The Wall Street Journal – July 1, 2015

Sealed Air Corp., the original seller of Bubble Wrap since 1960, is rolling out a revamped version of its signature product. Dubbed iBubble Wrap, the new packaging is sold in flat plastic sheets that the shipper fills with air using a custom-made pump. The inflated bubbles look much like traditional Bubble Wrap, with one key difference: They don’t burst when pressure is applied.

This kind of DE-bubbling
In existentially troubling.


BBC – July 1, 2015

Mayonnaise that does not get stuck in its container is being developed by a Norwegian company…Getting the last bit of sauce out of a bottle is a common annoyance for shoppers. Many have shared their frustration on social media.

While quantum computers and drones amaze,
The next big thing? Non-stick mayonnaise!


The Economist – June 27, 2015

Why are the French suddenly so keen on sliced bread? Partly because of his long lasting convenience at a time of squeezed lifestyles. Nothing beats a freshly baked baguette, but it’s best eaten within hours of leaving the oven.

When harried lifestyle shows its strain,
Grab sliced bread wrapped in cellophane.


NPR – June 29, 2015

There’s a reason this age-old tradition prevails. Even in the era of paleo and gluten-free, there are still hordes of us who will gladly nosh on crusty, chewy, soul-warming bread. But the downside may be more than just some extra calories. Turns out, eating all those carbs before a meal can amp up our appetites and spike our blood sugar.

Eat bread first: a blood sugar spurt.
Eat bread last, a more “just dessert.”


The Wall Street Journal – June 28, 2015

The steps, a fateful climax to five years of debt crisis, puts Greece closer than it ever has been to an exit from the euro and pushes the common currency itself into uncharted waters. The decision came after the European Central Bank—meeting in an emergency session Sunday—opted not to expand a lifeline of emergency funds that has been sustaining Greek banks while nervous depositors pulled their money out.

Stocks are shaky, disaster bids.
A deadline looms to “Greece the skids.”