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

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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.

A Book Worth Reading: Inspiration From Small Businesses Across The Country

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Every week it seems like we get inundated with new “How To Make It” literature. These are the books that rich people use to get more rich as they hock them at early entrepreneurs, claiming to have all the secrets.

Well, The Roadside MBA is a much fresher take on this type of challenge. In short, the book is about a few former Northwestern MBA heads who skipped out on a conference in Boston and began traveling the country going to small businesses to learn their tricks of the trade.

Rather than focusing on what makes companies like GE and Apple so successful, Michael Mazzeo, Paul Oyer, and Scott Schaefer check in on the best pizzeria or hardware store on Main Street. Really cool approach.

Roadside MBA hits stores on June 10th.

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.

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

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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

Photographer Gets Deathly Close To Leopard Seal That Tries To Feed Him Penguins

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Ummmm, uh what the heck? Leopard seals?! Are you kidding me? This thing looks like a prehistoric ocean monster that has just been discovered in the depths of the arctic. But it’s not. Apparently leopard-seals have always been around. IFL Science explains:

Leopard seals are huge predators who mostly live in and around Antarctica. Though they will eat small fish and krill, they are the main predator for penguins. These seals can reach up to 3.5 m (11.7 ft) in length and tip the scales at up to 600 kilograms (1,320 lbs). They have massive sharp front teeth used for shredding meat and can open their mouths twice as far as a Grizzly bear. Yikes.
To make things more exciting, Nat Geo photographer Paul Nicklen put his life at risk coming face-to-face with one of these bad boys, however, what ensued was not what he nor you would expect.

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

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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.

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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

The Gamification Of Business

What the heck is gamification? In a time when companies are trying to find new ways to engage employees and customers, Inc. explains:

Gamification is one tool many businesses use to help solve this problem. The idea is to motivate employees or customers with a little old-fashioned competition–albeit facilitated with new tech tools.

Gamification works inside your organization, for example, when workers compete to accomplish company objectives. The concept also applies to customers, such as when Nike introduced Nike+, an app that lets people share their workout stats and compete with each other and bring their performance to a higher level.

Check out the infographic below:

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Anthony Bourdain And Jeremy Wade Are The Best Hosts On Television

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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.