IFT 2019 Trend Review
IFT 2019 Trend Review
IFT 2019 Trend Review Feed Your Future with 2019 IFT Trends
Many food industry trends were on display to feed your future at this year’s annual Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. From different takes on cajun cuisine and snacks, to alternative proteins and African flavors, IFT 2019 did not disappoint. Our trend experts walked the show and took note of a few major trends.
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Alternative Proteins are the Norm The most common theme that we saw when walking the expo floor was for alternative protein. Sources like jackfruit, soy and pea protein were the base for many featured products and were one of the first talking points to describe an offering. IFT also featured many presentations from industry experts highlighting key trends and issues, and a prominent topic for discussion included alternative proteins to meat, including Meat Hybrids: New Product Opportunities for Flexitarians.
Scrumptious Snack Offerings Innova Market Insights predicted Snacking: The Definitive Occasion as a top trend for 2019, and it was definitely on display in New Orleans. Snack portions that attendees could carry with them were highlighted at many booths. These snacks focused on fitting the needs of many different lifestyles and also played into Innova’s trend for the ‘ adventurous consumer ,’ with unique flavor profiles and sensory experiences. An example included szechuan puffs that left a tingling sensation, complemented with no-heat habanero raisins and cumin potato sticks at the Kalsec booth.
Flavors from Around the World We tried to pinpoint a specific region of focus for flavors during the show to no avail. Nearly every region seemed to be on display to create a ‘melting pot’ of flavors. From Middle East, Korean and African flavors to Indian curries and local Louisiana-themed dishes, flavors from around the world were on display at IFT 2019.
Other Notable Trends Clean and Clear Label Attributes
The macro trend for clean label was highlighted in many exhibitors’ design, and more are starting to touch on clear label attributes as well. If you are wondering about the differences between clean and clear label, we clarify in our 2018 research – Consumer Trends: Clean to Clear Label . Traceability and Blockchain
Stemming off the trend for clear label attributes, such as responsible sourcing and environmental sustainability, sourcing and blockchain were important areas of conversation for product innovation. Several sessions highlighted traceability and blockchain efforts to inform consumers where there food is really coming from, and trace all aspects of a product journey. Savory Dairy
Spicy and savory ice cream, milk and creamer products provided a novel take on sweet dairy applications. The trend for sweet heat was prominent with flavors like cardamom citrus heat and habanero ice cream, as well as the savory flavor of green tea.
Five ways to bring variety to your home-cooked meals
Building a multicultural family means exposing your family to many different kinds of culture and food, keeping eyes and minds open to new things on the horizon! I try to bring variety to my home-cooked meals and here is how I do it.
Get ideas from eating out Whenever you try something from restaurants or a food stand and find them delicious, take note of what ingredients are in the dish and how you think it was made. Go to restaurants with cuisine that you are not as familiar with and find out what you enjoy in that cuisine. Think of ways to replicate it at home, or else bring one or two components of those flavors into the dish you make the most. For instance, I know how to make rice and I love cilantro. When I went to a Peruvian restaurant and tried cilantro rice, I thought, oh yeah, I can make that.
Purchase well-rated cookbooks I have found purchasing well-rated cookbooks to be an excellent way to bring variety to my home-cooked meals. After following a few recipes from a Chinese cookbook, I purchased Szechuan peppercorns, blackbean chilli oil, and fermented blackbeans. From Israeli cookbook, I now have tahini ready. From Korean cookbook, I know the basis of most of the dish has garlic, ginger, soysauce, sesame oil, and spring onions.
Take some cooking classes After trying a few dishes, I was finding that I have the basic flavor profile but it is not as delicious as it can be. Something was missing. I sought out cooking classes for Szechuan cooking, Thai cooking, Indian cooking, Croissant and Brioche making, among others. They have served me well in providing excellent tips for bringing those dishes up a notch. For instance, many of the Thai recipes out there do not mention Kaffir lime leaves or Galangal. Those were ingredients that I came to learn of from in-person cooking classes, with instructions on where to find them in New York City and how to keep them.
Getting dishes in rotation Every week, we try to bring different flavors into our meal plan rather than making multiple dishes from one cuisine. For every Sunday evening cooking of 3-4 dishes, we try to mix in at least two cuisines. For instance, this week, we are making a pasta dish, Korean dumplings, and Southeast Asian style lemon grass beef with peanut sauce. Once all the basic ingredients for each cuisine is in the kitchen, it is fairly easy to get protein and vegetables in rotation.
Playing with wines and desserts Wine and desserts enhance the meal experience dramatically. A simple piece of steak with great red wine can provide a lot of pleasure, without any of the steak sauce or mashed potatoes. There is a whole world of wine pairing which I integrate into my meals depending on the cuisine and flavor profile of the meal, and a glass of wine is always a part of our meals. While we try to be light on desserts and keep the meal healthy and our body ready for runs, I like to mix in desserts with seasonal fruits and high quality chocolate, and baklava for Mediterranean meal.
Madhur Jaffrey is the queen of Indian cooking and an award-winning actor — and now she can add “badass” rapping grandma to her resumé.
The 85-year-old food writer and television personality is credited with introducing authentic Indian cuisine to the western world with her 1982 BBC series Madhur Jaffrey’s Indian Cookery , and her 1973 cookbook An Invitation to Indian Cooking.
Jaffrey doesn’t limit herself to the daytime television sphere, though.
“I don’t ever want to stop. I like new things. I like challenges,” she told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti.
Most recently, she dabbled in the music scene by making a cameo the music video Nani , which means maternal grandmother, by hip-hop artist Zohran Mamdani, a.k.a. Mr. Cardamom.
“I’m a gangster,” she said with a laugh. “I’m a bad woman.”
Warning: Video contains explicit language and graphic content.
Jaffrey’s latest roles haven’t prevented her from upholding her reputation as the “queen” of Indian cooking. Her latest cookbook, Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot , was released in May.
Tremonti sat down with Jaffrey to discuss her expansive career. Here is part of their conversation.
That’s a fun video to watch.
Oh, it was a fun video to do. Such fun, but hard, because it’s hard to — I mean they rap so fast, for one thing. So you have to learn all the words, which there are many of them, you have to go fast and you have to follow the beat and it’s not always easy.
But because you can act you had the attitude right away.
Food is the glue that holds our family together, in many ways.
– Madhur Jaffrey And the curse words, as it were, they aren’t really hard for an actress. You just do them because they’re written for you.
How did appearing in that rap video become the next step in your long and storied career?
Well I always take up challenges that are thrown my way. I never let them lie. And I was asked by this wonderful young man, Zohran [Mr. Cardamom], if I would like to be in this rap video and I read it, read the words, I heard the music, and I said “Why not? Yes, yes I’ll do it.”
I had no great hesitation at all in saying yes. It was just another role and a very different role to anything I’d done. Madhur Jaffrey won the Best Actress award from the Berlin International Film Festival in 1965 for her performance in Shakespeare Wallah. (David Livingston/Getty Images) My grandchildren’s reaction to the video was: “Nani’s cool.”
What role does food play in your relationship with your family?
Food is the glue that holds our family together, in many ways.
You meet around food and you talk about food and you dream about food. And our family, everyone likes to cook.
My grandkids have been cooking since they were little. They grew up around food and when they were very little they didn’t watch cartoons, most of them. This is funny. They watched food programs on television.
What are some of your earliest food memories growing up?
We were lots of cousins in the same house growing up together. And the little ones, we would always climb the trees, like the mango trees, and we would take salt, pepper, ground-roasted cumin and chili powder in our little palms and we would cut the mangoes, peel the mangoes and eat them with this mixture that we took in our palms. Right in the trees. And that’s a wonderful memory.
Recipe: Mushroom curry with coconut from cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey The funny thing is that I must have had a good palate always. Who knew anything about having a good palate?
I didn’t even know the word when I was growing up but now that I look back on it, if you have a good palate it’s just like having a good ear.
Any sense that is really developed, you tend to remember what you either see or smell. And … it’s burned into your brain in a deeper way than if you haven’t got a developed sense of that particular thing.
People who can create foods or recreate foods — that ability must come from having a good palate and therefore a good memory and therefore good files in the brain that retain all this information.
Your new cookbook is called Madhur Jaffrey’s Instantly Indian Cookbook: Modern and Classic Recipes for the Instant Pot. Why is the Instant Pot particularly good for preparing Indian food?
It’s not that it’s particularly good. Indians started using the pressure cooker a long time ago, maybe 40 to 50 years ago, just to hasten the cooking of beans and rice and various meat.
But what the Instant Pot does is that it offers many other options. You can sauté. You can slow-cook. You can make perfect rice all by itself.
So what I’ve done is say: “Okay, I will experiment for you with the pot and work out Indian recipes. I won’t dumb them down because as far as what I’m trying to teach you all or pass on to you all is authentic Indian food. So bear with me. It may have a lot of spices in it.”
We know the magic of spices. And it’s not just flavour — it’s health. Each spice has food value, like turmeric is an antiseptic inside the body, outside the body. We don’t just like yellow food. That’s not why we put turmeric in. There’s a medical reason for it.
And I remember when I used to teach cooking, it would be a six-week course and [my students] would say to me: “I’m feeling so much better after these six weeks.”
I said that’s because I’m feeding you each thing with the spices that make it easier to digest. So that’s why you’re feeling good.
Click ‘listen’ near the top of this page to hear the full conversation.
Beautiful Kayumanis Sanur
Irawan Zuhri In such a fast paced world it’s reassuring that some things remain the same. Images: Lucky 8.
Kayumanis Sanur is the kind of property that endures like a good relationship. Reassuringly luxurious and consistently Balinese, this collection of one, two and three-bedroom villas set in verdant tropical gardens feels like how a home in Bali should – quiet, lush and private.
Personal touches are everywhere. Balinese offerings await outside your door, the mini bar is free and restocked daily, the service is discreet and welcoming. Even the initial tour of the villa – usually a chore borne with a forced smile – was a joy as a delightful member of the hotel staff walked me through the property’s amenities.
The gardens are a dream. Framed by traditional Balinese gates that lead to your home away from home, they are green beyond belief and feature stunning traveller palms and tall trees. The hotel’s restaurant sits among this scene, open to the breeze and sounds of nature.
Specializing in upmarket Balinese cuisine, Gong restaurant promises a sensory dining experience, and delivers. The menu is driven by market-fresh ingredients and seasonal delicacies infused with local herbs and spices for added flavour. Every dish is a journey that unveils the exotic secrets of Bali’s culinary heritage.
This is a property that feels small but offers a lot. Privacy and luxury are at its core. Villas are large, with separate sleeping and sitting pavilions, a private pool and garden … even a kitchen. It feels like you could live here, spending your days lost in a novel away from the screen-dominated world. The compound is set in the west of Sanur, securely secluded by a high wall and an attentive staff. If it’s the beach you crave, then they have that covered too.
Recently opened earlier this year, Kayumanis Seaside Sanur is a colonial style restaurant and terrace set directly on Sanur’s golden Sindhu Beach. Bringing a note of sophistication to the surrounding venues, it’s a versatile destination offering indoor seating, a shaded terrace, open-air table settings and double daybeds facing the Indian Ocean.
Structurally, the bistro is inspired by a classic Indonesian home with a vaulted ceiling and two breezy verandas reminiscent of a bygone era. An inviting entrance is enhanced by painted tiles and mood lighting that casts a subtle glow as evening descends. There is also an open concept bar and working kitchen where all food and drinks are prepared in full sight.
After lunch and a beach lie down it’s back to your private villa for a massage. Kayumanis Spa Sanur provides a comprehensive menu of traditional Balinese healing and beauty treatments that explore the ancient Hindu belief that balance is the very essence of overall wellbeing. One standout is their Bamboo massage, a therapy that dates back to the kingdoms of ancient China.
As a natural element, the Chinese believe that bamboo has the power to cure physical, mental, emotional and spiritual ailments. This form of massage stimulates blood circulation and helps eliminate harmful toxins.
Dinner at Gong beckons. In keeping with the very local flavour of the property, Kayumanis offers a Balinese rijsttafel, a real culinary pleasure and a chance to sample some of Bali’s best cuisine with a selection of the island’s most flavoursome dishes presented in one grand meal. Accompanied by steamed yellow rice and spicy condiment, this tasty array of dishes is a heritage from the era when Indonesia was under colonial Dutch rule.
Post dinner it’s back to the villa for a peaceful night, then to awake once more among the birdsong in this extremely sweet and special place..
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It’s your chance to win great prizes like gift certificates to terrific Ithaca restaurants like Agava , Kilpatrick’s Publick House , the Boatyard Grill and more plus tickets to wine weekends, concerts and theaters, too!
Missed one? Check ’em out (with the answers) below!
TUESDAY 6/11: These enhancements were given to a dog named Esmerelda in Texas in 1962 to see if they’d work…they did, so doctors started giving them to their patients. (BREAST IMPLANTS)
MONDAY 6/10: Which one of the four railroads on the Monopoly game board was the first commercial train in America? (B&O…the Baltimore and Ohio RR)
FRIDAY 6/7: What’s our favorite donut, according to a new study? (GLAZED)
THURSDAY 6/6: According to a new Safewise.com study, what Northwestern State is the most pet-friendly state in the US? (OREGON)
WEDNESDAY 6/5: 26% of us get up in the middle of the night to do this. (CHECK OUR CELL PHONES)
TUESDAY 6/4: These are replaced on the body every three months. (EYELASHES!)
MONDAY 6/3: What product uses the advertising slogan “When it rains, it pours”? (MORTON SALT)
FRIDAY 5/31: The name of this bread literally translates to “Devil’s flatulence” in Old German. (PUMPERNICKEL!)
THURSDAY 5/30: What insect is the only one that can turn its head and look over its shoulder? (PRAYING MANTIS)
WEDNESDAY 5/29: In what country was the first NBA game played? (CANADA…the Knicks took on the Toronto Huskies November 1st, 1946)
TUESDAY 5/28 Dieters say this is the toughest food to give up. (CHEESE)
FRIDAY 5/24: This inductee into the Video Hall of Fame sold 17 million copies of a videocassette she released in 1982. (JANE FONDA!)
THURSDAY 5/23: These animals don’t have white fur…it’s transparent and reflects sunlight and makes it look white. (POLAR BEARS)
WEDNESDAY 5/22: What the #1 thing we’re most likely to spill? (COFFEE…followed by wine, oil/butter/grease and ice cream!)
