Hot Doug’s Is Closing, And It Sucks But Is Also Going To Be Okay


A sad day for Chicago and an even sadder day for tubed-meat-enthusiasts.

Hot Doug’s Sausage Superstore, a pioneer in tubed-meat innovation, is closing it’s doors for good on October 3rd, 2014. Doug Sohn, the genius behind the hot doggery claims he is closing up shop because “it is time to do something else.”

That is a pretty cool sentiment. He is not closing up because of money or a dispute with a landlord, rather because he’s accomplished what he set out to do and now wants to take on a new challenge. Kudos, sausage king, kudos.

Hot Doug’s ascendency to the top of Mount Sausage culminated in a number of TV appearances, including on the Chicago episode of No Reservations.

If you’d like to get your hands on a Foie Gras Dog or their divine Duck Fat Fries, you have less than 5 months to do so.

For Better or Worse, Everybody’s A Critic


“Everbody’s A Critic!”

-Joe Pesci, we think.

The Internet has given meaning to the old adage that everbody’s a critic.

Yelp!, TripAdvisor, and UrbanSpoon have completely changed the way restaurants operate. Instead of going to Zagat or the local paper for recommendations, plebeians are instead whipping out their phones and letting an app decide their appetite.

This means that regular Joes like you are driving the restaurant industry. A few five-star reviews on Yelp! can catapult a new restaurant towards success, while a scathing review can keep people away.

There are some problems with the new world of reviews. With great power comes great responsibility and all that. Competitors can get nasty and give horrible reviews to rival companies and business owners can have people pad their stats by just creating a username and clicking on all the stars.

So that is the conundrum. Is it a good thing that we are now heeding the opinion of the unpaid masses rather than the paid few? Yes. Yes it is. This means businesses now have to cater to customers moreso than ever before. One bad experience will find its way online and could derail a business over night.

These free review platforms do wonders for local business and local business is the best business.

So please, review responsibly.

How UFC President Dana White Humanizes His Brand And Drives Engagement

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And in interesting story about Dana White, President of UFC. Amy Jo Martin has a great point in this video: give the people what they want, essentially humanizing your brand and engaging fans at the most basic level.


For The First Time In 30 Years, Wild Wolf Pups Are Born In The Country Just South of America


Congratulaciones, Mexico!

For the first time in 30 years, a wild wolf has given birth to wolf pups in Mexico. It is a big success for Mexico and for wildlife conservationists as the Mexican Wolf aka Los Lobo was thought to have gone extinct in the wild 30 years ago. So let’s try and not f–k this one up, humans.

From LiveScience:

The Mexican wolf (Canis lupus baileyi), also known as the lobo, went extinct in the wild about three decades ago. But in recent years, breeding pairs of the species have been raised in captivity and reintroduced into the mountains of western Mexico as part of a national conservation effort.

Whether or not the wolves will be allowed to cross the border at will

Just Keep Swimming – Here Are America’s 50 Swim Cities


There are some great ways to break out of a creative/productive rut. Some people go to a cozy coffee shop, some people just take a nap, and others may take their dog for a walk.

Perhaps one of the best ways to break out of the daily grind is to splash around in some water. Swimming not only is terrific exercise, but the water man, it does things to a person.

Going for a nice swim, whether it be in a pool, lake, or the sea is a terrific way to refresh not only your body, but your money maker — your brain as well.

It is also a great way to spend a day with your kids, too.

So next time you feel like you’re so frustrated you can throw your laptop through a window, grab your swim trunks and dive on in, the water’s fine.


Here’s the full list:

1. Ann Arbor, MI
2. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
3. Raleigh-Durham, NC
4. Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT
5. San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA
6. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
7. Madison, WI
8. Austin-Round Rock, TX
9. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA
10. Indianapolis-Carmel, IN
11. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
12. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
13. Boulder, CO
14. Trenton-Ewing, NJ
15. Colorado Springs, CO
16. Anchorage, AK
17. Minneapolis-St Paul, MN
18. Houston-Sugar Land-Baytown, TX
19. Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA
20. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria, CA
21. Lexington-Fayette, KY
22. Lincoln, NE
23. Richmond, VA
24. Denver-Aurora, CO
25. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, NC-SC
26. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA
27. Tallahassee, FL
28. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
29. Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL
30. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
31. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI
32. Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA
33. Chicago-Naperville-Joliet, IL-IN-WI
34. Provo-Orem, UT
35. Reno-Sparks, NV
36. Portland-Vancouver-Beaverton, OR-WA
37. New Haven-Milford, CT
38. Albuquerque, NM
39. Columbus, OH
40. Baltimore-Towson, MD
41. Pittsburgh, PA
42. Tucson, AZ
43. Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville, CA
44. Cincinnati-Middletown, OH-KY-IN
45. Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice, FL
46. Poughkeepsie-Newburgh-Middletown, NY
47. Fort Wayne, IN
48. South Bend-Mishawaka, IN-MI
49. Rochester, NY
50. Salt Lake City, UT

Check Out Cities At Night From Space

The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, a NASA-organized database of all photos taken by astronauts in space, compiles all the photos of Earth taken from space and organizes them on a map. One could have a broad view:


Or zoom in and get a look at specific cities, such as New York:


Or New Orleans:


Thanks to The Atlantic for the find, and reminding us that: “The database showcases many cities beyond these, including smaller municipalities, like Phenix, Virginia; Atlantic, Iowa; and my own Trenton, New Jersey. It was compiled by an organization of Spanish astrophysicists to help inform readers about light pollution.”


