In the canon of big, important American years, 1979 doesn't get as much attention as say, 1776, or 1812, or 1945. But it had some sleeper hits: Sony dropped the Walkman; Voyager 1 found Jupiters rings; Aaliyah was bornalso, comedian Andy Kaufman wore a bathrobe on Saturday Night Live, wrestled Lacoste heiress Mimi Lambert for three straight minutes, pinned her, kicked her, and named himself the Intergender Wrestling Champion of the World.
The performance, which took place 40 years ago today, was not Kaufmans first fight. For months, the song and dance man had been performing sets (he called them concerts) where he would invite women to wrestle. The idea was to channel old carnival wrestlers who toured town-to-town, offering $500 to any man who could pin them. Kaufman, rocking a dentists physique, couldnt pull that off. Guys would crush him; he challenged girls instead. The comedian had a whole spiel to egg them on: It takes a certain mental energy to wrestle, a certain strategy, he says in one video at the Comedy Store. Women, I do not think, possess this. Now, there are times when the woman does have this mental energy, for example in the kitchen, scrubbing the potatoes, washing the carrots, scrubbing the floors, raising the babies… Usually, the rant then devolved into baby talk or shrieks.
People didnt love it, but mostly, people didnt know much about it, unless theyd happened into a Kaufman concert. That changed after SNL. The comic showed up in his robe, white long johns, black gym trunks, and, according to a biography, a significant amount of tape on his junk to prevent any on-air embarrassments. He gave his speech, turned down a pregnant lady, and picked Lambert, a dancer still in her leotard. They wrassled for a bit. The audience booed, while Kaufman howled reassurances (IM NOT CHOKING HER) and commands (SHUT UPPP). After the act, Kaufmans popularity dipped. The kayfabe of the fightof Kaufmans whole persona, for that matterhadnt registered. Audiences didnt get that he was playing the villain, a classic wrestling trope. Departing from one convention (not hitting girls) left people fuzzy on just how many hed abandoned. Plus, he kept screaming: This is not a comedy routine! This is not a skit! This is real!
The performance would achieve cult status, spawning novelty T-shirts and some real world effects on actual wrestling. But that would not become clear for a while. For months, both Kaufman and SNL received hate letters by the thousands, often from women, challenging Kaufman to a rematch. In one of the few remaining postcards, the sender wrote only her address, phone number, height (48), weight (104 lbs), age (19), occupation (Junior Food Service Management major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, part-time saute chef), and a brief message: Ill beat Andy!
But Kaufmans biggest critic was a guy, a wrestler himselfMemphis heavyweight champ, Jerry The King Lawler. After Kaufmans act aired, he kept touring around the states, showing down with over 400 women. Lawler saw him in Memphis. The fourth and final challenger that night was a tall, sturdy woman named Foxy Brown (not that one). Unlike Kaufman's early opponents, Brown stood a real chance. In the footage from that night, she grabs Kaufmans leg, and throws him to the ground. But he recovers quickly and pins her. Lawler hated it, the idea of a man striking a woman. The irony here barely needs statingLawler, 66, was arrested in 2016 for domestic violence against his 27-year-old girlfriend. But his moral umbrage launched a feud that lasted until long after Kaufman died.
Lawler insisted on a rematch, offering to train Brown. When she lost again weeks later, he challenged Kaufman to a real fightagainst him. In April of 1982, they faced off in the ring. Kaufman taunted Lawler in an unhinged Southern accent: Im from Hollywood! Where they make movies and TV shows! Im not from down here in Mayn-fuss, Ten-uh-see! As far as fighting, the comedian had some moments. At one point, as the referee held Lawler, his lavender onesie disheveled, Kaufman slapped him in the face three times. But Lawler slipped aside, and charged Kaufman for a suplex: lifting him up and slamming his back to the mat.
The melodrama peaked months later, when the two appeared on David LettermanKaufman in a neckbrace, Lawler dressed like an Elvis impersonator (red pants, polyester button-down, popped collar, buttons undone to his navel). Tense small talk gave way to snide insults and, in a gorgeous piece of television, Lawler smacked Kaufman out of his chair. The comedian exploded into a tantrum, hollering words the FCC doesnt like, throwing coffee in his face, and storming off set. (The obscenities were so unkosher, NBC threatened legal action; Kaufman responded with his own lawsuit for $200 million in damages). The feud escalated from there: Kaufman put a bounty out for $5,000 to anyone who could piledrive Lawler to smithereens. There was a temporary truce, an inevitable backstabbing, and an unfortunate powder-throwing incident. The war was only cut short when Kaufmans decade-long cough proved to be lung cancer. He died in 1984.
