The fact that Kia is building a large seven/eight-seater SUV is about as surprising as discovering that the Twinkie you’ve just bitten into contains an interior chamber, filled with a white, sweet, creamery substance. It’s a move so safe that I’d tell it my bank card PIN, if it asked. People will buy these, because, it seems, that’s all they want to buy anymore. Happily, Kia’s jump on this particular bandwagon is a jump well executed. I can say this because not only did I take the 2020 Kia Telluride on a little road trip, but I slept in it overnight, too, because that’s how you really get to know a car. (Full disclosure: Kia lent me a 2020 Telluride with a full tank of gas for a week so I could review it. I did not need it for transportation as I already own several ridiculous cars but I used it for that anyway. They made me swear not to sleep in it or let my kid lie on the dashboard and I’m proud to have honored that promise.) Also, if a car … [Read more...] about The 2020 Kia Telluride Is a Pretty Nice SUV to Drive and Sleep In
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A cocktail, writes the food historian Joseph M. Carlin in his book Cocktails: A Global History, “regardless... of what [it] is composed of, or when it is consumed,... is always served chilled; in fact, the colder the better.” By this standard, I can’t call any hot drink made with booze a “cocktail.” Carlin didn’t provide any alternative terminology. So I’ve decided this gives me license to ignore him—at least on this one point. Whatever you choose to call them, hot beverages made with booze are especially delightful this time of year. There’s something sweet and old-fashioned about them: it is, you may recall, the preferred drink of Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, in It’s A Wonderful Life, and it got him laughed out of Nick’s Bar in Pottersville. But there’s also something luxurious and comforting about a drink that needs to be heated up. It requires time to make, and so it should take time to drink, slowly, … [Read more...] about Hot booze: a taxonomy
Dear Salty: It’s snowing on a Friday night, and I decide I’ve been cooped up enough to head to the BBQ down the street. It’s not a 5 star restaurant, but it is definitely not a walk up fast food place either. I am male. I ask to sit at the bar, and I am the only one sitting at the bar. The male bartender acknowledges me, gets me a menu, and takes my order—no conversation, but politely handles the necessary essentials. Then he goes back to watching the basketball game. Shortly after walks in a single attractive girl. He immediately turns into service overload, and then I am in the middle of a conversation about both their interests, day, hobbies, ski trips, and what interests them on a Friday night. It’s not like I want to date the guy, but am I wrong in thinking this is a reflection of his service? Sincerely, Not as cute as the girl next to me Dear Cutie Pie, The answer to your question, honey bun, depends on how much you value conversation as part of … [Read more...] about Ask The Salty Waitress: Why is the bartender talking more to the cute girl next to me?
We're not sure how to adequately express our shock and disbelief at the news that Jason Russell, one of Invisible Children's co-founders and the star of the Kony 2012 campaign, was taken into custody last night for drunkenly masturbating in public. Advertisement But, as Jezebel's own Erin Gloria Ryan put it, "Wasn't the entire Kony 2012 campaign essentially this white guy masturbating in public?" According to TMZ, Russell was dancing around wearing "speedo-like underwear," which he eventually removed to make "sexual gestures." They're also reporting that Russell may be hospitalized for up to 3 days "to determine if he represents a threat to either himself or others." Advertisement On his nonprofit's website, Russell describes himself as a "grand storyteller and dreamer," as well as a Christian who wants to have nine more children with his wife, who is his "best friend for over 23 years." There are no words. UPDATE: Invisible Children's CEO Ben Keesey released a statement via … [Read more...] about Kony 2012 Co-founder Detained for Allegedly Masturbating in Public [UPDATED]
"I'd die to protect another human life," Lila Rose tells me over chicken tenders and french fries. "I'm all in for this cause. Let me do whatever I can do, God, like, use me in whatever way." I'm a little taken aback because this is the first fanatical statement I've heard from Rose since I hopped into her Hyundai an hour before. I was prepared for extremism, given that Rose, the 24-year-old founder and CEO of Live Action, a "new media movement for life," is infamous for orchestrating hidden camera sting operations into Planned Parenthood clinics across the country and once said she thought abortions should be performed in public so "we might hear angels singing as we ponder the glory of conception." But the most controversial information I've gotten out of Rose so far is that she's a "one glass of wine" kind of girl who loves yoga and U2 and does her rosary on the elliptical every morning. She's also the type of girl whose idols are martyrs: Jesus Christ ("It's hard to beat him. You … [Read more...] about ‘God, Use Me in Whatever Way’: Meet the 24-Year-Old Who’s Willing to Die for the Anti-Abortion Movement