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There’s a new feature around these parts: a podcast.  We’re just trying this out for a bit to see how it goes, and to provide more content during the otherwise-slow summer months.

Today I talk with Joel Spencer, former Reactionary Century staff writer, about politics and Jared from Subway.  In the interview we mention a clip from Bill O’Reilly’s show, which you can see here, along with everyone’s favorite Jared picture.  We’re still waiting for the podcast to get approved by iTunes, but for now you can follow this link, and click the “Subscribe with iTunes” button to download the show directly to your iTunes Podcast library.  Otherwise you can just download it in MP3 form, or just listen to the stream.

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By Anna

MapBecause I love to bore you with the hairy details of social justice gone awry, complacent Americans, and various people groups around the world, the next few weeks will carry on in that tradition and be all about Eastern Europe, specifically Budapest and maybe a hint of Prague.

Budapest was built on paprika. That’s right, that little spice that makes deviled eggs so delicious. On tables across Hungary sits salt, pepper and paprika. They even have a dish named Chicken Paprikash (which I hope to try while visiting the Paris of the East). And it’s in this little spicy wonder that Buda, Pest and Obuda (Ancient Buda) could coalesce.

According to Hungarian writer John Lucaks, goulash (gulyas), famously seasoned with paprika, was served as the midday meal for cattlemen and shepherds, common among the poor it was rarely served to the middle and upper classes in spite of their favor for paprika. As Lucaks constantly pens, “Hungary is a very class conscious society” and it is my interpretation that paprika crosses those classes and is the one spice most relied on by Hungarian cooks, whether for goulash or for Chicken Paprikash.

This class-conscious society has historically borrowed from Western European ideals and styles. Once known as Austria’s junior partner, Hungary takes what it likes and adds a little of that high vitamin C bearing paprika to make it its own.

paprika-molidaAfter 1900, cooking with paprika made Budapest famous. Writer Alexandre Dumas “praised the Paprika laced dishes” (Lukacs) and Edward VII had a Hungarian chef. In the wake of Hungary’s struggles to find its own niche, constantly borrowing architecture from Spanish Baroque, balancing Magyar and Jewish cultures, maintaining Turkish influence from their invasion in the 13th century and competing with Vienna for superiority in Eastern Europe, Hungary discovered herself in paprika.

400px-Budapest_Chain_Bridge1Though some might disagree and say the building of bridges across the Danube to connect Buda and Pest or the invention of the locomotive (they claim to have done it first, but we all know that it was surely done by a Westerner–Richard Trevithick perhaps?) were what gave Budapest its fame, I claim it was paprika!

So as you’re reading about my travels abroad to a country I know very little about (I hope to educate you as I educate myself) drop your morning OJ and take in more paprika instead.

By Ryan

“Adventures in Wikisurfing” is a new series in which I record my travels and observations on everyone’s favorite website, Wikipedia.  I’ve been big into Wikisurfing for a while now, and my old roommate Joel can attest to the many hundreds of hours we wasted from 2004-2006 diving down rabbit holes of (mostly-useless) knowledge.  Why would you want to join me on one of these trips?  Let me turn that around on you—why wouldn’t you?  SNAP!


Teddy Grahams

It’s been a while since I had these delicious bear-shaped snacks, and today found me craving them.  Their entry is unfortunately short, and does little to confirm my beliefs that chocolate is the best flavor, followed by honey, and, if you must, cinnamon.  Apparently Teddy Grahams were once mentioned in a Strong Bad email.


Strong Bad

Seeing Strong Bad brought me back to my high school and college days, days where we would laugh over stupid little flash animations like the ones featuring Strong Bad and friends.  Would I like these if I watched them now?  Probably not, but it’s good to know that they’re still out there for bored introverts everywhere.  I didn’t get that far into the article because I wanted to find out more about the guys who created Homestar Runner.


The Brothers Chaps

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Michael “Mike” Chapman and Matthew “Matt” Chapman (seriously, that’s how Wikipedia lists them) are brothers responsible for one of the web’s most popular animated series.  That series sometimes features music by an Atlanta band.

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Y-O-U have a side project called Three Dawgh Stephens, which is a play on Three Dog Night, a band whose big hit(s) I should know from late-night infomercials but don’t.

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Three Dog Night

I’m not reading through all of this crap; to the discography!

Three Dog Night discography

I scroll down to the singles and find “Joy to the World.”

Joy to the World (Hoyt Axton song)

They didn’t even write this song!  You know this song, even if you think you don’t.  “Jeremiah was a bullfrog”?  That’s what they call an incipit.


An incipit is the first few words or lines of a poem or song.  “Call me Ishmael.”  That wasn’t even an example on the page—I came up with that.  They really should have a list of all the great—or, at least, famous—incipits.

Here I am, just seven clicks away from Teddy Grahams, and I feel like I’ve really learned something.  Leave your favorite incipits in the comments, and I’ll see you next time for more “Adventures in Wikisurfing.”

By Anna 30691-clusters_medium

Major food industries are taking on organic and local food markets in an attempt to justify the years (and years to come) of earth and human exploitation by these companies.  Or perhaps they really do recognize the need for humanity to conform to a more sustainable lifestyle in order to bring restoration; either way the point is to make a profit.

Remember that True North nut company that occupied every other slot during the Academy Awards?  The one that featured a non-profit organization at the beginning and then said nothing to connect it to the nut company, basically saying “hey here’s someone who’s doing something good and we make nuts!”

So True North (yes they’re 100 percent organic nut mixes) is owned by Frito-Lay, which is owned by Pepsi Co.  Now, I’m sure these companies do in fact support homeless shelters and parks in the south Bronx, but one year’s salary of one of these CEOs and the joblessness in the south Bronx would be no more.  I’m not condoning throwing money at an issue, but it’s annoying trails of ownership like this that make eating organic a fad.  It’s become so popularized and sexy by Hollywood production, like they’ve found something that hasn’t been happening in Portland and Seattle for decades.

If the big companies aren’t throwing money at issues, then why do we continue to throw money at them?  Supporting their organic movement also supports their mass production of unrecycleable foil chip bags and does not promote simplicity or sustainability.