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We didn’t always turn left the way we do now. What changed?

Unless you’re a child, New York City resident, or UPS driver, chances are you’ve made a left turn in your car at least once this week.

Chances are, you didn’t think too much about how you did it or why you did it that way.

You merely clicked on your turn signal…

…and turned left.

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles instructs drivers to “try to use the left side of the intersection to help make sure that you do not interfere with traffic headed toward you that wants to turn left, ” as depicted in this thrilling official state government animation 😛 TAGEND

Slick, smooth, and in theory as safe as can be.

Your Drivers Ed teacher would give you full marks for that beautifully executed maneuver.

Your great-grandfather, on the other hand, would be frightened .

Before 1930, if you wanted to hang a left in a medium-to-large American city, you most likely did it like so:

Instead of proceeding in an arc across the intersection, drivers carefully proceeded straight out across the center line of the road the latter are turning on and turned at a near-9 0-degree angle.

Often, there was a giant cast-iron tower in the middle of the road to make sure drivers didn’t defraud.

Some were pretty big. Photo by Topical Press Agency/ Getty Images.

These old-timey driving rules transformed busy intersections into informal roundabouts, forcing vehicles to slow down so that they didn’t made pedestrians from behind.

Or so that, if they did, it wasn’t too painful.

“There was a real battle first of all by the urban majority against autoes taking over the street, and then a kind of counter-struggle by the people who wanted to sell vehicles, ” explains Peter Norton, associate prof of history at the University of Virginia and author of “Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City.”

Norton posted the vintage left-turn instructional image, originally published in a 1919 St. Louis drivers’ manual to Facebook on July 9. While regulations were laxer in suburban and rural areas, he explains, the sharp right-angle turning was standard in nearly every major American city through the late ‘2 0s.

That left turn rule was a real nuisance if you were a driver, but it was a real boon if you were a walker, ” he says.

Early traffic laws focused mainly on protecting pedestrians from autoes, which were considered a public menace.

Pedestrians on the Bowery in New York City, 1900. Photo by Hulton Archive/ Getty Images.

For a few blissful decades after the automobile was devised, the question of how to prevent drivers from mowing down all of midtown every day was front-of-mind for many urban policymakers.

Pedestrians, Norton explains, accounted for a whopping 75% of road deaths back then. City-dwellers who, unlike home countries counterparts, often strolled on streets were, predictably, pretty pissed about that.

In 1903, New York City implemented one of the first traffic ordinances in the country, which codified the right-angle left. Initially , no one knew or cared, so the following year, the city stuck a bunch of big metal towers in the middle of the intersections, which pretty well spelled things out.

A Traffic Tower maintains watch at the intersection of 42nd Street and 5th Avenue in New York City in 1925. Photo by Topical Press Agency/ Getty Images.

Some cities installed unmanned versions, dubbed “silent policemen, ” which instructed motorists to “keep to the right.”

Drivers ultimately got the message, and soon, the right-angle left turn spread to virtually every city in America.

Things were pretty good for pedestrians for a while.

In the 1920 s, that changed when automobile groups banded together to impose a shiny new left turn on America’s drivers.

According to Norton, a sales slump in 1922 -1 923 convinced many automakers that they’d maxed out their marketplace potential in big cities. Few people, it seemed, want to get drive in urban America. Parking spaces were nonexistent, traffic was slow-moving, and turning left was a time-consuming hassle. Most importantly, there were too many people in the road.

In order to attract more clients, they were required construct cities more hospitable to cars.

Thus began an effort to transformation the presumed owned of the road, “from the pedestrian to the driver.”

FDR Drive off-ramps in 1955. Photo by Three Lions/ Getty Images.

“It was a multi-front campaign, ” Norton says.

The lobbying started with local groups taxi taxi companies, truck fleet operators, vehicle dealers associations and eventually grew to include groups like the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce, which represented most major U.S. automakers.