TUESDAY 5/21 : Half of Americans have used this as an alternative to showering. (JUMPING INTO A SWIMMING POOL!)
MONDAY 5/20: Over half of us would rather travel with this than our partners. (OUR PET)
FRIDAY 5/17: Sony’s challenger to VHS tapes was a flop, but they still made blank tapes for their machines until 2016! What was it? (BETAMAX)
THURSDAY 5/16: Ancient Egyptians used a formula containing the eggs of thIs big bird as a form or deodorant. (OSTRICH)
WEDNESDAY 5/15: This 70’s detective show was originally called “The Alley Cats”. (CHARLIE’S ANGELS)
TUESDAY 5/14 : More people drink this animal’s milk than any other. (GOAT)
MONDAY 5/13: This country has more lakes than every other country combined ! (CANADA)
FRIDAY 5/10: What’s our favorite chore, according to a recent Clorox survey? (LAUNDRY)
THURSDAY 5/9: Elephants, sloths, hippos and rhinos are among only the handful of mammals that can’t do this. (JUMP)
WEDNESDAY 5/8: 62% of us do this every time we travel. (OVERPACK)
TUESDAY 5/7 : 10% of men have one of these that’s over 10 years old. (UNDERWEAR!)
MONDAY 5/6: Who’s our favorite TV Mom, according to Ranker.com? (CAROL BRADY of the Brady Bunch)
FRIDAY 5/3: This movie has been playing longer than any other…nonstop since 1975! (ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW)
THURSDAY 5/2: A group of these animals is called a “fluffle”! (BUNNIES)
WEDNESDAY 5/1: What’s America’s longest running, continuously held sporting event? (THE KENTUCKY DERBY)
TUESDAY 4/30 : Over 3000 people have gone to the emergency room after tripping over what common household item? (LAUNDRY BASKET)
MONDAY 4/29: Most women fard every day…some women do it all day long…and other women NEVER do it! What is farding? (PUTTING ON MAKEUP)
FRIDAY 4/26: Where are 80% of America’s pretzels made? (PENNSYLVANIA)
THURSDAY 4/25: What’s the only mammal with a shell? (ARMADILLO)
WEDNESDAY 4/24: The average adult now spends 6 hours and 24 minute a day doing this. (SITTING…almost an hour more than we did a decade ago!)
TUESDAY 4/23 : What’s the #1 excuse we use for not exercising, according to a new study? (WE’RE TOO TIRED)
MONDAY 4/22: This office staple was originally called Press n’ Peel when they first came out in 1977. (POST-IT NOTES)
FRIDAY 4/19: Over 40% of people do this to their food before they eat it. (PUT SALT ON IT)
THURSDAY 4/18: What was the name of the dog on “Frasier”? (EDDIE)
WEDNESDAY 4/17: According to a new survey, what’s the one thing about our looks that we’re most self-conscious about? (OUR TEETH)
TUESDAY 4/16 : What’s the #1 way we de-stress, according to a new study? (WATCH TV OR A MOVIE)
MONDAY 4/15: What was the original date of Tax Day when they were first collected in 1913? (MARCH 1st)
FRIDAY 4/12: In what Italian city did the first pizzaria open in 1830? (NAPOLI or NAPLES…with pizza cooked in an over lined with lava from Mount Vesuvius!)
THURSDAY 4/11: Only one species of snake makes a nest…which one? (COBRA…King Cobras, to be specific)
WEDNESDAY 4/10: This first appeared on a pack of Juicy Fruit gum in 1974…now it’s in the Smithonian! (UPC BAR CODE)
TUESDAY 4/9 : In what body part is the smallest bone in the body? (YOUR EAR…the stapes (or stirrup bone) is only 1/8th of an inch long!)
MONDAY 4/8: There’s only one word in the English language that ends in the letters “MT”…what is it? (DREAMT)
FRIDAY 4/5: When this snack food debuted in 1912, it had a lemon meringue flavor, but it was discontinued in 1920. (OREOs!)
THURSDAY 4/4: This insect has 12,000 eyes! (BUTTERFLY…the Monarch, in particular)
WEDNESDAY 4/3: This comedy prop was invented in the 1920s at a rubber factory in Toronto, when employees were messing around with scrap rubber. (WHOOPIE CUSHION!)
TUESDAY 4/2 : Your body will produce about 14 pounds of this in your lifetime. (BELLY BUTTON LINT!)
MONDAY 4/1: When this clothing store opened in San Francisco in 1969 it sold two things…Levis and records! (THE GAP)
FRIDAY 3/29: This alcohol is named after the county in which it’s made. (BOURBON…95% of the bourbon is still made in Kentucky today!)
THURSDAY 3/28: Lupus is the Latin word for what animal? (WOLF)
WEDNESDAY 3/27: What’s the most spoken language in the world? (CHINESE…Spanish is 2nd, English is 3rd!)
TUESDAY 3/26 : This body part is as long as your nose. (YOUR THUMB!)
MONDAY 3/25: This Northeastern US city has more bridges than any other city in the world! (PITTSBURGH)
FRIDAY 3/22: What Morgan Freeman movie is our favorite movie of the 90’s, according to a new poll? (THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION)
THURSDAY 3/21: According to a new study, this Summer scent is our favorite smell. (FRESH CUT GRASS)
WEDNESDAY 3/20: 37% of us plan to do this for at least one day in the upcoming season. (SPRING CLEANING)
TUESDAY 3/19 : This fruit was called a shaddock in the 19th century…what’s it called now? (GRAPEFRUIT)
MONDAY 3/18: The US city was first called Terminus. (ATLANTA)
FRIDAY 3/15: “American” cuisine is our favorite type of food according to a new poll…what’s our #2? (ITALIAN…followed by Mexican, Chinese and Spanish)
THURSDAY 3/14: Royals in ancient China kept these animals up their sleeves to keep them warm and for protection. (DOGS…specifically Pekingese ones!)
WEDNESDAY 3/13: When these debuted in NYC in 1907 they were red and green. (TAXI CABS)
TUESDAY 3/12 : Which fast food restaurant was the first to ban smoking in 1994? (ARBY’S)
MONDAY 3/11: What was Barbie’s first pet? (A HORSE…named Dancer!)
FRIDAY 3/8: Apparently it’s bad etiquette to eat one of these in more than five bites. (A HOT DOG…according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council!)
THURSDAY 3/7: The surface area of this animal, including the fur, is about the same as a ping pong table. (CAT)
WEDNESDAY 3/6: For every 100 miles we drive, we do this 41 times. (SWEAR!)
TUESDAY 3/5 : 12% of adults still do this when they get sick. (CALL THEIR MOM)
MONDAY 3/4: Americans will eat about 300 of these this year. (EGGS)
THURSDAY 2/28: What flying creatures are elephants afraid of? (BEES)
WEDNESDAY 2/27: This movie was in theaters for so long, it’s the first one to come out on VHS while it was still playing. (“TITANIC”)
TUESDAY 2/26 : According to a new Harvard study, the best sign a man’s heart is healthy is whether or not he can do 40 of these. (PUSH-UPS)
MONDAY 2/25: What sport was originally called “kitten ball”? (SOFTBALL)
FRIDAY 2/22: 10% of us have left a date early to avoid this. (PAYING THE BILL)
THURSDAY 2/21 : What breed of dog is know for its bluish/black tongue? (CHOW CHOW)
WEDNESDAY 2/20: In Germany, this salad dressing is called “America Sauce”. (THOUSAND ISLAND!)
TUESDAY 2/19 : A new study found snakes our biggest fear…what’s #2? (HEIGHTS)
MONDAY 2/18: What 20th century President was the first to have his mother vote for him? (FRANKLIN D ROOSEVELT)
FRIDAY 2/15: What’s the tallest building in the world? (THE BURJ KALIFA IN DUBAI)
THURSDAY 2/14 : One in 50 people have found love while on this. (AN AIRPLANE)
WEDNESDAY 2/13: One in five people have stayed up all night just to do this. (BINGE WATCH A TV SHOW)
TUESDAY 2/12 : This pharmacy grew from 20 stores to 400 during Prohibition because they were allowed to sell whiskey “for medicinal purposes”. (WALGREENS)
MONDAY 2/11 : What’s the best selling car of all time? [HINT: The first one rolled off the Toyota lot in 1966.] (TOYOTA COROLLA)
FRIDAY 2/8: We crave chocolate the most according to a new survey…what do we crave 2nd most [HINT: It never goes bad!] (HONEY)
THURSDAY 2/7 : A group of these young birds is called a “clutch”! (CHICKENS)
WEDNESDAY 2/6: The average person owns more than 50 of these. (BOOKS)
TUESDAY 2/5 : The idea of achieving this daily health goal isn’t based on any active science…it’s from a Japanese marketing slogan from the 70s! (TAKING 10,000 STEPS)
MONDAY 2/4 : This internet search provider was originally called “Jerry and David’s Guide to the World Wide Web”! (YAHOO!…they changed the name two months after the launch!)
FRIDAY 2/1: 34% of us have done this on Super Bowl Sunday before the game is over. (FALLEN ASLEEP!)
THURSDAY 1/31 : The name of these islands is Latin for “island of the dogs”! (THE CANARY ISLANDS)
WEDNESDAY 1/30: What’s the #1 thing brides would change about their wedding if they could (other than who they married)? (THEIR DRESS)
TUESDAY 1/29 : Deep yellow or orange fruits and vegetables have this vitamin, important for good eyesight, helping your body fight infection and keeping your skin and hair healthy…what vitamin is it? (VITAMIN A)
MONDAY 1/28 : The first seven flavors of these were peppermint, wintergreen, clove, licorice, cinnamon, violet and chocolate…but only peppermint and wintergreen are still around. (LIFESAVERS)
FRIDAY 1/25: In Canada, 80% of this beverage comes in bags. (MILK)
THURSDAY 1/24 : What’s the more common name for the dog breed called Alsatians? (GERMAN SHEPHERD)
WEDNESDAY 1/23: There are 421 words for this in Scotland…but they don’t get much of it. (SNOW!)
TUESDAY 1/22 : According to a new survey, what’s the #1 thing women would do with extra time in their day? (SLEEP!)
MONDAY 1/21 : 56% of people have named this. (THEIR CAR)
FRIDAY 1/18: What breakfast cereal asked you to “follow your nose”? (FROOT LOOPS!)
THURSDAY 1/17 : What kind of creature is a Portuguese man o’ war? (JELLYFISH)
WEDNESDAY 1/16: What hobby do Americans spend the most money on? (GARDENING)
TUESDAY 1/15 : The name of this soft drink comes from the word for indigestion…because it’s original purpose was to help people with digestion issues. (PEPSI…from the word “dyspepsia”!)
MONDAY 1/14 : What’s the most common city or town name in America? (WASHINGTON…there’s 88 of ’em!)
FRIDAY 1/11: According to the National Institute of Health, what state drinks the most wine? (CALIFORNIA…New York is 3rd!)
THURSDAY 1/10 : What’s the largest land carnivore? (POLAR BEAR)
WEDNESDAY 1/9: The average age of this big ticket item is 11 1/2 years old. (CAR)
TUESDAY 1/8 : What’s the heaviest organ in your body? (YOUR SKIN…yes, it’s an organ!)
MONDAY 1/7 : The letter printed on this candy was originally black. (M&Ms!)
FRIDAY 1/4: The word spaghetti comes from the Italian word “spago”…what does it mean? (THIN STRING or TWINE)
THURSDAY 1/3 : The famous painting of dogs playing this game is actually called “A Friend In Need”. (POKER)
WEDNESDAY 1/2: The man who invented this lubricant/moisturizer ATE a spoonful of it every day…and lived to be 92! (VASELINE)
FRIDAY 12/21: It takes about 10,000 piece to make one of these Winter wonders! (SNOWMAN!)
THURSDAY 12/20 : What’s the #1 “old-school” gift parents wish their kids still wanted for Christmas, according to a new survey? (A BIKE)
WEDNESDAY 12/19: When this game became popular in 2006, pencil sales went up 700%! (SUDOKU)
TUESDAY 12/18 : What’s the #1 resolution we’re already making for 2019, according to YouGov.com? (EXERCISING MORE)
MONDAY 12/17 : According to a new study, what state has the least Christmas spirit this year? (ALASKA…Hawaii is next!)
FRIDAY 12/14: This German museum features 16000 artifacts about this common food staple but not one piece of it in sight…what is it? (BREAD)
THURSDAY 12/13 : What animal has the highest blood pressure? (GIRAFFE!)
WEDNESDAY 12/12: The iconic sound of this TV show is a combination of nearly a dozen sounds, including 500 monks walking across a hardwood floor! (LAW & ORDER)
TUESDAY 12/11 : When this game first came out in 1938 it was called Lexico. (SCRABBLE)
MONDAY 12/10 : Sales of this popular breakfast cereal doubled when they introduced a unicorn shape. (LUCKY CHARMS)
FRIDAY 12/7: What Southern delicacy was introduced to America by immigrants from Scotland who settled there? (FRIED CHICKEN!)
THURSDAY 12/6 : What’s 2018’s most popular dog name, according to NextDoor.com? (BELLA)
WEDNESDAY 12/5: What Oscar-winning actress is named after a Cleveland department store? (HALLE BERRY…her Mom loved Halle’s and named her after it!)
TUESDAY 12/4 : You burn approximately 320 calories a day just by doing this…and you’re doing it right now! (THINKING)
MONDAY 12/3 : This classic Christmas special killed the aluminum Christmas tree market. (A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS)
FRIDAY 11/30: What’s the one Christmas movie we watch every year, according to a Marcus Theaters poll? (HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS)
THURSDAY 11/29 : Some species of this insect have evolved to look like bird poop so if a bird spots them, they won’t be eaten! (CATERPILLARS)
WEDNESDAY 11/28: This classic Christmas character is known in Finland as Petteri Punakuono. (RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER)
TUESDAY 11/27 : In order to graduate at several colleges in the US (including Cornell) you’ll have to pass this fitness test. (SWIMMING!)
MONDAY 11/26 : This form of advertising is banned in four states…Maine, Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii. (BILLBOARDS)
WEDNESDAY 11/21: Turkeys have 27 of these. (CALLS!)
TUESDAY 11/20 : What drink is the #1 source of antioxidents for Americans? (COFFEE…nothing else comes close!)
