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Turning around to take the photo

Ever see something cool along your commute, but you don’t stop to take the photo? I bet it happens to thousands of people every day. It almost happened to me today. Along my commute, I pass by the giant Picasso public sculpture in downtown Chicago. The Chicago Picasso Backside of Chicago Picasso sculpture. This sculpture […]

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Google auto-complete for Maldre

Try Google auto-complete on your name

If you type your last name into Google, what auto-complete suggestions do you get? Here’s mine: maldred lord of allerdale is an interesting one. No relation. Also curious is the bottom of the list, mal dress. What is a mal dress? Is that a typo for dress that you get at the mall? Do people […]

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@twitttttttttter @twittttttttter @twitttttttter @twittttttter @twitttttter @twittttter @twitttter @twittter @twitter @twiter and @twier

All the Twitter accounts with the letter t repeated

Just for kicks, I typed in twitter.com/twitttttttter to see if anyone has the account. Someone does. Of course. But only three followers. Three! What about all the various letter lengths with the repeated? Is any of them really popular? Here they all are, sorted by longest name to the shortest name. The maximum number of […]

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coffee cardboard sleeve is called a Zarf

The name for coffee cup cardboard sleeves is Zarf

Those goofy cardboard sleeves around takeout coffee cups. What are they called? Today I learned they are called a Zarf. What an wonderful word. Zarf. How in the world is it such a cool word? Is that for real? Yes, it is real. Zarf is an Arabic word for vessel. According to etymonline, the usage […]

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Matt Maldre holding Ewok mug at Chicago Tribune office

Drinking coffee from a giant Ewok head

Ever want to have the unrelentless energy of a hyper Ewok? Those little creatures on the Moon of Endor constantly hop around chitter-chattering a million words per minute. Now you can wield the power of the Ewok! Drink the rare power energy drink of the Ewok tribe of Miwok. The drink comes straight from the […]

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The best Post Office in Chicago

The best post office in Chicago

I nearly made the post office worker cry (tears of joy) Do you have a favorite Post Office? I bet many people can list their least favorite post offices. We’ve all waited in long lines at understaffed post offices. Let me tell you a secret. I have the best post office ever. EVER. This wonderful […]

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