“Every kind of cake! They’re kind of dangerous, actually. There is too much sugar. I start to freak out a little bit. I had a piece of Vons cake of some type and an alcoholic beverage and I started to feel a little weird, like I wasn’t gonna make it through to midnight. You gotta have peanuts and carrots and apples available for people to come down off the cake. You have to be responsible.” —Maria Bamford on AD and Cake Parties — Vulture
“When Officer Fosket got Miky, he was handed a list of a dozen Hebrew commands and expressions, like “Hi’ sha’ er” (stay!), Ch’pess (search!), and “Kelev tov” (good doggy). He made flashcards and tried practicing with Miky. But poor Miky didn’t respond.” —
An Israeli police dog and a rabbi in Montana.
“As Ms. Pogrebin notes, greeting someone with the seemingly innocent question “How are you?” can prompt all kinds of unwelcome thoughts. Better, she advises, is a simple “It is good to see you.” For sure, you should not ask “How are you really?” If you are close enough to merit that information, it will come to you” —‘How to Be a Friend to a Friend Who’s Sick’ Can Be Harder Than It Sounds - NYTimes.com
“I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately. And I would go see actual Corbusier homes in real life and just talk about, you know, why did they design it? They did like, the biggest glass panes that had ever been done. Like I say, I’m a minimalist in a rapper’s body. It’s cool to bring all those vibes and then eventually come back to Rick [Rubin], because I would always think about Def Jam.” —Kanye West on Le Corbusier in the NYT.
“Goodbye is larger than just a word. It encompasses an entire ritual. Psychologist Herbert Clark expands on this idea with the ways in which we end a phone call. We can’t just hang up. There are three parts to ending a phone call: topic termination, leave taking, and contact termination. First, we have to indicate we’re done talking (“Well, it was really good to hear from you.”), and then both agree to break contact (“Okay, we’ll catch up again soon.” “Okay, bye.”), and then actually physically end the transmission (hang up). We rarely ever just hang up without observing these niceties, and if we do it is regarded as the height of rudeness even if it signals displeasure.” —http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/2013/06/11/why-are-we-signing-our-emails-with-thank-you/