MONDAY 11/19 : What recipe are Americans Googling the most this Thanksgiving? (STUFFING)
FRIDAY 11/16: 70% of us would like to skip this this holiday season. (GIFT GIVING)
THURSDAY 11/15: A group of these animals is called a prickle. (PORCUPINES)
WEDNESDAY 11/14: The most visited home in America is the White House. What’s the second? (GRACELAND)
TUESDAY 11/13 : When you lie, this body part shrinks. (YOUR NOSE!)
MONDAY 11/12 : What online retailer was originally going to be called Relentless? (AMAZON.COM)
FRIDAY 11/9: This video game character was originally named Mr. Needlemouse. (SONIC THE HEDGEHOG)
THURSDAY 11/8: It’s illegal to give away these rodents in Montana. (MONTANA!)
WEDNESDAY 11/7: This household sound is in the key of E-flat. (A TOILET FLUSHING!)
TUESDAY 11/6 : Every elected official in Kentucky has to take an oath that they’ve never been in one of these “competitions”. (A DUEL!)
MONDAY 11/5 : Which of Santa’s reindeer names mean “thunder” and “lightning”? (DONNER AND BLITZEN)
FRIDAY 11/2: There are more than 15 flavors of this candy bar in Japan, including pear, blueberry cheesecake, green tea, wasabi and soybean! (KIT KAT)
THURSDAY 11/1: There are about 50 million of these fish in Lake Ontario…though they’re not native…we put them there! (GOLDFISH…pet owners set them free and the started reproducing!)
WEDNESDAY 10/31: This board game got its name when the people who made it asked it what it should be called? (THE OUIJA BOARD)
FRIDAY 10/26: Pumpkins were once thought to be a cure for this skin condition. (FRECKLES!)
THURSDAY 10/25: This author had 52 cats and 16 dogs. (ERNEST HEMINGWAY)
WEDNESDAY 10/24: In what year did the “Thriller”, “Footloose”, “Sports”, “Born In The USA” and “Purple Rain” albums debut? (1984…they were the only #1 albums of the year, an all-time low!)
TUESDAY 10/23: Almost 3000 people were injured last year doing this for Halloween. (CARVING PUMPKINS!)
MONDAY 10/22 : These are yellow because we see that color faster than any other color in the rainbow. (SCHOOL BUSES)
FRIDAY 10/19: Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” was the first American movie to show what device on screen? (TOILET…the first to show it flushing, too!)
THURSDAY 10/18: A group of this breed of dog is called a grumble. (PUGS!)
WEDNESDAY 10/17: This $3 billion company is named after a character from the novel “Moby Dick”. (STARBUCKS)
TUESDAY 10/16: McDonald’s invented bubble gum that tasted like this vegetable a few years ago but scrapped it because kids found it too confusing. (BROCCOLI)
MONDAY 10/15 : Less than 4% of cars bought today have this once-common feature? (MANUAL TRANSMISSION)
FRIDAY 10/12: What country created Hawaiian pizza? (CANADA…in the 1960s!)
THURSDAY 10/11: Of our biggest fears, what animal tops the list? (SNAKES…followed by spiders and sharks)
WEDNESDAY 10/10: More than 300 million of these toys have been sold, enough to wrap around the Earth over 126 times! (SLINKY)
TUESDAY 10/9: People started saying this phrase in the 14th century to protect them from the plague. (GOD BLESS YOU)
MONDAY 10/8 : What Australian city was first called Batmania after founder John Batman? (MELBOURNE!)
FRIDAY 10/5: In what “hit” HBO show did Lady Gaga make her acting debut? (“THE SOPRANOS”…she was “Girl at Swimming Pool Number 2″…and only 15 years old!)
THURSDAY 10/4: What color lobster is the rarest…with only 1 in 100 MILLION known to exist? (WHITE…they’re called albino, ghost or crystal lobsters!)
WEDNESDAY 10/3: The Oakland A’s and Cleveland Indians played two games in 1973 with what color baseballs? (ORANGE…they thought they’d be easier to see!)
TUESDAY 10/2: A man has a 50% of developing this by the time he’s 50. (BALDNESS)
MONDAY 10/1 : According to CandyStore.com, what colorful candy will most Americans hand out this Halloween? (SKITTLES!)
FRIDAY 10/2: This loses 70% of its flavor within two minutes of being made. (COFFEE)
THURSDAY 9/27: This ocean predator is ticklish…but we don’t recommend you try it! (SHARK…horses are, too!)
WEDNESDAY 9/26: 35% of married men would never do this in the home without asking their wives first. (TOUCH THE THERMOMETER…smart men!)
TUESDAY 9/25: You have a greater chance of dying on your birthday than any other day of the year. (YOUR BIRTHDAY!)
MONDAY 9/24 : The “interrobang”, which expresses excitement or disbelief, is a combination of what two punctuation marks? (EXCLAMATION POINT AND QUESTION MARK) Here’s what it looks like! ‽
FRIDAY 9/21 : People whose eyes are this color have a higher tolerance for alcohol. (BLUE)
THURSDAY 9/20: According to a new survey, what Western state loves dogs the most? (CALIFORNIA…New York is second!)
WEDNESDAY 9/19: These holiday treats were invented in the 1600’s in Germany to help keep kids quiet at church. (CANDY CANES…ever notice that they’re shaped like shepherd’s staffs?)
TUESDAY 9/18: If you have syngenesophobia, you probably don’t go to many Thanksgiving dinners. (FEAR OF RELATIVES!)
MONDAY 9/17 : What’s the English word that’s used the most? (THE…followed by “of”, “and”, “a” and “to”! )
FRIDAY 9/14 : What’s our favorite tailgating food, according to a new survey? (WINGS…followed by burgers, pizza, hot dogs, nachos and tacos)
THURSDAY 9/13: This common dog name comes from the Latin word for “faithful”. (FIDO…from ‘fidus’)
WEDNESDAY 9/12: 65% of us think we’d be more productive at work if we could do this. (WORK FROM HOME)
TUESDAY 9/11: This yummy food put 2400 people in the emergency room last year. (PIZZA…from cuts, burns and falls while making it or picking it up…delivery, anyone?)
MONDAY 9/10 : According to Career Builder, what’s the worst color to wear for a job interview? (ORANGE…it’s considered unprofessional. The best? Blue! )
FRIDAY 9/7 : According to a new survey, what’s the tattoo you’re most likely to regret? (SOMEONE’S NAME)
THURSDAY 9/6: These products were originally put in the front of stores because of horses and cars. (PERFUME…and they’re still at the front today!)
WEDNESDAY 9/5: The first school to use this performance measurement system was Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 1897. (LETTER GRADES)
TUESDAY 9/4: This chocolate bar was named after a milkshake flavor popular in the 1920s. (MILKY WAY…the milkshake was named after the galaxy…get it?)
FRIDAY 8/31 : What’s Patrick Swayze movie is New York’s favorite 90’s flick according to a new study from Frontier Communications? (GHOST)
THURSDAY 8/30: What’s the only mammals that can fly? (BATS)
WEDNESDAY 8/29: Lampposts in Central Park have these on them to keep you from getting lost. (NUMBERS…four digit ones! The first two numbers tell you the street you’re closest to…if the last two are odd you’re on the West side…even East!)
TUESDAY 8/28: Humans are the only animals with this facial body part…and it’s because we learned to cook! (Your CHIN…we don’t need strong jaws to tear apart food…well…MOST of us don’t…so we developed chins!)
MONDAY 8/27 : The first one of these was made in 1874…before that it was only available as a drink. (CHOCOLATE BAR! )
FRIDAY 8/24 : This smorgasbord was invented by hungry Scandanavians in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1870. (THE CHINESE BUFFET! #ThanksGuys!)
THURSDAY 8/23: The smallest version of this animal, a member of the canine family, lives in the Sahara Desert. (THE FENNEC FOX…8 inches high, 3 pounds!)
WEDNESDAY 8/22: What’s the only US state with a Spanish motto? (MONTANA…it’s “Oro Y Plata” meaning “gold and silver”)
TUESDAY 8/21: Almost 40% of us have flushed the toilet at a public restroom with this body part. (ELBOW!)
MONDAY 8/20 : This state is the bourbon capital of the world…but it’s official drink is milk! (KENTUCKY )
FRIDAY 8/10 : This seaside treat got its name when an Atlantic City store flooded in 1883. (SALT WATER TAFFY!)
THURSDAY 8/9: What barnyard animal is the closest living relative to the T.Rex dinosaur? (THE CHICKEN)
WEDNESDAY 8/8: What’s a cat’s best sense? (HEARING…they can hear four times as well as we do…they just choose to ignore us!)
TUESDAY 8/7 : This piece of exercise equipment was invented in the 1800s as a way to torture English prisoners! (TREADMILL)
MONDAY 8/6 : 7% of us have lied to get out of this. (JURY DUTY )
FRIDAY 8/3 : What 90’s jam topped Parade Magazine’s poll of the songs that “scream” Summer? (SUMMERTIME by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince)
THURSDAY 8/2: What’s the primary staple of panda’s diets? (BAMBOO)
WEDNESDAY 8/1: The earliest version of Neapolitan ice cream was made to resemble which country’s flag? (ITALY…green pistachio, white vanilla and red cherry!)
TUESDAY 7/31 : What’s the heaviest bone in the human body? (FEMUR)
MONDAY 7/30 : This “Sesame Street” ch aracter’s first name is Sid. (COOKIE MONSTER)
FRIDAY 7/27 : The most popular times to get this is 7pm and 2am. (PIZZA!)
THURSDAY 7/26: This bird can legally be mailed…but only between April and August. (PHEASANT!)
WEDNESDAY 7/25: Only two states have never had a temperature over 100 degrees…which two? (ALASKA AND HAWAII…all the rest have been at least 105F!)
TUESDAY 7/24 : This internet giant was originally called Back Rub. (GOOGLE!)
MONDAY 7/23 : We produce our weight in this every three months. (GARBAGE!)
WEDNESDAY 7/18: It’s National Hot Dog Day! Ketchup is our favorite topping…what’s #2? (CHILI…mustard’s third!)
TUESDAY 7/17 : Half of us avoid doing this with other people to avoid catching germs. (SHAKE HANDS!)
MONDAY 7/16 : This fashion statement was originally worn by men when they were created in the 1600s to show status and power. (HIGH HEELS!)
FRIDAY 7/13: This car company also makes sausages…and sells more of those than cars ! (VOLKSWAGON)
THURSDAY 7/12: According to a new survey, what’s the #1 way our cats misbehave? (CLAW THE FURNITURE…naughty kitty!)
WEDNESDAY 7/11: This country has about 3 million lakes…more than the rest of the world combined . (CANADA)
TUESDAY 7/10 : What article of clothing can give women headaches and neck pain? (Their BRA…almost 80% of women are wearing the wrong size!)
MONDAY 7/9 : These were originally yellow…they didn’t turn red until 1954. (STOP SIGNS)
FRIDAY 7/6: 99% of woman do NOT want their significant other to wear this to the beach this Summer. (SPEEDOS…and we thank them!)
THURSDAY 7/5: This penny saver is named not after the animal but the orange clay used to make pots in the Middle Ages. (PIGGY BANKS…made of “pygg” clay!)
TUESDAY 7/3 : The most recent design of this American symbol was designed by an Ohio high school student. (THE 50-STATE AMERICAN FLAG…he only got a B-minus for his design!)
MONDAY 7/2 : What’s the most common first name for US Presidents? (JAMES…six of ’em…Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield and Carter!)
FRIDAY 6/29: This “F” word was first used to describe “breaking wind quietly”. (FIZZLE…think about it!)
THURSDAY 6/28: What country is the bandicoot native to? (AUSTRALIA)
WEDNESDAY 6/27: You probably use octothorpes every day on social media…what more familiar name do you know them by? (HASHTAGS)
TUESDAY 6/26 : Less than one-third of high school students drink this healthy beverage every day. (MILK)
MONDAY 6/25 : The first one of these was published in New Haven, Connecticut in 1878 with 50 entries. (PHONE BOOK)
FRIDAY 6/22: We lose 100 of these every day. (HAIRS!)
THURSDAY 6/21: The “E” in this animal’s name stands for Ethelbert. (WILE E. COYOTE!)
WEDNESDAY 6/20: No countries begin with these two letters of the alphabet…name one of them! (W or X…Wakanda is not a real country, BTW!)
TUESDAY 6/19 : What’s the most popular vegetable in New York according to Green Giant? (BROCCOLI…also #1 in 23 other states!)
MONDAY 6/18 : This musician made $7 million before 1970…and has made $1.2 BILLION since! (SIR PAUL McCARTNEY…who’s 76 today!)
FRIDAY 6/15: There are 43 NYC buildings with their own one of these. (ZIP CODE)
THURSDAY 6/14: A group of these furry animals is called a “business”. (FERRETS!)
WEDNESDAY 6/13: Although this cartoon character was created in Japan, she’s actually British. (HELLO KITTY)
TUESDAY 6/12 : If you skipped breakfast this morning, you’re probably suffering from borborygmus. (STOMACH RUMBLING!)
MONDAY 6/11 : The average American woman has this by age 28. (HER FIRST CHILD)
FRIDAY 6/8: What green-vegetable-flavored ice cream was popular in Colonial America…but not so much today? (ASPARAGUS…yuck! 濫冷)
THURSDAY 6/7: There are more of these safari animals in American backyards than there are in the wild. (TIGERS…there are over 4000 kept as exotic pets with only 3200 still in the wild!)
WEDNESDAY 6/6: What Northeastern US city is literally powered by burning money? (PHILADELPHIA)
TUESDAY 6/5 : This drink was made to taste like a drug store! (DR. PEPPER)
MONDAY 6/4 : What’s our least favorite cheese, according to a new National Today study? (BLUE CHEESE!)
FRIDAY 5/25: We’ll do this on vacation about 80 times a DAY! (CHECK OUR PHONE!)
THURSDAY 5/24: One-third of us have done this while our pet is in the bedroom. (MADE LOVE)
WEDNESDAY 5/23: What’s the national landmark Americans want to see the most? (THE GRAND CANYON)
TUESDAY 5/22 : 31% of us have left the room because our partner was doing this. (SNORING)
MONDAY 5/21 : Hasbro’s trademarked the signature smell of what toy? (PLAY- DOH!)
