Silent Noodles, Swimming Pools and the ACLU: What I Learned from Magazines this Week

Among the wisdom dispensed by magazines this week are these gems:

The correct term for mobile phone separation anxiety is nomophobia.
(Time. 9/4/17)

Henry David Thoreau was fond of belting out sea shanties at parties.
(The New Yorker, 9/4/17)

The best way to befriend famous people is to have no idea who they are.
(New York, 10/16/17)

A Japanese company has developed a noise-cancelling fork that masks the sound of noodle slurping.
Time (11/16/17)

Only 2% of the world’s population have naturally blond hair.
(New York, 8/7/17)

Beyonce’s new house has 4 swimming pools.
(People, 9/4/17)

More than two thirds of American women are size 14 or larger.
(New York, 8/7/17)

We are living in a world full of assholes.
(New York, 9/18)

Ed Droste, founding member of the indy group Grizzly Bear, has LOL tattooed on his butt.
(Out, 8/17)

Bob Dylan once said that hearing Elvis for the first time was like busting out of jail.
(Time, 8/21/17)

ACLU membership has quadrupled since Trump’s election.
(Out, 8/17)

(Roz Warren is the author of Our Bodies, Our Shelves: Library Humor and Just Another Day At Your Local Public Library, both of which you should buy immediately.)

Roz Warren