Like all wrestling storylines and pretty much anything Kaufman ever did, the specter of stagecraft loomed over their rivalry. But Kaufman never broke character. Neither did Lawler. After the comic died, Lawler told a reporter: People keep asking me about Andy Kaufmans death. Im really the wrong person to talk to about that. I didnt like Andy Kaufman, and Andy Kaufman didnt like me. Only later, when the saga appeared in the comics biopic, Man On The Moon (1999), did actor Jim Carrey, who went deep on Kaufmans methods, reveal the whole thing had been a hoax.
But from this blurry unreality, a few concrete, non-joke effects emerged. Kaufmans tussle with Lawler had been wild publicityhis NBC lawsuit made the New York Times front page. If I play my cards right, Kaufman toldRolling Stone, semi-seriously, in 1981, I could bring network wrestling back to TV… Im reaching people who wouldnt otherwise watch it. Celebrity ties pulled the Memphis scene onto the national stage, and World Wrestling Entertainment promoter Vince McMahon was watching. McMahon recruited a celebrity of his own: pop singer Cyndi Lauper. He first booked her on a WWE segment called Pipers Pit, alongside wrestler Lou Captain Albano, described at length by female wrestling pioneer Lillian Ellison in her memoir, The Fabulous Moolah. On air, Albano called Lauper a broad. In response, she hit him with her purseand then challenged him to a match.
This wasnt a full-on intergender showdown; the fight would play out between two women. But it was a landmark beef. The Lauper-Albano storyline helped usher in the Rock-n-Wrestling era, a longstanding rapport between the music and wrestling worlds that was great for viewership. Months after Kaufmans death, when McMahon brought Lauper onstage for the inaugural WrestleMania event in Madison Square Garden, the 1980s were on their way to becoming one of the largest commercial booms in wrestling history.
Another odd thing happened: real intergender matches. Real, at least, by wrestling standards. In the late 1990s, wrestling saw a spurt of intergender fights. Unlike Kaufmans championships, these fights were not especially scandalous; and they werent necessarily in service of some larger feminist point either. Man-woman matches werent common per se, but when they happened, they were remarkable in their ordinariness. Take Chyna, for example, the first woman to fight in the Royal Rumble, who sloshed major male wrestlers on the regular. Here she is in 1999, facing off against Billy Gunn, a beefy blond in green spandex, then known as Mr. Ass. The two demolish each other: Ass tossing Chyna out of the ring; Chyna hitting the floor like a ragdoll; Chyna playing wounded; Ass playing concerned; Chyna slamming Ass into a set of steel stairsall announced, by the way, by Jerry Lawler. Chyna walked away the winner.
Chyna, who became the first female Intercontinental Champion by slugging Jeff Jarrett over the head with an acoustic guitar, had peers in that realmMadusa did man matches; Jazz was another big name. But past the 90s, intergender wrestling faded from WWE. It found a home instead on independent programming, most recently in shows like Lucha Underground, which ended last year after four seasons, and in James Ellsworths Intergender Wrestling Championship, a more overtly comic contest held in Kaufmans honor.
The reason for that disappearance is disputed. But its become a pertinent question. In January, when Nia Jax entered the mens Royal Rumble, making her just the fourth woman to do so, a male wrestler superkicked her in the face. It was an uncanny and frankly, very cool movethe networks first man-on-woman strike in years, as reporter Luis Paez-Pumar described in a piece for Deadspin that month. WWE has never specified a policy about intergender matches, but rumors swirled that they signed a contract with Mattel for a line of female wrestler dolls, which prohibited co-ed matches. A WWE spokesperson denied that any such contract existed. He claimed the network had no policy against intergender wrestling, but cited a quote from Paul Levesque, WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative. I don't believe that it should be the norm, Levesque told ESPN last year. The women don't need a man in the ring with them to become a prime spot on the card. They don't need that to be the main event [in WWE]. They just need another woman in there thats as great as they are."
But the question of need seems somewhat beside the point. The pleasure of wrestling is spectacle. Everyone knows the fights are staged. If fans had any illusions about that, they were cleared up in 1989, when the World Wrestling Federation told the New Jersey Senate the sport was just entertainment to avoid broadcasting taxes. The reality is not the draw. If in real sports, the best athletes mesmerize when they seem exempt from basic laws of human ability, wrestlers fascinate for similar reasons. Not because they transcend those laws, but because they ignore them.
Take, for example, a moment from WrestleMania 34 in April of last year. Mixed martial arts legend Ronda Rousey, who had just signed to WWE months earlier, was making her debut, teaming up with wrestler Kurt Angle to face off against their bosses: WWE execs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon. Usually in couple fights like these, the partners tag teamman v. man; woman v. woman. But about 12 minutes in, as Rousey nearly armbars McMahon into submission, Triple H reaches from outside the ropes and pulls the ref out of the ring. Rousey, eyes made up like Darth Maul, mimes fury. When Triple H, a bearded guy in a black speedo, climbs back onto the mat, she starts circling. The announcers cannot believe it. This is not happening, one says, Ronda Rousey squaring off with a 14-time champion. She advances, pummels him into the corner, and absolutely unloads. Triple H, a gargantuan man, flails like a 256-pound baby.