FRIDAY 5/18: The average American eats 31 of these a year. (DONUTS)
THURSDAY 5/17: 86% of us would dump someone if they didn’t like this. (THEIR DOG!)
WEDNESDAY 5/16: The 100 folds in a chef’s hat represent 100 ways to cook what? (EGGS!)
TUESDAY 5/15 : This was originally eaten with sushi not for the flavor but to kill bacteria. (WASABI)
MONDAY 5/14 : What’s inside the “Peter Pan” crocodile’s stomach? (A CLOCK…which is why he’s called “Tick Tock”!)
FRIDAY 5/11: What flowers do Japanese people give moms on Mother’s Day to signify sweetness and purity? (CARNATIONS)
THURSDAY 5/10: What are shark skeletons made of? (CARTILAGE!)
WEDNESDAY 5/9: If you spell out every number, which is the first alphabetically? (EIGHT!)
TUESDAY 5/8 : These were considered poisonous until 1820 when a New Jersey man ate a basketfull and lived to tell the tale! (TOMATOES)
MONDAY 5/7 : Which of these Starburst flavors was not in the original pack: orange, strawberry, lemon or cherry? (CHERRY…lime was in the first pack in 1967!)
FRIDAY 5/4: Cinqo de Mayo celebrates Mexico’s victory over which country? (FRANCE…in the Battle of Puebla May 5th, 1862…NOW you know!)
THURSDAY 5/3: Australia’s version of this elusive animal is called the “yowie”. (BIGFOOT!)
WEDNESDAY 5/2: The green computer code in this movie is actually a sushi recipe! (THE MATRIX)
TUESDAY 5/1 : In 1970, 7% of these doctors were women…now it’s 60%. (GYNECOLOGISTS)
MONDAY 4/30 : What day of the work week are you most likely to get injured? (MONDAY…Friday is the safest!)
FRIDAY 4/27: Which Backstreet Boys song did Billboard rank as the best boy band song of all time? (I WANT IT THAT WAY)
THURSDAY 4/26: What dog breed was once known as St. john’s Newfoundland? (LABRADOR)
WEDNESDAY 4/25: According to a new survey, what’s the best day of the week to have your birthday? (SATURDAY)
TUESDAY 4/24 : Americans are drinking less of this beverage today than at any othe time in the last 20 years, but we still drink more of it than any other country in the world. (ORANGE JUICE)
MONDAY 4/23 : On two of our planets, it rains diamonds ! Name one. (SATURN AND JUPITER)
FRIDAY 4/20: Who is the highest grossing actor of all time due to his cameos in almost all of his movies? (STAN LEE)
THURSDAY 4/19: What animal has been hawking Vlasic pickles since 1974? (STORK)
WEDNESDAY 4/18: Besides Barbara Bush, there’s only one other First Lady who was the wife of a President and the mother to another…who was she? (ABIGAIL ADAMS… wife to John Adams and mother to John Quincy Adams)
TUESDAY 4/17 : Women didn’t start shaving these until the 1910’s. (ARMPITS)
MONDAY 4/16 : This fun invention was created in the 1970’s when a chemist was trying to make a spray-on cast. (SILLY PUTTY!)
FRIDAY 4/13: What music video has MTV played the most times? (SLEDGEHAMMER)
THURSDAY 4/12: After dogs and cats, what’s America’s 3rd most popular pet? (FISH)
WEDNESDAY 4/11: What pizza is named after an Italian queen? (MARGHERITA)
TUESDAY 4/10 : More running races are held on this holiday than any other day of the year. (THANKSGIVING)
MONDAY 4/9 : In what Southwestern state do people over the age of 100 not have to pay income tax? (NEW MEXICO)
FRIDAY 4/6: A group of these entertainers is called a “giggle”. (CLOWNS!)
THURSDAY 4/5: What safari animal did President Abraham Lincoln have a chance to populate the US with in 1861? (ELEPHANTS…he turned the offer down!)
WEDNESDAY 4/4: Over 8 million of these hit the Earth every day. (LIGHTNING BOLTS!)
TUESDAY 4/3 : You’ll burn 11 calories an hour if you do this a lot. (LAUGH!)
MONDAY 4/2 : There are only 100,000 of these left in the US…and 20% of them are here in New York. (PAYPHONES)
FRIDAY 3/30: What part of chocolate Easter bunnies do we eat first? (EARS!)
THURSDAY 3/29: There’s only one animal that has just one ear…and he loses his head a lot! (PRAYING MANTIS)
WEDNESDAY 3/28: In what Northwestern state will you find the world’s largest collection of vacuums? (IDAHO…at the Museum of Clean!)
TUESDAY 3/27 : 96% of us have a bottle of this in our house…and in the 1830’s it was turned into pill form to treat indigestion and diarrhea. (KETCHUP)
MONDAY 3/26 : This breakfast staple originally came from Austria, not France. (CROISSANTS!)
FRIDAY 3/23: What’s the sexiest accent in the world according to Time Out readers? (BRITISH)
THURSDAY 3/22 This animal’s name comes from Aboriginal word meaning “no water”. (KOALA BEAR)
WEDNESDAY 3/21: This retailer’s $1.50 hot dog and soda combo serves over 100 million dogs a year…FOUR TIMES more than all of the Major League Baseball stadiums combined ! (COSTCO!)
TUESDAY 3/20 : 7% of us never do this household chore. (MAKE THE BED)
MONDAY 3/19 : What’s the only letter of the alphabet that does not appear in any state names? (Q)
FRIDAY 3/16: What US city turns its river green for St. Patrick’s Day? (CHICAGO)
THURSDAY 3/8: In which European county do pigs outnumber people 2-1? (DENMARK)
WEDNESDAY 3/14: More chocolate is sold at this country’s airport than at any other place in the world! (BELGIUM)
TUESDAY 3/13 : There are two body parts that never stop growing…name one. (YOUR NOSE AND EARS)
MONDAY 3/12 : What does Volkswagon mean in English? (PEOPLE’S CAR)
FRIDAY 3/9: Name one of the two states that do not “do” Daylight Saving Time. (ARIZONA AND HAWAII…and soon, FLORIDA!)
THURSDAY 3/8: 10% of pet owners regularly say this to their pets. (“I LOVE YOU!”)
WEDNESDAY 3/7: What breakfast cereal is A-B-C-Delicious? (ALPHA BITS)
TUESDAY 3/6 : Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is a real “pain” in the Summer…though you might get one any time of the year. (ICE CREAM HEADACHE!)
MONDAY 3/5 : This beloved children’s character is called Willy or Wally in most other countries…what name do we know him here in the US? (WALDO!)
FRIDAY 3/2: Madison became a popular girls name thanks to this 1984 comedy. (SPLASH)
THURSDAY 3/1: What shape are goat’s pupils? (RECTANGULAR!)
WEDNESDAY 2/28: What beer company hired a guy to travel around the world and drink beer for 21 years? (GUINNESS!)
MONDAY 2/26 : You could fit 1,000 Earths into this planet. (JUPITER)
FRIDAY 2/23: 10% of us have a recipe for this tailgating favorite that we’ll never share with anyone. (CHILI!)
THURSDAY 2/22: This dish was so cheap and plentiful Colonial Americans served it to prisoners! (LOBSTER)
WEDNESDAY 2/21: This game show device has 200 lights, 73 steel pins and weighs 2400 pounds. (THE “WHEEL OF FORTUNE” WHEEL)
TUESDAY 2/20 : Olympic officials have asked hockey players to do this instead of shaking hands at the end of games to stay healthy. (FIST BUMP!)
MONDAY 2/19 : Only two Presidents have this middle initial…and in both cases, it doesn’t stand for anything! What letter is it? (“S”…Truman and Grant!)
FRIDAY 2/16: What country eats more donuts and has more donut shops per capita that any other country on Earth? (CANADA!)
THURSDAY 2/15: If you’re a cynophobe, what animal are you afraid of? (DOG)
WEDNESDAY 2/14: What British chocolatier first sold Valentine’s Day candy in heart-shaped boxes? (CADBURY)
TUESDAY 2/13 : 8% of men have gone to the doctor with this common cold symptom. (A RUNNY NOSE…poor babies!)
MONDAY 2/12 : These only arrive on time about 4% of the time. (BABIES)
FRIDAY 2/9: Based on his height and weight of what he’s made of, which comedic movie villian would weight about 3.87 million pounds? (THE STAY-PUFT MARSHMALLOW MAN FROM GHOSTBUSTERS!)
THURSDAY 2/8: This safari animal’s name comes from a Native American word meaning “he who kills with one leap”! (JAGUAR)
WEDNESDAY 2/7: There are 86 of these toys for every person on Earth. (LEGOS!)
TUESDAY 2/6 : What cuisine is NYC the “food capital” of, according to a new Google study? (CHINESE FOOD)
MONDAY 2/5 : One-third of men have named this. (THEIR CAR!)
FRIDAY 2/2: What NY Giant player was the first to say “I’m going to Disney World!” after winning the Super Bowl? (PHIL SIMMS)
THURSDAY 2/1: This rainforest animal only poops once a week! (SLOTH)
WEDNESDAY 1/31: The first version of this common household appliance was almost as tall as your refrigerator. (MICROWAVE)
TUESDAY 1/30 : People who eat in front of this eat 30% less calories. (A MIRROR!)
MONDAY 1/29 : This hipster fashion staple was designed originally for women. (FEDORA)
FRIDAY 1/26: Only five Presidents had this…and all five were in the 1800’s. (BEARDS!)
THURSDAY 1/25: What’s the most common training command taught to dogs? (SIT)
WEDNESDAY 1/24: One third of us won’t eat without this. (OUR CELLPHONES!)
TUESDAY 1/23 : Happy National Pie Day! Apple pie is America’s favorite pie…what’s #2? (PUMPKIN)
MONDAY 1/22 : What state is the most northern, western AND eastern? (ALASKA!)
FRIDAY 1/19: We’re doing this 20% less than we did 20 years ago. (WALKING)
THURSDAY 1/18: Cows HATE the sound of this…it hurts their sensitive ears. (COWBELLS)
WEDNESDAY 1/17: According to a new study, what’s America’s favorite food? (PIZZA…followed by steak and chicken!)
TUESDAY 1/16 : One in 18 people have an extra one of these. (NIPPLE!)
MONDAY 1/15 : The first one of these was sent in 1971. (E-MAIL)
FRIDAY 1/12: 40% of Americans have never done this. (LEFT THE COUNTRY!)
THURSDAY 1/11: These animals hibernate in water by keeping their noses above the surface so if it freezes over they can breathe. (ALLIGATORS)
WEDNESDAY 1/10: This word comes from the Old Norse word meaning “master of the house”. (HUSBAND)
THURSDAY 1/4: The female version of this animal is called a vixen. (FOX)
WEDNESDAY 1/3: This form of advertising has been banned in Vermont since 1968. (BILLBOARDS)
TUESDAY 1/2 : When this “healthy” substitute was first invented, it was dyed yellow to differentiate it. (MARGARINE)
FRIDAY 12/22: These Christmas staples were first sold in December 1843. (CHRISTMAS CARDS)
THURSDAY 12/21: How many reindeer does Santa have? (NINE…don’t forget about Rudolph!)
WEDNESDAY 12/20: According to CandyStore.com, the holiday versions of what candy are the most popular? (M&Ms and PEZ…a tie!)
TUESDAY 12/19: The next time you’re in a bar, do this just once and you’ll burn an extra 20 calories! (SING A SONG)
MONDAY 12/18 : What’s the most annoying thing other passengers do when we’re flying? (KICK OUR SEAT)
FRIDAY 12/15: This seafood stew was a popular Christmas dinner dish in the 1800’s and 1900’s. (OYSTER STEW!)
THURSDAY 12/14: 24 of these were brought into Australia in 1859…and in 70 years, there were 10 BILLION of them! (RABBITS)
WEDNESDAY 12/13: This ice cream innovation became popular at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904. (THE ICE CREAM CONE!)
TUESDAY 12/12: 80% of us have banned this in our homes…almost double from 20 years ago. (SMOKING)
MONDAY 12/11 : 80% of us think this is unnecessary where we work. (THE BOSS!)
FRIDAY 12/8: What’s annoys us the most when we’re out Christmas shopping? (PEOPLE WALKING SLOWLY IN FRONT OF US)
THURSDAY 12/7: Another name for this animal is “antbear”. (AARDVARK)
WEDNESDAY 12/6: What’s the most-recorded Christmas song of all time? (SILENT NIGHT)
TUESDAY 12/5: If you suffer from clinomania, you probably have a tough time getting going in the morning! (AN EXCESSIVE DESIRE TO STAY IN BED)
MONDAY 12/4 : What’s America’s favorite brand of cookie? (OREO)
FRIDAY 12/1: Sunday is the 25th anniversary of the first text message…what common two-word phrase was it? (MERRY CHRISTMAS!)
THURSDAY 11/30: In the 1700s and 1800s these scavengers were popular pets. (SQUIRRELS)
WEDNESDAY 11/29: 75% of parents say their kids will do this at some point during the holiday season. (WRITE A LETTER TO SANTA)
TUESDAY 11/28: The medical condition for this hairy condition is called synophrys. (UNIBROW)
MONDAY 11/27 : George HW Bush is now the longest living President…who did he surpass? (GERALD FORD)
WEDNESDAY 11/22: Thanksgiving Day is the holiday where you’re most likely to conceive a baby (who knew?)! What holiday is #2 on the list? (VALENTINE’S DAY)
TUESDAY 11/21: We start doing this for our health at age 41. (TAKE VITAMINS)
MONDAY 11/20 : We lose up to nine items a day…what do we lose the most? (PHONE)
FRIDAY 11/17: The first song ever played on the radio was a traditional Christmas carol…which one was it? (O HOLY NIGHT…Christmas Eve 1906)
THURSDAY 11/16: A group of these birds is called a pandemonium! (PARROTS)
WEDNESDAY 11/15: More countries start with this letter of the alphabet than any other. (THE LETTER “S”)
TUESDAY 11/14: When there’s no dental floss around, what do we use most to get food out from our teeth? (FINGERNAILS)
MONDAY 11/13 : Of all the American currency in the world, about 80% is in this denomination…for a total of about $1 trillion! ($100)
FRIDAY 11/10: Only 22% of drivers admit they use this in their car. (THE HORN)
THURSDAY 11/9: 40% of these animals are left-handed…10% are ambidextrous. (CATS)
WEDNESDAY 11/8: This interstate goes through 15 states, the most of any interstate. (I-95)
TUESDAY 11/7: Ventura County, California holds a huge festival every September for what fruit? (LEMONS!)
