Tuesday, February 14

The Debunker: Are French Fries French?

by Ken Jennings

Great news, everyone—the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers' Month! In the commission's own words, this is a time to "explore Idaho® Potato versatility from a different and exciting angle." Some of us in the other forty-nine states sadly don't get to take all of Potato Lovers' Month off work, like they probably do in Idaho, but we can celebrate in other ways. For example, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who lives in an Idaho-adjacent state, to correct any morsels of our potato knowledge that might be a little half-baked.

The Debunker: Are French Fries French?

Your Debunker likes to supply a clear-cut answer to all questions, especially on topics of such fundamental importance to the nation as French fries. But this is one case where facts pre-date the written history, and so the origins of the humble fry are lost in the greasy mists of time. On the basis of the available evidence, I think it's unlikely that the idea of deep-frying little raw potato wedges originated in France. Here's why...

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Monday, February 13

Music Monday: We Are The Mods

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! The Mod life is about looking good and going fast. Scott's not so good at either, but he does like their music! Celebrate the Mod Revival with him today!

The Jam - That's Entertainment

 

The first mods, of course, were bands like The Who and The High Numbers and the like. They dressed well, listened to post-war records from abroad, took a lot of speed, and were super cool. It's little wonder this concept keeps coming back every so often. Paul Weller was sort of the focal point of the Mod revival in the '70s and '80s, and with good reason. His songs are just so good!

Shine your shoes and come on in.

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Saturday, February 11

 

Friday, February 10

 

Thursday, February 09

 

Wednesday, February 08

Woot This Week

by Kathleen Richards

Welcome to Woot This Week, where every week we count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently for sale on Woot!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

1. Makey Makey Classic Invention Kit Collectors Gift Box Edition, $37.99

When I was a kid I asked my dad for a Barbie Dreamhouse and he told me I should make my own out of cardboard. And now kids these days have to make their own video games if they want to play them! I don't know if that makes them better or worse off than me. I guess better because even though they have to make their own video games, they could parlay those video-game-making skills into a career where they will earn enough money to buy their own Barbie Dreamhouses. I, on the other hand, still have no Barbie Dreamhouse, even though I am an adult :(

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Tuesday, February 07

The Debunker: Are Most Nutrients in a Potato Really Found in the Skin?

by Ken Jennings

Great news, everyone—the Idaho Potato Commission has named February as its official Potato Lovers' Month! In the commission's own words, this is a time to "explore Idaho® Potato versatility from a different and exciting angle." Some of us in the other forty-nine states sadly don't get to take all of Potato Lovers' Month off work, like they probably do in Idaho, but we can celebrate in other ways. For example, we've asked Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who lives in an Idaho-adjacent state, to correct any morsels of our potato knowledge that might be a little half-baked.

The Debunker: Are Most Nutrients in a Potato Really Found in the Skin?

Many of us still feel bad when we peel a fruit or a vegetable, remembering childhood warnings that "that's where the vitamins are!" It makes sense, in a roundabout way. Healthy things are usually unpleasant. The skin is the most unpleasant part of most produce. Therefore, that must also be the healthiest part. Q.E.D.

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Monday, February 06

Music Monday: Rebellion

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's paying tribute to the rebellious music of youth. If he misses your own personal rebellion song, don't worry. You can add your own at the end!

Jefferson Airplane - White Rabbit

 

This counter-culture classic isn't even subtle about it's drug connection. It starts with the word "one pill." And yet, what was once terrifying is now safe and familiar, because the counter-culture became the culture after growing up. Such is the magic of the rebellion! It goes from the underground to the classic rock stations.

We get more rebellious as we go. DARE YOU KEEP UP???

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Saturday, February 04

 

Friday, February 03