The clip went viral. Not because Rousey was a girlboss or whatever. The fight was plainly insane to look at, at once plausible, impossible, and eerie, like some transgression we werent supposed to see. As with all wrestling, it was melodramamorality theater where avatars of human instinct play out in cartoon, tightly spandexed form. For a sport that blows up subtext and makes it legible, intergender wrestling presents a dynamic simultaneously unnerving, hilarious, and laden with baggage. But Kaufman knew that four decades ago. In his words then: I got the brains.
The packed courtroom heard the night before Griffiths murdered her, Ellie had told friends they had broken up and he had “not taken it well”.
The pair were A-level students at Hardenhuish School in Chippenham, had known each other since Year 7, and been in a relationship for three months.
Griffiths walked out of school on the morning of 3 May and drove to Ellie’s home in Springfield Drive.
There he attempted to strangle her, before stabbing her 13 times in the neck with a knife taken from the kitchen.
“Griffiths became angry, perhaps by Ellie’s continued rejection of him, and he attacked her,” prosecutor Richard Smith QC said.
A statement was read out in court from Ellie’s father, Matt Gould, who found her lying on the kitchen floor with the knife still in her neck.
He said it was “the most frightening, horrific and saddest scene I have ever experienced” and it “fills my thoughts all day”.
Evidence suggested Griffiths had put Ellie’s hand on the weapon to make it look like she had done it to herself.
The court heard Griffiths spent an hour at the house before he drove home, changed his clothes and dumped a bag of items taken from Ellie’s house in a wood.
Later that day he sent a series of “fake” messages to friends and to Ellie’s mobile phone asking if she wanted to meet.
Griffiths also told friend marks on his neck were caused by self-harm but the court heard they most likely caused by his “young victim fighting for her life”.
Sentencing him, Judge Mr Justice Garnham told Griffiths his actions had been a “frenzied knife attack” and “the most appalling act” on a “vulnerable young woman in her own home where she should have been safe”.
He said Ellie had “tried desperately to fight back, scratching frantically at your neck” and “most chilling is that you left her on the kitchen floor with the knife still in her neck and with her left hand on the knife”.
The judge told Griffiths it was one of several steps he had taken to “cover your tracks”.
“There can be no more dreadful scene for any parent to contemplate than that which confronted Ellie’s father when he came home that day from work,” Mr Justice Garnham said.
The court had previously heard Ellie was a keen horse rider who competed in local shows and cross-country events, and talked of joining the mounted police.
The judge told Griffiths: “The effects of your actions have not only snuffed out the life of this talented girl… but loaded pain on her friends and family.”
In it, he said: “I feel confused and angry at myself that I was able to hurt someone so special to me.”
Det Ch Insp Jim Taylor of Wiltshire Police said Griffiths ended Ellie’s life “in the cruellest way imaginable” and “destroyed the lives of those who were close to her”.
“While I know that this prison sentence will not bring Ellie back, and 12 and a half years no doubt seems insignificant given the severity of this crime and the colossal loss for this family, I hope that in some way it provides them with some form of closure,” he added.
Its annual wellbeing study asks people to rank their happiness, anxiety, life satisfaction, and feeling that things in life are worthwhile.
Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles have all recorded high ratings since 2012. Three locals have told us about the lure of island life.
Leah Irvine: Shetland is always home
I grew up on the outskirts of Lerwick. I studied in Edinburgh, but I live and work in Shetland now. When you experience life in a city, even a beautiful one like Edinburgh, you realise how the pace of island life is slower.
If you have a a long day in the office or things aren’t going right, you can walk along a beach and the sense of calm is overwhelming. There’s no way you can be outside in Shetland and be stressed. It takes it away and sends it out to sea.
When I look at my childhood I had no idea how lucky I was because it was normal for me. Now I’m at a stage where I have friends who have families and they’re in the car for an hour to pick up their daughter from ballet. I went to netball and dance class, but it was a five-minute drive and the majority of my time was spent outside and exploring.
There is a community feel but you definitely get out of island life what you put into it.
If you’re going to sit at home and say you’re bored, you are not going to have that sense of wellbeing or the quality of life you want. But if you’re willing to get involved then you’ll have a massive sense of wellbeing.
I’ve done lots of travel, but the thing about Shetland is it’s always home.
Earlier this year I took six weeks off and travelled around the Caribbean. It was amazing. But as gorgeous as it was, the only thing it had over Shetland was the weather.
Jack Norquoy: You grow at island pace
I consider myself very lucky to have grown up in Orkney. It’s a very supportive community – it’s very vibrant and unique, with a real charitable spirit. That all helps with a sense of wellbeing.
