“There’s always money in the banana stand.” How Arrested Development may boost the banana stand economy
Helen Connolly, 76, has owned Sugar ‘N Spice for 18 years. The small Balboa Island shop, established in the 1940s, claims to have originated the frozen banana. Connolly says she thinks the popular sitcom has boosted her sales and that the show’s comeback will help even more. “We’ve had a few people ask, ‘Is this the “Arrested Development” banana?,’ and we are. And I think it will increase [our sales],” she says. Just a few doors down on Marine Avenue, Connolly’s rival, Dad’s Donut Shop and Bakery, also claims to be home to the “original frozen banana.” Dad’s manager Vann Yam says the shop has been posting strong growth in recent years, though the 23-year employee isn’t so sure that the Bluths deserve credit. Rather, she explains that it’s because Dad’s is the true banana baron on Balboa Island: “Our banana’s been here forever,” she explains, though she says customers do often reference the show. “They ask, ‘Is the show based on you guys?’” Yam says, adding that she anticipates getting that question even more once the new season is released.— Arrested Development and the Frozen Banana Economy
Mitch Hurwitz originally pitched an Arrested Development movie trilogy
I started sketching it out, and I had this funny idea for Maeby. It doesn’t quite fit into the master family story, but it’s funny for Maeby, and I do have this funny bit for Tobias where he writes pop songs. He’s written a song called “I Kissed a Boy.” I just had all these crazy notions, and suddenly I was overwhelmed by the task of squeezing all these unrelated stories into a movie that has a central plot. So I met with Ron Howard to say, “Hey, is there any way we can turn this into a trilogy?” He’s such a good guy. He was like, “I think it might be hard enough to get one movie made.” It was a good point. A studio might not want to spend $150 million on an Arrested Development trilogy. I can see that argument.— ‘Arrested Development’ Creator Mitch Hurwitz on His Two-Year Odyssey to Revive the Show
How living in cities is changing our biology
Urban melting pots are genetically altering humans. The spread of genetic diversity can be traced back to the invention of the bicycle, according to geneticist Steve Jones, which encouraged the intermarriage of people between villages and towns. But the urbanisation occurring now is generating unprecedented mixing. As a result, humans are now more genetically similar than at any time in the last 100,000 years, Jones says.— Cities: How crowded life is changing us
The world’s first 3-D printed bullets aren’t anything to fear, according to the man who first tested them.
The 3-D printed shotgun slugs fired successfully out of a shotgun, but Jeff Heeszel, the man who shot them, said they were “some of the worst round’s [he’s] ever fired out of a shotgun.” First 3-D Printed Bullets Fired in YouTube Test
Why none of the White House “scandals” are leading to a drop in Obama’s poll numbers
The public’s reaction to the scandals is, in other words, being mediated by their reaction to Obama. If they approve of Obama, they’re inclined to believe that neither he nor anyone in his circle ordered the IRS to attack tea party groups and that the administration did its best in the immediate aftermath of Benghazi. If they disapprove of Obama, they’re inclined to believe he or someone in his circle was controlling the IRS, and that the Benghazi talking points were part of a cover-up.— Here’s why the ‘scandals’ aren’t affecting Obama’s poll numbers
Are Obama’s critics moving the goal posts on the IRS controversy?
We’ve reached the point in the controversy at which critics are raising the opposite of their original charges. “Why did the White House intervene?” has become “Why didn’t the White House intervene?”— ‘The opposite of a cover-up’
Open office spaces ruin your productivity
In a literature review of studies on open-plan offices, researchers from Virginia State University and North Carolina State University found evidence to suggest that they’re linked to lower productivity. Scanning work from the Journal of Human Ecology, Academy of Management Journal and Administrative Science Quarterly, Tonya Smith-Jackson and Katherine Klein identified reduced motivation, decreased job satisfaction and lower perceived privacy as factors negatively affecting productivity in open-plan environments. Similar to Mak and Lui findings, the resounding message in the research is that overhearing conversations in the office is very intrusive and distracting for workers.— Open-plan offices make employees less productive, less happy, and more likely to get sick
Are drones protected by the Second Amendment?
That idea sounds farfetched, but some legal scholars think that Second Amendment rights might extend to robotic arms, including drones outfitted with weapons.— The Next Gun Debate? Armed Drones Could Be Protected By the Second Amendment
The health benefits of shopping
— Why Shopping Can Be Good for Your HealthDespite its benefits, retail therapy is shunned by many consumers. “I think it’s unpopular these days to say you shop for pleasure because we’re supposed to be in some stoic state in this post-recession economy,” says Kit Yarrow, a professor of psychology at Golden Gate University in San Francisco who studies consumer trends and behaviors. “I think shopping serves as a healthy purpose for a lot of people. If it works for you, you should not feel guilty. Do it, enjoy it and don’t overdo it.”