Quick Hits, Vol. 10

It’s Wednesday, March 31, 2021, and that means it’s time for Quick Hits here at Cosas Totum. For our entire Quick Hits archive, click here.

Quick Hits

Do you think the wizards and witches of the Harry Potter universe have insurance? Not necessarily health insurance because it’s based in the UK and perhaps they have some magic version of the National Health Service. But property insurance? Casualty insurance? Liability insurance on things like brooms? Surely the Hogwarts Express is carrying some coverage. I mean, what if the trail derails? And what about Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes? A store filled with magical objects that make loud noises and occasionally destroy property, which is filled with young witches and wizards? I hope the twins got insurance.

Did people drink water in the Middle Ages? - Medievalists.net

If someone from the Middle Ages was able to travel to the present, they wouldn’t even be that impressed with computers and the Internet and stuff at first. They’d spend at least three full days marveling over indoor plumbing, filtered, potable running water, grocery stores bigger than any building they had ever seen before, and how nice and clean everything is.

Emails have joined the list of things that were exciting as kids but suck as adults. I remember when I got my first email address, which was probably 8th grade or so. I so rarely got emails, but when I did get them it was exciting because it made me feel like an adult. Now I only get excited if the subject says “your order is on it’s way!”

I think we need more companies to compete with Amazon, with the caveat that they all have to be named after large rivers used for trade. Mississippi. Nile. Rhine. Thames. Euphrates. Ganges. Yangtze. It’d be fun.

The older a white man gets, the more he enjoys Hall & Oates.

It’s really gonna bum me out when the cars that my friends and I had in high school are considered “classic cars.” Like, if I see a 2004 Mazda Miata end up with one of those “Classic Car” license plates, it’s gonna hurt my soul a bit.

Ninety-nine percent of the time, your home cooking would taste better if you add butter, salt, and a dash of citrus. Obviously not for desserts necessarily. But for savory dishes, if it tastes a little flat, add some butter, salt, or the juice from about 1/4 of a lemon.

Growing up is so weird, though. When I was a kid I never dreams there would be a time in my life where not only did I recognize the font being used on a document, but that I would judge the person who created the document for using Times New Roman instead of something more efficient (Garamond) or easier to read (Book Antiqua). I’ll also judge you if you create a document using Arial, Helvetica, or any other sans-serif font. That’s great for the computer, but on a piece of paper I want serifs, dammit!

There needs to be a show called Saturday Afternoon Live! that caters to people who still want to keep in touch with pop culture but have trouble staying up past midnight anymore.

Vodka and potatoes have a similar relationship to beer and bread.

Fermentation techniques bring bread and brewing together | 2020-03-23 |  Baking Business

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