It’s a place of outstanding natural beauty, and there are other factors such as smaller classroom sizes, so children are able to develop very strong relationships far more easily.
Orkney is changing and maybe for some it is changing too quickly. There is the expansion of the renewable sector and tourism continues to boom, and it would be wrong to say Orcadians are not reaping some good from those developments.
I think having a sense of ownership helps with wellbeing. Any Orcadian would say they feel at home anywhere in Orkney. The whole place is home to them.
I think, had I grown up somewhere different, I would feel differently. Compared to a city, there’s not the same pressure and you can be younger for longer and fulfil your childhood for that bit longer without some of the pressures coming to you so quickly. You grow at island pace.
From a very young age you establish the importance of your surrounding environment. I think it comes down to that sense of community and a sense of working together and appreciating and protecting what you have far more.
I also have an eagerness to see more of the world, and take the vales of my upbringing with me and share them elsewhere. I get a longing for home when I haven’t been there for a while. Orkney always make me smile when I think about it.
Catriona Dunn: The bonds you build are strong
I lived in Aberdeen for five years and I liked it, but I always wanted to be back here on Lewis.
The family support network here is great. It was a brilliant place for our son to grow up and I can help out with my nieces.
I help to run a parent and toddler group at our church. It’s for everyone and we realised we are serving a need. We discovered we are a lifeline for some parents and can help them build a network of support for their own wellbeing.
Those bonds that you build are strong.
The backdrop to our life also helps. From my kitchen window I look across the sea and see its moods. On a clear day you can see the hills of Wester Ross. There’s only a small amount of light pollution and you can avoid it.
There’s nowhere like it on a starlit night. Sometimes I don’t realise it until I visit my son in Glasgow and it’s nice to realise how much we appreciate the natural environment.
A South Carolina restaurantis getting review bombed after its owner received a 10-year sentence for enslaving and torturing an intellectually disabled Black man for 23 years.
Bobby Paul Edwards,54, of Conway, South Carolina, pleaded guiltyto one count of forced labor in June 2018.Chris Smith started working at therestaurant, which has been identified as J&J Cafeteria, at 12 years old. Over time, after Edwards became the manager of the restaurant which belongs to his family, he stopped paying Smith and started abusing him.
He would whipSmith with a belt, beat him with pots and pans, burn him with hot grease and tongs, and use a frying pan to hit him over the head. Edwards also held Smith captive in acockroach-infested apartment behind therestaurant and would call him the N-word, according to the Root.
It wasnt really living conditions It was an office with a bed in it. It wasnt no kitchen or nothing in it, Smithtold WPDE in 2017.
Edwards wouldnt let Smith see his own family. Smith also says that the rest of the Edwards family knew about it, but did nothing.
During his enslavement, Smithworked 119 hours a week and never got a day off or even a work break, according to a federal lawsuit filed on Smiths behalf.
He was eventually rescued after Geneane Caines, who was a restaurant regular and longtime friend of the Edwards family, noticed signs of abuse andreported Edwards to social services.
In November 2014, Edwards was arrested andcharged with second degree assault and battery.
On Monday, a U.S. District Court sentenced Edwards to 10 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to forced labor. People, who are frustrated with the lenient sentence, are taking justice into their own hands by barraging the establishments Yelp and Facebook pages withnegative reviews.
Owners enslaved a disabled black man for 23 years. Disgusting and place should be shit [sic] down, one user wrote on Yelp.
I ate here, had the seafood, which tasted like tears, another wrote. Maybe it was the salty ocean the seafood came from. Or maybe it was the worker in the kitchen who had been ENSLAVED FOR 17 YEARS TO WORK FOR FREE. 100 HOURS A WEEK.
Many were upset that no one thought to intervene for 23 years.
How can anyone in their right mind support a establishment when the owner has committed clear atrocities against another human being. And a mentally disabled person at that, one wrote. And you cant tell me nobody else knew.The owners are the most pathetic lazy asses that could have ever been created.
What is wrong with everyone who worked and ate at J&J Cafeteria? You all did nothing while a black developmentally disabled man, Chris Smith, was enslaved and brutalized by a white man, Bobby Paul Edwards for 23 years! another reviewer wrote. Youre all racists and cowards and you should all burn with shame.
Cant speak to the food. Never ate there. But I am expressing m vehement discontent with how the owner forces a mentally challenged man into slavery! Im also upset that this ogre of the person did this for decades workout anyone intervening, another wrote.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Yelp page had only one star. Yelp issued a disclaimer, stating that the page was being monitored by Yelps Support team for content related to media reports.
Many are also leaving comments on past positive reviews onJ&J CafeteriasFacebook page, reminding patrons that they were dining off of slave labor.
Ah slavery. Ever wonder WHY the price was so reasonable? one commenter wrote in response to a patron who wrote that it was a good reasonably priced spot.