MONDAY 11/6 : What was the last letter added to our alphabet? (“J”)
FRIDAY 11/3: What’s the occasion we’re most likely to celebrate with a drink? (BIRTHDAY)
THURSDAY 11/2: One of every two million of these animals is red…one in 30 million is yellow-orange…and one in 50 million is white! (LOBSTERS)
WEDNESDAY 11/1: What’s Time magazine’s most influential website of all time? (GOOGLE)
TUESDAY 10/31: If you have galeophobia, you’re probably not a big swimmer! (SHARKS)
MONDAY 10/30 : What’s the #1 thing that distracts us at work? (SOCIAL MEDIA)
FRIDAY 10/27: The average couple does this 19 times a month. (ARGUE!)
THURSDAY 10/26: What superstition are we most likely to follow to avoid bad luck? (NOT WALKING UNDERNEATH A LADDER…which is safer anyway!)
WEDNESDAY 10/25: 98% of us eat at least one of these a week. (SANDWICH)
TUESDAY 10/24 : This seasonal fruit/vegetable takes 90-120 days to grow. (PUMPKIN)
MONDAY 10/23 : What was the first horror film to pick up a Best Picture nomination? (THE EXORCIST)
FRIDAY 10/20: What Elton John song was the first song with the word “rock” in the title to hit #1? (CROCODILE ROCK)
THURSDAY 10/19: This animal has at least four legs on the ground when they walk at any given time. (SPIDERS…ewwww!)
WEDNESDAY 10/18: What’s the only continent in all four hemispheres? (AFRICA)
TUESDAY 10/17 : One in four couples do this to get a good night’s sleep. (SLEEP IN SEPARATE BEDS)
MONDAY 10/16 : This Monopoly card was once a real thing. (GET OUT OF JAIL FREE…in 1567 England held a lottery to raise money for the navy, and the winner received this “free pass” on most crimes!)
FRIDAY 10/13: 5% of people plan to do this all day today just to be safe. (STAY HOME…it IS Friday the 13th after all!)
THURSDAY 10/12: What was the first animated animal to get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? (MICKEY MOUSE…who else?)
WEDNESDAY 10/11: What original “SNL” cast member has been banned from hosting the show ever again? (CHEVY CHASE…for being a jerk…shocker! )
TUESDAY 10/10 : Maine made it illegal to put this vegetable in their clam chowder in 1939. (TOMATOES)
MONDAY 10/9 : This country has more lakes than the rest of the world combined ! (CANADA)
THURSDAY 10/5: If you have boanthropy, what barnyard animal do you think you are? (A COW!)
WEDNESDAY 10/4: Fear of this number is called hexakosioihexaekontahexaphobia! (666)
TUESDAY 10/3 : The medical term for this part of our anatomy is the intergluteal cleft. (BUTT CRACK…yeah…we went there!)
MONDAY 10/2 : We spend 10 months of our lives complaining about this. (THE WEATHER!)
FRIDAY 9/29: What New England state loves beer more than any other state? (MASSACHUSETTS)
THURSDAY 9/28: What’s the most popular Halloween costume for pets this year? (PUMPKIN)
WEDNESDAY 9/27: This revolutionary food innovation was sold for the first time in Missouri in 1928…and lunch was never the same! (SLICED BREAD!)
TUESDAY 9/26 : This vegetable originally came in several colors, the most popular of which was purple? (CARROTS!)
MONDAY 9/25 : This candy is called “Very Bad Kids” in France! (SOUR PATCH KIDS)
FRIDAY 9/23: It takes 872 gallons of water to produce one gallon of this. (WINE)
THURSDAY 9/22: What MLB team has a triceratops as its mascot? (COLORADO ROCKIES…they found a dinosaur rib when building their stadium in 1994!)
WEDNESDAY 9/21: 11% of us have a plan in case this improbable thing occurs. (ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!)
TUESDAY 9/20 : What’s our least favorite vegetable, according to a new Buzzfeed poll? (BEETS)
MONDAY 9/18 : The first place in the US to have this safety feature was Haleyville, Alabama in 1968. (9-1-1)
FRIDAY 9/15: There were 61 million of these portable devices in use in 1994…now there’s 90% less of them (6 million) used mostly in hospitals. (PAGERS)
THURSDAY 9/14: This bird is the nickname of 76 college sports teams. (EAGLE)
WEDNESDAY 9/13: What New England state buys more lottery tickets than any other state in the US? (MASSACHUSETTS…New York is 4th, BTW!)
TUESDAY 9/12 : According to a new survey, what’s the most annoying thing other drivers do? (NOT USING THEIR TURN SIGNALS)
MONDAY 9/11 : What color signifies trust and being a “peacemaker”? (BLUE!)
FRIDAY 9/8: What lite beer was originally called Gablinger’s Diet Beer when it was first made in 1967? (MILLER LITE)
THURSDAY 9/7: A group of this breed of dog is called a grumble. (PUGS)
WEDNESDAY 9/6: This fair and festival treat was invented by a Tennessee dentist in 1904. (COTTON CANDY…what else?)
TUESDAY 9/5 : What 20th century President legalized homebrewing? (JIMMY CARTER)
FRIDAY 9/1: According to Ranker.com, our favorite snack chip isn’t a chip at all! What is it? (CHEETOS!)
THURSDAY 8/31: You can get a really good estimate of the temperature by counting how many times this chirps in 14 seconds and adding 40 to the number. (CRICKETS)
WEDNESDAY 8/30: This DIY retailer started out as a mail-order business selling postcards and pencils (IKEA)
TUESDAY 8/29 : What’s the flattest state in the US? (FLORIDA!)
MONDAY 8/28 : Only 18% of drivers know how to do this. (DRIVE A STICK SHIFT)
FRIDAY 8/25: What’s the one thing we refuse to give up even if we’re totally broke, according to a new Career Builder survey? (THE INTERNET)
THURSDAY 8/24: This animal can have up to 30,000 teeth in its lifetime. (SHARK)
WEDNESDAY 8/23: What Midwestern state’s fair features a butter cow? (IOWA)
TUESDAY 8/22 : In the 1930’s a brand of this marketed itself as “100% splinter free.” (TOILET PAPER!)
MONDAY 8/21 : In what Northwestern state is it illegal to prepare for a nuclear attack? (WASHINGTON)
FRIDAY 8/18: One in five of us can’t name a single one of these. (AUTHOR)
THURSDAY 8/17: Through what body part do dogs sweat? (THEIR PAWS!)
WEDNESDAY 8/16: The official state vegetable of Oklahoma is this Summer delicacy. (WATERMELON…apparently it’s part of the cucumber family…who knew?)
TUESDAY 8/15 : This common everyday item was used as payment during the early days of the Roman Empire…it’s where the word “salary” comes from. (SALT!)
MONDAY 8/14 : This toy was first called the Syco-Seer in the 1940’s. (MAGIC 8-BALL)
MONDAY 8/7 : Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of what? (AN EMPTY BEER GLASS!)
THURSDAY 8/3: These animals found in gardens and forests get the most rest in the animal kingdom…in fact they can sleep for up to three years at a time! (SNAILS)
WEDNESDAY 8/2: The first radio commercial jingle was created in 1926 for this cereal still on shelves today! (WHEATIES)
TUESDAY 8/1: What’s the filthiest item in your home? (HINT: it’s in the kitchen!) (SPONGE)
MONDAY 7/31 : When this breakfast treat was first introduced in 1953, they were called “Froffles.” (EGGOs…frozen waffles!)
FRIDAY 7/28: What Alfred Hitchcock movie was the first movie ever to show a toilet being flushed? (PSYCHO)
THURSDAY 7/27: What animated classic tops US Magazine’s “Best Dog Movies of All Time”? (LADY AND THE TRAMP)
WEDNESDAY 7/26: About $3000 a year is thrown into this fountain daily, adding up to over $1,000,000 a year! (TREVI FOUNTAIN in Rome)
TUESDAY 7/25: We do this about 32 times a year…and we don’t think it’s that big a deal. (BREAK THE LAW!)
MONDAY 7/24 : What’s the oldest currency in the world still in use? (BRITISH POUND)
FRIDAY 7/21: 40% of us do this when we’re talking on the phone. (CHANGE OUR VOICE!)
THURSDAY 7/20: What country has more sheep than people? (NEW ZEALAND)
WEDNESDAY 7/19: According to Thrillist, what recipe do New Yorkers Google the most? (MEATLOAF)
TUESDAY 7/18: This can leave your body at over 200 miles per hour. (A SNEEZE!)
MONDAY 7/17 : You’ll waste 17 hours this year looking for one of these. (PARKING SPOT)
FRIDAY 7/14: This sports trophy can hold 23 12-ounce beers! (THE STANLEY CUP)
THURSDAY 7/13: What’s the only “big cat” who can purr? (CHEETAH)
WEDNESDAY 7/12: The first one of these was handed out in Manhattan in 1899. (SPEEDING TICKET…to a cabbie going 12mph in an 8mph zone!)
TUESDAY 7/11: This classic cartoon character’s real name is Norville Rogers. (SHAGGY from Scooby Doo)
MONDAY 7/10 : There were many more of these in the US in the early 1800’s (144 to be exact!)…now we have only six. (TIME ZONES!)
FRIDAY 7/8: 44% of women say this would kill a man’s chances at a second date. (FINDING OUT HE LIVES WITH HIS PARENTS)
THURSDAY 7/7: This animal is part bison, part cow. (BEEFALO)
WEDNESDAY 7/5: This 1904 invention was marketed towards bachelors who didn’t know how to sew or replace buttons. (T-SHIRT)
MONDAY 7/3 : These two Presidents died on the same day…July 4th, 1826. (JOHN ADAMS and THOMAS JEFFERSON)
FRIDAY 6/30: What’s the #1 thing we’re worried about when going to the beach according to Expedia.com? (HAVING OUR STUFF STOLEN…sharks are 2nd!)
THURSDAY 6/29: These flightless birds really do have knees…we just don’t see them because they’re covered in feathers! (PENGUINS)
WEDNESDAY 6/28: According to Ranker.com, what’s America’s favorite ice cream? (COOKIES AND CREAM…Dave’s fave!)
TUESDAY 6/27: 22% of us lie about doing this hygienic thing. (FLOSSING)
MONDAY 6/16 : This punctuation mark didn’t appear on keyboards until the 1970s! (EXCLAMATION POINT!)
FRIDAY 6/23: What convenience did movie theater seats have up until the 1990’s that they don’t have anymore? (ASHTRAYS)
THURSDAY 6/22: By the time this animal turns 9, it’s only been awake for 3 years! (CAT…what else?)
WEDNESDAY 6/21: This fun Summer invention debuted in 1938. (BEACH BALL)
TUESDAY 6/20: What’s the oldest planet in our solar system? (JUPITER)
MONDAY 6/19: What’s the lowest point in the US? (DEATH VALLEY)
FRIDAY 6/16: What’s the most common gift Dad will get for Father’s Day? (A CARD)
THURSDAY 6/15: These desert dwellers first evolved in North America. (CAMELS)
WEDNESDAY 6/14: More of these coins were made in 1964 than in any other year. (NICKELS)
TUESDAY 6/13 : There are about 1.6 million Americans who still don’t have this basic hygenic need. (OUTDOOR PLUMBING)
MONDAY 6/12: This continent’s name is Latin for “southern.” (AUSTRALIA)
Friday 6/9 : What’s the best tasting beer in the world according to online voters of Ranker.com? (GUINNESS)
Thursday 6/8 : These animals can have up to 3000 teeth…and when they lose one, it just grows back! (SHARK)
Wednesday 6/7 : 78% of us regret at least one of these. (TATTOO)
Tuesday 6/6 : 12 states have only one of these…New York has 19! (AREA CODES)
Monday 6/5 : 75% of women get suspicious when a man does this. (BUY FLOWERS)
Friday 6/2 : If you were leaning on your mentum, what body part would you be leaning on? (YOUR CHIN)
Thursday 6/1 : A group of these animals is called a sleuth. (BEARS!)
Wednesday 5/31 : What American athlete ranks highest on ESPN’s latest “100 Most Famous Athletes In The World”? (LEBRON JAMES)
Tuesday 5/30 : One in three of us have had this annoying thing happen to us at work. (HAD OUR LUNCH STOLEN)
Friday 5/26 : 63% of us do this in our cars every single day! (EAT)
Thursday 5/25 : What’s the official bird of the most states (7 in total)? (CARDINAL)
Wednesday 5/24 : This museum was built as a fortress in case of Viking attacks! (THE LOUVRE)
Tuesday 5/23 : The name of these almond cookies comes from the Latin phrase meaning “twice-baked”. (BISCOTTI)
Monday 5/22 : According to TravelBird, what American tourist attraction is the most Instagrammed? (DISNEYLAND)
Friday 5/19 : What 1888 bicycle innovation boosted their popularity? (PNEUMATIC TIRES!)
Thursday 5/18 : This pet care lifesaver was invented in Michigan in 1947. (KITTY LITTER)
Wednesday 5/17 : About half of us think if we remove this, the police will come to take us away! (MATTRESS TAG)
Tuesday 5/16 : The perfect shade of lipstick is the same color as what body part? (YOUR NIPPLES!)
Monday 5/15 : According to NASA, this stretch of land is the brightest spot on Earth you can see from space. (THE LAS VEGAS STRIP)
Friday 5/12 : This fast food restaurant’s busiest day of the year is Mother’s Day. (KFC)
Thursday 5/11 : It’s illegal to own only one guinea pig in this Euopean country. (SWITZERLAND…they get lonely if they’re left alone, so you must own two or more!)
Wednesday 5/10 : What Tom Hanks movie is the most-rewatchable movie of all time, according to Ranker.com? (FORREST GUMP)
Tuesday 5/9 : This word comes from the Greek meaning “exercise naked.” (GYMNASIUM)
Monday 5/8 : What’s the only planet in our solar system not named after a Roman god or goddess? (EARTH!)
