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11 Jul 14:48

Americans Own 42% of all the Guns on the Planet

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

Switzerland has super high gun ownership also

According to Vox, the U.S. has 4.43% of the world’s population and almost 42% of the world’s population of civilian-owned guns.

This is your image of the week:

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It’s hard to say exactly, but there may be as many guns as there are people in the U.S., or even more guns than people. Since not everyone is a gun owner, that means that the typical gun owner owns more than one. In fact, they own, on average, 6.6 guns each. Two-thirds of the guns in the U.S. are in the hands of 20% of the population. Gun manufacturers know this and market accordingly.

Gun ownership is correlated with both gun homicide and suicide. Accordingly, we also have the highest rate of gun violence of any developed country. In 2013, there were 21,175 gun suicides and 11,208 gun homicides.

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This data was collected by the UNODC and compiled by the Guardian.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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07 Jul 17:23

Medlar Tarts & The Mysterious Medieval Fruit!

"What is a medlar?" you may ask. It's understandable if you haven't seen or cooked with this interesting fruit that has been cultivated in the Roman and Medieval times. In fact if you know your Shakespeare well you may have spotted Medlars mentioned in his prose. Find out why medlars are a fascinating Winter fruit dubbed a "cul de chien" or dog's bottom and what you can do with them!
08 Jul 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu


箱の中(?)で寝るまる。
Maru is sleeping in the box.



まる:「ああ、やっぱり箱寝は最高ですよ。」
Maru:[Sleep in the box feels good best...]




箱の中という感覚はあるのか、ないのか。
Hey Maru, do you have the sense being in the box really?


07 Jul 20:14

Photos of the Day: The women athletes of ESPN’s Body Issue

by Maya Dusenbery

If, like me, you’re not quite ready to stop worshiping female athletes now that the World Cup is over, check out ESPN’s latest Body Issue to see nude photos of some badass women in sports, including soccer star Ali Krieger. 

In the past, I, and others, have criticized the Body Issue for featuring the female athletes in more passive poses compared to their male counterparts, but this year’s issue is pretty solid. According to my (not very scientific) perusal of the images in the collection, most athletes of both genders are shown in action shots — doing what they do best. If anything, I noticed more men than women just chilling.

And there’s decent body diversity too — proving that, while “athletic” has unfortunately come to define a fairly narrow ideal, there is truly no single “athletic” body type. As track and field hammer thrower Amanda Bingson, featured in the photo above and also on one of the covers says, “There are definitely things that I can do that skinnier people can’t do. But then there are things that skinnier people do that I’ll never be able to do, like run a marathon.”

Turns out “real” female athletes, kinda like “real” women, come in all shapes and sizes.

Ali Krieger

Soccer player Ali Krieger (Photo credit: ESPN)

Sadena Parks

Golfer Sadena Parks (Photo credit: ESPN)

Brittney Griner

Basketball player Brittney Griner (Photo credit: ESPN)

Header image credit: ESPN

05 Jul 14:00

“American Parties” in Other Countries

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Using pictures with the tag #americanparty on Instagram, Buzzfeed put together a non-scientific collection of what “American Parties” thrown in other countries look like. it’s an interesting window into how they view us. Themes include red cups, popcorn, marshmallows, and sports jerseys. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone.

Visit the original post for the whole set of “American Party” photos or you can browse the hashtag yourself. Here’s my favorite, from Russia:7

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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11 Jun 01:24

Words on Wednesday[Thursday] and other bits.

by noreply@blogger.com (Merlesworld)
Fergus Noodle

My dad's modelling is good

 The storm was wild and woolie but the two little field mice were warm and dry in their tunnels under the root of the huge oak tree but the rain would crawl up to the entrance and flood their cosy home if it didn't stop soon.
Tommy and Susan were their names and they had lived there a long time and had never seen so much rain before, they were a fearless couple but the river of water rushing past their front door on both sides of the tree had them worried.
Tommy let out a joyous yell, the sun was trying to shine and the rain had slowed to a light patter their would be safe now.

