Spaghetti Tacos: Silly Enough for Young Eaters [via The New York Times]
A visual gag on a Nickelodeon show has spawned a new trend, the trendspotting New York Times reports: spaghetti tacos. Syracuse University pop culture professor Robert Thompson provides some expert commentary: “This combination seems to be an inevitability, sort of like chocolate and peanut butter running into each other on that Reese’s commercial. The amazement should be only that it took ‘iCarly’ to bring it into our melting pot of a culture… Spaghetti tacos has made it possible to eat spaghetti in your car. It’s a very important technological development. You don’t even need a plate.”
Spaghetti Tacos “Expert,” Prof. Robert Thompson, Has Now Been Interviewed by 78 Different NYT Reporters [via NYT Picker]
Perhaps Professor Thompson is overextending himself, the NYTimes Picker says. “But maybe Stapinski’s reportage isn’t so remarkable, after all. In fact, she’s only continuing a longstanding NYT tradition in quoting Thompson — and has become the 78th NYT reporter to do so, in 150 separate stories over the span of almost two decades. We counted! Only last month, Thompson was quoted in four television-related NYT stories over a ten-day period: an advertising column by Abby Ellin, a sports story by Pete Thamel, and pieces by two regularly Thompson-dependent television reporters, Richard Sandomir and Bill Carter.”
Parisian flat containing €2.1 million painting lay untouched for 70 years [via The Daily Telegraph]
Apparently it had been a while since the neighbors had seen Marthe de Florian at her Paris flat, but no one had any idea it had been seven decades. De Florian had left Paris for southern France before World War II and never returned, leaving behind “a treasure trove of turn-of-the-century objects including a painting by the 19th century Italian artist Giovanni Boldini.” When she died at the age of 91, though, her possessions had to be inventoried, leading authorities to unseal the flat. Predictably, they also found a great deal of dust and cobwebs.