• Is a tomato a fruit or a vegetable? In Nix v. Hedden, a case from 1893, the Supreme Court had to figure that out, to see which tariff applied. (They said it's a vegetable -- the everyday culinary usage trumped the botanical definition of "fruit.") [1 of 3]
 

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food 17 Oct 2014

Dan Lewis is the creator of Now I Know, a daily newsletter of incredible things, and now a collection in book form. TWITTER

 
  • Is a burrito a sandwich? A Panera Bread had the exclusive right to sell sandwiches at a mall in Massachusetts, but the mall wanted to add a Qdoba to its restaurant offerings. Panera sued, claiming that Qdoba served burritos; burritos were a type of sandwich; and therefore, Qdoba's menu violated Panera's rights. The judge said nope -- a burrito isn't a type of sandwich. [2 of 3]
 
  • Was there a mouse sealed in some guy's Mountain Dew? Again, nope. A guy sued claiming he found mouse parts in his soda; the court said no way, because the mouse wouldn't still be intact -- it would have turned into a jelly-like gloop. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 15 Oct 2014

Scent critic Chandler Burr shares his favorite olfactory art blogs.

culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.

food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

 


  • Perfume Shrine is the brainchild of Elena Vosnaki (Athens), a perfume expert with an astonishingly encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the art. Fascinating. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 15 Oct 2014

Chandler Burr is the former New York Times scent critic and founded the Department of Olfactory Art at the Museum of Arts and Design. He collaborates with great chefs to give scent dinners around the world, like this one in London. TWITTER

 
 
  • Designer Simone Shitrit (São Paulo) creates perhaps the most quixotic of the blogs, mixing movies, painting, politics, and design with perfume. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, shares his writing playlist.

food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

 


  • Watch experimental-yet-square jazzbo multi-instrumentalist Lloyd Miller on Iranian TV–– this was big in my playlist when writing "All The Wrong Questions." [1 of 3]
 

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culture 13 Oct 2014

Daniel Handler is a columnist for The Believer. This fall, he will host the National Book Awards in New York, and tour nationally for Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions #3: Shouldn’t You Be In School? His new novel, We Are Pirates, is coming soon. TWITTER

 
 
  • These are the opening credits for a mysterious, local California music TV show with a non-speaking, organ-playing host that used to rerun in my childhood (and in my childhood nightmares). [3 of 3]
 
 

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food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel indulges in feasts for the senses.

culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

style 6 Oct 2014

Jewelry designer Nora Koganshares some of her style inspiration.

 


  • The food at two Michelin-starred restaurant Coi in San Francisco is a scented feast. Chef/Owner Daniel Patterson understands the pivotal role of aroma in flavor and creates uniquely delicious food. [1 of 3]
 

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food 10 Oct 2014

Mandy Aftel is an internationally known artisan perfumer and the author of six previous books, including Essence and Alchemy: A Natural History of Perfume and most recently Fragrant: The Secret Life of Scent. Aftel lives in Berkeley, California. TWITTER  FACEBOOK  INSTAGRAM

 
  • The Cocktail Lab by Tony Conigliaro has drinks that are inspired by perfumes, considerations of the shape of the glass, and charming illustrations of drinks deconstructed. Tony is part artist and part mad scientist and focuses on the aromatic experience when you lift the glass to your nose. [2 of 3]
 
  • Day of the Dead is a feast for all your senses in the magical city of Oaxaca, Mexico. From the sea of bright orange marigold flowers to the fanciful sugar skulls and colorful parades, it is a celebration of life. [3 of 3]
 
 

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culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant on small spaces and proof of our existence.

style 6 Oct 2014

Jewelry designer Nora Koganshares some of her style inspiration.

culture 3 Oct 2014

Chris Taillie on some music you have to see to believe.

 


  • Mmuseumm is dedicated to the exploration of the proof our existence; a collector's dream and a natural history space for the 21st century. [1 of 3]
 

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culture 8 Oct 2014

Magali Duzant is a NY-based artist and photographer. Her project Live Streaming Sunset is a series that tracks the sun setting across the globe via live streaming surveillance cameras projected into public spaces - a continual 24 hour non-stop sunset from each time zone. WEBSITE  INSTAGRAM  TWITTER  TUMBLR

 
 
  • Trans-Pecos is a Ridgewood, Queens music venue featuring curators for the emerging avant music scene. [3 of 3]
 
 

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style 6 Oct 2014

Jewelry designer Nora Koganshares some of her style inspiration.

culture 3 Oct 2014

Chris Taillie on some music you have to see to believe.

tech 1 Oct 2014

Ivan Entchevitch on the Sonos Studio experience.