 The beer fairy has very cold feet so I saw these in Kmart the other day, I've seen children's ones but not big ones before, he thinks they are fun and they do keep his feet warm, so  I said do a modeling job and I will record it for ever and this is what he came up with, you never know what hidden talents  they have do you lets hope they stay hidden in his case.


 well that's enough of that.

 I built a path so I can peg out the washing without getting my feet wet, as I often do it in my slippers.

 Nothing happened with the ponds yet.

 I think that chicken follows me around and makes a mess when I leave a spot.
 My dragon moved into the Asian part of the garden.
 And this slightly broken bridge from when we owned a fish tank many years ago, I saw a lizard using it to cross the mighty river but wasn't quick enough to get him on film.

01 Jul 14:30

Why Do People Hate the Word “Moist”?

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Fergus Noodle

Moist is ok

Hey, they did a study.

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Psychologist Paul Thibodeau and three colleagues decided that it was time to take a closer look at the word “moist,” writing:

The word “moist” … has been the subject of a Facebook page (called “I HATE the word MOIST”) with over 3,000 followers and was rated as the least liked word in the English language by a Mississippi State Poll … ; feature articles have been written in Slate Magazine … and The New Yorker … ; and popular TV shows like“How I Met Your Mother” (“Stuff”) and “The New Girl” (“Birthday”) have devoted entire plot-lines to the comic consequences of word aversion.

Now it’s not just anecdotal. Thibodeau found that between 13 and 21% of people have an aversion to the word.

But why?

Is it just a gross-sounding word? If so, then people who hate moist should also hate foist and rejoiced. Verdict: No. Hating the sound moist is independent of one’s appreciation for words that rhyme.

Is it because it makes people think of sex? Verdict: Yes! Priming people to think of sex versus, say, cake, makes people dislike the word more. Bonus: People who scored higher on a measure of disgust for bodily functions were more likely than those who scored lower to claim an aversion to the word.

So, if you don’t like the word moist, get your mind out of the gutter. And, if your aversion is severely hampering your life, just think about cake!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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02 Jul 14:00

China, Previous Paradise for Perpetrators, Must Address Domestic Violence Better

by Nancy Tang

Ed. note: This post was originally published on the Community site.

*Trigger warning: domestic violence and sexual assault*

The first rule of domestic violence in China is don’t talk about domestic violence in China. Victims face “fear and shame” when they speak out within”a culture that denies there is a problem,” as Kim Lee, an American advocate who was married to an abusive Chinese partner, told the New York Times. Abusers are almost never held to account. Confucian patriarchal norms blame women for domestic discords, inadequate law enforcement has little understanding of abusive relationship dynamics, and the public is largely apathetic. Though pending legislative changes may better situation, China is to date an ideal place for domestic violence perpetrators. If you are a victim of domestic violence in China and kill your abuser in self-defense, you face death penalty. But if you beat your partner to death, you only need to serve six years in prison. While people of all genders face intimate partner violence, Chinese women are disproportionately affected, and nearly 40% of Chinese women have experienced intimate violence. That number could be as high as 420 million. 

Among the millions of Chinese women who suffer from domestic violence, two high-profile stories should be told conjointly.

In 2009, Dong Shanshan (董珊珊), a 26-year-old woman from Beijing, died at the hand of her husband. According to her mother, Dong called the police eight times asking for help before her death. The police refused to intervene, citing “unwillingness to interfere with domestic affairs” as the reason.

According to the China Central Television (CCTV), the official state broadcaster, Dong called the police early-on to report the abuses by her husband, Wang Guangyu. The abuses begun during their honeymoon. In April 2009, Dong returned to her parents’ home and filed for divorce. In the next four months, she  tried to escape from her husband multiple times. In response, Wang repeatedly and forcibly abducted her, coercing her into dropping the divorce case and threatening to kill her parents. In August 2009, Dong escaped one last time to seek her parents’ help. At that point, Dong was bruised and suffering from retroperitoneal hemorrhage. On October 19, 2009, after 10 months of being married and brutally battered, Dong died from battery-induced internal bleeding and severe injuries.