The Facebook pageis flagged as an unofficial page and was created because people on Facebook have shown interest in this place or business It isnt affiliated with or endorsed by anyone associated with J & J Cafeteria,according to a note on the page.
A person affiliated with J&J Cafeteria, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told the Daily Dot on Saturday that the restaurant has been under new management and ownership since Edwards arrest in 2014. They refused to comment further but said the restaurant remains open.
The Root reports that the Edwards family still owns the establishment.
The biggest wave in consumer products right now has all the hallmarks of another bubble of misplaced investor expectations and sadly lower margins.
Cloud kitchens (the category, and not just CloudKitchens the startup service) is essentially WeWork for restaurant kitchens. Instead of buying an expensive restaurant site on a heavily walked street, a cloud kitchen is developed in a cheaper locale (an industrial district, perhaps), with dozens of kitchen stations that are individually rentable for short periods of time by chefs and restaurant proprietors.
And there are not just headlines, but predictions of doom as well for millions of small-business restaurant owners. Mike Moritz, the famed partner at Sequoia, wrote in Financial Times earlier this year that:
The large chain restaurants that operate pick-up locations will be insulated from many of these services, as will the high-end restaurants that offer memorable experiences. But the local trattoria, taqueria, curry shop and sushi bar will be pressed to stay in business.
Latent in these pieces (there are dozens of them published on the web) lies a superficial storyline that’s appealing to the bright but not detail-oriented: that there are high software margins (or “cloud” margins, if you will) to come from a world in which kitchen space is suddenly shareable, and that’s going to lead to a complete disruption of restaurants as we know them.
It’s the same sort of storyline that propelled WeWork to meteoric heights before eventually crashing the last few weeks back down to reality. As Jesse Hempel wrote in Wired a few years ago about the shareable office startup: “Over time, this could be a much bigger opportunity than coworking spaces, one in which everything WeWork has built so far will simply feed an algorithm that will design a perfectly efficient approach to office space.”
And yet despite the seeming collapse of WeWork and the destruction of its narrative, we still haven’t learned our lesson. As Isaac and Yaffe-Bellany discuss in their NYT piece, “No longer must restaurateurs rent space for a dining room. All they need is a kitchen — or even just part of one.” Now I know what the two mean here, but let’s be uncharitable for a moment: you can’t rent a part of a kitchen. No one rents the stovetop and not the prep area.
But it is that quickly slippery logic that can cause an entire industry to rise and eventually crumble. Just as with the whole “WeWork should really be valued as a software company” meme, the term “cloud kitchens” implies the flexibility (and I guess margins?) of data centers, when in reality, they couldn’t be further away in practice from them. Commercial kitchens require regulatory licenses and inspections, constant monitoring and maintenance, not to mention massive kitchen staffs (they aren’t automated kitchens!).
So let’s look at how margins and leverage play out for the different players. If you are the owner of one of these cloud kitchens, how exactly do you get any pricing leverage in the marketplace? Isaac and Yaffe-Bellany again write, “Diners who order from the apps may have no idea that the restaurant doesn’t physically exist.”
That sounds plausible, but if consumers don’t know where these restaurants physically are, what is stopping an owner from switching its kitchen to another “cloud”? In fact, why not just switch regularly and force a constant bidding war between different clouds? Unlike actual cloud infrastructure, where switching costs are often extremely prohibitive, the switching costs in kitchens seems rather minimal, perhaps as simple as packing up a box or two of ingredients and walking down the street.
That’s why we are seeing almost no innovation coming from early-stage startups in this space. Deliveroo, Uber Eats, DoorDash, Ola and more — let alone Amazon — are hardly under-funded startups.
In fact, this supposed rise of the cloud kitchen gets at the real crux of the matter: the true “expense” of restaurants isn’t rent or labor, but in fact is really marketing: how do you acquire and retain customers in one of the most competitive industries around?
Isaac and Yaffe-Bellany argue that restaurants will join these meal delivery platforms to market their foods. “…[T]hey can hang a shingle inside a meal-delivery app and market their food to the app’s customers, without the hassle and expense of hiring waiters or paying for furniture and tablecloths.”
Let me tell you from the world of media: Relying on other platforms to own your customers on your behalf and wait for “traffic” is a losing proposition, and one that I expect the vast majority of restaurant entrepreneurs to grok pretty quickly.
Instead, it’s the meal delivery companies themselves that will take advantage of this infrastructure, an admission that actually says something provocative about their business models: that they are essentially inter-changeable, and the only way to get margin leverage in the industry is to market and sell their own private-label brands.
The great hope for these companies is that cloud kitchens can fill the hole in the accounting math. Private brands drive large profits to grocery stores due to their higher margins, and the hope is that an Uber Burger or a DoorDash Pizza might do the same.