Friday 5/5 : If you add up all the numbers on this, you’ll get 666! (ROULETTE WHEEL)
Thursday 5/4 : There are two characters that have been in every Star Wars movie…name them. (R2D2 and C3PO)
Wednesday 5/3 : According to a new WalletHub study, what’s the most fun state in the US? (NEVADA)
Tuesday 5/2 : What eye color is the rarest in the world? (GREEN……only 2% of people have it…including Dave!)
Monday 5/1 : This can be folded about 4000 times in the same spot before it tears. (DOLLAR BILL)
Friday 4/28 : This movie character’s original name was Lunar Larry. (BUZZ LIGHTYEAR)
Thursday 4/27 : Ophidiophobia is the fear of what animal? (SNAKES)
Wednesday 4/26 : What common cookout food can last more than 20 years in landfills. (HOT DOGS)
Tuesday 4/25 : There are two state capitals named after royalty…name one. (ANNAPOLIS, MD and ALBANY, NY)
Monday 4/24 : This 90’s TV show is the one that people in other countries use most to teach themselves English! (FRIENDS)
Friday 4/21 : What’s the most common way we celebrate Earth Day? (RECYCLE)
Thursday 4/20 : This bird can achieve a land speed of up to 45 mph! (OSTRICH)
Wednesday 4/19 : There are 1665 steps in this famous landmark. (EIFFEL TOWER)
Tuesday 4/18 : According to a new survey, what’s a woman’s favorite way to relax? (READ A BOOK)
Monday 4/17 : When this cell phone giant was founded in Finland in 1865, it made toilet paper and other paper products. (NOKIA!)
Friday 4/14 : What Easter candy are we looking forward to most in our Easter baskets? (REESE’S PEANUT BUTTER EGGS)
Thursday 4/13 : What safari animal burps when happy? (GORILLA)
Wednesday 4/12 : Who was Strawberry Shortcake’s nemesis? (THE PECULIAR PURPLE PIE MAN)
Tuesday 4/11 : This variety of apple is the most common crop of apples in the US…but they’re extremely unpopular because they’re bred to look good over taste good, which is why 66% of them are exported. (RED DELICIOUS)
Monday 4/10 : What was the first song transmitted from space to Earth? (HAPPY BIRTHDAY)
Friday 4/7 : There are almost one billion of these on Earth. (SMOKERS!)
Thursday 4/6 : What’s a group of rhinos called? (A CRASH…makes sense!)
Wednesday 4/5 : What’s our favorite comfort food according to Ranker.com? (GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICHES)
Tuesday 4/4 : This website’s color scheme is blue because its founder is red-green colorblind! (FACEBOOK)
Monday 4/3 : The word for this drink is Gaelic for “water of life.” (WHISKEY)
Friday 3/31 : What’s the most common street name in the USA? (SECOND)
Thursday 3/30 : It’s illegal to own this pet in Hawaii because the climate is too good for them. (HAMSTERS…if they got loose and bred, it would devastate their crops!)
Wednesday 3/29 : Nearly half of women won’t go into a store unless there’s one these. (A SALE!)
Tuesday 3/28 : Only six states tweet more about this treat than going to the gym…and New York is one of them. (DESSERT!)
Monday 3/27 : According to a new Ranker survey, Coke is the best soda of all time. What’s second (it’s not Pepsi!)? (DR. PEPPER)
Friday 3/24 : The odds of achieving a perfect score in this sport is one in 11,500. (BOWLING!)
Thursday 3/23 : Which Founding Father was the first President to bring a pet to the White House? (THOMAS JEFFERSON…his pet mockingbird, Dick!)
Wednesday 3/22 : The Spanish word “grima” describes the feeling you get when you hear one of the worst sounds in the world! (FINGERNAILS ON A CHALKBOARD)
Tuesday 3/21 : Who won an Oscar as Fantine in 2012’s “Les Miserables”? (ANNE HATHAWAY)
Monday 3/20 : What’s the best selling video game of all time? (TETRIS)
Friday 3/17 : You may want to take a road trip today to one of the seven towns in America where it’ll be “rocking”! (SHAMROCK…it’s St. Paddy’s Day, silly!)
Thursday 3/16 : These safari animals sleep only TWO hours a day! (ELEPHANTS)
Wednesday 3/15 : This fruit was such a major status symbol in Europe in the 1700s you could rent one for a party! (PINEAPPLE)
Tuesday 3/14 : What Western state holds the record for the most snowfall in a single calendar day? (COLORADO…Georgetown got 63 INCHES on December 4th, 1913!)
Monday 3/13 : The average woman spend $8 a day on this (HER FACE…skin care products and makeup!)
Friday 3/10 : There’s only one country in the world with horizontal time zones…and only in the Summer, which is our Winter! (AUSTRALIA)
Thursday 3/9 : The female version of this animal is called a vixen. (FOX)
Wednesday 3/8 : What Western state was the first to give women the vote in 1869, 51 years before the 19th Amendment gave it to all women? (WYOMING)
Tuesday 3/7 : This is made up of clothing fiber, hair and dead skin cells. (BELLY BUTTON LINT!)
Monday 3/6 : This domestic diva has been struck by lightning THREE times! (MARTHA STEWART)
Friday 3/3 : What movie character is the only one to land on the American Film Institute’s “50 Best Heroes” AND “50 Best Villians” list? (TERMINATOR)
Thursday 3/2 : In China, police use these birds instead of guard dogs because they’re more territorial and have better eyesight! (GEESE)
Wednesday 3/1 : Two-thirds of the world’s population have never seen this. (SNOW!)
Tuesday 2/28 : What blood type do mosquitoes prefer? (TYPE O)
Monday 2/27 : When this movie was released, Navy recruitment jumped 500%! (TOP GUN)
Friday 2/24 : According to a new YouGov.com study, what’s the chore we hate doing the most? (IRONING!)
Thursday 2/23 : Flounder, halibut and sole all have this very unique feature. (BOTH OF THEIR EYES ARE ON THE SAME SIDE OF Sign up for our E-Club News
The Best Ways to Experience the Thriving New Sandy Springs
Home Uncategorized The Best Ways to Experience the Thriving New Sandy Springs Sponsored Visit Sandy Springs The Best Ways to Experience the Thriving New Sandy Springs By 153 Photograph Courtesy of Visit Sandy Springs
Atlanta, Georgia is a top destination for both domestic and international visitors. With its shopping, events, and attractions—including the Georgia Aquarium, the World of Coca-Cola, and the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium—it’s not hard to see why. But immediately north of downtown Atlanta is a city that is becoming a destination in its own right. Not only is Sandy Springs, Georgia a hub that provides easy access to all of the spokes that are metro Atlanta’s top attractions (thanks to its location at the intersection of several major highways and its access to MARTA), it’s also a city with a growing culinary and arts scene and a slew of outdoor recreation opportunities that most people would not expect to find just minutes from the state’s busy capital city. You can stay in Sandy Springs and explore downtown Atlanta, but these activities and events will probably be enough to keep you within Sandy Springs’ borders.
See a Show at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. Photograph Courtesy of Visit Sandy Springs
Since opening in August 2018, Sandy Springs’ new downtown development, City Springs , has become a central gathering place for the community. With its programmable greenspace perfect for outdoor concerts and events, delicious and diverse restaurant offerings, and, of course, a splash pad for the kids, it’s easy to understand why people were immediately drawn to it. But, the jewel in the crown of City Springs is without a doubt the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. The venue houses both the 5,000-square foot Studio Theatre , and the 50,000-square foot Byers Theatre . In its first year, the performing arts center has already featured a diverse lineup of shows, including everything from Rob Schneider and Itzhak Perlman to Billy Elliot the Musical and Three Dog Night. Check out the schedule of upcoming performances , and come experience the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs for yourself.
Explore 10 miles of global flavor. Photograph Courtesy of Visit Sandy Springs
Running from the southern end of Sandy Spring to its northern border, Roswell Road is an infamous thoroughfare that most have only known as a collection of strip malls and slow-moving traffic. However, there’s a gold mine of global cuisine hidden in the 10 miles of this state highway that runs through Sandy Springs. Take a trip up (or down) Roswell Road and sample cuisines such as Greek, Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Caribbean, French, and Indian. Some spots are well known, such as Persian eatery Rumi’s Kitchen ; others are fairly new on the scene, like Casi Cielo —a restaurant that has already garnered quite a following for its Oaxacan (Mexico)-inspired fare. The food scene in Sandy Springs is constantly expanding, so there’s always something new to discover. Sandy Springs invites you to take your taste buds on an international tour.
Escape into the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Photograph Courtesy of Visit Sandy Springs
Step away from the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat into one of the three units of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Sandy Springs. Established by Jimmy Carter in 1978, the CRNRA consists of 15 land units along the 48 mile stretch of the river between Buford Dam and Peachtree Creek. Three of those units—East Palisades, Powers Island, and Island Ford—are located in Sandy Springs, and each unit offers its own unique opportunities for outdoor recreation. At Powers Island, you can rent a kayak, raft, or tube from Nantahala Outdoor Center and spend a day floating down the river. Island Ford is the perfect place to pull on your waders, and try your luck fly fishing. This unit is also the location of the National Park Service Headquarters, so stop into the Visitor Center and say hello to a ranger while you’re there. If hiking is your pastime of choice, then East Palisades is the unit for you. Its five miles of trails range from easy to strenuous, and a high overlook provides a beautiful view of the river below.
Enjoy one of the city’s many events. Photograph Courtesy of Visit Sandy Springs
Sandy Springs has events for all seasons. During late spring and summer, there is an abundance of family fun, foodie fun, and fireworks. For families, there’s the Sandy Springs Lantern Parade . Make a lantern and join others for a march with illuminated lanterns to Morgan Falls Overlook Park. In June, you can eat, drink, and party with a purpose at Food That Rocks , the city’s signature outdoor taste-of event. And, for July 4 th , the city hosts its beloved Stars and Stripes Independence Day Celebration . The event features food trucks, live music, and a fireworks show that lights up the sky above the King and Queen buildings. With the arrival of fall comes the Sandy Springs Festival and Spooky Springs. Now in its 33 rd year, the Sandy Springs Festival is a full weekend of art, music, food, shopping, and more. For Halloween, there’s Spooky Springs , a not-so-frightful (and free) trick-or-treat event for the little ones. Finally, as the winter holiday season comes around, there is Sparkle Sandy Springs . This month-long event is a magical, walkable, mini-house and light display the whole family will enjoy. Advertisement
Top 5 Things to Do in Hyderabad: India’s Hidden Gem
Are you planning to travel to India ? Well, if you’re reading this article then you must be thinking about it, India is for sure a jewel that many tourists love. This country has bee, lately, one of the tourist’s main destinations because of its culture, heritage and delicious food so here are 10 places to visit in India if you’re curious! One of the oldest cities that represent all these three factors that have been mentioned is Hyderabad. Hyderabad is one of the oldest cities in India, this city preserves an Islamic heritage after its been ruled for centuries under it. Since its merging in 1947 with the rest of India, Hyderabad has been considered as one of the must-go for all Indians and tourists alike. Here are 5 things to do in Hyderabad if you’re thinking about visiting this beautiful place. +/- 5 things to do in Hyderabad: Visit Charminar If you’d like to look at Hyderabad’s old heritage from the Islamic ruling then Charminar is definitely the way to do it, take a walk in the old city where you’ll find standing Charminar, it’s a historic mosque characterized by its Islamic architecture that was built in the 16th century by the then ruler Mohammed Quli Qutb. The fact that this mosque was the first structure built in Hyderabad makes it very special so take a look at it and enjoy the impressive view over the old city that this mosque offers by climbing to the first level where the entry to this mosque costs 20 rupees for foreigner tourists and only 15 rupees for Indians. You’ll naturally want close hotels close to the old city and to all the interesting places in Hyderabad, which is why you should check hotels in Hyderabad with cleartrip. Enjoy some delicious food One of the greatest things about travelling abroad and visiting other countries is to taste their local cuisine, which is why if you visit this city you’ll need to taste their cooking. Everyone knows that Indians’s cooking has a very unique taste because of how much spices they use, hence the popularity of Biryani. Biryani is a traditional Hyderabadi dish influenced by the Mughlai and Iranian cuisine, which is why your taste buds will have three different cultural experiences that will leave you in awe, a lot of restaurants offer this dish so you’ll quickly find where you can taste it. plate of biryani rice with chicken Take some handicrafts for a souvenir If you’re looking for a way to eternalize your experience of Hyderabad, then shopping for some handicrafts would be a great way to do it, you’ll find west of Charminar a brimming bazaar with handicrafts and authentic Hyderabadi products, it’s called Laad Bazaar, and it’s a must-see. You can find textiles, accessories and you name it, for handicrafts and antiques check near Charminar and Moti Chowk but if you’re looking for fragrances that are locally-produced then check between Moti Chowk and Laad Bazaar where you’ll find them Taste some ice-cream It’s always time to eat ice-cream, right? And that’s exactly what you should be doing in Hyderabad, especially if you go there in the summer with its melting heat, you’ll wish for a sweet cold one. What’s great about Hyderabadi ice-cream is that you’ll find natural flavored ones and even ones with crazy flavors like biryani flavored ice-creams, so make sure you go crazy on the ice-cream and taste every possible flavor! Ice cream in cone Cultural trip to the museums If you’re into cultural trips then you’ll love this, but before going to museums you might find yourself missing some gear , so make sure you have everything before your cultural trip because you’ll need it. Hyderabad has so many museums placed in some very interesting places, you can check Chowmahalla Palace and Purani Haveli to check Nizam’s heritage and influence on the places, or for a more artistic museum then you can check Salar Jung Museum to find some antiques and some interesting pieces preserved there. Hyderabad tourist’s number has skyrocketed since 2017, and now you know why and what to visit too if it’s on your to-do list.
Top 21 Things to See and Do in Bengaluru (Bangalore) India
2 Why Visit Bengaluru
Many know Bengaluru , the capital of India’s southern state of Karnataka as Bangalore . In fact when planning a trip, a search for flights or hotels in Bangalore will ultimately produce the same results. However did you know that on November 1st 2014, and coinciding with Karnataka Rajyotsava (Karnataka Formation Day), the city officially changed its name to Bengaluru?
