Important times call for important programming:
But there comes a time at which point rational people have to put adorable hijinks aside and recognize otters for what they are: disease-ridden, murderous, necrophilic aqua-weasels whose treachery knows few bounds.
It's the offseason. We're all filled with ennui. So are otters apparently. There is only one answer. There is a 33 hour live broadcast of otters starting tonight at 8pm ET.
Take heart if you've been banished. Minimum wage in Bolivia is now up by 20% (link)!
Today is the 118th running of the Boston Marathon. It is off to a great start in both the elite men's and elite women's race. American's Ryan Hall and Meb Keflezighi leading the men's pelaton and American woman Shalane Flanagan on course record pace.
Ernst Van Dyk just won his 10th Boston Marathon wheelchair race.
EDIT: Rita Jeptoo (KEN) wins the women's race in 2:18.57. A new course record. Shalane finishes 6th 2:22.01 a new personal best.
EDIT 2: American Meb wins!!!!!! 2:08.26! A New PB.
On Saturday University of Michigan alum Nick Willis won the Elite Men's Mile Race.
Go Boston runners today! Both Elite and non-elite!
I was reading an article on listverse this morning title "10 Monumental Map Blunders and Lies" and was surprised see a very (University of) Michigan centric story at #5:
Peter Fletcher was the former chairman of the Michigan State Highway Commission as well as a die-hard University of Michigan devotee. He included the nonexistent towns of Beatosu and Goblu, Ohio on a 1978 road map for the sole purpose of mocking Ohio State fans: Beatosu, of course, stood for “Beat OSU,” and Goblu really meant “Go Blue.”
Rabid Ohio fans wouldn’t tolerate such an injustice and demanded the Governor fix the maps. Even some Michigan residents complained that the incident was a waste of tax money. Ironically, the philanthropic Fletcher never collected his annual $60,000 salary as chairman, an amount that more than compensated for the ink used on the maps. New maps, without the offending town of Beatosu and Goblu, were reprinted later that year.
A quick google search found an interview with Mr. Fletcher himself on Michigan's DNR website:
Mr. Fletcher told me the story behind this infamous map. He explained that a fellow University of Michigan alumnus had been teasing him about the Mackinac Bridge colors. According to Fletcher, this man wondered how Fletcher, as State Highway Commission Chairman, could allow the Bridge to be painted green and white. Those were the colors of Michigan State University! Mr. Fletcher noted that the bridge colors were in compliance with federal highway regulations, so he had no choice in that matter. He did, however, have more control over the state highway map. Mr. Fletcher said that he thus ordered a cartographer to insert the two fictitious towns. These towns displayed his loyalty to his alma mater.
Here's the news link:
Opening in late June downtown - just west of Main near Liberty, in the old Eastern Flame.
The question is whether I will attempt the experience/run the ordering gauntlet after having lived in A2 for nearly 40 years.
No doubt there will be a variety of opinions about the re-opening, even as there were when it closed. But, overall, good to see the icon renewed if only so we can see it on another episode of "Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives."
1992 U-M grad Steve Henderson -- a former Michigan Daily editor and Michigan marching band member -- won the Pulitizer Prize for commentary relating to Detroit's financial crisis and the bankruptcy. His columns (and tweets) are a great resource for understanding the problems that led to the bankruptcy and the possible roads forward: