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When Did Cereal Lose Its Color?

News, opinion and aggregation on business, politics, entertainment, technology, global and national – The Wire

thewire.com — Typos! We love them, we love to hate them. They make us laugh, they make us cry. They come in many shapes and sizes. And so do those corrections-not always typo-related-added to many a newspaper article when it turns out things weren't written exactly as they should be.

Help! I'm getting emails meant for someone who has the same name as me.

theweek.com — Recently, I received an email from someone who thought they were getting in touch with Jen Doll. I am Jen Doll. But I was not the Jen Doll this emailer was looking for. Jen Doll may not seem like a common name, but there are several other Jen Dolls who live across the country, one of whom actually goes to my dentist in New York City.

Uber hates me

theweek.com — There is an unsettling feeling I walk around with daily. It's not important or pervasive or world-altering; it's actually quite silly. But it's still there, a tiny pinprick in my pinpricked moral conscience, a shiver of injustice in an utterly unjust world. It's this: I have a "bad" Uber rating.

The Hairpin

The underappreciated art of saying thanks

theweek.com — On the street the other day, I overheard a woman talking earnestly on the phone as she walked a few feet away from me. I couldn't help listening (in fairness, if you're talking on the street, your conversation is probably fair game for my ears). "I don't know what I'll do," she said.

11 Days in Paradise (With Mom)

cupofjo.com — We've been celebrating the arrival of peak travel season with a series of personal essays from contributing writers. Each post tells the tale of its writer's most unforgettable trip. Here is Jen Doll, who took a tour of Hawaii with a group of 70-year-olds...

The satisfying art of the to-do list

theweek.com — Before I wrote this article, I wrote a to-do list. Well, actually, I revised my existing to-do list. I crossed off a few things and added a few others, and then I rewrote the whole thing on a clean sheet of paper in blood-red Sharpie, my current favorite way to make a to-do list.

The Long-Lost Books You Loved as a Kid Are Coming Back

thewire.com — There's some very exciting news for Y.A. readers and nostalgists today. Lizzie Skurnick, journalist and author of Shelf Discovery: The Teen Classics We Never Stopped Reading (a great walk down book-memory lane) has a new imprint at Ig Publishing.

I'm a Breakfast Hater

extracrispy.com — "So, what do you like to eat in the morning?" asks an old friend, preparing for my trip to visit her. "We always have cereal, and probably some fruit. I can also make you a smoothie, which is what I usually have. But let me know if you want anything special."
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Sep 24, 2016

the world may be falling apart, but the weather, it is perfect

Sep 23, 2016

I hate to say this but uber has really made cabs SO BAD in NYC

Sep 23, 2016

someday, maybe, i will learn to wear clothes without getting toothpaste on them.

Sep 21, 2016

The opposite of the daily grind is the yliad dnirg (also good name for Bond villain)

Sep 21, 2016

the only thing more disconcerting than asparagus pee is when you eat asparagus and NOTHING HAPPENS

Sep 21, 2016

surely there is a porn taking advantage of the zeitgeist-y title "suspicious package"? (This is a rhetorical question)

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