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…Pasties are not pastries?


In a recent post about correcting typos online, Stephen J. Dubner quoted from an article in The Economist: “In the hills north east of Mexico City it is not uncommon to find Cornish pasties for sale.”

He adds: They meant to write “pastries” but, considering that miners work really hard, they might also be hoping to encounter the kind of people who go shopping for pasties.

Unfortunately for Stephen, The Economist did not mean to write “pastries”, and to prove it, mailed him a genuine Cornish pasty stuffed with peas, carrots, potatoes and mystery meat.

If only all mistakes were that delicious!

[Freakonomics – Dept. of Oops]

[Via: Serious Eats]

…Recycling is good for the planet?


If you recycle (and you should), then you probably separate out what’s recyclable from what’s not, put both on the curb, and never think about it again.

But what happens when you recycle?

How does it work? Is it worth the effort? Is recycling waste just going into a landfill?

The Economist decided to tackle all these questions and more, and put together a great piece called The Truth About Recycling.

    If done right, there is no doubt that recycling saves energy and raw materials, and reduces pollution. But as well as trying to recycle more, it is also important to try to recycle better. As technologies and materials evolve, there is room for improvement and cause for optimism. In the end, says Ms Krebs, “waste is really a design flaw.”

[The Economist – The Truth About Recycling]