As I stood waiting on the platform for the train, I noted that beyond my stop it continued on to a place called Hamworthy.

I was already late and due to visit my brother in hospital, but for a brief while I considered staying on the train and continuing on to Hamworthy.

There, I though, I would be able to carefully take the measure of the town and its residents (Hamworthians?) and try to work out what, exactly, made it worthy of ham.

Perhaps it was simply that its people considered themselves all worthy of ham and, in joyous agreement, decided to celebrate this fact. But this then posed the question: if a citizen was deemed unworthy of ham - possibly by committing some slight against the fine meat - would they be expelled?
How would one then determine the exact hamworthiness of a Hamworthian? Was there a Comittee For Hamoworthian Values that made such determinations, perhaps composed of those deemed most worthy of ham?

Most crucially, would I be deemed worthy of ham upon my arrival - given a celebratory lei of ham, kissed quickly and briefly on both cheeks, and shown swiftly to my new, council-provided Hamworth residence?
Or perhaps I would be found wanting, the Committee noting my known public associations with vegetarians, and chased out of town with brooms and ham-bone missiles.

I got off at my stop.

"Pickup trucks customized to spew black smoke into the air are quickly becoming the newest weapon in the culture wars.

"Coal Rollers" are diesel trucks modified with chimneys and equipment that can force extra fuel into the engine causing dark black smoke to pour out of the chimney stacks. These modifications are not new, but as Slate’s Dave Weigel pointed out on Thursday, "rolling coal" has begun to take on a political dimension with pickup drivers increasingly viewing their smokestacks as a form of protest against environmentalists and Obama administration emissions regulations.

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"The feeling around here is that everyone who drives a small car is a liberal," a roller named Ryan told Vocativ. "I rolled coal on a Prius once just because they were tailing me."

Weigel spoke to a seller of coal rolling customization equipment who described why some drivers see spewing smoke as a political protest.

"I run into a lot of people that really don’t like Obama at all," the salesperson said. "If he’s into the environment, if he’s into this or that, we’re not. I hear a lot of that. To get a single stack on my truck—that’s my way of giving them the finger. You want clean air and a tiny carbon footprint? Well, screw you."

The source article in Business Insider.

You Wouldn't Like Jonathan Franzen When He's Angry4

warrenellis:

"Think of all the women who have never slept with Jonathan Franzen. His anger must grow by the day. Soon it will envelop the world, and we will be forced to bow down in chains before it, and create ziggurats out of human corpses as terrible tribute. Some of these women who Failed To Fuck Jonathan Franzen might now be on Twitter, which is wrong because of a German essayist who is now dead."

The Guardian: Is a hot dog a sandwich? An extended meditation on the nature of America by Jeb Lund   4

If a sandwich is a portable, relatively tidy meal of meat inside a bread conveyance, the fact that the bun is sliced lengthwise but not all the way through affects nothing in this discussion. The bread is in essence no different when fully sliced and presenting a more familiar sandwich form. To quibble further, one might say, is to simply argue about hinges.
Stopping here, though, is actually the action of a fool – because this conclusion naturally opens up further counterarguments to sandwich ontology that sandwich reactionaries invariably make in bad faith.

Superb.