Wang, Dong’s perpetrator, was sentenced to six and half years in prison. He is expected to be released by 2015 or 2016.

Meanwhile, Li Yan (李彦), a woman from Sichuan Province, found herself in similar situation as Dong: since marrying Tan Yong in 2009, Li had been repeatedly abused (“my husband used cigarettes to burn my face and genital”; “he cut off one of my fingers when I discovered his affair – I lost the finger permanently since he wouldn’t let me go to the hospital”; “severe battery occurred twice or three times a month”). She had sought police help repeatedly, to which the police responded that she should just put up with it. According to Li’s brother, “My sister wanted help… She wanted legal and other intervention to help save her marriage and help save her. She called the police many times; she went to the women’s federation, to the community committee. But nobody came to her rescue.” In November 2010, after months of abuses and “isolated, afraid and denied protection by the authorities,” Li Yan resorted to violence in self-defense: while being battered by Tan yet again, Li picked up Tan’s gun (a weapon with which he had threatened her) and beat Tan to death.

In August 2011, Li was sentenced to the death penalty, which thousands are subjected to in China annually. In June 2014, after much domestic advocacy and international pressure, the Supreme People’s Court of China (highest in the nation) overturned Li’s death sentence. Then, in April 2015, Li’s death sentence was “suspended” by the Sichuan Higher People’s Court: her murder conviction was upheld; but with two years of good behaviors, a “suspended death penalty” will most likely change into life imprisonment. Li is 44 years old at the moment.

The court’s 2015 decision was a landmark case for China, since it was the first case in which the defendant’s status as a domestic violence victim was taken into consideration. Domestic violence is now recognized as“a mitigating factor… for future cases.”

Just a few months earlier, the State Council posted China’s first Draft Anti-Domestic-Violence Law (中华人民共和国反家庭暴力法(征求意见稿)) for public comments. If passed, the law would formally define “domestic violence” for the first time in Chinese history and also mandate public security or courts to determine civil or criminal liabilities for the first time.  Even though the draft version fails to include dating, cohabiting, same-sex and/or other intimate relationships since they are not marital relationships, the Draft Law would still constitute a key step forward. Even though the Draft Law does not address sentencing directly, the March 2015  Opinion on Handling Criminal Cases of Domestic Violence in Accordance with Law (关于依法办理家庭暴力犯罪案件的意见),  national guidance to local courts and prosecutors, promotes uniform sentencing that does not treat domestic violence as a lesser crime than other forms of violence committed outside of the family (though leaving room for judicial discretion). Since the sentence of death and injury caused by domestic violence is currently significantly lower than that of similar harmsy committed against strangers, uniform sentences may deter abusers and send a powerful message that a relationship doesn’t excuse violence . The Draft Law is currently under revision and it is expected to be finalized and enacted by late 2015. 

Moving forward, Chinese feminist activists and reformers have at least four tasks at hand:

1) Making sure that, once passed, the new Anti-Domestic-Violence Law will be adequately implemented: both the Chinese law enforcement and the Chinese judiciary can use some gender consciousness training, so that domestic violence is no longer dismissed as “private matters” by either the police or by courts. Recent surveys have shown that 60% or more of women inmates across many Chinese prisons were sentenced for “injuring or killing their husbands in retaliation for domestic violence.” If the new Law were not adequately enforced, victims would still find themselves between the same old options: suffer in silence (and possibly die), or take up self-defense and risk incarceration.

2) The key supplementary mechanism of temporary restraining orders (人身安全防护令) mentioned in the Draft Law  should be proliferated throughout the country. Currently, there seems to be limited provincial or regional experiments for victims to access restraining orders during their divorce trials or domestic violence cases. Restraining orders should be available nationwide.