The question, of course, is whether consumers “just want food” or whether they specifically want the pad thai from that restaurant down the street they love because it is raining and they don’t want to walk to it. Food brands have a prodigiously long gestation period, since food choices are deeply personal and take time to shift. Just because these meal delivery platforms start offering a burger or a rice bowl doesn’t suddenly mean that consumers are going to flock to those options.
All of which takes us back to those misplaced investor expectations. Cloud kitchens is an interesting concept, and I have no doubt that we will see these sorts of business models for kitchens sprout up across urban cities as an option for some restaurant owners. I’m also sure that there will be at least one digital-only brand that becomes successful and is mentioned in every virtual restaurant article going forward as proof that this model is going to upend the restaurant industry.
But the reality is that none of the players here — not the cloud kitchen owners themselves, not the restaurant owners and not the meal delivery platforms — are going to transform their margin structures with this approach. Cloud kitchens is just adding more competition to one of the most competitive industries in the world, and that isn’t a path to leverage.
Tarantina enjoyed a varied career in show business that spanned more than three decades. He was known for playing tough-guy roles in films such as “Uncle Buck,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “The Jerky Boys,” and “Donnie Brasco.” He also made appearances on TV shows as varied as “Gilmore Girls,” “Law & Order,” “The Sopranos,” “Blue Bloods,” “Miami Vice” and “The Good Wife.”
I’m one of those people who are fortunate enough to say that I have someone in my life who I have been friends with since we were both 8 years old. Our friendship has been through a lot. There were times in our lives where the flame had threatened to die but somehow kept on burning, even through the seasons of our lives where we were ready to give up on each other.
Throughout the last 18 years, I have acquired many lessons just from being in her presence. Some of these lessons were useful in literal ways, and some served their purpose metaphorically. However, if not for her and all she has taught me throughout the years, I wouldn’t be who I am today.
1. When Macaroni noodles are done, they will stick to the wall when you throw them.
She is the one to thank for the graveyard of half-cooked Macaroni noodles that can now be found behind the stove in my kitchen. I like to think of these lost noodles as the people in my life who never stuck around. The ones who truly care would’ve endured the heated, messy moments of my life and accepted my troubled waters long enough to stick around in a way that mattered. Even if I tried to push them away or flick them at the wall, they would have stuck around. So shout out to her for being my bravest noodle. See what I did there?
2. Always leave the corpses of spiders on the wall after you have killed them so they can serve as a warning to other intruding spiders who think they are brave.
Let them see the fate that awaits them if they decide to cross you. The dead spiders that adorn my walls remind me that you don’t always have to cover up the evidence of the ugly things that you have overcome. Don’t cover those bags under your eyes that reveal the struggles with sleep that you had the night before. Wear them proudly. Let the world know you were strong enough to get out of bed despite your sleep deprivation, and let the Sandman know that you’re not afraid of his bitch ass and he better square up for round two, because you’re coming for him if he doesn’t come for you.
3. When shaving your legs, always go against the grain.
If you try to shave in the same direction that the hair is growing, it just isn’t going to work. The same lesson can be applied to life. If you go with the flow of everyone else, the results are going to be less impactful; less astonishing. We all want to accomplish something in our time here. Sometimes, you have to be brave and go in the opposite direction as everyone else. Not all growth looks the same or occurs in the same direction. You have to try something new. Sometimes, it’s gonna hurt. You might cut yourself; you might even bleed. In the end, the results will be worth it.
4. It is okay to change your mind on the big things in life.
At 17 years old, you could be the best babysitter the World has ever seen, but swear up and down that you never want kids. You could spend years giving dirty looks to people who tell you that you would make a great parent some day. You could have your mind set that children are not on your list of life goals. Then you can meet someone who changes your mind completely. You can decide to have kids after all and be the best parent ever, and that is okay. Life is about growing and meeting people who challenge you to see your own potential differently. You are allowed to change your mind on what will and will not make you happy. You are allowed to become someone who the teenage version of yourself would not understand. Sometimes that’s the whole point.
5. Home isn’t where, but who and what.
Home isn’t always a tangible structure. It’s the sound of Avril Lavigne’s voice and the smell of play dough. Home is the sound of two hearts frantically beating in unison while sneaking out of the house. It’s the smell of June right before sunrise. Home is the weight of unconscious rib cages against hardwood floors. It’s in the prayers against the static on the radio. Home is in the cigarette smoke and pinkie promises. It’s the voice of the other person saying, “I swear.”
6. Family isn’t defined by blood.
It isn’t about what you carry in your veins so much as it is about who you carry with you. Family isn’t in the last name. It’s in the lessons and the matching scars. Family is in the ability to say, “Remember when,” followed by, “I can’t believe we made it.” Family is the best friend who ended up becoming your sibling.
“This increases the risk of harmful bacteria growing within the food, especially Listeria Monocytogenes which can grow rapidly in warm temperatures and is an increased risk to vulnerable consumers,” Ms Hassall wrote.
