Getting caught in an awkward situation where you have to make a decision between raising your hand for assistance and serving yourself is a universal experience we all face at some point in time. Such encounters are especially prominent overseas, so picking up the universal language of knife and fork would be handy in getting your requests across. There is an etiquette of placing knife and fork on a plate while resting or after finishing. For example crossing your knife and fork at 90 degree angles means you are ready for a second plate, while placing them diagonally means you are only pausing. If you are finished with your meal, place your fork and knife parallel to each other, facing away from you. Likewise, place your fork and knife horizontally across your plate to pay the chef and the wait staff a compliment.
If you're a Narcos fan like me, the second season of the Netflix original series will be available for your unhealthy binge-viewing in less than two months, but in the meantime viewers looking to get their fix will have to be content with this trailer that's recently been released to the internet.
July is National Hot Dog Month, and according to the National Sausage and Hot Dog Council , Americans will be consuming the infamous little red tubes of "meat" in record numbers this summer. And there is no doubt about it, Americans love their hot dogs. The Council estimates that over seven billion hot dogs will be eaten by Americans between Memorial Day and Labor Day. During the July 4th weekend alone -- the biggest hot-dog holiday of the year -- 155 million will be downed. In fact, the average American will eat an average of 60 hot dogs each year. They are clearly one of the country's most loved, but most misunderstood, comfort foods.
Old and busted: Turn down for what. The new hotness: Turn the wheels of what? No seriously, of what. Find me that poster. Oh and the dude driving that boat got the hammer.
The .38 Long Colt is a black powder cartridge introduced by Colt's Manufacturing Company in 1875, and was adopted as a standard military pistol cartridge by the United States Army in 1892 for the Colt New Army M1892 Revolver. The cartridge's relatively poor ballistics were highlighted during the Philippine–American War of 1899–1902, when reports from U.S. Army officers were received regarding the .38 bullet's inability to stop charges of frenzied Moro Juramentados, even at extremely close ranges. A typical instance occurred in 1905 and was later recounted by Col. Louis A. LaGarde: "Antonio Caspi, a prisoner on the island who attempted escape on Oct. 26, 1905, was shot four times at close range in a hand-to-hand encounter by a .38 Colt's revolver loaded with U.S. Army regulation ammunition. He was finally stunned by a blow on the forehead from the butt end of a Springfield carbine." Hence began the long and storied history of the US Army's next standard pistol cartridge, the venerable .45 ACP, courtesy of one John Browning. And yes, the .45 ACP is still alive and kicking with great enthusiasm. I know because I just ordered 2,000 rounds at an unheard of $0.27 per round.
Oh, and to keep you busy over the weekend, find me this intersection with a four way stop.
Today's FRIDAY FLICK: Assembly is a 2007 Chinese war film written by Liu Heng and directed by Feng Xiaogang. The film, which follows a soldier who fights to gain recognition for comrades who died during the Chinese Civil War and carries an anti-war theme, was first released on 20 December 2007. It won the 2008 Hundred Flowers Awards and the 2009 Golden Rooster Awards for Best Film. It's two hours long and you'll have to hit the CC button to turn on English subtitles. But Assembly is, and I shit you not, one of the best war movies I've ever seen. Seriously, if you can find the time, treat yo self.