3) Fundamental shifts in societal attitudes towards domestic violence, as well as community and social support, needs to happen. In China, the stigma and shame has long been on the shoulders of the victims of domestic abuse. It is time that stigma and shame fall on the perpetrators.

Meanwhile, more civil society and community-level support should follow suit, including but not limited to access to shelters, psychological counseling, and legal assistance. For instance, in a country of 1.3 billion with housing inequality between the genders, the existing 400 shelters (many deserted or out of use) are abysmally far from sufficient.

4) Eventually, feminists and activists will have to address the role of the Chinese state. The ruling Chinese Communist Party is mostly concerned about holding onto power and “maintaining stability“. Since “family” is the basic unit of the larger social fabric, the government fears that disputes and instability within individual families may spill over and undermine the Party’s  legitimacy and control. As a result, the state-sanctioned anti-domestic-violence discourse centers around maintaining “familial harmony” over justice or safety. From the patriarchal Party perspective, individual awareness of women’s rights and the potential organizing power of such awareness is even more threatening.

Thus, individual’s protection from domestic violence is often swept aside. The recent arrest of the Feminist Five — five young Chinese women who planned to rally against sexual harassment for International Women’s Day — should constantly remind us that the state could not care less about women’s rights. The key task for a generation of Chinese feminists awakened in the aftermath of the Feminist Five, is answering the question of power redistribution in China: where do women’s rights fit in under the CCP agenda? Could there be true gender justice under an authoritarian regime?

Dong Shanshan should not have died in vain at age 26. And it is insufficient that Li Yan’s death penalty was suspended: her sentence should be shortened. The tragedy that Li, a victim who took up self-defense, has to spend the rest of her life in prison, serves as reminder to all that the largest country in the world has a long, treacherous way ahead in battling against domestic violence.

 Photo via.

 

02 Jul 23:05

まるです。

by mugumogu

まるは見た!!
Hey Maru, what did you witness?

まる:「犯人はあいつだったか……。」





30 Jun 16:59

Girl Scouts group returns $100K after donor demands they exclude trans girls

by Maya Dusenbery

The Girl Scouts of Western Washington recently received a generous gift of $100,000 with a shitty stipulation from the donor: “Please guarantee that our gift will not be used to support transgender girls.” If you can’t, please return the money.” 

‘Cause nothing says altruism like using your wealth to try to coerce others into discriminating against children. The troop’s CEO duly returned the donation. As she explained, “Girl Scouts is for every girl. And every girl should have the opportunity to be a Girl Scout if she wants to.” Simple enough.

They could really use that 100K though. It’s almost a third of their entire financial assistance program and would send 500 Girl Scouts who otherwise couldn’t afford it to summer camp. Check out our their Indiegogo fundraiser and help them make back — and surpass — the difference. That’s certainly what karma in this case demands.

29 Jun 06:44

Miika, 30

“I'm wearing a suit by Johanna Eskelinen and shoes by Prada. I'm inspired by disco, broght colours and prints.”

22 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

17 Jun 22:42

Thursday Tipples 09 / Apple Pie Pimms

by Lisa Manche
Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The seasonal differences between us in Australia and you guys in the Northern Hemisphere can cause a significant amount of envy for me, especially since I started reading food blogs 8 years ago. Recently I’ve seen dozens of recipes for popsicles and ice cream using fresh berries, but meanwhile here it is all about pumpkin, pears and soup. And while do I appreciate the different seasons and all that they bring, I just like warm weather and stone fruit way more!!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

To me Pimms is a quintessential summer drink - traditionally served with strawberries, cucumber and lemonade, but this month’s Thursday Tipples cocktail is inspired by the classic Apple Pie. It's a tasty little drink and a nice way to bridge the seasons. I think it can be enjoyed no matter what time of year it is. The cinnamon spiced syrup gives it a sort of warm wintery vibe but it's also fun and refreshing.

