took 59% of the votes while Cheesesteak held onto 41% of the votes. It wasn't a total runaway, but it wasn't a close call by any means.

In honor of our winner, we held our own crowning ceremony. Watch and discuss below. Thanks for participating everyone!

 

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Monday, March 30

Music Monday: Happy Bat-Birthday

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! You might have known that Batman first appeared in Detective Comics #27. And you might have known that the cover of that issue read "May 1939." But did you know that comics often lied about those cover dates for years and years? And did you know that Detective Comics #27 first came out on March 29th, 1939? Holy... um... oh, we don't do that any more? Aw, shucks.

Anyway, Scott's celebrating the tragic death of Tom and Martha with a special bat-focused Music Monday today. Join in, won't you?

Snoop Dogg - Batman & Robin

 

The idea of the anti-hero and his protege is perfect for the hip hop game, so it's no wonder Snoop embraced the concept fully. Also you'll note his groovy sample, right? And props for the POW! BAM! BIFF! A worth tribute to the Dark Knight.

More to come, same bat-post, after the bat-jump.

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Friday, March 27

March Sandwichness - The Championship

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
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March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! on Tuesday when the tournament champion will be revealed!

The winners are in from our Final Four!

YESTERDAY'S WINNERS:

(1) Cheeseburger defeated (6) Gyros
(1) Cheesesteak defeated (1) Breakfast

 

Two tough matches yesterday. Cheeseburger was pretty obviously going to win against Gyros, but Gyros still put up a noble fight, netting itself a solid 36% of the votes. It was still a runaway, but not the extreme runaway it could have been. Similarly, Breakfast put Cheesesteak through its paces, netting about 45% of the votes.

Now, we move on to our final round. It may seem that our two final contenders are relatively similar sandwiches; both are beef sandwiches, oozing with cheese and piled high between buns or rolls. But please, don’t be fooled by their obvious similarities: these are very different sandwiches.

On the one hand, we have the Cheeseburger. The whole concept of a Cheeseburger is such an inherently good idea that it becomes one of those foods that falls into the “even when it’s bad it’s still pretty good” camp. But taste alone isn’t the Cheeseburger’s most valuable asset. The Cheeseburger’s real strength lies in its ubiquity and versatility. A Cheeseburger is a sandwich that we know we can take comfort in finding almost anywhere around the world at almost anytime. We can eat them when we’re starving, when we’re not that hungry, at home, at a restaurant, indoors, outdoors, at any time of day. And if anyone out there tries to claim that they’ve never eaten a Cheeseburger for breakfast, they’re probably a liar.

On the other hand, the Cheesesteak is a much more nuanced sandwich. People from Philadelphia would argue that most of us outside of Philly aren’t even equipped to properly appreciate or judge the quality of a Cheesesteak, yet it still made it to the final round of a bracket voted on by people all over the country. Why is that? My theory is that the Cheesesteak’s reputation as a cultural icon is so strong that it’s turned Cheesesteak into the archetypical “hometown sandwich”. Even if you’re not from Philly, you can appreciate the idea of a sandwich whose belovedness can inspire solidarity; you probably have foods from your own hometown that make you feel that way. Cheesesteak’s secret weapon in this competition will be the powerful emotional sandwich undercurrent that it taps into.

Or, maybe it will just be all the meat and cheese. What do you think? Vote now!

Since you've all got such a big decision to make, we're going to leave the voting up for a couple of days. That way you have all the way through Sunday to decide who your favorite is and to encourage everyone you know to vote for your favorite too. We'll announce the winner on Tuesday with a special ceremony on the front page of Woot!

 

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Thursday, March 26

March Sandwichness - The Final Four

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
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March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winners from today’s poll and vote on the next round!

The winners are in from our Elite Eight!

YESTERDAY'S WINNERS:

(1) Cheeseburger defeated (3) Grilled Cheese
(6) Gyros defeated (4) Crab Cake
(1) Cheesesteak defeated (7) Pulled Pork
(1) Breakfast defeated (2) Thanksgiving Leftover

To be honest, not too many surprises here. Crab Cake loses its run against Gyros and Cheeseburger continues a strong winning streak, defeating Grilled Cheese by such a significant margin that it’s starting to seem like there’s no way Cheeseburger can’t lose.

Our matches on the right side of the bracket proved to be a little more heated. It was a close race between Breakfast and Thanksgiving Leftover, but an even closer one between Pulled Pork and Cheesesteak. It seems like either one of those sandwiches could have been strong contenders going into the final rounds, so the conclusion I draw here is that cheese is generally the deciding factor in sandwich goodness (also evidenced early on by Ham and Cheese's victory over plain Ham).

Now we move on to our Final Four! Can you believe the competition is almost over? How many sandwiches have we inspired you to eat so far?

So, we’ve got Cheeseburger vs. Gyros. Gyros fans, if you want your sandwich to move on to the next round, you’re really going to have to rally here. Cheeseburger has been crushing it for the entire tournament and will most likely continue to crush it if you don’t step up your voting game. Vote from every computer you have! Get your friends and relatives to vote! Go to the library and vote from every public computer then bug the patrons who are there with laptops to vote too! Knock that smug Cheeseburger off of its high horse before it's too late and the Gyros is lost forever (from this particular sandwich tournament, at least).

