“Dunkin’ Donuts, Starbucks and Krispy Kreme all sell pastries and caffeinated beverages, so they’re obvious competitors. But beneath that similarity, they’re serving different markets. Krispy Kreme’s customers visit only occasionally but buy dozens of donuts; that chain is peddling a dietary splurge, not daily sustenance… Starbucks chief Howard Schultz has always seen his stores as neighborhood hangouts, a sort of nonalcoholic ‘Cheers’ setting with comfy chairs, porcelain cups and, increasingly, wireless Internet access. Dunkin’ Donuts, in contrast, is increasingly built on speed. Most of its new stores feature drive-throughs, and the chain bills itself as a pit stop for harried commuters.” Daniel McGinn, Newsweek

The appropriate time

“I don’t know. I look at our show sometimes, and I don’t know what the appropriate time for it is. I don’t necessarily think it’s 12:30. Sometimes I think it’s a children’s show. You can run huge portions of my show on Nickelodeon. We have everything but green slime coming down on the guests. So I don’t know. I honestly think yes. I’ve done my share of things in prime time, I’ve done my share of things earlier in the evening, and you still find the way to do your sense of humor or execute your sensibility in front of a slightly different audience. You’re always adjusting to what that specific situation is. If you’re hosting the Emmys, you adjust a little. If you’re doing a week of shows in a 4,000-seat theatre in Chicago, you make certain adjustments, but still, it’s basically you. I have to feel it’s the same thing at 11:30. Will the Masturbating Bear still be there? Who can say?” Conan O’Brien, on doing The Tonight Show an hour earlier than Late Night With Conan O’Brien

Bunnies yawning

“One day I was flipping through a friend’s rabbit book, and in it was a picture of a bunny yawning. I had never seen anything so adorably funny. I can’t quite explain it, what exactly makes me smile, but I began searching for pictures of bunnies yawning. You see, the yawn takes about two seconds, and then it is over. Therefore, bunny yawn pictures are extremely rare.”

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Thinking differently

“Earlier this week, Chicago Tribune quoted Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris as saying iPods have a relatively low failure rate and that they are designed to last ‘four years.’ However, Kerris in a statement to the iLounge on Friday said she was misquoted. The Apple spokeswoman said she told the reporter that the iPod was designed to last ‘for years,’ not ‘four years.’” AppleInsider

5-Second Rule

“Researchers at the University of Illinois say the so-called ‘5-Second Rule’ isn’t a myth. They say when you drop food on the floor, it’s still safe to eat if you pick it up within five seconds… By the way, if you try getting rid of germs on your food by blowing on it or dusting it off, you’re wasting your time. It doesn’t work.” WAFF 48 News


Fourthmeal: The meal between dinner and breakfast.” Taco Bell

Natural order of things

“Anything that is in the world when you’re born is normal and ordinary and is just a natural part of the way the world works. Anything that’s invented between when you’re fifteen and thirty-five is new and exciting and revolutionary and you can probably get a career in it. Anything invented after you’re thirty-five is against the natural order of things.” Douglas Adams

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So many vibrant personalities

“Rewind the clock back to 1993. Wu-Tang had people going nuts. Never before had the hip-hop world seen so many vibrant personalities in one group. Now, be honest, did you ever think Ghostface would have emerged as the biggest star in the group? Meth, ODB, GZA, RZA, Raekwon, and, arguably, Inspectah Deck would all have been ranked ahead of Ghost. Ghost was really just ‘that dude who wore the mask so the cops didn’t nab him.’” Nordy

Greek for ‘remembering more than normal’

“Some people call me the human calendar while others run out of the room in complete fear. Most have called it a gift, but I call it a burden. I run my entire life through my head every day and it drives me crazy!!!” “AJ”, on her unique ability to perfectly and instantly recall details of her past, a condition researchers have dubbed “hyperthymestic syndrome”

The evolution of the NetFlix envelope

“But before Netflix became a dotcom darling with millions of subscribers, it had to figure out the details of how to mail DVDs cheaply and economically. Learning the ins and outs of the post office’s operations was key: Every ounce of weight in the mailer added to postage costs - but if the mailer was too flimsy, DVDs broke in the mail. Additionally, the mailer had to last long enough for reuse as a return envelope.” Business 2.0 Magazine