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America’s Greatest Innovation

What is America’s greatest innovation?

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John Hockenberry, host of The Takeaway on WNYC Radio here in Manhattan, has that question up for a vote.

There are nine candidates vying for the title, and it’s far harder than I expected.

How do you choose between the mobile phone and the hearing aid?  The sewing machine and air conditioning?

GPS and the electric guitar?

Review all the candidates, and then cast your ballot here.

Food stereotypes

Freshdirect.com, my favorite website for ordering groceries in the neighborhood, posted this ‘goodbye to summer’ today on Facebook.

I love the sentiment — the poster’s graphic look and feel, too.

But they can’t honestly be suggesting that my popsicles, fudge bars and toffee crunch bars — all reduced fat and sugar-free, of course — should be packed away with my summer clothes and flip flops….

Not even.

I find popsicles refreshing year round.  They are the perfect light dessert — that little taste of sweet that doesn’t linger compared to heavy cakes and pies.

They aren’t seasonal.  They’re sensible.

Of course, I feel much the same way about soup — love me some soup any time of year, especially in summer.  When the AC is cranked in public buildings, soup is the best way to warm up.

Turning up the thermostat also works.

Let’s give food a chance.

Hot ticket

I love movies, but this past weekend, the box office numbers were the best show in town.

“Despicable Me” was the number one movie, pulling in an incredible $60 million dollars.  Now, granted, it is an animated feature, and it was shown in 3D on some screens which jacks up the ticket price.  But I don’t think Universal promoted that movie very heavily, other than mentioning Steve Carell provided a voice, and showing us the yellow, roundish critters that are in it. As much as I am in the theater to see trailers, I have no idea what the movie is about.

Apparently, it doesn’t matter.  Here’s what I think did.

It was hot this weekend.  H-O-T hot.  And unless your movie theater suffered a power outage, it was comfortably air conditioned and soothingly dark inside.

“Despicable Me” was the one film that opened last weekend that was suitable for every member of the family.  So parents brought the whole gang and enjoyed the coolness, whether the story about the little yellow men was their cup of tea or not.

Just a theory.  You can challenge it.

Of course, lots of other people went to the movies, too.  “Eclipse” in its second week — with its more ‘specialized’ audience — still pulled in another $32 million.  “Predators” managed $25 million after being gutted in the reviews.  “Toy Story 3” in its fourth week added another $21 million to its coffers, and “The Last Airbender” and “Grownups” pulled in $16 million each.

Everyone stayed inside and caught a show, my friends.

‘Cause it was hot…

H-O-T.