MACARONI AND CHEESE RECIPE FROM 1784
I often think “mac and cheese,” as it appears to be called nowadays, has been fetishized beyond on all reason. Nevertheless, it is a great winter or comfort food that I like a lot.
So it was fun, this week, to run across this video of a macaroni and cheese recipe from 1784. Take a look:
This also turned up recently – count them - 38 macaroni and cheese recipes.
THE BEAST FROM THE EAST BLOWS INTO BRITAIN
As I write this on Friday, the east coast of the United States is being pummeled by a massive and destructive nor-easter. In Britain this past week, they called a similar storm with freezing Arctic winds, “The Beast From the East.”
The New York Times put together a video of it from around the country.
REMEMBER THAT TERRIBLE TAX OVERHAUL TRUMP SIGNED?
According to CEO Warren Buffet, Trump's recent tax cut for the rich, has given Buffet's company, Berkshire Hathaway, a $29 billion dollar windfall without his having lifted a finger:
”Berkshire’s $29 billion bonus stems from unrealized gains on equity investments getting taxed at a rate of 21 percent instead of the previous 35 percent rate,” reports the Daily Beast.
“The gain helped push Berkshire’s net earnings in 2017 up to $44.94 billion, nearly double the $24.07 billion recorded a year earlier. Buffet said while the gain is 'real,' it 'did not come from anything we accomplished at Berkshire.'”
LONDON'S SLIM HOUSE
It seems like every big city has a skinny house. The one in New York City, on the street where I lived, was 9.5 feet wide.
This one, in London, measures only 7.5 feet wide. According to the You Tube page:
”The narrow building features 3 floors, 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms and was renovated by architects alma-nac, who added features to the house to maximise every inch of the limited space.”
Here is a video tour:
JOHN OLIVER ON HIS HBO SHOW, LAST WEEK TONIGHT
You may think Oliver's topic last Sunday, Italy's political difficulties, are irrelevant to the U.S. and a lot of other countries, but you would be wrong. Oliver at his best and funniest.
THE MOST FAMOUS ACTOR YOU'VE NEVER SEEN
This guy has been in more than 150 movies, but you would probably not recognize him if you saw him in the street.
”Doug Jones has been every creature, monster and villain known to Hollywood having portrayed the Amphibian Man in The Shape of Water, the Silver Surfer in Fantastic Four and the Thin Clown in Batman Returns, for example.
Here's an interview with him with a whole bunch of clips of the monsters he has played.
LIFE WITHOUT PAPER
Nothing ever dies on the internet and I suspect I posted this five years ago when it was new. But I had such a good laugh at it again that I didn't even check to see if I'm repeating myself. Enjoy.
A WALK THROUGH A FLOODED NATURE PRESERVE
When it rains a lot, the Rio da Prata river runs of slower form, causing its damming, thus increasing the water level of the Olho D'Água river, explains the YouTube page.
”Despite the flood, on the day the video was recorded the waters of the Olho D'Agua river remained crystal clear due to their conserved riparian forest and being inside a Private Reserve of the Natural Patrimony - PRNP, a type of Conservation Unit.
“This was a rare episode, and by the end of the day the river had returned to its normal level.”
ELEPHANTS RESCUE A BABY WHO FELL INTO A POOL
If the number of internet videos are an indication, baby elephants have a habit of falling into and getting stuck in waterholes. Then the grownups step in to save them. It is always heartwarming and fun to watch.
This one is from TGB reader Joan McMullen.
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