Afternoon Snack

Getting back into the 5-day work week after a Monday off is always a bit rough, but we’ve got links to sustain you as your adjust your work-week cycle and settle in for that afternoon coffee to get you through your day.



This article over on the Atlantic about how Harambe has become the perfect meme is so good and interesting and we love it. Here is a highlight:

If Harambe is the perfect signifier of a post-normal weird world, its antithesis is perhaps the movie Sully, directed by Clint Eastwood, and starring Tom Hanks as Captain Sullenberger, who in 2009 saved 155 lives by making an emergency water landing of US Airways Flight 1549. The story of Flight 1549 is a tale of normalcy par excellence: complex technological systems and institutions working as designed in the face of rare but anticipated contingencies, with trained experts responding as they are supposed to, making good decisions and saving lives. Arguably, the emotional content of the story is barely worthy of cinematic treatment. It certainly does not weird us out in ways that require gorilla memes to resolve.



A recent study about women in the workplace challenges the myth that women don’t get paid as much as men because women are less likely to ask for raises. Apparently women are just as likely to ask for a raise as men, they are just less likely to get them.

Other things to note:

  • Women still earn less than men in every country in the world.
  • In the US, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.
  • At the current rate, it will take 118 years for the gender pay gap to close.
  • Male managers are 40% more likely to get promoted than their female colleagues.



We obviously love mermaids, so we are super stoked that this week is Mermaid Week in San Marcos, Texas! The week is to be a “celebration of San Marcos’ artistic spirit and vibrant river culture” but also there is going to be a MERMAID ROYAL COURT and an INAUGURAL QUEEN so all of this is the best.



Here is a lovely little read about Ann M. Martin, the author of The Baby-Sitters Club books that dominated the reading minds of so many young girls in the early 90s.






Some people have accused Hillary Clinton of not having that “presidential look”, so here’s some tips for how she can mimic previous presidential candidates to really up her game. (Top contenders include: “Try to look calm and reassuring, like a grown-up Gerber Baby who definitely is not PANICKING about the Great Depression” and “Sweat constantly and profusely. Sleep badly.”)



There you have it! Big cats and mermaids, the ever-weirdening of our society, and the continued fight for equal pay for equal work. We hope you enjoyed this small Snack!


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Crones of the Year 2023

As we spiral ever further towards certain catastrophe on this interminable mortal coil, there are some lights of hope that pass fleetingly by. Most often: the crones or otherwise eternal baddies found in all of our favorite escapist media. And so we present our top ten 2023 Crones of the Year.

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