If you’re a sports fan like I am, you may think that watching games at home in HD is the best. And it is. But it’s also awesome to see games live, especially if the stadium is old and iconic. Here are seven stadiums from around the world worth checking out.
The Rose Bowl
Home to the Granddaddy of Them All, college football’s Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California is the game’s most iconic setting. Sitting beneath the San Gabriel Mountains, you can practically hear Keith Jackson’s voice just looking at it.
You can’t bring up iconic stadiums without mentioning Boston’s Fenway Park. It opened on April 20th, 1912 and while it’s undergone some renovation, it’s pretty much the same now as it was then. The only drawback is you’ll have to listen to Sully complain about how he “spent foddy dollas on fahkin beeh.”
Sticking with baseball (and the United States), Chicago’s Wrigley Field is still home to the North Side’s lovable losers. It opened in 1914, two years after Fenway, and has been the Cubs home since 1916. It’s undergoing some controversial renovations, but it’s still pretty cool to see outfielders crashing into the ivy.
Moving over to the UK, Manchester, England’s Old Trafford is the home of Manchester United. Even if you can’t get tickets to a game, there’s a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium and museum.
Technically named Estádio Jornalista Mário Filho, after a Brazilian sportswriter, and colloquially called the Maracanã (named after a small river that flowed through the neighborhood), this is Rio de Janeiro’s iconic soccer stadium. Built to host the World Cup in 1950, it also hosted 2014’s World Cup and will be the site of the opening and closing of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Talk about Old School. Rome’s iconic Colosseum once hosted mock naval battles, Christians being fed to lions, and gladiators disemboweling each other. While it’s not longer used for those events, It’s been standing for almost 2000 years. Get in while you can.
Okay, maybe this isn’t an iconic stadium per se, but is the last dual-use football/baseball stadium still in use in the United States. Both of the current tenants, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and MLB’s Oakland Athletics, claim to want their own, separate stadiums pretty much anywhere else, but no one seems to want them. Sure the toilets back up and run with raw sewage, but it’s the only place left where you can see football being played over a dirt infield in September.
Marijuana. Infused. Beer.
It was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.
These days, you can find marijuana infused in everything from alcohol to BBQ sauce to bath bombs to candy bars. So, it was only a matter of time before weed found its way into America’s favorite drink: beer. Enter: marijuana-infused beer.
From Business Insider, a report that Lagunitas Brewing Company has released an IPA infused with marijuana. It’s called Supercritical, and it’s available for a limited release in California. In case you don’t know, Lagunitas Brewing Company is based in California and was purchased by Heineken in early 2017.
Sadly, though, it won’t get you high — the beer contains no THC.
For inside scoop, watch the full video. Then let us know in the comments what you think about marijuana-infused beer.
Donald Trump as Seen by Google’s Deep Dream
THIS CONTENT WAS REPUBLISHED FROM AN EARLIER DATE.
Last Summer, Google unleashed Deep Dream, their neural network that takes pictures and tries to identify patterns and overwrite them, on an unsuspecting public. When you put an image into Deep Dream, what you get when it “wakes up” is often nightmarish. Dogs, birds, insects, pagodas are inserted at random places in the image, giving it a surreal and sometimes beautiful–if terrifying–aspect.
So, since this election season is already off-the-charts surreal, I thought to myself, “What would it look like if we ran some candidates through Deep Dream?” Well, now I know. I started with Donald Trump, who is already deeply weird and unsettling. The results are spectacular.
An incomplete guide for groceries you can’t find
Every once in a while, you find a hapless, bewildered person wandering through the grocery store. Perhaps that person is you.
You’ve been sent out to pick up something unusual for a new recipe or some kind of produce you’ve never laid eyes on, much less judged through the knocking/squeezing/smelling process.
Fear not. This incomplete and arbitrary guide based on random anecdotes is here to help.
Lettuce vs. Cabbage
When I was a kid my father had to feed us when my mother was visiting family. One day we ended up having a raw cabbage salad. I don’t recommend it.
This is a cabbage. It has very tight, somewhat waxy, light green, leaves. Cabbages are dense and feel somewhat heavy for their size.
Iceberg lettuce looks similar to cabbage except it should not feel waxy and the leaves are more delicate and thin without pronounced veins. It is much less dense and feels light for it’s size.
When in doubt, just buy romaine lettuce. It has more vitamins than iceberg lettuce anyway. This is what romaine lettuce looks like.
All fresh leafy greens can be found in the produce section, normally refrigerated and occasionally spritzed.
Cucumber vs. Zucchini
If you’re not in the U.S., zucchini is also called a courgette because why not make things more difficult?
(Pedantic aside: Actually, zucchini’s etymological base is from Italian and courgette’s is from French.)
Zucchini is delicious grilled, fried, or sautéed in ribbons. Cucumber is usually eaten fresh or pickled. Both can be found in the produce section, and both make you feel vaguely uncomfortable at checkout if you also need to buy hand lotion.
Zucchini is somewhat angular and has a woody stem on one end.
This is a zucchini.
Cucumber is rounder with small bumps and is generally stemless in the store.
This is a cucumber.
They’re like onions but much smaller, ovoid, and with a brownish red papery skin. You normally can find them in the produce section in the bins by potatoes and onions.
These are shallots.
These are pearl onions, which are bright white and have a stronger flavor than shallots. They are not interchangeable.
I don’t know why a stranger asked me about scallions instead of a store employee, but I saw desperation in his eyes. Dude just wanted whatever the hell scallions were so he could leave.
While scallion refers to a family of onions, it’s generally fine to consider scallions and green onions synonymous. They’re a little thicker than a pencil and have a white base and green stalks.
These are scallions.
They are usually in the produce section near leafy greens.
Parsnips look like big carrots that are so terrified the color drained from them. They’re probably next to the whole carrots sold in your grocery store. Since parsnips are more of a niche item sometimes they’re displayed by the fancy organic produce.
These are parsnips, or as one man called them after an exhaustive search, “motherfuckers.”
Cream of Tartar
Moving out of the produce section, cream of tartar is not a cream, not related to tartar sauce, and does not derive from the tribal Tartars. It is a byproduct of wine making that is purified and used to stabilize egg whites for things like meringue.
A friend of mine went through the whole soup aisle several times looking for cream of tartar. This is the wrong place to look.
You’ll usually find cream of tartar in the spice section of the baking aisle.
This is cream of tartar.
If you’re learning to cook non-Western food, you’re going to be exposed to new condiments like tahini sauce, fish sauce, black bean paste, and more. Frankly, your best bet is to go to a local ethnic grocery store that matches what you’re setting out to make. (Tahini sauce is Middle Eastern for the record.)
However, more grocery stores are starting to have a catch-all not-American aisle that is called “International,” “Asian/Mexican/British,” “World Foods,” etc.
Start in this aisle for those condiments, and if you can’t find them there, try the official condiment aisle. If neither aisle has tahini sauce, you probably need to search a different store.
This is tahini sauce.
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