Her accompanying report highlighted a particular danger to cancer patients, due to their weakened immune system.
Why was the hospital inspected?
The inspection was carried out by Derby City Council at the request of the Food Standards Agency.
It was requested because of an ongoing investigation into a listeria outbreak which had at that point resulted in the deaths of three people at other hospital sites.
The report said high risk foods such as sandwiches and prepared salads should be stored at 8C or below. However, the inspector found three fridges where the air temperature was higher than 8C. One of these was on a ward and two were in kitchens.
When the sandwiches were tested they were found to be as high as 13.1C (cheese sandwich), 11.4 C (tuna and mayonnaise) and 9.4 C (gammon ham).
The inspector wrote: “I am concerned as food poisoning bacteria, especially Listeria Monocytogenes, can rapidly grow at warm temperatures, such as the temperatures we found these sandwiches to be stored at.
“Vulnerable groups such as individuals with a weakened immune system such as cancer patients, patients undergoing immunosuppressive treatments, pregnant women and the elderly are more susceptible to developing infections as a result of Listeria bacteria.”
She told the hospital it must either replace or repair its fridges if they were not able to operate at 8C or below. She recommended the temperature be set to 5C, saying this was “good practice” for health care organisations.
How did the patient die?
Mr Hitchcock, from Crich in Derbyshire, was being treated at the Royal Derby Hospital after being diagnosed with liver cancer in May.
A pre-prepared sandwich made by the Good Food Chain was eaten at some point during his stay. His family believed the sandwich was contaminated.
He died on 8 June after being transferred to Nottingham City Hospital, and “systemic listeria infection” was found to be a contributing factor in his death.
His full cause of death has been recorded by the coroner as “1a liver failure” and “1b metastatic sigmoid adenocarcinoma and systemic listeria infection”.
The hospital has not given any details on where Mr Hitchcock’s sandwich was stored, but this is expected to be explored when a full inquest is held into Mr Hitchcock’s death.
What has the hospital said?
The hospital said it could not comment specifically on Mr Hitchcock’s care until the inquest into his death had concluded.
Executive chief nurse Cathy Winfield said: “As you would expect, regardless of the fact that the suspected source of the listeria was an external sandwich provider, our response was to review the facilities for patient food storage across our hospitals.
“This review, in conjunction with the council’s environmental health officers and independent reviewers commissioned by ourselves, found a number of improvements that should be made.
“This includes tighter restrictions on the storage of sandwiches and other high risk foods, revised ward kitchen temperature monitoring and new equipment, including fridges.
“We take our responsibility for food safety and hygiene very seriously and have made improvements in all of these areas.”
Instagram influencer Amina Mucciolo (Studio Mucci or tasselfairy) is not only accusing renowned designer Lisa Frank and Hotels.com of stealing her whimsical apartment design but is also claiming they are the reason behind her eviction.
I just want to understand wheres [sic] shes coming from, and why this happened this way. I would like her to admit that she used my work, that she saw my place and wanted to do the same thing,Mucciolo said inan email to the Daily Dot.
The Lisa Frank Flat, a pop-up rental, sold out within an hour of the reservation opening on Friday via Hotels.com, USA Today reported.
Its billed to evoke 90s nostalgia with its Lisa Frank-themethe same one that decorated all your favorite school supplies as a childpermeating the apartments decor. Yet many fans are noticing similarities to Mucciolos work.
Mucciolos apartment design has been made very public. She created YouTube videos about it and Instagrammed it as far back as its inception in 2017. The apartments virality has also been the source of several articles.
Many tagged Mucciolos Instagram account in the comments section of Franks Instagram account, according to screenshots shared by Jezebel.
When the Daily Dot reviewed the same photo on Franks Instagram account Monday, there were allegations that Frank was deleting comments.
They stole this design from tasselfairy. Every time someone post about it they erase it but you can go to her page and her YouTube and see her well-documented design, one user wrote.
In a YouTube video posted on Saturday, Mucciolo detailed the similarities between Franks space and her own, highlighting that the kitchens are especially similar.
Biggest similarity is the kitchen, Mucciolo says at the beginning of the nearly 30-minute long video. Its the same layout as our kitchen Its impossible for the similarity to not be drawn.
Her subscribers seem to agree with her.The kitchen is soo obvious!!! one commenter wrote under Franks Instagram photo.
Later in the video, Mucciolo claims her landlord is now trying to evict her because of the Frank flat. Mucciolo says she sometimes pays rent late due tomental health issues, but her landlordalways accommodated every late payment.
This last time we needed to pay late but were refused, she says.
The apartments are within the same development, and she says they want the Frank flat to be a one of its kind.
