- I just got to the part of Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" that mentions Twitter. Tweeting, it says, can help the human mind change the world.
Welcome to a new daily1 feature: my tweets.
Filed under Linguistics.
For years, people have said "Hey, what's up?" to mean hello (rather than actually find out what is up) and "Peace out" to mean goodbye.
But I find it interesting the way people in my office use "peace out" as a verb.
"I'm going to peace out."
"Did he peace out already? Wow. That's pretty early to peace out."
On Monday, a Qatar Airways flight from London to Doha became the world's first commercial flight running on natural gas.
Actually, according to reporter Adam Schreck, the flight ran on a half-and-half mixture of regular jet fuel and natural gas. But still.
Reading this story reminded all over again that I never know how to pronounce the word "Qatar." According to the WJLA weather promos, it sounds like this. Then again, Adam points out that the voice-over sounds more like a British person reading a sponsorship than a Qatari pronouncing the country's name correctly.
One of these days, I'll settle this debate once and for all.
DES PLAINES, Ill. — No trip to Des Plaines would be complete without a stop at Ray Kroc's first McDonald's store, which opened in 1955. These days, this outpost is only a museum, complete with mannequins dressed up as servers with aprons and paper hats. For people who arrive with a craving for food, not history, there is an actual McDonald's in operation right across the street.
Earlier this year, I visited the first Burger King. (Sort of.) Wendy's, you're next!
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — It turns out that the University of Notre Dame campus is located not in South Bend but in an eponymous community with its own zip code and everything. As long as we're carving out convenient boundaries, can we make it possible to drive from Chicago to Notre Dame without a time-zone change?
I mean, look at the time-zone map. Would it kill them to extend Central Time to one more county?
Uh, so anyway, the video documents my weekend trip to Notre Dame. It was cold. It was rainy. And it was awesome — totally worth the schlep.