Anthony Bourdain And Jeremy Wade Are The Best Hosts On Television

Dinner wtih Anthony Bourdain

The irony of television lineups today is both well-noted and often mocked. History channel spends its money on stoner-shows like Pawn Stars and Ancient Aliens rather than catering to history enthusiasts. The Learning Channel pays millions of dollars to make a mockery of the life of a Southern Toddler known as Honey Boo Boo.

What is refreshing though, is the rise of documentary television series. The formula these docushows employ seems to be working. It’s a pretty simple idea, interesting host, talented crews, and interesting original stories will create a loyal audience that wants to spend time watching.

This season even the bats over at FOX sunk tons of money to make Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey and it is pretty darn good. Sure, lots of people find science to be evil and/or boring, but some people want to watch Neil deGrasse Tyson get his rocks off to stars eating themselves.

These shows are risky because the onus rests almost solely on the shoulders of the host. So it pays to get a loquacious New York City chef that beat heroin or a maniacal fisherman that has survived a plane crash in the jungle to play pedagogue.

That is why Anthony Bourdain and Jeremy Wade are the best in the business when it comes to inspiring masses through quality television.

Bourdain got his start by penning Kitchen Confidential –  a book that turned chefs into rock stars. Following the success of his story, Uncle Tony worked a short-lived show on Food Network before really showing off his chops as a TV Man on Travel Channel’s No Reservations. The foodcentric travel show is a must-watch for foodies, travelers, and fans of culture alike.

The unapologetic Bourdain became a bit of a cult-hero and was poached by CNN to run a show called Parts Unknown.

No Reservations  and Parts Unknown are similar bits, which is forgivable because they’re both quality. CNN didn’t try to fix something that was broke; they just rubbed it with more money.

And Bourdain has responded by giving fans, both old and new, some highly interesting television.

Wade on the other hand is a bit more underrated than Bourdain. This is because Wade is a lot less arrogant than Bourdain, and therefore a lot less controversial. In fact, Jeremy Wade may be the most humble man on television.

His show, River Monsters, was just renewed for a seventh season by Animal Planet — a testament to Wade’s ability to both teach and entertain. And it was an easy decision because Wade is a different breed of absolute lunatic. His humility crossed with his craziness make for incredibly enriching television.

All you need to know about the size of Wade’s balls are that one time he willingly sat in a kiddy pool chock full of vicious piranha.

A host willing to go to that level of testicular fortitude/stupidity is worth building a show around.

But the theme of Wade’s show isn’t about frolicking amongst man-rippers, it is about shedding light on a demographic of fish that are often left out of shows that cover sexy water-dwellers like sharks and dolphins.

The stars of River Monsters are freshwater fish, like truck-sized catfish and blood sucking eel things and these fish are downright haunting. They look like a mix between aliens and monsters that are on medieval maps and stuff. And Wade’s life mission is to teach us about them.

Just as Bourdain likes to bring us into rarely explored cultures, Wade brings us into unchartered waters in South America and Africa.

Every episode features an unsolved mystery of horrific proportions set in freshwater. Wade sets out to solve the mystery and uncover the truth behind these often true stories. Using local help, he tries to then catch the fish that are responsible for said tragedies, and Jeremy always gets his fish.

Additionally, the show does a terrific job explaining how the freshwater source that Wade is fishing is also the artery of surrounding civilization. The people of these remote rivers and lakes rely on the water and it’s inhabitants in order to survive.

And we set our DVR for River Monsters marathons not just because we want to watch an Arapaima eat a Brazilian, but because we don’t mind giving Wade an hour of our time.

Hopefully more shows like this come around. History should have several, but instead they spend their money employing dudes to haggle.


Once Isolated Amazonian Tribe Makes Contact With The Outside World For The First Time


An unidentified Amazonian tribe interacted on June 29 with a government team that included medical personnel and an anthropologist specializing in indigenous groups.

According to Science Mag:

Brazil’s Indian affairs department (FUNAI) let it be known that an isolated tribe in the Amazon region had just taken a momentous and potentially tragic step. Emerging from dense rainforest along the Upper Envira River in the state of Acre, Brazil, the group willingly approached a team of Brazilian government scientists on 29 June and made peaceful contact with the outside world.

The event—Brazil’s first official contact with an isolated tribe since 1996—was not entirely unexpected. Since early June, fearful villagers in the region had radioed Brazilian authorities at least twice about a group of some 35 tribal strangers who were raiding their crops and trying to make off with machetes and other tools. Recognizing the potential for trouble, FUNAI dispatched a team of specialists, including medical personnel and Brazilian anthropologist José Carlos Meirelles, an adviser on indigenous matters to the government of Acre.