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To be real PPE; Provenance, Parallel, & Ersatz

In the early weeks of the Covid-19 outbreak, most forms of in-person retail experienced a shock.  While some were deemed inessential, and closed, others saw immediate runs on a small set of goods, certain food items, and perhaps most notably hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes, and all forms of disposable face masks.  At the same time […]

The Game Grumps Go Viral

At the end of the first installment of the Game Grumps’ Super Mario Galaxy 2 playthrough the hosts, Arin Hanson and Dan Avidan, change the subject to a seeming nonsequitur: the Backstreet Boys. The two discuss the Backstreet Boys reunion tour at length, warning their fans to stay safe from it, avoid getting tickets, and […]

Noodle and the Pandemic

Cheering for Noodle In the beginning of April 2020, the slogans #Welcome back! Sesame hot noodles# (#欢迎回来热干面#), #Carry on! Sesame hot noodles# (#热干面加油#) became common on China’s top social media platform. Why was a noodle dish trending now? Why did the noodle dish need all this encouragement? And why was support for one specific noodle […]


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