Car advocates initially worked to take control of the traffic engineering profession. The first national firm, the Albert Erskine Bureau for Street Traffic Research, was founded in 1925 at Harvard University, with funds from Studebaker to make recommendations to cities on how to design streets.

Driving fast, they argued, was not inherently dangerous, but something that could be safe with proper road design.

Drivers weren’t responsible for road crashes. Pedestrian were.

Therefore, impeding traffic flow to give walkers an advantage at the expense of motor vehicle operators, they argued, is wasteful, inconvenient, and inefficient.

Out ran the right-angle left turn.

Industry-led automotive interest groups began producing off-the-shelf traffic regulations modeled on Los Angeles’ driver-friendly 1925 traffic code, including our modern-day left turning, which was adopted by municipalities across the country.

The towering silent policemen were replaced by dome-shaped bumps called “traffic mushrooms, ” which could be driven over.

A modern “traffic mushroom” in Forbes, New South Wales. Photo by Mattinbgn/ Wikimedia Commons.

Eventually the bumps were removed wholly. Obstacles and doubled yellow lines that ended at the beginning of an intersection encouraged drivers to begin their left turns immediately.

The old route of hanging a left was largely extinct by 1930 as the new, auto-friendly ordinances proved durable.

So … is the new left turning better?

Yes. Also , no.

It’s complicated.

The shift to a “car-dominant status quo, ” Norton explains, wasn’t entirely manufactured nor solely negative.

An L.A. motorway in 1953. Photo by L.J. Willinger/ Getty Images.

As more Americans bought vehicles, public opinion of who should operate the road genuinely did change. The current left turning model is better and more efficient for drivers who have to cross fewer lanes of traffic and streets are less chaotic than they were in the early part of the 20 th century.

Meanwhile, pedestrian demises have declined markedly over the years. While walkers made up 75% of all traffic fatalities in the 1920 s in some cities, by 2015, merely over 5,000 pedestrians were killed by cars on the street, roughly 15% of all vehicle-related demises.

There’s a catch, of course.

While no one factor fully accounts for the decrease in pedestrian demises, Norton believes the industry’s success in stimulating roadways totally inhospitable to walkers helps explain the trend.

Simply put, fewer people are hit because fewer people are intersecting the street( or walking at all ). The detonation of auto-friendly city regulations which, among other things, permitted drivers to make faster, more aggressive left turns pushed people off the sidewalks and into their own vehicles.

When that happened, the nature of traffic accidents changed.

A man fixes a bent fender, 1953. Photo by Sherman/ Three Lions/ Getty Images.

“Very often, a person killed in a auto in 1960 would have been a pedestrian a couple of decades earlier, ” Norton says.

We still live with that car-dominant model and current challenges that arise from it. Urban design that prioritizes drivers over walkers contributes to sprawl and, ultimately, to carbon emissions. A system engineered to facilitate auto movement also allows motor vehicle operators to avoid persons responsible for sharing the street in subtle styles. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention lists three tips to prevent injuries and deaths from car-human crashes all for pedestrians, including “carrying a flashlight when walk-to, ” and “wearing retro-reflective dres.”

A Minneapolis Star-Tribune analysis found that, of over 3,000 total collisions with pedestrians( including 95 fatalities) in the Twin Cities area between 2010 and 2014, merely 28 drivers were charged and convicted international crimes largely misdemeanors.

Norton says he’s promoted, however, by recent make further efforts to reclaim city streets and make them safe for walkers.

Pedestrians walk through New York’s Times Square, 2015. Photo by Spencer Platt/ Getty Images.

That includes a push by groups like Transportation Alternatives to install pedestrian plazas and motorcycle lanes and to promote bus rapid transit. It also includes Vision Zero, a security initiative in cities across America, which aims to end traffic fatalities by upgrading road signage, lowering speed limits, and installing more traffic circles, among other things.

As a historian, Norton hopes Americans come to understand that the route we behave on the road isn’t static or, necessarily, what we naturally opt. Often, he explains, it results from hundreds of conscious decisions built over decades.

