Archives for July 2014

Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

STASIW_LLBEAN_062514-5Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.

Save the Family Dinner (The Atlantic)

smart phone dinnerIncreasingly, people are eating alone. And not just the twenty-somethings you’re picturing eating takeout while they binge-watch Netflix. The majority of Americans living with a family member report fewer mealtimes together today than when they were growing up. Not to mention that the average American eats one in every five meals in his or her car.

So what do we lose when we forgo eating with others? Children who eat separately from their parents are more likely to be obese, whereas those who eat with their parents are healthier and show better performance in school. We lose the sense of community that comes from taking time to put away phones and work worries and catch up with one another over food.

Read more from The Atlantic on how to “eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.”

The Top 10 Things You Never Knew About the Bicycle (Slate)

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source: Slate

The invention and progression of what we recognize as the modern bicycle is not as cloudy as historians once thought. The history of bicycle technology has been “long neglected,” but now Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing have compiled much information into their recently published Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History.

Take a look at Slate’s visual list of the top 10 innovations to 19th century bicycles, that took them from a contraption propelled by the feet on the ground t0 one that could generate the energy to light an electric bulb.

Cash Points, Car Parks and Gardens, Oh My! (Mental Floss)

Confused book128If you’re an American who’s ever been told to put your rubbish in the bin, you were probably mildly bemused. And you were probably talking to someone British, who wanted you to toss your trash in the garbage can.

The language might still be called English, but there are a number of surprising discrepancies that occur when you cross the pond. For example, on this side of the pond, we would refer to the things in the headline above as ATMs, garages and backyards.