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Citius, Altius, Fortius*…

It’s that time again– the Games are underway…

The Olympics promise many things–triumph of the human spirit, amazing athletic prowess, upsets and underdogs–but the most modern games are ultimately nothing if not a massive, global spectacle. Gustavo Sousa, a painter and creative director at Mother’s London office, was interested in exploring behind the pomp and circumstance. “Events like these can be a good time for reflection.” Oceaniaeuropeamericaasiaafrica illustrates stripped-down statistics from each region through simple scale shifts of the tournament’s iconic quintet of overlapping loops.“The rings represent healthy competition and union, but we know the world isn’t perfect. Maybe understanding the differences is the first step to try to make things more equal.”

Read more at Co-Design, and see more at Oceaniaeuropeamericaasiaafrica.

* “faster, higher, stronger”– the Olympic motto


As we settle in for the marathon, we might recall that it was on this date in 1895 that Louis Lassen served the first “hamburger” sandwich… at least, according to the Library of Congress.

Louis Lassen, founder of Louis’ Lunch, ran a small lunch wagon selling steak sandwiches to local factory workers. Because he didn’t like to waste the excess beef from his daily lunch rush, he ground it up, grilled it, and served it between two slices of bread — and America’s first hamburger was created.

It will not surprise readers to know that there are many other claimants to that singular honor.

 Louis Lassen (source)

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July 28, 2012 at 1:01 am

The measure of things…

In issue 33, Mad published a partial table of the “Potrzebie System of Weights and Measures”, developed by 19-year-old Donald E. Knuth (later a famed computer scientist). According to Knuth, the basis of this new revolutionary system is the potrzebie, which equals the thickness of Mad issue 26, or 2.263348517438173216473 mm.

Volume was measured in ngogn (equal to 1000 cubic potrzebies), mass in blintz (equal to the mass of 1 ngogn of halva, which is “a form of pie [with] a specific gravity of 3.1416 and a specific heat of .31416”), and time in seven named units (decimal powers of the average earth rotation, equal to 1 “clarke”). The system also features such units as whatmeworry, cowznofski, vreeble, hoo, and hah…

More on the Potrzebie system, and other merry metrics, at “List of humorous units of measurement.”  (Though, as GMSV observes the list doesn’t [yet] include “The Kardashian.”)

As we trade in our tape measures, we might recall that it was on this date in 1889, that the word “hamburger” appeared for the first time in print (in the Walla Walla Union, a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper– per the Oxford English Dictionary).  In the 19th century, German immigrants migrated to North America bringing along the recipe for the hamburg steak (i.e., “from Hamburg”), a form of pounded beef.  Americans adopted the dish, but used the adjectival form “hamburger” to describe it.  It’s a measure of the pounded patty’s prompt popularity that “hamburger” appeared as an entry in 1902 edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.


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January 5, 2012 at 1:01 am

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