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Roundup October, 6 2010

Selectism | Around the Web

01. Turns out, America likes its chip bags to be seen and not heard

“Frito-Lay will be retiring the compostable Sun Chips bag, which became famous less for its Earth-friendliness than for the 95-decibel crunching sounds it made whenever it was touched. Created from a polymer material based on corn starch, the bags were cursed with a high glass transition temperature. Basically, all polymers have a rubbery state and a stiff state, and each type of polymer switches from floppy to crunchy at a different temperature. For the Sun Chips bags, that was, unfortunately, around normal room temp—so what was supposed to be flexible was constantly turning brittle. And loud. The weird thing: This flaw isn’t inherent to compostable chip bags. Boulder Canyon potato chips makes their version from a wood pulp polymer, which seems to avoid the problem.” (boing)

02. The Nine Best Sesame Street Guest Appearances

“Last week’s controversy about Katy Perry’s Sesame Street guest appearance reminded us that the show has a long history of working with celebrities. And while cleavage isn’t exactly what they’re looking for, Sesame Street’s producers have always embraced clever adult humor. We dug through the archives to find some of the smartest, funniest, and strangest celebrity appearances in Sesame Street history, from Richard Pryor to Ricky Gervais.” (good)

03. I would like to retain ‘fart in your general direction’ (above)

“In August of 1974, eight months prior to its cinema release, a preview screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail was attended by a member of the British Board of Film Classification: Tony Kerpel. A subsequent, post-screening chat between Kerpel and one of the film’s producers, Mark Forstater, resulted in Forstater sending the following painfully funny letter – essentially a short written summary of Kerpel’s advice – to fellow producer Michael White a few days later. It’s a joy to behold, and immediately brings to mind this far cruder effort from Matt Stone” (Lettersofnote)

04. A Trip To Grozny, Chechnya #recommended

“We thought it might be interesting to visit Grozny city of today and look how it has changed after the war. It turned out that the city was totally restored and it doesn’t remind much of the hard time it had to go through.” (englishrussia)

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