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

The ingredients play well with each other, a great balance of tart and sweet. It doesn't really taste boozy so you'll have to watch yourself with these ones! If you're in the southern hemisphere, I think it's perfect to serve at a wintery lunch or if you're not, maybe a July 4th celebration. If you're making it for a party you could serve it in a pitcher with apple slices like the more traditional Pimms. Happy Thursday!

Apple Pie Pimms | spicyicecream

Apple Pie Pimms
Serves 1, can be scaled up

  • 60ml Pimms
  • 60ml cloudy apple juice
  • 30ml cinnamon simple syrup (see below)
  • 15ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • Dry apple cider (sparkling) or ginger ale, to top up
  • Apple slices and cinnamon stick, to garnish
Cinnamon Simple Syrup
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
To make the simple syrup, combine ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar is dissolved and bring to the boil. Allow to boil for a few minutes until slightly syrupy. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Remove the cinnamon sticks before using. Can be stored in the fridge indefinitely.

To make the cocktail, combine Pimms, apple juice, cinnamon simple syrup, lemon juice and ice in a  cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, strain into a serving glass with more ice. Top up with apple cider and garnish with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

18 Jun 14:00

Chart of the Day: Women get only 2-3 percent of TV sports news coverage

by Maya Dusenbery

According to the latest update in a 25-year-long study, TV sports news and highlights shows, like ESPN’s SportsCenter, devote under 5 percent of their coverage to women’s sports. That’s actually less than it was back in 1989. 

pie chart of coverage by sportI have a piece up at Pacific Standard today about some of the other findings from the research. The key takeaway, I think, is that this media silence—combined with the lack of enthusiasm displayed in the rare instances when women’s sports are covered—is actively thwarting the development of knowledgeable and committed fan bases for women’s athletics. The public seems to agree—in another new survey, most said the media deserved the blame for the lack of attention paid to women’s sports.

21 Jun 22:57

まるです。

by mugumogu



はなの端正な横顔。
Hana has a beautiful profile.



それに比べ……。
But Maru......



まる:「比べるの禁止ですよ!」
Maru:[Don't compare!]



27 Jun 17:16

Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant, Ashfield

Fergus Noodle

This place is good

A small, low key restaurant on Ashfields busy Liverpool Road, Sky Mountain Hand Made Noodle Restaurant at first appears as just another Chinese restaurant but it isn't. The menu is an extremely well priced mix of food from Yunnan, Shanghai and Chengdu and is a popular place for those homesick and seeking food from their homeland or those curious about Chinese cuisine beyond Cantonese.
15 Jun 21:00

Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa



Stewart likes to dress up! submitted by Lisa

15 Jun 17:22

6 of Sydney's Most Fun Sweet Specialists That You Just Have To Try!

Fergus Noodle

We should do muffins and gelato. I've wanted to go to the eclair shop for ages

Come and take a look at six of the most intriguing and fun sweet specialists in Sydney. From crazy topped donuts delivered straight to your home or office, to a place that makes delicious steamed muffins with a surprise inside to Greek style gelato (hello watermelon & feta!) to colourful bejewelled eclairs and caramel, toffee or chocolate covered apples this guide will have you swooning over Sydney's sweet scene. Send this sweet guide to your favourite sweet-tooth!
14 Jun 16:57

Ilona, 39

“I'm wearing my favorite look from my Miun AW1415 collection. I like the casualness of it, the durable material, and the fact that I can layer it with a dress shirt, for example. I mostly wear my own designs; casual, sporty and simple ones. It's a great way to test measurements and materials.”

20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

14 Jun 16:57

Viivi, 28

“I'm wearing a knit and jacket by Kenzo, Customellow shorts with Minna Parikka sneakers and bag. I just wear what ever feels right at the moment. The coming summer and it's colours inspire me if anything.”