And we also have Cheesesteak vs. Breakfast sandwich. This is gonna be a tough race. Cheesesteak has had a strong run throughout the tournament, and it finds its strength in things that are pretty undeniable (cheese, steak). But can cheesy-meaty-Cheesesteak-charm really stack up against the Breakfast sandwich, a sandwich that’s always there for us in our moments of direst need (mornings, hangovers, 2 AM at Jack in the Box)? Can the Cheesesteak’s aesthetic of hometown solidarity and overwhelming meatiness really compete with the emotional comforts and necessary morning nourishment that Breakfast sandwich offers us time and time again?

I really can’t answer that. But you can! Vote now!

BRACKET NOW UPDATED!

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Wednesday, March 25

March Sandwichness - The Elite Eight

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
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March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winners from today’s poll and vote on the next round!

YESTERDAY'S WINNERS:

(1) Cheeseburger defeated (5) Hamburger
(3) Grilled Cheese defeated (2) BLT
(4) Crab Cake defeated (1) Lobster Roll
(6) Gyros defeated (7) Italian Sub
(1) Cheesesteak defeated (12) French Dip
(7) Pulled Pork defeated (11) Fried Chicken
(1) Breakfast defeated (5) Croque-Madame
(2) Thanksgiving Leftover defeated (3) Cookie Ice Cream

The winners are in from our Sweet and Salty Sixteen!

Chicken Biscuit didn’t stand a chance against Cheeseburger, our number one seed from the Classic division and the odds-on-favorite of our competition. The Seafood Showdown proved to be as tough of a match as we expected, with the two competitors (Lobster Roll and Crab Cake) locked in a dead heat for most of the day. I think the lesson we’ve all learned here is that we should never make ourselves choose between decadent seafood sandwiches, which is why I’m about to go to invent the Crab-Lobster-Cake Sandwich as soon as I’m done with this post. (No one steal my idea, ok?)

In other developments, Breakfast slaughtered Croque-Madame by a wide margin. It looks like Breakfast has its eyes on the prize. And Thanksgiving continues to have a firm hold on victory; now that it knocked the ever-decadent Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich out of the running, we officially have no sweet sandwiches left in the competition, only savory ones. Was there ever really a chance that a sweet sandwich could go all the way, though?

Now we move on to our Elite Eight Sandwiches. Cheeseburger may finally see some competition when it’s pitted against the classic and comfortable Grilled Cheese (out of all the sandwiches, I feel like Grilled Cheese would make the best friend). Meanwhile Cheesesteak and Pulled Pork duke it out in a battle that can only be described as “wet and meaty” and Breakfast is finally going to have to fight to defend its place when it’s pitted against the piled-high force of the Thanksgiving Leftover. Plus, Crab Cake clawed (get it? get it?!) its way out of the last round, but will it have enough momentum to take on the formidable Gyros? Let us know what you think: Vote now!

BRACKET NOW UPDATED!

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Tuesday, March 24

March Sandwichness - The Sweet Sixteen

by Kathleen Richards
Sandwichness
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March is the month when everyone goes crazy for basketball. But we figured, why let basketball players have all the fun? So for those of you who are less athletically inclined and more eat-letically inclined, we’ve set up a March Sandwichness bracket. Come back to Woot! every day to vote and help us decide which sandwich is the king of all things lunch!

All you have to do to participate is go to the polls and vote for your favorite sandwiches! It’s that easy! It’s even easier than it would be to actually eat the sandwiches! But probably a little less tasty.

Check back on Woot! tomorrow to see the winner’s from today’s poll and vote on the next round!

YESTERDAY'S WINNERS:

(1) Cheesesteak defeated (8) Fried Chicken Biscuit
(5) French Dip defeated (13) Hot Pastrami
(11) Fried Chicken defeated (3) Patty Melt
(7) Pulled Pork defeated (2) Reuben
(1) Breakfast defeated (9) Panini
(5) Croque-Madame defeated (4) Pepper and Egg
(3) Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich defeated (5) Dagwood
(2) Thanksgiving defeated (10) Potato Chip

 

The winners are in from our second round of Intense and Novelty sandwiches. It was a tough race between the Croque-Madame and the Pepper and Egg, but the Croque-Madame edged it out by just 17 votes- our closest margin yet! We also saw a big surprise when Pulled Pork was able to pull itself ahead of the Reuben, the number 2 seed for the Intense region and (judging by feedback), a crowd favorite. Does the Pulled Pork have what it takes to knock out the Fried Chicken? Could Pulled Pork go all the way to the championship?

Today we vote on the Sweet Sixteen round of our tournament (or the Salty Sixteen, depending on the sandwich). Get ready for Cheeseburger vs. Hamburger, Cookie Ice Cream vs. Thanksgiving, and, of course, the Seafood Showdown! Plus some more matches too! It's still easy to vote, but it's getting harder to decide. Let us know what you think: Vote now!

BRACKET NOW UPDATED!

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The Debunker: In the New Testament, Is Mary Magdalene a "Fallen Woman"?

by Ken Jennings

March is Women's History Month in much of the English-speaking world. This means the patriarchy is currently keeping the eleven other months for itself but hey, baby steps. Ken Jennings, like many Jeopardy! contestants, would be the first to admit he knows nothing about women. But he'll be with us all month correcting some misconceptions about history—or is it herstory?!?—that even the most ardent Women's Studies majors might miss on the final.

The Debunker: In the New Testament, Is Mary Magdalene a "Fallen Woman"?

If you know anything about Mary of Magdala, it's probably her life as a sex worker. She's the patron saint of "wayward women," after all, and for centuries Catholic organizations operated a network of "Magdalene asylums" where sexually active teens of all descriptions, from single moms to rape victims, could be cloistered away from the respectable population, and made to do their laundry for them. You know, like in that Judi Dench movie.

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