What Exactly Is Curling?

From Mental Floss: Olympic curling has taken to the ice. Here’s a quick, stripped-down version of everyone’s favorite icy alternative to shuffle board. It doesn’t cover anywhere near all of the game’s nuances, but it should give you enough info that you can enjoy watching an end or two. (And yes, you’ll learn what an “end” is.) More…

How the Frisbee Took Flight

From Salon: There’s an old saying among Frisbee enthusiasts: “When a ball dreams, it dreams it’s a Frisbee.” What other object has been embraced by athletes, dads on the beach, hippies in the quad, wannabe golfers and dogs? With a little practice and the flick of the wrist, we can make a Frisbee sail a hundred feet and curve according to our flight plan. It stirs the same part of our imagination that wishes we could fly, and has inspired games from Ultimate to Disc Golf to freestyle competitions in which contestants spin discs on their fingers, around their backs, and through their legs, while tumbling. More…

Maine Restaurants Among New England’s Best

Six Maine restaurants appear a new list of the top 15 restaurants in New England, and one — Hugo’s — makes the list of the thirty most important restaurants in the U.S. (at #25). The survey results were complied based on 1.900 participants contributing more than 29,000 reviews of restaurants in the United States, Canada and Europe. More…

Valentine’s Day Covers: The New Yorker

A selection of Valentine-themed covers by Charles Addams, Helen E. Hokinson, Art Spieglman, and other New Yorker artists. More…