20 May 2015, Pre Helsinki

11 Jun 15:29

Firedoor, Surry Hills

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
You could say that Firedoor is the hottest restaurant in Surry Hills right now - dotted with food journalists, celebrities and chefs every night of the week - but that would ignore the real reason they're here: Lennox Hastie. His obsession with fire is at the heart of Firedoor. This is a kitchen without gas or electric stoves, a concept not seen before in Sydney. This is a kitchen where all the
02 Jun 17:42

Luscious Quince & Apple Golden Syrup Self Saucing Pudding!

Fergus Noodle

I'm gonna make the hell out of this

This heavenly quince and apple pudding was so good that we made it two nights in a row. The base is made up of tender pieces of quince and apple and it is topped with a light, buttery golden syrup topping. The bonus is of course the butterscotch sauce that sits at the bottom of the dish making this a one pot wonder.
31 May 23:00

まるです。

by mugumogu



まる:「もちろん」
Maru:[Of course, ]


まる:「入ってますよ。」
Maru:[I am in the box.]



まる:「そして抜けなくなりました。」
Maru:[And I can't come out of this.]



まる:「もう一生このままかも――ま、いっか。」
Maru:[Am I possibly in this box throughout my life? Ok, it's not a problem so much.]



24 May 14:04

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst [15]

by Susan Thye
Fergus Noodle

I've wanted to go here for ages

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Cacio e Pepe ($20) served in a wheel of cheese
Have I ever told you guys the story about how I never used to eat cheese? The parentals don’t like cheese so by association I never ate it as a kid. Do you know what a Maccas junior burger is? A cheeseburger minus the cheese. It was no wonder I hated Maccas and it was only at the end of primary did I realise the magical powers of cheese after finally trying a cheese toastie.

And that was my segue to my visit to Buffalo Dining Club, a mozzarella bar for all the cheese lovers out there! I’ve visited Buffalo several years ago but this time I’d managed to drag the boy along because look! Giant wheel of cheese!

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Cacio e Pepe ($20)
The Cacio e Pepe ($20) catches the eye of everyone in the room when the wheel of Grano Padano is carried out to our table and the spaghetti with olive oil, salt and pepper is mixed right in front of us. As the spaghetti is mixed in the wheel, flakes of parmesan is scraped off and transforms this amazingly simple but oh so tasty pasta. I could eat this every single day!

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - San Daniele Prosciutto (60g/$9)
From the cold meat options which runs from mortadella, salamis and Jamon, I choose the San Daniele Prosciutto (60g/$9) which are delicate, thinly sliced ribbons that just about melts in the mouth. I instantly regretted not upsizing to a larger portion.

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Burrata ($20)
I can never resist ordering Burrata ($20) whenever I see it (other cheeses offered were Scarmoza, Buffalo, Caprino, Ciambella al Tarfuto) and picked Tempura Cauliflower and Pecorino crusted eggplant as the accompanying sides, because well, deep fry = win. The cheese also comes with some bread and crostini and a dollop of spicy nduja paste.

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Burrata ($20)
OOOOZY!!! Oh how I love burrata, so creamy and so deeeeelicious!

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Buffalo’s own Chilli sauce
We’re also brought a jar of Buffalo’s own Chilli sauce which is pretty darn addictive, with a good amount of heat balanced with a truckload of garlic and sweetness of capsicum.

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi ($20)
I couldn’t resist ordering the Buffalo Ricotta Gnocchi ($20) and it did not disappoint, the gnocchi was like little fluffy pillows of happiness and the napoletana sauce was rich but not overpowering.

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst - Tiramisu ($10)
Aaaand I had to get the Tiramisu ($10) which while creamy, was surprisingly light though I did wish there was a tad more booze in it heh

Buffalo Dining Club, Darlinghurst
Buffalo Dining Club is pretty cosy and gets absolutely packed for dinner so if you’re like me and have issues with people and small spaces, then rocking up for lunch on a Saturday is your best option :P

Buffalo Dining Club
116 Surrey St,
Darlinghurst

Trading Hours:
Weds – Sat: midday – 11pm

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26 May 22:48

まるです。

by mugumogu


ハーネスを取るのを途中でやめたら、酔っ払いみたい。
Hey Maru, you are like the Japanese office worker who got drunk.



