Around here, folks will be drinking beer, grilling out, watching the Ohio State game and bitching about how unions ruined America. Here are some good stories to check out this weekend:
The World Series of Choctaw Stickball - SBNation
The Secrets of an NFL Locker Room - Rolling Stone. Chris Kluwe on what he misses about football.
'Yankees Suck! Yankees Suck!': The twisted, true story of the drug-addled, beer guzzling hardcore punks who made the most popular T-shirts in Boston history - Grantland. I hate Boston fans, but at least they aren't Yankees or Cubs fans.
Vin Scully as Human Time Capsule - James Fallows, and Look at all that's happened with the Dodgers during Vin Scully's tenure - SBNation
Farmers, USDA Gear Up For The Next Bird Flu Season - Modern Farmer. It will be interesting to see how well they handle it when they are better prepared for the outbreak.
Let's All Drool Over This Year's State Fair of Texas Food - Texas Monthly
A twofer from The Salt - How Big Egg Tried To Bring Down Little 'Mayo' (And Failed) and The Bloody Mary Meat Straw: An All-American Story
The paradox of soil - The Economist
This cloud-like, futuristic material has been sneaking its way into your life sine 1931 - Business Insider. Never heard of it before.
The Revision of Steve Jobs - The Atlantic. I was ahead of the curve on this one.
The Business of Seal Clubbing - Priceonomics. Hey, the headline was clickbait for me.
How Singer Won the Sewing Machine War - Smithsonian. For the patent lawyer in the family.
Meet the Designer Behind Four Decades of Star Wars Toys - Bloomberg. The year I got the Millennium Falcon for Christmas, the decals got misplaced with the trash. I really felt like I had an inferior product compared to my friends. I was a severely anal-retentive child. Since then, I've gone hard the other way.
The Death and Life of Atlantic City - The New Yorker. On the shitshow that has been the Revel casino (h/t to my old boss).
That Which Divides Us - CityBeat. A short history of segregation in Cincinnati, and its effects in the present day. Also see, How the Federal Government Built White Suburbia - CityLab
That Sinking Feeling - Texas Observer. On recently indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Reminds me of former Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann, another person with no business in statewide office, or any office for that matter (I did vote for that clown, unfortunately).
And Now I Have to Say Something About Kim Davis - The Stranger. I've been tempted to post something about this clown show, but I couldn't without it boiling down to, "do your fucking job or quit, you Goddamn F*&%ing C^%$," so I refrained.
The United Slang of America - Slate