Bengaluru is the centre of India ‘s high-tech industry. But it’s also a city rich in architecture, both ancient and modern. Its parks and nightlife are the highlight of those who live there, and those who visit. And its history and culture can be found throughout its museums. But also on its streets, particularly through its street food and markets. Vidhana Soudha The Best Time to Visit Bengaluru
The best time to visit Bengaluru is during the Winter Season. This is from November to February. It can get chilly, and dip to about 10 – 12 degrees Celsius, but it also rises to the high twenties. So it’s the perfect weather for sightseeing. After that the next best time to visit is during the Summer Season. This lasts from March to May. Temperatures around this time range between 20 and 38 degrees Celsius. And so not as cool and calm as the Winter Season, but it can still be an enjoyable time to visit. The Monsoon Season that lasts between June and September brings cooler weather. But with guaranteed rainfall, it might not be ideal for those daily excursions. Top 21 Things to See and Do in Bengaluru Architecture
Address: Vasanth Nagar.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 5.30pm.
Rev. J. Garrett built Bangalore Palace. He was the first principal of Central High School (Central College) in the 1870’s. And so explains the Tudor style architecture. The grounds which spread across 450 acres are open to the public. They are also used as a cultural and music venue. 2 – Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace
Address: Tippu Sultan Palace Rd, Chamrajpet.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 8.30am – 5.30pm.
Tippu Sultan’s Summer Palace was built in 1791 for the Tipu Sultan. He ruled the Kingdom of Mysore from the year 1782 to 1799. The mansion is made entirely of teak wood. And displays stunning craftsmanship and architecture. 3 – Vidhana Soudha
Address: Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagara.
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.
Vidhana Soudha is the largest legislative building in India. It houses the legislative chambers of the state of Karnataka and is built in the style of ‘Neo-Dravidian’ architecture. This stunning building is also known as the ‘Taj Mahal of South India’. Art & Culture
Address: 49, GF, Manikyavelu Mansion, Palace Rd, Vasanth Nagar.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 6.30pm.
Housed in the Manikyavelu Mansion, the National Gallery of Modern Art opened its doors to the public in 2009. The Ministry of Culture runs the gallery. And when visiting expect displays of works that celebrate the historical development of modern art in India.
Address: No.1, Art Complex, Kumarakrupa Rd, Kumara Park East, Seshadripuram.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am – 5.30pm.
This Visual Art complex has eighteen galleries. Thirteen of which carry permanent collections of paintings, sculptures and folk art. The other five are used for temporary exhibitions and so change throughout the year. Venkatappa Art Gallery image source: Flickr daredevilakshay 6 – Venkatappa Art Gallery
Address: Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar.
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.
Venkatappa Art Gallery should be added to your sightseeing schedule when visiting Cubbon Park. In fact after your visit you can pop next door to the Bangalore Museum. The gallery is small but those who appreciate art will appreciate Venkatappa’s works.
Address: 134, KHB Colony, 5th Block, Koramangala.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11am – 8pm.
This popular bookstore with a focus on ‘Indian Vernacular Writing’ is also a venue for literary, art and cultural events. It also serves coffee. And encourages a space where creatives can come together to create. Museums & Centres
Address: Kanakapura Rd, Udayapura.
Opening Hours: Times depend on course or programme
Located 21Km from the city centre, the Art of Living Centre, which was founded in 1986 is spread over 65 acres. It’s the place to visit to learn the ‘art of living’. Which is done through spiritual retreats and mindfulness – meditation and yoga. You can also learn about their humanitarian achievements and missions. 9 – Government Museum
Address: Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.
One of the oldest museums in India, the Government Museum is itself an archaeological museum. It houses rare artefacts that include jewellery, sculpture and coins. The museum is also home to the Halmidi inscription. Which at 450AD is the earliest Kannada inscription ever found. image source: Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum Facebook
Address: Kasturba Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 9.30am – 6pm.
Visvesvaraya Industrial & Technological Museum has seven permanent exhibition galleries. Well worth a family-friendly visit, the galleries featured are: Engine Hall Space Emerging Technology in the Service of Mankind Biotechnological Revolution
Address: Brigade Millenium Rd, JP Nagar 7th Phase.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.
The Indian Music Experience is India’s only interactive music museum. The goal of the museum is to encourage understanding and develop an appreciation for Indian music, in all its genres. From traditional to the contemporary music. The museum does this through exhibitions, performances and activities. Markets and Street Food KR Market image source: Flickr Andreas_Bilder 12 – KR Market (Krishna Rajendra Market) / City Market
Address: Huriopet, Chickpet ( Kalasipalyam area, adjacent to the Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace).
Opening Hours: Get there from 7am for the best photography opportunities.
The KR Market, known better as the City Market is one of the largest wholesale markets in India. Spread over three floors the market sells flowers and vegetables on the ground floor. Dried goods on the first floor. And machinery and tools on the third floor. You may not be shopping for these items but it’s definitely worth a visit to witness the buying and selling. 13 – VV Puram Food Street
Address: Sajjan Rao Circle, close to Lal Bagh.
Opening Hours: from 6.30pm.
Also known as Thindi Beedi (Eat Street), VV Puram Food Street comes to life from around 7pm each evening. Specialising in vegetarian food, street vendors serve locals and visitors a wide selection of cuisines. Try some South-Indian cuisine such as a crispy dosa, or North-Indian Chaat. Enjoy Mumbai-style Pav Bhaji street food or Rajasthani favourites such as Dal Bati. Whatever you decide, expect a whirlwind of food to explore. Temples
Address: Hare Krishna Hill, Chord Road, Rajajinagar.
Opening Hours: Everyday 4.30am – 5am. Monday to Friday 7.15am -1pm, 4.15pm – 8.15pm. Saturday & Sunday 7.15am – 8.15pm.
The construction of the ISKCON Temple in Bengaluru started in 1990. It took 600 skilled craftsmen more than 10 million man-hours to construct it. 32,000 cubic meters of stone were used! Completed seven years later in 1997, the temple is considered an architectural wonder. 15 – Bull Temple (Nandi Temple)
Address: Bull Temple Rd, NR Colony, Basavanagudi
Opening Hours: 6am – 8pm
Bull Temple or Nandi Temple in Bengaluru is an ancient temple. Built around 1537 it is famous for being home to one of the largest sacred bull (Nandi) statues in the world. The statue which is approximately 15ft high and 20ft long attracts visitors and devotees from all over the world. Gardens & Parks
Address: In the heart of the city approximately 4km from Vidhana Soudha.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6am – 7pm.
Spread out over 240 acres the lush gardens of Lalbagh are an oasis in the heart of Bengaluru. Lalbagh Gardens is regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the East. It’s valued for its open spaces, manicured lawns, flowers and fauna, and of course ‘The Glasshouse’. This beautiful piece of architecture, pictured below, was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. Other highlights include a deer paddock, lake, bandstand, cottage, museum, and numerous statues. The Glasshouse at Lalbagh Gardens 17 – Cubbon Park (Sri Chamarajendra Park)
Address: Kasturba Road, Sampangi Rama Nagara.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6am – 7pm.
Spread over 334 acres, Cubbon Park dates back to 1870. The park is known for its tree-lined paths. In actual fact there are over 6000 species in the park. You’ll also find a number of cultural institutions and government buildings connected to the park. Most of these are either in the park or on its periphery. Examples are: the High Court Buildings, Indira Priyadarshini Children’s Library, and the Government Museum. 18 – Ulsoor Lake
Address: Halasuru, Bengaluru.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 6am -8pm.
Ulsoor Lake is one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Bengaluru. It’s located north east of the city, and approximately 15 minutes away by car. It’s named after the Ulsoor area it can be found in. And if you visit in August/September you’ll witness the lake as a venue for the Ganesh Chaturthi Festival. Culture & Entertainment
Thousands to observe International Yoga Day at Washington Monument: Indian envoy – Business Standard
Ramdev to lead Yoga Day celebrations in Haridwar
More than 3000 yoga enthusiasts are expected to observe the International Day of Yoga, for the fifth consecutive year, at the Washington Monument here on Sunday.
“People are getting to know about the benefits of yoga. Yoga is already popular in the United States. It is considered to be a very trendy thing. In other words, it is something that people see as a holistic way of life. They associate with all the positives in terms of meditation, Ayurveda and all the natural ways of living,” the Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, told ANI.
” Prime Minister Narendra Modi says Yoga is India’s gift to humanity. We have received more than 3000 registrations this year. So, I believe the monument will be covered up with a lot of yoga enthusiasts,” the ambassador noted.
On December 11, 2014, 193 members of the United Nations General Assembly approved the proposal by consensus, with a record of 177 countries, thereby marking June 21, the day of the summer solstice, as International Day of Yoga. Since then, Yoga Day has been commemorated annually by the member countries of the UN with great enthusiasm.
The event is being organised by the Indian Embassy here along with ‘Friends of Yoga’. A 35 minutes guided yoga session based on ‘Common Yoga Protocol’ created by the Government of India will be conducted with the help of yoga demonstrators.
But what makes the 2019 celebrations different is the Indian Vegetarian Food Festival, hosted in association with Freer Sackler gallery, adjacent to the Washington Memorial, which will be rolled out post the yoga event.
“The food programme is related to yoga. Vegetarian cuisine in India is a very refined cuisine and not enough is known about it. Therefore, we have arranged for five different stalls representing cuisines from five different parts of India– North, South, East, West and a specialised one,” Shringala said.
“We want to introduce a finer vegetarian cuisine for the people here. This food festival will also commemorate the 150th birth anniversary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi,” he added.
Representatives from various wings of the Trump administration are invited but official confirmations are yet to be received by the embassy.
For over a month, as a run-up to the Yoga Day event, the Indian Embassy has been organising curtain raiser events, in collaboration with yoga clubs and yoga studios across the country.
The mission in Washington has further launched an active promotion campaign through its social media platform that has been successful in getting a record-breaking registration number for the yoga day celebrations. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) First Published: Tue, June 11 2019. 12:13 IST
How the Creative Placemaking Tide Lifts All Community Boats
Urban Agriculture Sprouting Roots In Illinois’ Legislative Soil
A couple attending church service nearby peeks in the community garden to marvel at the goings-on. These newcomers are drawn toward the commons with a curiosity borne not only from seeing people milling about the grounds, but because of the 50-foot barn that leaps out of the sightline. The structure is a surprise on two accounts. First, because it appears in a part of town where overgrown abandoned lots are typically punctuated only by the sporadic tree, or a handful of boarded-up houses. Second, as history buffs will note, this happens to be the first barn raised within city limits since the infamous legend of Mrs. O’Leary’s cow and the devastating fire that burned through much of Chicago in 1871.
Sweet Water Co-Founder and Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt calls all the activity that abounds here part of his regenerative development strategy. “We’re investing in human infrastructure,” he says. “We are creating a place that feels like home for a population that has been displaced, and food is one of the starting points to trigger memories that are at the root of people’s identity.”
Sweet Water Co-Founder and Executive Director Emmanuel Pratt. (Photo courtesy Sweet Water Foundation)
Pratt stresses the fact that the commons were built not so much as a showpiece but as a catalyst to spark a variety of teaching and nurturing activities. The farm and gardens, by Sweet Water’s estimates, feed more than 200 residents weekly. The headcount of leaders and students fluctuates during the course of the year. A core team of 12 works year-round to coordinate — and balance — mentoring, planting, building, teaching and event-planning. From there, the organization can take in eight to 15 work-study students from Chicago-area colleges and high schools, along with a bumper crop of mentors and volunteers that show up in the summer. The organization also works with another 30 to 40 teens as part of a training program in conjunction with the Chicago Housing Authority.
Sweet Water is something of an anomaly in the world of creative placemaking, where art is the catalyst that drives community development. Practitioners typically use murals, spoken-word performances, music, dance and other art forms to draw people together, articulate issues, rally support and ultimately give neighborhoods and communities both the agency and capacity to change. Target issues range from housing to health, economics, education and more. The work makes a statement both within the community and to the world beyond the confines of that community.
Such programs frequently spark a jolt of life that, over time, makes previously downtrodden neighborhoods alluring to outsiders. It may begin as a boon — an economic upswing for existing restaurants, shops and other businesses. But ultimately, the groundswell attracts outsiders who can move in, bid up real estate and price longtime residents and businesses out.
The question of just how to execute creative placemaking without inviting gentrification sits at the forefront of creative placemaking circles. Jamie Hand, a researcher for ArtPlace America, says the friction between placemaking’s benefits and the onrush of gentrifying forces has happened frequently enough to spark vigorous discussion and dialogue on the efforts to walk a tightrope between uplift and displacement of the community.
One camp argues that for creative placemaking to be successful, efforts must generate an economic benefit for participating artists. “Linking arts to employment is at the leading edge of creative placemaking,” says Patrick Horvath of the Denver Foundation, a funding organization. “What we see is the potential for art in the community to act as an economic anchor. When we work to redevelop places, we invest in design to enhance the experience, but it can also create jobs for people in the neighborhood.”
Ultimately, placemaking must begin and be sustained with grassroots involvement. As Juliet Kahne, director of events and education for the Project for Public Spaces, writes in her essay Does Placemaking Cause Gentrification? It’s Complicated :
“Placemaking is a tool that connects community members to physical changes within their neighborhood, as well as to each other; it can help tackle the divisive, top-down, neighborhood change that is often associated with gentrification. It’s the importance of creating places that benefit everyone — places that connect existing residents, instead of dividing, alienating, or displacing them, and places that enhance the existing character of a neighborhood, instead of erasing it. Rather than watching passively as non-local or private developers consume neighborhood public spaces, we can use placemaking to enable citizens to create their own public spaces, to highlight the unique strengths of their neighborhoods, and to address its specific challenges. While gentrification can divide communities and build upon exclusivity, Placemaking is about inclusion and shared community ownership.”
In the case of Sweet Water, the key lies in reconnecting neighborhood residents to the land, and in building relationships that extend within Washington Park and outward to the world. In this feature, Next City digs into how Sweet Water has activated and engaged the surrounding community. And how other groups, in suburban Boston and Denver, leverage entrepreneurship and education as the means to strengthen target groups in the face of change. On Chicago’s South Side, the deep roots of urban agriculture
Sweet Water has launched an extensive effort to teach the fundamentals behind a wide variety of its projects, including sustainable science, agriculture, design and carpentry. Besides the farm, garden, barn and meeting center, Sweet Water has built a customized greenhouse that serves as a carpentry workshop and makerspace. There’s also a pod made out of what was previously a shipping container for concentrated grape juice that has been repurposed as a grow-space classroom.