“We’re surrounded by presumptions that are affecting our options, and we dont know where those assumptions come from because we dont know our own history, ” he says.

Even something as mindless as hanging a left.

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10+ Food Lies That Completely Destroyed Our Trust

In these times of political uncertainty, changing weather patterns, and growing global insecurity, it’s good to know that one thing you can always rely on in this increasingly crazy world is food. Right? Wrong! Because as you can see from the pictures below, you can’t even trust that anymore. Compiled by Bored Panda , the list contains some truly shocking examples of how food continues to betray us hungry humen on a daily basis. No wonder we don’t know who or what to believe anymore! Don’t forget to vote for the most outrageous offender.

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Dover could suffer ‘2 0-mile permanent traffic jam’ after Brexit

Maritime UK says logistics chain would be interrupted if transition bargain is not concurred urgently

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Cape Cod awash with new flavors, restaurants

Cape Cod, Massachusetts( CNN) Part of the appeal of the Outer Cape has always been the rustic charm of the fried seafood eateries, taffy stores, keepsake stores and ice cream parlors dotting the main artery, Route 6.

But new food and drinking choices have appeared over the past few years in Cape Cod — particularly in the towns of Wellfleet, Truro and Provincetown — adding modern and innovative flavors to the culinary landscape.

Small-batch chocolate, specialty coffee shop — even a craft spirit distiller — have taken hold in the area that has long seduced vacationers with Atlantic beaches along the seashore and calmer stretches of sand on the opposite side facing Cape Cod Bay.

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Life after the bomb: exploring the psychogeography of Hiroshima

On the anniversary of Hiroshimas nuclear demolition, a walk through the citys memorial park reveals a complex mixture of devastation and rehabilitation

Hiroshima is flourishing. It has a population outstripping 1.19 million, a burgeoning gourmet scene, towering luxury shopping centres, and a trendy night life. It is a city of vibrant green boulevards and open spaces, entangled by the braided tributaries of the ta River. However it is also a city of memorialisation. Over 75 monuments, large and small, sprout like delicate mushrooms in parks and on sidewalks, scattered across the city as if by the wind. Whilst the city grows and evolves, the memory are still in Hiroshima as first place on Earth where nuclear weapons were used in warfare, on 6 August 1945.

The number of fatalities is not known, due wartime population transience and the destruction of records in the blast. Estimations are in the region of 135, 000 people, approximately equivalent to the population of Oxford. It is therefore unsurprising that many locals have Hibakusha veterans in their families. The Hibakusha community preserve a living collective memory of the bomb, sharing their atomic folktales similarly to the Kataribe storytellers, as a cautionary modern myth against nuclear war.

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It was assumed that nothing would grow within the bleak blast-zone for 75 years. Photo: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum/ AFP/ Getty Images

It was assumed that nothing would grow within the bleak 1. 6km blast-zone for 75 years. However, surrounding prefectures donated trees to Hiroshima. Fresh stems promptly pushed through the damaged ground, plants took root, and the branches of the Hibaku-jumoku, the survivor trees, unfurled foliages of weeping willow and oleander from budded stubbles. The city has been rehabilitated, and it difficult to imagine it as a place of devastation. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park is a lush focal point of this re-greening process, and a unique human ecosystem has leapt up among the gingko trees and sussurating cicadas.

The park has its own distinctive psychogeography, a public space for complex feelings and experiences to be explored by locals and tourists. International visitors feature prominently around the larger commemorations and cenotaph. They ring the delicate origami crane bell-pull within the Childrens Peace Monument, take a few photographs of the cenotaph, saunter beside the Peace Pond, and then across the river to the -Abomb dome.

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Tattered peace cranes adorn a memorial. Photograph: B. Alexis-Martin

Distance is no indication of personal connect, and victims of Hiroshima have originated from across the USA, China and South East Asia. Thousands of Koreans died in Hiroshima: the men were forcibly conscripted and the women performed the duties of comfort girls. The monument and Cenotaph to Korean Victims are festooned with brightly coloured blooms and receive a constant trickle of guests, many of whom are Korean. Swags of peace cranes garland the smaller monuments dotted about the park, and the fragrance of sandalwood and citron lingers, as incense is lit and local heads are respectfully bowed. Japanese schoolchildren come here to learn, and they sit in the shade of the trees at midday in civilised huddles, to eat lunch and chattering.

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One of the park shrines. Photograph: B. Alexis-Martin

Many visit to reflect upon the cruelty of the bombing, but this attitude is not universal. I learned this during an encounter with an American man at the Ground Zero monument, tucked away on a side-street beyond the boundaries of the park. We smiled at each other, as he shared his reasons for visit, proclaimed the power of the bomb to end the war, and the American soldiers, including his grandfather, whose lives were saved by this action. He was grateful for the bomb, but I was shocked at the style he had decided to make an emotional connect with this place.

However, the local community has a deep and profound connection to the park. Volunteers in distinctive uniforms meticulously preserve the place on a daily basis. This voluntary care of space intensifies, as Hiroshima Peace Day draws near. Visit the park at 6am towards the end of July, and you are able to detect hordes of elderly people from the Senior University, wearing sunhats and brandishing trowels. They crouch above the ground, plucking weeds from the soil with gloved thumbs. Whilst they garden, trails of elegantly dressed office workers bisect the park at intervals, carrying files and parasols in finely gloved hands. Commuting to run, this stretching of land has become another familiar part of the rhythm of their daily lives.

There are also spaces of conflict and deviance here. The Uyoku dantai are the Japanese extreme-far right. They call themselves the Society of Patriots and travelling about in dark vans painted with worrying mottoes. War crime denialists, they support historical revisionism, resist socialism and want Japan to join the nuclear circus. Regrettably, they cannot be arrested due to the protection of freedom of ideology by the Constitution of Japan. So they jeer from the sidelines of the park, and organise protests outside the -ADome on Hiroshima Peace Day. To the consternation of many, they have been gaining popularity in recent years.

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Elderly humen play board game such as Shogi and Go. Photo: B. Alexis-Martin

However, there is also a place of pleasure concealed within this park, on a dusty corner of dry earth behind the public toilets. Here, a group of elderly Japanese humen fulfill every week-day morning, to squat on battered wooden chairs and play board games. Some, but not all, are Hibakusha, but all of them seem relaxed, and laugh loudly as they engage in drawn-out combats of Shogi and Go. They have created their own friendly-yet-private space within this park. As dusk situateds in, they pack up their board game and fold up their little chairs and tables to go home. The cicadas grow louder, and a calmness resolves over the park as twilight descends. Small clusters of local adolescents gather and relax in the evenings warmth. Faint voices of dialogue gradually dwindle to nothingness and the day draws to a close, reclaimed by the stillness of night. Our day in the park may be over, but the collective memory of the Hiroshima bombing forever remains.

With gratitude to Professor Bo Jacobs at Hiroshima Peace Institute, and with love to the extraordinary Hibakusha of Hiroshima and their families worldwide.

Becky Alexis-Martin is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, with expertise in the culture and social effects of nuclear defense. She writes on the lives of nuclear exam veteran households, and the cultural and social significance of nuclear places and spaces.

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How Stanley Tucci’s Big Night helped kick off an American dining revolution

The 1996 Stanley Tucci film about an Italian eatery in the 1950 s is a culture milestone, tells Mario Batali and it foresees the future of the business

Theres this new eatery you gotta try no one knows about it yet. Its called Paradise, and its Italian, real Italian, near the water in a little east coast port township a couple hours drive from here. The dining room is spare and simple, with a lovely curved wooden bar up front, an antique espresso machine, and charming paintings on the wall donated by some local artist, I think in exchange for dinner.

Yeah, a real mom-and-pop spot, except mom and pop are two brothers from Italy who dont always get on. But the food? They say the seafood risottos the equal of anything in Venice, and on special occasions theyll stimulate timpano, this drum-size cake of pasta, meatballs, hard-boiled eggs, sauce, and, well, magical. Unbelievable. You free Saturday?

