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Friday, December 9, 2022

It's Friday! Thus: Wolmania.
Friday, December 9, 2022

Good morning. How's everything going? Let me know in the comments.

Photo courtesy Dan Nosowitz, presumably

May I interest you in the World's Stupidest, Smallest Smartphone?

When you use this phone in public, people will want to talk to you about it. The most common question is “what is that” or “is that, like, a real phone” or, in the case of my immediate friends and family, “Dan … why.” But I’ve handed the Jelly 2 to people and after they mess with it a little, they’re also taken in by how charming and teensy it is. They’re sometimes impressed with it, too, though I don’t get the sense that very many would consider actually buying one.
This phone is shockingly non-shitty. It is clear when using this phone that Unihertz is a very, very powerful company, filled with engineers with powerful brains; I don’t know if Apple or Samsung or Google could have made this thing. What it also means is that Unihertz is absolutely capable of making an extremely good normal phone, and that they have chosen instead to make Stupid Phone. I admire this.

Really enjoyed this piece from Max Read's newsletter, Read Max, but as a weird consumer technology fanatic, I'm not sure it was a good idea to read it. Feels quite likely that I'll end up with a Unihertz Jelly 2 that I extremely don't need.

Item 2: a list

Special submission this week from Wolmania's Venezuala correspondent, Emiliana D., who has scoured international football to determine, objectively...

The top ten man-buns of the 2022 Men's World Cup

Jackson Irvine, Australia [bonus points for the mustache, presumably - ed]
Martin Cáceres, Uruguay
Nemanja Gudelj, Serbia
Gareth Bale, Wales
Virgil van Dijk, The Netherlands
Kalvin Phillips, England
Remko Pasveer, Denmark
Adrien Rabiot, France
Yussuf Poulsen, Denmark
Walker Zimmerman, USA

Item 3: a media recommendation

Happy Hanukkah to those who celebrate.

Item 4: word of the week


Item 5: a photograph

Eleonora Pucci at work [in November] in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence, Italy. Chiara Negrello for The New York Times

See ya!

Thanks for reading and a special thanks to Emiliana for what I'm sure was the best part of this issue.

Please join me next week for Wolmania: Wrapped: Part 1, wherein I will tell you some of the media I enjoyed most in 2022.