Author Archives: Jon Lowder

1NT: You Too Can Smell Like Old Books

In a most imaginative act of product diversification an iconic independent bookstore in Portland is selling what it calls a “unisex fragrance” that allows you to smell like, well, old books. Here’s the description of Powell’s Unisex Fragrance:

Description:
Like the crimson rhododendrons in Rebecca, the heady fragrance of old paper creates an atmosphere ripe with mood and possibility. Invoking a labyrinth of books; secret libraries; ancient scrolls; and cognac swilled by philosopher-kings, Powell’s by Powell’s delivers the wearer to a place of wonder, discovery, and magic heretofore only known in literature.

It will be available on January 6, 2021 and a 1 ounce bottle will set you back $24.99.

1NT: Dorking

Dorking, aka “Let me Google that for you”, is the practice of using advanced queries on search engines to find anything on the Internet. Learn about it here.

Here’s how you find specific pages within a website. In this example we’ll search for any page on my blog that references poop. Just type this in your search bar:
site: jonlowder.com poop

1NT: Connected States

High speed internet access is not available to everyone in the United States. Here are the states with the highest and lowest rates of connectivity (Source – Rotary Magazine):

Most Connected

1. New Jersey
2. New York
3. Maryland
4. Rhode Island
5. Florida

Least Connected
46. Vermont
47. Nebraska
48. New Mexico
49. Montana
50. Alaska

1NT: The Boston Americans Red Sox

Today I learned that the team currently known as the Boston Red Sox was originally known at the Boston Americans. From the 1901-1907 seasons they were the Americans and from 1908 to today they have been the Red Sox. Oh, and some dude named Cy Young was their best player for most of those years. You may have heard of him.

Source: https://www.baseball-reference.com/teams/BOS/index.shtml

1NT: Bonefires

Ever wonder where the name “bonfire” comes from? Me either, but it ends up it is interesting.

Bonfires are typically associated with celebrations, backyard burnings, and toasting marshmallows, and although these are all good things, the bon in bonfire isn’t related to the French for “good.” Instead, bonfire actually stems from the Middle English bonefire, literally referring to a fire of bones.

Source: https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/the-secret-history-of-bonfire

1NT: Putting Your Money to Work

Want to put your money to work, literally? Try this:

A dollar bill is 6.14 inches long so if you need to measure something and don’t have a ruler or measuring tape handy, just keep in mind that the dollar bill in your wallet/purse/pocket is about 6 inches long so you can use it as a rough measuring tool in a pinch.