One hitch: Paradise doesnt exist.

Or rather, Paradise exists, but merely in Big Night, the great food movie starring Isabella Rossellini, Tony Shalhoub, and Stanley Tucci. Premiered at the Sundance Film Festival 20 years ago on January 24, 1996 Big Night focuses on the volatile concerning the relationship between two immigrant restaurateurs, the uncompromising chef Primo( Shalhoub) and his younger sibling, Secondo( Tucci ), who runs the dining room and is trying urgently to keep the business afloat.

Thats a particular challenge because Big Night is set in the late 1950 s, when Italian-restaurant customers demanded spaghetti and meatballs , not delicate Venetian rice dishes. Over the course of a few days, the brothers cook, bicker, court women( Rossellini, Minnie Driver and Alison Janney ), and host a wild, hours-long feast for the musician Louis Prima, in an attempt to drum up the good press they need to stay alive. It is not exposing too much, I hope, to say that this big night does not run entirely according to plan.

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Big Night is set in the late 1950 s, when Italian-restaurant clients demanded spaghetti and meatballs. Photograph: Allstar

In the year after its premiere, Big Night get great reviews( 96% fresh, according to Rotten Tomatoes ), won multiple awards for its screenplay( written by Tucci and his cousin Joseph Tropiano) and its co-directors( Tucci again, with Campbell Scott ), and earned nearly $12 m against its calculated $4.1 m budget, according to IMDb.

More important than that, Big Night helped kick off a revolution in American food culture. It wasnt only that restaurants were changing, with authenticity the new watchword. How we looked at and thought about food shifted, in both minor( the band Cibo Matto released its first album, featuring food-mad tunes like Know Your Chicken and White Pepper Ice Cream) and major ways.

In 1996, the Food Network dedicated shows to Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, and Emeril Lagasse, promptly establishing its dominance over the nascent world of food porn. While its impossible to say if Big Night is basically responsible for these innovations, it did encapsulate them and in some ways predicted the future of the business.

It was a culture milestone for me, said Batali, who says hes watched it roughly 40 days since it came out, most recently over Christmas vacation. At the time of the movies release, Batali was making a name for himself as the chef at Po( where Tucci was a regular ), shooting Molto Mario, the Food Network present on which he demonstrated his encyclopedic knowledge of Italian regional cooking and proving, as Big Night did as well, that there was more to the cuisine than red sauce.

The notion that the Italians had violated the snack into distinct antipasto, pasta, and farinaceous products, followed by a main course, was still news to Americans back in the 1990 s, Batali said this despite the efforts of restaurateurs like Lidia Bastianich, whod expend years gradually introducing notions of regionality, authenticity, and meal structure into her New York eateries. The movie, however, served that home, as Batali put it, in a way no single eatery could.( It didnt hurt, he added, that Isabella Rossellini was so hot .)

In one of the movies most well known scenes, Primo flips out when a customer, having ordered risotto, asks for a side order of spaghetti and meatballs. Who are these people in America? the mustachioed chef fumes, calling the customer a bitch, a criminal, a philistine. How can she want? They both are starch. Perhaps I should make mashed potato for another side. Secondo, meanwhile, pleads with two brothers: Make the pasta. Attain it. Construct it. Make the pasta!

This idea that the kitchen was, versus the dining room, often at intellectual and physical odds was a new one as well, Batali told. American diners were always used to the idea that the front-of-the-house guy ran the whole store, and then they started realizing that the cook had an opinion. And maybe not only had an opinion but was, like Primo, an artist, a heretofore-unheralded visionary. No matter how much you might empathize with Secondo, when Primo rhapsodizes, To eat good food is to be close to God, you are virtually required by movie logic to side with the cook in all matters culinary.

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Mario Batali calls the movie a culture milestone. Photo: BEI/ BEI/ Shutterstock

That widespread epiphany clearly benefited chefs like Batali, who became such hotshots in the decade and a half following the movies release that its almost hard for diners under 40 to imagine a food world dominated by maitre ds.

