Posts in category "Free Fun Friday"

Getting It Off Your Chest: Next time call a cab

I’d like to introduce a new segment here on Mysteries of Life called Getting It Off Your Chest. The ideas is to write a short post about some past slight, trespass or other injustice committed on the behalf of a Friend-Who-Really-Wasn’t. It could be that time your roommate chose to go to a movie instead... Read more »

Dibs in Chicago, it's that time of year again

With Winter here and snowfall coming any day now, it’s never too early to start thinking about winter parking and that wonderful Chicago Tradition called “Dibs.” Dibs, in case you didn’t know, is that time-honored or hated tradition of reserving a parking space during the winter snow.  It’s kind of like pornography, everyone knows what... Read more »

Free Friday Fun: Daylight Savings Time Explained

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So there is a lot going on in the world today and I’m working on many posts that will vent my spleen and share my thoughts with the interwebs. In the mean time, I thought it would be nice to take a step back and watch another fun video from CGP Grey. As I’ve already... Read more »

What Kirsten Dunst said about traditional gender roles is nothing to get ones jammies in a bunch

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A couple of months ago, the internetlands were all abuzz about what Kirsten — I’m in Baby Mode — Dunst said during an interview with Harper’s Bazaar U.K. for their May Issue. Dunst stirred up some controversy by advocating traditional gender roles of the nurturing, housebound mother and a throwback to male ‘knights in shining... Read more »

First Past the Post Voting and its problems explained

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June has been a very good month for this blog in terms of Page Visits, the currency de jour of blogging. I’ve made the ChicagoNow Trifecta (front page of Tribune Online, front page of ChicagNow and ChicagoNow Manager’s Choice — which means being placed on the ChicagoNow Facebook Fan Page) a few times this June... Read more »

Finally, the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England explained

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  Like most Americans I struggle with geography and have always had trouble remembering the differences between Great Britain, the United Kingdom and England. This video sorts that all out and also explains the difference between the British Isles and the United Kingdom very nicely. Apparently the full name is The United Kingdom of Great... Read more »

5 places to get good cheap produce in Chicago

<a href="" target="_blank">Stanley's Fruits and Vegetables</a>

<strong>1558 N Elston Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

Neighborhood: Noble Square</strong>
Produce can be expensive at Big-Box stores like Jewel and Whole Food. Mariano’s is starting to uptick their prices as well.  And while the Farmer’s Markets will be here soon, they can get pricy as well. What you may not realize is that there are tons of smaller family run grocery stores.   They’re not located... Read more »

Botanists Gone Wild: 70s sci-fi film Silent Running

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While searching for something else, I came across this daisy from the early 70s. Silent Running — not to be confused with the hit song by Mike + The Mechanics — is a 1972 environmentally themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern. According to Wikipedia, it was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had previously... Read more »

Campy low budget Spaced Out more like Orgy in Space

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When I was about 10 years old, my mom would take me and a friend to $1 movie night at the local movie theater. Usually we’d watch the movie together but once in a while, the movie a couple of 10 year old boys wanted to watch was just too juvenile for an adult, or... Read more »

Speaking of the Pope, Vatican City Explained

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So every Friday I like to feature a cool video. This one by the geniuses known as CGP Grey explains Vatican City. What to say about the not so New Pope.  On the one hand it sounds like he’s a different breed from the garden variety bishops.  On the other hand, you don’t get to... Read more »