At least in my part of Europe, it is mostly Not Done to use a place's bathroom unless you're a paying customer, and there are not that many public restrooms. It's pretty easy to break that rule at McDonald's, because most of the McDonald's workers here are either busy with customers, purposefully ignoring the customers, or staring miserably at nothing. But besides that, they have definitely not mastered public bathroom going. Adults and their children pee in public even in broad daylight and near free bathrooms, and cleaning up your dog's crap is what idiots do. Pretty much every semi-secluded corner or wall has a permanent pee stain on it. So, yeah, the Old World doesn't win this one.
This was really great! I saw a little excerpt from her first book a few days ago somewhere, and I couldn't decide if she (her writing?) was annoying or not. Now I understand more of what was behind that. The games she played with her image and the press remind me a little bit of Lady Gaga, especially the burst of fascination that seems to have dwindled pretty quickly.
Oh man, now I feel insecure about trying to publish the story of my mid-quarterlife crisis trip through Cleveland and my doomed romance with a guy who was about to rob the 7-11 but was stopped by the sight of my ass. Maybe the Billfold or Wirecutter would publish it?
@jolie My mom (and dad) worked more than full-time for as far back as I can remember, and she would have burned down our house before she let it get to that state.* And with company, let alone reporters coming to the house? I got yelled at to make my bed whenever I had my dumb teenage friends over, just in case they happened to go in my room.
Actually, seeing as my mom is a social worker, I'm really tempted to send her this article just to make her head explode.(<3 u, mom!)
*my dad wasn't allowed to clean most things because what if they didn't get clean enough?
"Although the Environmental Protection Agency does not classify clothing laundered in perc as posing a health risk, the agency says the chemical does pose environmental risks and is a 'likely human carcinogen.'"
Because the only time any one is ever exposed to perc is when they're wearing dry-cleaned clothes? It's kind of funny that the article sneers about "greenwashing" and "buzzwords" and gentrification and then doesn't even mention health risks to the people who work in the dry cleaners. (Wikipedia claims that modern machines let almost no perc escape, which would change things, but the article doesn't even pose the question.)
@stinapag Back when I drove my parents' Prius, I usually drove it carefully for fear of pushing down the average MPG, but I had a second game: beat the SUVS that obnoxiously passed me for going the speed limit. (Also, sports cars, but that took more maneuvering than quick starts.) They have more zip than a lot of people think.
"Cutting the seeds releases terpenoids, which block progesterone."
I know birth control is free and all, but does this mean I can just drink that bottle of turpenoid I have upstairs? And thereby get rid of junk and...welcome junk?
@GiovanniGF My roommate freshman year of college started almost all of her sentences with "Basically" or "It was basically." No matter what she was talking about. I have many conversational tics, but at least I vary them!
@Ledrew Love it's not I who didn't try hard enough, hard enough [to use correct grammar]