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Friday, May 31, 2024

A blue mug filled with coffee.

It’s another Wolmania. Wow. Shall we just jump right in?

Arab Coffeehouse, Henri Matisse

Bayt Al Fann walks us through the history of the coffee house, which started out on the Arabian peninsula and eventually took over Europe and the rest of the world. Honestly, I'm not sure all of this holds up to scrutiny, but it's definitely true that coffee is a big part of Arab/Islamic culture and tends to lead to arguments about politics. (This is how I used to make coffee but now I usually use a machine instead.)

Item 2: a list

Top 25* American breakfast cereals according to Amazon, according to Pattern, ranked:

  1. Honey Bunches of Oats
  2. Life
  3. Frosted Mini Wheats
  4. Cinnamon Toast Crunch
  5. Cheerios [I think this aggregates all flavors of Cheerios so this is a blended rank]
  6. Apple Jacks
  7. Lucky Charms
  8. Chex
  9. Corn Flakes
  10. Frosted Flakes
  11. Cap’n Crunch
  12. Honeycomb
  13. Fruity Pebbles
  14. Corn Pops
  15. Kix
  16. Trix
  17. French Toast Crunch [Why is this a separate item but every variant of Cheerios shares a listing???]
  18. Froot Loops
  19. Rice Krispies
  20. Special K
  21. Cream of Wheat
  22. Grape Nuts
  23. Raisin Bran

* I did not include Quaker Oats or Malt-O-Meal, as although those are “cereal” in a sense they’re not this kind of cereal and I’m agog that they were included in Pattern.com’s list. Come on, Pattern.com. You're better than this.

Item 3: a media recommendation

Pixies - Gigantic

Item 4: word of the week


You kids today have it easy. In my day we didn’t have these newfangled simurghs squawking all over town - we had to just play philosophy audiobooks on our helicopter stereos. And we liked it!

Item 5: a photograph

Seaside Heights, New Jersey, 1978 via the old roadside pictures bot

See ya!

Thanks for reading. See you back here in June.