Category Archives: Culture

September 20, 2017

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

But for people bound by a separation from much of the outside world, new tech devices have brought fears about the consequence of internet access. There are worries about pornography; about whether social networks will lead sons and daughters to date non-Amish friends; and about connecting to a world of seemingly limitless possibilities.

July 7, 2015

How New Orleans Stopped Making Jailing a Business

The city ended up approving a new jail in 2011 that was just a quarter of the size the sheriff wanted: 1,485 beds, though the city was holding twice as many inmates as that at the time. This meant the city had to rethink and revamp its incarceration practices moving forward.

September 3, 2013

Helsinki's tube stations, translated to English

I’ve seen a image floating around on Facebook where someone took the time to translate Stockholm’s tube stations to English, often with hilarious results. I decided to do the same with Helsinki’s tube stations. The map looks like this (the names in bold are in Finnish; below them are their Swedish equivalents):

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Image: HKL Metro

The results aren’t all funny, but some are. Unfortunately, in some cases, I couldn’t find a direct translation. Without further ado, the list:

  • Ruoholahti: Grass Bay
  • Kamppi: from the Swedish word kampen, meaning  fight or battle
  • Rautatieasema: Railway Square
  • Kajsaniemi: Kajsa Peninsula
  • Hakaniemi: Hook Isthmus
  • Sörnäinen: from the Swedish word Sörnäs, meaning Sör Peninsula
  • Kalasatama: Fish Harbour
  • Kulosaari: Wildfire Island
  • Herttoniemi: Hertto Peninsula
  • Siilitie: Hedgehog Road
  • Itäkeskus: East Centre
  • Myllypuro: Mill Creek
  • Kontula: no direct translation, unfortunately
  • Mellunmäki: Mellu Hill
  • Puotila: no direct translation
  • Rastila: no direct translation
  • Vuosaari: Flow Island

Hook Isthmus has to be my favourite.

December 4, 2012

Cadbury develops heat-resistant chocolate

The patent-pending recipe refuses to melt at 40°C, whereas regular chocolate begins to liquefy slightly below average human body temperature, 37°C. There’s just one catch: the product will only be available in warmer countries, such as Brazil and India.

I wonder if there is any noticeable difference in taste compared to their other chocolates.

August 23, 2012

The Twitter HQ flashmob

Yesterday, Twitter headquarters hosted that group phenom that continues to destroy humankind with its twee, precious and now sadly predictable effects — the flash mob is this decade’s Macarena. And it needs to stop.

August 22, 2012

Making the prison feast from Goodfellas

While the chance of us actually being in a movie is diminishing by the day, it’s not going to stop us from trying to blur the line between us and them as much as Hollywood possible.

Which is why we’re starting a new feature whereby we get an expert chef to recreate iconic movie meals and then tell you exactly how to do them at home.

This particular recipe takes three to four hours to prepare and cook, but as noted, “you have time and it’s worth it.”