In many ways, Sweet Water started down a path that roughly parallels Pratt’s career in architecture, design and agriculture. Pratt, who has a bachelor’s in architecture from Cornell and a graduate degree in urban design from Columbia, has already led Sweet Water through a period of organic growth into several quite different, but interrelated projects. The organization launched about the same time Pratt created and ran an aquaponics department for Chicago State University. He secured funding to install demos of small sustainable aquaponics environments at schools in Chicago and in Milwaukee — connected installations that displayed the balance of fish and plant life and their ability to cycle the necessities of life (carbon dioxide, oxygen, water and nutrients). The U.S. Department of Agriculture took interest in the aquaponics project as well as urban farming prompted Pratt to think both within and beyond the classroom at the same time. He approached the city of Chicago about starting a farm and in time, those talks opened the way to Perry Avenue, an abandoned house and the four plots of land that Sweet Water took over.
At the Perry Avenue Commons, volunteers pick leafy greens, with Sweet Water’s barn in the background. (Photo courtesy Sweet Water Foundation)
While the group’s bedrock is a two-acre farm, under Pratt’s direction, Sweet Water took a turn from its education and farming roots into art and design installations as a way to better publicize the broad range of its work and vision. The carpentry and design enterprise manufactures furniture out of discarded wood pallets and glass that local contracting firms or the Chicago Transit Authority would normally pay to be sent to landfill. Sweet Water donates the tables, chairs and benches to open spaces in the area, and includes their creations in museum installations to promote the group’s work. They even build made-to-order pieces on commission.
In 2017, Pratt unveiled an exhibit at Chicago’s Smart Museum entitled “Radical [Reconstructions],” made up of several pieces. One was the representation of a house made of salvaged wood, which apprentices at Sweet Water charred using a traditional Japanese technique. An exhibit of Sweet Water furniture designs also appeared at the same time in the museum’s sculpture garden. Sweet Water has also installed its designs at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Pratt, meanwhile, has served as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan’s architecture school. Sweet Water still has a hand in education, both in training young people in basic agriculture to work on the farm and in woodworking. “We started things out with our community garden, and then realized that we needed to build more infrastructure,” Pratt recalls.
Even as Sweet Water makes inroads in the Washington Park and Englewood neighborhoods that constitute its home base, Pratt senses the threat of gentrification. While not immediate, it remains a distinct possibility, and one that’s likely to arrive sooner rather than later given what has occurred on Chicago’s South Side over time. The area abounds with anchor institutions that, while a bit beyond walking distance from Perry Avenue, could still spark a land rush. Less than 15 minutes away by car are The University of Chicago and its medical center, as well as the Obama Presidential Center , slated to open in 2020. And Pratt’s Perry Avenue farm is less than five blocks from the Dan Ryan Expressway, making it essentially a 15-minute commute to the Loop.
The mortgage crisis of a decade ago was particularly hard on South Side neighborhoods, driving home prices down and African-Americans out. The city’s black population dropped more than 20 percent, from nearly 1.1 million in 2000 to 840,000 in 2016. And Sweet Water’s immediate neighborhood is mired in a struggle that is decades in the making. A 2010 University of Illinois at Chicago study summarizes what Washington Park still faces, compared to more affluent Hyde Park, the neighborhood surrounding the University of Chicago. Washington Park’s population has steadily shrunk over the past half-century, from 46,024 in 1970 to less than 12,000 in 2016. Neighborhood residents are 94 percent African American. The yearly median income for families is below $25,000 a year, compared to $51,430 in Hyde Park. In Washington Park, 43.5 percent of families live below the poverty line, compared with 11.4 percent of families in Hyde Park. Under 20 percent of adults in Washington Park have a college education.
Pratt characterizes his work as an effort to recreate the immediate community’s many interwoven relationships and sufficiences from the grassroots. He characterizes the connections forged from Sweet Water’s disparate projects — the farm, the apprenticeships, the installations and even big celebrations the organization holds such as its day-long Juneteenth festival — as mycelia, the almost invisible filaments that join together forest fungi and mushrooms into extensive colonies that represent the world’s largest organisms. Here, the vast unseen network is comprised of relationships. Pratt posits the example of a high schooler who signs on as an apprentice, someone whose world experience before Sweet Water probably extends no further than a 10-block radius around home. By working with mentors, conducting tours and presentations, leading workshops, coming in contact with graduate students from Harvard, or leaders from the Urban Farming Institute, the same South Side teen now easily gains direct contact and relationships with more than 1,000 people. In suburban Boston, an incubator for immigrant food entrepreneurs Just outside Boston in Somerville, Massachusetts, the local arts council has landed on a crafty way to hitch creative placemaking to the ever-expanding foodie boom. In this venture, immigrant chefs gain a stake in the game.
The program, called Nibble , grew out of walking tours of Union Square, a downtown area where 10 or so international markets had sprung up selling food from India, Brazil, Central America and other points around the globe. Nibble Program Director Rachel Strutt says the culinary walking tours seemed like a natural outgrowth of gallery walks or other ways to generate interest in local arts, while bringing together groups in greater Boston to commingle over a universal interest: good food.
Strutt says the walking tours were so popular that the arts council brainstormed additional ways to capitalize on the momentum. Nibble started with a blog to chronicle the stories of chefs, share recipes and spread the word about the ways local markets connected with groups around the world. It culled favorite recipes of local international chefs in a 130-page book that’s filled with stories, art and interviews about global cuisine and culture. Nibble also organized cooking classes marketed to yuppies and hipsters; at between $35 and $50 a ticket, it was a bargain compared to nearby adult-learning locations.
Nibble Culinary Entrepreneur Estela Calzada cooks Mexican and pre-Hispanic dishes for the organization’s festivals and pop-up events, and teaches cooking classes. Her specialty is mole. (Photo by Rachel Strutt)
As these promotions stirred up interest, Strutt says several cooking instructors asked about establishing more permanent culinary careers and even opening restaurants. It was clear, she says, that entrepreneur workshops were a natural next step. “We had all these great cuisines and chefs who had something to share, so it made sense,” she says. The curriculum focuses on the facets of starting and running a successful restaurant. One session covers promotion and marketing, while others focus on pricing and developing the type of replicable yet delicious recipes that are a cornerstone of a busy establishment.
“This type of workforce development aims to reduce the barriers that exist in taking a food business from dream to reality,” says Strutt. “Our program is a hybrid that marries workforce and entrepreneurial development with cultural programs. Our graduates are doing things like catering, teaching cooking classes or even helping us set up festivals.”
Nibble has an even bigger project on deck: A 420-square-foot kitchen vending space under construction in downtown Somerville. Nibble Kitchen will feature seven graduates of the program’s entrepreneur classes, each scheduled to run the restaurant in one-day shifts during the week. Strutt envisions a menu that will change cuisines daily, from Ethiopian to Mexican to Indian to Venezuelan fare, and beyond.
ArtPlace finds that culinary projects tap into a number of cultural trends. Food, after all, is a storehouse of memories, events and lore , a glue that binds people together. The foodie craze has swept into the American landscape with farmers markets, local production, agricultural tourism, community gardens and food festivals across the states. Food trucks are parked from coast to coast, and millennials regularly flood Instagram with snapshots of their meals. A Kresge Foundation announcement for Fresh, Local and Equitable funding generated a rousing 500 applications from across the U.S.
Nibble fits quite well within Somerville. Just northwest of Boston proper, the city is a community of just over 81,000 people and home to Tufts University. It is densely populated — 32,000 households packed into 4.2 square miles. Somerville has long welcomed immigrants. Starting around 2000 new waves of immigrants from Haiti, Brazil and Nepal arrived, and the city is now home to thriving Caribbean and Latinx communities. Presently, almost 25 percent of the city’s population was born outside the U.S. As an active sanctuary city, Somerville has established an office of immigration affairs and started a legal defense fund with neighboring Cambridge earlier this year to help with immigration, DACA and even deportation issues.
Somerville takes pride in its civic gourmandise and its culinary lore. The city is home to Fluff, the sticky marshmallow confection still stocked on grocery store shelves from coast to coast, and the focal point of the “What the Fluff?” food festival each September, which takes place in Union Square not far from Nibble’s future restaurant. Residents celebrate that and any number of other delicacies in as many as five outdoor food festivals during warm-weather months, including the Ignite Global Street Food and Fire Festival and YUM: A Taste of Immigrant City, a food festival that marked its 10th anniversary in April of this year.
Perhaps Nibble’s biggest contribution is to help immigrant chefs put down economically viable roots in a city that’s rapidly changing. Somerville’s location just outside Boston and next to bustling Cambridge has made it an attractive bedroom community. The city is in the midst of a housing squeeze that has caused average rents to surpass $2,300 a month as of 2015.
Nibble food entrepreneurs from left to right: Meqdes Mesfin, Carolina Garcia and Sandra Suarez. (Photo by Judy Yao)
Carolina Garcia wasn’t in the food industry before coming to Boston in 2015 from Caracas, Venezuela. She previously ran an engraving company, but through Nibble hit upon the idea of selling arepas, a cornmeal pancake wrapped around pulled pork, black beans or plantain, a handheld favorite back home thicker than but not unlike a tortilla. While other Venezuelans modify arepa dough with cheese or milk, she always favored a simple version using cornmeal, water and salt — a recipe that turned out to be a hit at fundraisers for her son’s school.
In the summer of 2016, she teamed up to run a Somerville food festival booth with longtime friend Carolina Salinas, who had moved to Boston a few years earlier. The two Carolinas found their cuisine was a hit with American palettes as well; they sold more than 200 arepas that day. “When we saw the lines, we wanted to cry for joy, but couldn’t stop because the two of us had to work fast to keep up,” Garcia says.
Together, the duo enrolled in Nibble’s entrepreneur’s program, and after that in the “Food Biz 101” program, run by Boston’s Commonwealth Kitchen. They won second place in a pitch contest held at the end of the course, and as their prize received pro bono consultations on licensing and business structure. Eleven months ago, Las Carolinas, as they call their venture, secured a license and since then have been negotiating with a local craft brewer to set up operations in the pub’s kitchen. In the meantime, Las Carolinas will vend arepas a few days a week in the Nibble Kitchen, once it opens. In Denver, high schoolers pump up the volume to graduate Another program centered on helping artists establish paying careers is Denver’s Youth on Record (YOR), a nonprofit that offers free music and studio production courses to high school students as an incentive to finish school and get a diploma. The program was started just over 10 years ago by members of a local hip-hop group, The Flobots, which gained brief national success with the release of a hit song “Handlebars” in 2008. The organization focused its efforts on how to address a staggering 38 percent drop-out rate at Denver’s public high schools — a crisis that disproportionately affected the city’s Latino and African-American teens. Youth on Record garnered support from state and local agencies, including the Colorado Department of Education, A+ Colorado and Chalk Beat. “An important part of truly creative placemaking is figuring how to keep artists in place, which in turn keeps vital cultures alive. We think we’ve found a balanced structure which allows artists to give back, and which keeps them [in the community].”
(Above: 4th Annual Youth on Record Block Party, performance by Rhyme Sight (left) and former YOR students Sly Guevara (center) and Levi Vigil (right); photo by Stephanie Mathena Photography.)
Youth on Record’s backdrop is a Denver that grapples with the companion ills of gentrification and a crisis of affordable housing, both of which have unfolded in several parts of the city over the last few decades. The Denver Foundation’s Horvath calls out one example in the Santa Fe district, formerly the center of the city’s Chicano community. Fifty years ago the city launched an urban renewal project which pushed out original residents to break ground on a community college campus. The gentrification of the area started picking up momentum nearly 20 years ago, when a district of art galleries publicized art walks on Fridays. And in Denver’s Five Points, long a majority African-American neighborhood, the recently dubbed RiNo, or River North Art District, has seen a more recent transformation as upscale restaurants, high-end housing and craft breweries have pushed rents and real estate prices skyward.
The underlying idea behind YOR is to offer classes in music production, performance, basic musicianship, piano and guitar as a means to lure back into classrooms students who had left high school or who were leaning toward quitting. Once enrolled, they could work toward earning diplomas or GEDs. The program not only teaches professional-level skills, but gives students access to a $2.2-million state-of-the-art media studio, which stays open six days a week.
Executive Director Jami Duffy estimates that 10,000 students have come through Youth on Record since its launch. The program is linked to nine schools in Denver and offers a series of programs at local public libraries as well. “We’re a social justice organization that seeks to inspire young people to organize in their home communities and take on civic engagement issues ranging from voting and planting gardens to healthcare,” says Duffy. “We’re about so much more than building music — I’d say our success rests on several pillars such as academics, mentorship and community activation.”
At the fourth annual Youth on Record block party, in 2018, Program Coordinator and Teaching Artist Devin Urioste plays drums, while YOR student Esperonza P. plays keyboards. (Photo by Stephanie Mathena Photography)
The Youth on Record curriculum is divided into two parts. Half of the classes are held in nine public schools and treatment centers, which reach about 1,000 students annually, Duffy estimates. Youth on Record instructors work with students from 14 to 21 years of age and enrollees are typically students who are struggling to complete the necessary credits to graduate from high school. The course offerings are as varied as audio production, how to produce backing tracks or beats or basic music engineering skills, all of which go toward satisfying mandatory elective credits.
There are a fair number of classes that help students charge their creative muses as well including music fundamentals. Offerings such as creative writing for the composition of lyrics, storytelling through music and slam poetry help fulfill English electives. Students find the classes not only beguiling but cathartic as well. “Allowing a young person to share their viewpoints is a creative outlet the students [we reach] look forward to every day,” Duffy explains. “Allowing a young person to tell their own story gives them a sense of agency in both their own lives and in their community.”
A second curriculum of classes takes place after school at the world-class 5,000 square-foot recording studio Youth on Record has set up in the Denver Housing Authority’s recently opened Mariposa housing development. Duffy describes those as smaller workshops that accommodate maybe 10 students at a time. Classes concentrate on honing skills both in the studio and on an outdoor performing stage in the development.
Youth on Record has also opened special classes. The Deep Dive program is a nine-month fellowship awarded to 14 handpicked students who have graduated high school or completed a GED. Those students receive a stipend and work toward a capstone recording or performance project while taking classes that cover the business of music, artistic principles and even personal wellness.
Early on, Youth on Record’s faculty noticed that young women in the program felt intimidated by the boys’-club atmosphere that pervaded this program’s classes as well as the music industry at large. In response, directors devised a special track of courses open to female students, called Fempowered. Popular Stories