The vampire squid (Vampyroteuthis infernalis, lit. “vampire squid from Hell”) is a small, deep-sea cephalopod found throughout the temperate and tropical oceans of the world. Unique retractile sensory filaments justify the vampire squid’s placement in its own order:Vampyromorphida (formerly Vampyromorpha), which shares similarities with both squid and octopuses. As a phylogenetic relict it is the only known surviving member of its order, first described and originally classified as an octopus in 1903 by German teuthologist Carl Chun, but later assigned to a new order together with several extinct taxa… [more]
Glamdoll Donuts, 2605 Nicollet Avenue S.
This trendy new late-night bakery is pretty pink and pretty delicious, but Glam Doll Donuts wasn’t always so glam. The retro-styled bakery, which recently opened in the Whittier Neighborhood, was previously home to Strudel & Nudel, a German deli owned by Erich and Joanne Christ, longtime owners of The Black Forest Inn. The Black Forest Restaurant began in May 1965 as a small tavern that used a portable grill to cook bratwurst. After being featured in Will Jones’ Minneapolis Tribune column in 1969, business boomed, allowing Christ to purchase the building and adjacent properties. In 1985 Strudel & Nudel opened at 2605 Nicollet Ave, serving wursts, cold cut meats, cheeses, sandwiches, salads, hard rolls, and of course, strudel. Glam Doll Donuts shares part of its kitchen with The Black Forest Inn.
Prior to the deli, the building housed a long history of auto dealers and repair garages. The brick building was built in 1912 as a garage, changing hands over nine times, but remaining an auto garage until 1985. The longest running garage was Certified Auto Body Repairs, Inc., which occupied the property from 1958-1985. Before that, it was home to R.D. Douglas Garage (1916), J.T. Smith Used Cars (1921), Nicollet Service Garage (early 1940s), and the Lake Street Nash Body Shop (late 1950s), among others.
Glam Doll Donuts has already gotten mentions from City Pages and the Star Tribune and has received rave reviews from the community. There are donuts for the adventurous: the Chart Topper with peanut butter and Siracha, or those seeking the savory: Girl Next Door filled with muenster and provolone. You’ll find your standard vanilla or chocolate icing with sprinkles too. The Misfit and Dark Angel donuts did not disappoint.
Adventurer Mark Moffett has found the world’s biggest insect - which is so huge it can eat carrots. The former park ranger discovered the giant weta up a tree and his real life Bugs Bunny has now been declared the largest ever found. He came across the cricket-like creature, which has a wing span of seven inches, after two days of searching on a tiny island. The creepy crawly is only found on Little Barrier Island, in New Zealand. The species was wiped off the mainland by rats accidentally introduced by Europeans.
By Elizabeth Hanchett, writing from Toronto
Athletic Bilbao is famous among football circles for being the only club in the world that insists on signing only local players to their team. Athletic was formed in 1898 in Lamiako (now part of the town/municipality of Leioa, about eight kilometers north of Bilbao), Bizkaia by British industrial workers living in the area. Athletic is also the oldest football club currently in the Spanish First Division, being one year older than FC Barcelona, and being the only club, aside from FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, to have never spent a season in Second Division. It is a club with a cult of personality; in Bilbao, it is very difficult to support any club other than Athletic, as Bilbao has no other major professional side, and no one would dare support Real Sociedad, based in San Sebastián (or, as the Basques call it, “Donosti”, short for Donostia, the Basque name for the city), Bilbao’s major rival. Athletic is the one thing residents of Bilbao, in fact all of Bizkaia —Vizcaya in Spanish—, have in common.
One question that always seems to be asked of this seemingly small club is why it only signs Basque players. Another is how. With the why, it’s a national pride issue. Aside from the first squad in 1898 where more than half of the starters were of English nationality, Athletic has prided itself on never signing a “foreign” player to its club. And by foreign, of course, I mean non-Basque. This is an interesting concept because, despite (or, as some fans would argue because of) this little caveat, Athletic has been one of the Spanish league’s most successful sides. As I mentioned earlier, Athletic is one of three clubs that has never dropped to second division, though they have come extremely close a few times. But what exactly is a Basque? Or at least, what constitutes a Basque as far as Athletic Bilbao signing their football talent is concerned?
The answer to our Social Security “problem,” to the extent it can even be called a problem, is incredibly simple. Social Security today can pay every cent of benefits owed for the next 25 years, so it’s hardly the disaster many would like you to believe. Still, we need to ensure the long-term…