まる:「まったくもう。」
Maru:[Oh my...]





27 May 01:35

Birdie!



Birdie!

27 May 14:25

The Politics of Facial Hair

by Lisa Wade, PhD

Recently we ran a graph showing the evolution of facial hair trends starting in 1842. It showed that about 90% of men wore facial hair in the late 1800s, but it was a trend that would slowly die. By 1972, when the research was published, almost as many were clean shaven.

So, why did facial hair fall out of fashion?

Sociologist Rebekah Herrick gives us a hypothesis. With Jeanette Mendez and Ben Pryor, she investigated the stereotypes associated with men’s facial hair and the consequences for U.S. politicians. Facial hair is rare among modern politicians. “Currently,” they noted, “fewer than five percent of the members of the U.S. Congress have beards or mustaches” and no president has sported facial hair since William Howard Taft left office in 1913, before women had the right to vote.

Using an experimental method, Herrick and her colleagues showed people photographs of similarly appearing politicians with and without facial hair, asking them how they felt about the men and their likely positions. They found that potential voters perceived men with facial hair to be more masculine and this was a double edged sword. Higher ratings of masculinity were correlated with perceptions of competence, but also concerns that the politicians were less friendly to women and their concerns.

In other words, the more facial hair, the more people worry that a politician might be sexist:

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In reality, facial hair has no relationship to a male politician’s voting record. They checked. The research suggests, though, that men in politics — maybe even all men — would be smart to pay attention to the stereotypes if they want to influence how others see them.

Thanks to my friend, Dmitriy T.C., for use of his face!

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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30 May 17:03

Kanazawa gold leaf soft serve, giant seafood and the Ninja Temple

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

I love Kanazawa

A soft serve cone covered in edible gold leaf?! You bet we ate one. Cos if you're gonna add bling to your street snacks, it may as well be the 24 karat kind. It's no coincidence we found this beauty in Kanazawa which translates as "marsh of gold" in Japanese. They've been making gold leaf here since the late 1500s. Today the city is responsible for 99% of all gold leaf produced in Japan. The
24 May 17:15

Meet My Suburb: Parramatta

Fergus Noodle

Parramatta is cool now

When the hipsters move in, you know that a place is a changing. The city of Parramatta is one that is growing along with their population. With a large overseas born population, Parramatta's food offerings are diverse. Come with me as I explore it with local artist Tom Polo and discover where to find lunch for $2, coffee roasters, Cuban sandwiches, Polish goodies and North Eastern Chinese cuisine that you eat with a gloved hand!
24 May 14:27

Toyama black ramen, firefly squid and a Cheap Eats cover story for Good Food

by Helen (Grab Your Fork)
Fergus Noodle

Some very exciting soft serves

I'm back. If you've been following me on Instagram, you'll know I've just returned from a three-week holiday in Japan. The buy-one-get-one-free Jetstar sale tickets were too hard to resist. What did we do? Ate non-stop. We licked our way through a couple of soft serves too. Masuya Premium gyumeshi 480 yen (AU$5.20) with spicy sauce, green onions and egg with free miso soup We landed at
18 May 17:41

Searching High and Low For The Best Pizza In Sydney!

Fergus Noodle

They ate an insane amount of pizza

Pull up a chair and have a drink and a pizza ready for this story. This pizza challenge was years in the making and saw us crossing all over town to find the Sydney's best pizza. And we mean the really good Italian Napoletana style pizza. We went north, west and inner city for a fun day of pizza tastings, shenanigans and pizza highs. This is the long story of 10 hours of eating pizza and what can happen if you are crazy enough to do it!