There is also serious competitive pinball. (Not this year, obviously, but in normal years.) My wife has several times won a medal at the Meijer State Games of Michigan for her play.
I don’t know of merit badges for pinball, but they wouldn’t be hard to justify, especially if they come with an expectation of learning how to maintain and repair the machines.
I once encountered a box of Satellite Wafers in a candy shop and figured to try it. My first taste inspired me to joke that they made a candy out of communion wafers? And it turns out this is basically what they are, two communion wafer-style sheets, pressed together, with a couple tiny hard sugar candy balls in the center. I’m not sure I can call this good, but it’s interesting and it let me explain to someone what communion tastes like without sneaking them into the serving of the Eucharist.
Just looking at that newspaper and thinking, wait, Daddy’s Home takes place in the Finger Lakes and North Jersey?
If Wikipedia’s accurate in 1902 Herriman was living and working in New York City. Had even been a billboard painter on Coney Island, which supports the roller-coaster influence.
I see some dictionaries listing ‘flip-flap’ as a word for ‘somersault’. Unfortunately I can’t find a reference saying whether that sense of ‘flip-flap’ predated the roller coaster.
It would make great sense of the ride’s name if ‘flip-flap’ already meant ‘somersault’, though. The strip makes sense either way, but more sense if by 1902 ‘flip-flap’ had that connotation.
I’m intrigued by the mention in panel six of ``Why, she couldn’t even do a flip-flap!‘’ It makes me think of the Flip-Flap Railway, the 1890s Coney Island roller coaster that did a loop. I’m curious whether that is a reference to park ride or if ``flip-flap’’ already had a general connotation of tumbling like that which both the ride and the comic strip were using.
Yeah, bulk candies like candy corn are made by … like … anybody with the sugar to spare.
My wife and I go through this, though out of trying to eat vegetarian, and I’ll confess we often just give in on gelatin because it’s just so hard to avoid.
Incidentally if you want a general term for the decimal point, good for whatever base you use, you can try saying ``radix point’, but nobody will know what you’re talking about.
No; ``1’’ in a positional number system like decimals means ‘one’. Compare, like, how ``21’’ (in decimal) means ``2 times ten plus 1 times one’’. Or ``31’’ means ``3 times ten plus 1 times one’’. In ``pi-imal’’, ``10’’ would mean ``1 times pi plus 0 times one’’.
… What does this even mean?
I’m afraid to admit my own visit was disappointing, but because I try to eat vegetarian and there was nothing but the salad bar and desserts. Also I felt like the number of pork and ham entrees clashed with the theme. But I am glad to have visited.