For a long time, and surely in part thanks to Big Night, the Primos have been persisting , not just in the form of authentic cuisine but with lengthy tasting menus and an overall sense that diners should submit themselves to a chefs vision, rather than necessitating a kitchen to live up to their own savors and expectations.

Recently, though, that dynamic has seemed to switching, with Secondos philosophy gaining ground among diners and restaurateurs alike.

This is kind of a bigger argument that everybody is talking about right now, right? Theyre sick of savouring menus and chefs dictating how you feed, said Sara Jenkins, the cook at Porsena and Porchetta, who grew up in Rome and Tuscany and has been cooking in the US for more than 30 years. I believe most successful restaurateurs ultimately wind up becoming more accommodating , not less, you know?

Thats true at Del Posto, the serene palace of Italian fine dining that is one of simply five eateries to be given four superstars by the New York Times. Executive cook Mark Ladner, whos been cooking Italian since 1998, said he guess of himself as a Primo although I respect both sides of the conversation.

Despite the sophistication of the restaurant, which serves dishes such as slow-roasted Abruzzese lamb and a pasta with tuna belly and porcini, we still have people who expect spaghetti and meatballs, Ladner said. And after years of fighting against it, I realise I like spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next guy, and theres no reason not to sort of play with this tongue-in-cheek interpretation of some of these Italian American classics, because theyre classics for a reason.

Other restaurateurs, however, are natural-born Secondos. Take Mario Carbone, who in 2013 opened Carbone, a throwback Italian-American restaurant in the West Village that looks like a high-end version of Paradise, complete with tuxedoed waiters and Louis Prima on the sound system. Carbones a total Secondo, his partner Rich Torrisi a Primo.

Rich is the one who wants to know who ordered risotto while they want spaghetti, Carbone said. Im like, Can you just fucking give it to them, please? Just give them the spaghetti. That is my relationship, me and my other business partner. He would totally agree.

Regardless of which philosophy currently holds sway, perhaps the movies signal achievement was to bequeath the restaurant world this set of archetypes and references against which everyone from cooks and busboys to waiters and owners can compare themselves. Am I a Primo or a Secondo? Is this the kind of customer whod order risotto with spaghetti? How can we put one over a big night of our own and maybe get some much-needed media attention? Numerous cooks told me about reenacting scenes from the movie in their kitchens, especially the risotto-spaghetti combat and another in which Primo sarcastically offers to set a hot dog on the menu. So powerful is the set of references that both Del Posto and Carbone have employed clips from the movie to train faculty( including at Carbones Hong Kong outpost ).

Did Big Night, I wondered, actually fabricate the phrase big night? Possibly.

Originally, Stanley Tucci said by phone from London, the movie was to be called The Paradise. But, he told, this thing kept coming up, this phrase hey, the big night, the big night and we just thought why dont we call it Big Night?

The name stick, and so did the idea. The big night, two decades after Big Night, is what restaurateurs and diners alike seem to want. The San Francisco company that owns the restaurants Marlowe, the Cavalier, S& R Lounge, and Park Tavern calls itself Big Night eatery group. And Carbone wants all meals to feel like the movies climactic feast. I dedicate oranges and nuts at the end of the meal here, Carbone said, because I want it to be a total shitshow. I want wine stains, I want orange peels, I want nut cracks, I want crap everywhere. When someone leaves, it should look like a bomb went off at the table.

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Apart from the big-night feast, theres not really that much food in the film. Photograph: Allstar/ SAMUEL GOLDWYN COMPANY

Nothing represents the big night more than timpano, the epic cooked pasta dish that is the movies droolworthy centerpiece. Existing all over Italy in different versions, it often involves days to prepare its constituent elements: sauce, meatballs, eggs , noodles, and more. In recent years, as large-format dishes have become trendy again, timpano has begun to appear at New York eateries.

