Friday Inspiration 364

As I understand the story behind this, in early 2020 a friend bet Bobby Peavey that he couldn’t eat a hot dog every day of the month of February, but preparing the hot dog in a different way each time. He did it, and then repeated it in 2021, and the final day of that month, did a “hot dog beer mile,” which is just like a beer mile but eating a hot dog in addition to drinking a beer for each lap of the track. The second half of the video shows some of Hot Dog Bob’s creations from February 2021, which are nothing less than inspiring (from a culinary standpoint). (video)

screen capture from Hot Dog Bob Mile

I’m not personally in the market for a “wearable bean bag pillow” but if you click on this and decide to drop $120 on one, can you send me a photo? I have to say the concept is intriguing.

There are two ways in which you can ingest this story about six pediatricians swallowing LEGO heads to see how long they would take to pass through their digestive systems (obviously for science, to alleviate the concerns of parents whose toddlers swallowed things like LEGO bricks). I will just say that my favorite part in the NPR story is this:
“Before the experiment, they needed to make sure everyone swallowing the heads were having good and similar, regular bowel movements, so the researchers came up with two measurements to standardize their poops. They gave these acronyms: S.H.A.T. and F.A.R.T.”
The original story on Defector is here, and the NPR story, in which Sabrina Imbler, the author of the Defector story is interviewed, is here.

This is from 2015, and I don’t know how useful or entertaining anyone else will find it, but just for some context, I found this because I was out on a walk with Hilary and asked the question, “Do you think it’s possible to taxidermy a cabbage?” and did some googling when we got home from the walk. (I still haven’t figured out if you can taxidermy a cabbage, but I do know that “taxidermy” is not actually a verb, even though I’m using it as one)

This is a really well-done presentation of data and graphics about the evolution of American pickup trucks over the years (I viewed it on a laptop and on my phone and I actually think the phone is better). The length of those old truck beds! (via

“Tell me about your food tattoos and I’ll tell you who you are” : six contributors write about the foods they have tattooed on their bodies.

You may have seen a headline this week about this study, and it may not have surprised you, but it’s kind of wild to me that the Earth’s core is just kind of down there doing its own thing.

I got a lot of emails in response to the piece I published yesterday, Feeling It, and here’s a little behind-the-scenes: The handwritten posts take me a very long time to write, and I was re-writing parts of that piece all day on Tuesday and Wednesday. The last line of the piece, which I’m so glad I included based on the feedback I got, was something I came up with pacing around my office around midnight the night before I published it, trying to figure out how to end the story. Anyway, here it is if you didn’t read it yesterday.