My landlord is evicting me so that they can capitalize on having my idea and recreate with Lisa Frank [and] Hotels.com and have people stay there instead of having a tenant with that kind of space, she says. And basically by them evicting me they know that theyll be the only people [with] a place that looks like this.
She also posted photos of the two apartments side-by-side on Instagram.
Hotels.com addressed the allegation by responding to one ofMucciolos tweets.
We love that you appreciate colorful design as much we we [sic] do, but this flat was curated exclusively with Lisa Franks iconic signature prints & characters. It was custom built for the two-week pop-up room at a short-term rental unit owned by one of our partners, Hotels.com wrote in the first tweet.
Update 7:59pm CT,Oct. 14: AHotels.com spokesperson told the Daily Dot that Mucciolo was not getting evicted because of the flat.
The Hotels.com Lisa Frank Flat was inspired solely by Lisa Frank and designed in partnership with Lisa Frank using her iconic signature prints and characters, many of which were originally developed in the 80s and 90s. The flat was created for a two-week pop-up in a space that is used only as a short-term rental and no tenant was asked to move or leave for this collaboration, the spokesperson said in a statement.
(2/2) Were really sorry to hear of the situation with your landlord, but this is unrelated to the https://t.co/J4tvzOhRUP Lisa Frank Flat. We hope you are able to resolve the issue with your landlord soon and wish you the best.
Mucciolostarted a GoFundMe to raise money so that she can pay for legal defense and find a new place to live. She has raised nearly $13,000 of her $20,000 goal from over500 people in just a day.
According to the GoFundMe, Mucciolos landlord refused to accept our rent payment. We begged and pleaded to try to see if there was anything that could be done, because we didnt understand. When we tried they threatened us and they demanded that we leave immediately or they would make things very difficult for us.
She also said that the Frank flatis owned by the same people trying to evict us.
When a large company that has a huge voice uses your work and does something like that it feels like theyre trying erase what Ive done and my art, Mucciolo told the Daily Dot. Its all I really have and honestly I feel so connected to the things I create, it feels like theyre trying to erase me.
The Daily Dot has reached out to Lisa Frank and Hotels.com.
The cloud kitchen craze has reached Latin America. Food tech startup Muy landed a fresh $15 million Series B to expand into Mexico and soon Brazil. The service is currently operative in Colombia.
Muy is a “cloud kitchen meets Chipotle,” says one investor. The company describes itself as a virtual kitchen and smart chef system that uses AI to produce food based on forecasts of demand, which can help to reduce food waste. Muy, translated from Spanish to English as “very,” allows users to place personalized orders in one of Muy’s physical restaurants or through a mobile app. Muy’s concept also exists as 20 physical dining locations offering what it says are quick, fresh and personalized dishes. Founder Jose Calderon says Muy is serving more than 200,000 dishes per month.
The round was led by Mexico-based investor ALLVP, with previous investor Seaya returning. The $15 million Series B brings MUY’s total funding to $20.5 million.
Calderon is no newcomer to the takeaway experience space. He previously raised $47.7 million for a Colombian online food ordering startup called Domicilios, which he exited to Delivery Hero.
The explosion of delivery apps has kept options competitive for customers not only in the U.S. but across Latin America. The congested highways of São Paulo, Mexico City, Bogotá and beyond are filled with motor couriers running deliveries with Rappi, UberEATS and the like.
Calderon notes that cloud kitchens are poised to make on-demand ordering and delivery more efficient in these high-density cities due to the long commute times that keep the growing middle class out of their homes for extended periods of 12 hours or more.
A MUY customer orders at one of the company’s physical locations in Colombia
Alternatives like full service restaurants can be prohibitively expensive and time consuming, and traditional casual restaurants don’t meet quality standards. A large part of the market, around 40%, brings a lunch to work, says Calderon. But as disposable income increases, he predicts that more people will avoid cooking at home and will opt for faster and higher-quality options like Muy.
This rhetoric isn’t hindering the rise of cloud kitchens and the services that support them from launching in the U.S. and down to Latin America. According to Calderon, the food service market opportunity in Latin America will reach $270 billion by 2021.
The founder also notes that the Latin America market is highly fragmented; the top 10 chains only hold around 5% of market share in comparison to countries like the U.S. where this figure reaches 24%. “Large players will consolidate and win, and small ones will face pressure,” he says.
Larger incumbents have already begun to dip into the cloud kitchen opportunity. Earlier this year, Amazon took a $575 million bite into Deliveroo, which opened its first shared kitchen in Paris in 2018. City Storage Systems, the holding company of CloudKitchens, was backed with a $150 million controlling stake from Uber founder and ex-CEO Travis Kalanick.
For better or worse, delivery apps and cloud kitchens are revolutionizing the way we eat in the U.S., Asia and now in Latin America. The winners among the various global delivery apps, cloud kitchens and controlling incumbents have yet to emerge, but what we do know is that everyone needs to eat lunch.