On Sunday evenings at Sessanta, in Sohos Thompson Hotel, cook Jordan Frosolone makes a Sicilian rendition, dubbed Timballo di Zanghi ($ 42, serves 3 to 5 ), sheathed in eggplant shingles rather than pasta, with an interior of ring-like anneletti and pork ragu. Similarly, Del Postos version ($ 100, serves four) is wrapped not in noodles but in focaccia dough, employs escarole leaves to keep the interior moist, and is scooped out to serve, rather than dramatically sliced, as in the movie.

If it was to form a slice, said Ladner, it would have to be so dry and bind with so much egg that it doesnt actually eat very well.

For that are important, Tucci said the movies own timpano was awful: All the food was spat out by all of the actors. The audience walked out of the theater starve, and the actors walked away from the situated sick.

Which brings up an odd aspect of this food film. Apart from the big-night feast( tricolor risottos, a whole roasted pig, that timpano ), theres not really that much food in the film, and very few of the overhead, close-up, detail-obsessed shoots that define present-day food porn. But what imagery is there has a realism to it, and its accessibility merely deepens its appeal.

You didnt want to attain the food look too kind of beautiful. It simply had to look appetizing , not beautiful, Tucci told, adding that hed attain significant changes if he were shooting today. Sometimes I think it appears a little too shiny, a little too posed. The timpano doesnt really look the style its supposed to look. But that said, thats merely me being difficult, as usual.

Indeed, to watch Big Night today is to realize how vastly the food world has changed, and how speedily. In the late 1950 s, a small-town mom-and-pop restaurant specializing in authentic Italian food seemed as though a clear recipe for failing. Even in the mid-1 990 s, it was a risky proposition. In 2016, however, its brilliant. Who among us now is unwilling to travel for a bite of something unbelievable weve merely find on Instagram? In Camden, Maine, for example, Long Grain serves serious Thai food, employing local seafood, mushrooms, and sometimes rabbit. In upstate New York, restaurants such as Fish& Game have turned the town of Hudson into a major culinary destination.

If Primo and Secondos Paradise were to open today in, say, Keyport, New Jersey( where Big Night was shot ), beating the Yelpers to it would be a major takeover, Batali told. Having it genuinely be an unknown is kind of the dream of every gastronomic person that follows the world around. They want to be the first one to discovery this traditional, authentic, magnificently perfectly run place that looks like it was art-directed by Stan Tucci.

Tucci, he said, was an oracle. And Im inclined to agree: Big Night feelings as real, and as relevant, as ever. But did it bring todays food world into existence? Or simply predict how we feed now, with food at the center of nearly every relationship? And does it even matter, as long as were eating well?

If you want to give me credit, Ill take it, Tucci told. All of us who made that movie, well take the credit.

To horribly misquote another epic Italian American movie: take the credit, Stanley, but leave us the timpano.

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‘Very Angry Badger’ Seizes Part Of A 500 -Year-Old Scottish Castle

It’s like something from a Monty Python sketch: Sections of a 16 th-century Scottish palace were lately closed to the public due to a “very angry badger.”

The tunnel at Craignethan Castle was shut last week because of the animal, said Historic Scotland, which manages the property. The badger apparently wandered in from the nearby forest, per the BBC.

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Observers on Twitter suggested feeding mushrooms, peanuts and peanut butter to the badger, but cameras sent in on Saturday revealed that Historic Scotland’s cat food plot may have worked, as the animal appeared to have fled the scene.

However, the badger dug through loose soil and stonework, leaving behind a mess, the Scotsman reported. Although the passageway will stay shuttered while it’s cleaned, the rest of the castle will be open to tourists.

Built in 1530, Craignethan is noted for its castles, which were built to protect it from cannon and considered ahead of their hour. Although a rampart was demolished in 1579, its ruinings remain on the grounds.

Badgers are Scotland’s largest wild carnivores. While they are generally not aggressive toward humen, a wounded or cornered animal may assault — and in a tunnel such as the one at Craignethan, a badger encountering a human could indeed feeling cornered.

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