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Mash-Up Round-Up: Grandpa Style + Houseplants

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The week of April 24, 2021 was our new favorite lunchboxes; rethinking our houseplants; and a few secrets about wombat poop. Well, really just the one. 

Mash-Ups In The News

Why Filet-O-Fish Is My Gold Standard For Fast Food

McDonald’s only seafood-based option, Filet-O-Fish plays to a Chinese-Canadian palate, and (to fans like Jane Hu) is their most delicious, nostalgic Mash-Up menu item.

via NY Times

Behind The ‘Thin Blue Line’ Flag: America’s History Of Police Violence

Where did this flag even come from? Apparently a white college student in 2014. 

“Studies have shown that police don’t solve most violent crimes…Nonetheless, the police continue to operate under layers of legal impunity and institutional protection that vastly overshadow the rights of the citizens they brutalize, murder or assault.”

Plus, FREE EBOOK ALERT: The End of Policing by Alex S. Vitale


The Evolution Of Desus & Mero

It’s our check-in with the duo who are changing the culture of comedy. In this convo with Kara Swisher on her podcast “Sway,” they talk Viceland, Andrew Yang, and their journey from Twitter to cable TV.

via New York Times

The Forgotten History Of The Campaign To Purge Chinese From America

In the mid-1880s, at least 168 communities forced their Chinese residents to leave. In one particularly horrific episode, white miners in Rock Springs, Wyoming, massacred at least 28 Chinese miners and drove out several hundred others. 

The present surge in violence against Asian-Americans is a reflection of its exclusionary past.

via New Yorker

Grandpa Style: Why 20-Somethings Are Dressing Like Senior Citizens

The secret to perfect style? Dress like your grandparents. Insta accounts like @Gramparents and projects like “Chinatown Pretty” have young people appreciating style that forges its own path away from trends.

via WSJ

Mads Mikkelsen, In Conversation

Getting typecast as the Scandinavian villain, his relationship with fandoms, the appeal of darker endings, brownie points for being “the bitch,” and treating everything he does like it’s the most important thing he does. We love Mads.

via Vulture

L.A.’s Chile Sauce Craze: 16 To Try Now

From $5 to $20, if you’re looking for quality chili sauces, oils, and crisps, these provide the sweetness and heat that fills that nose and leaves your lips tingling.

via LA Times

She Survived Hurricane Sandy. Then Climate Gentrification Hit

In 2016, Kimberly White Smalls noticed her Black neighbors were being offered buyouts. Meanwhile, the white neighborhoods were being given options to repair, rebuild, and stay.

“Climate gentrification” is on the rise.

via The Guardian

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