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On Pretty Women on Bikes

Head injury rates are pretty much the same whether you're riding a bike or not - meaning if you wear a helmet while biking you should probably wear one while you're walking around and definitely while driving a car. http://www.theatlanticcities.com/commute/2013/05/do-bike-helmet-laws-really-make-people-safer/5732/ tl;dr the best way to improve bike safety is w/ better infrastructure and more bikers on the road, not helmets.

Personally I feel safest when biking with traffic in a skirt and no helmet - everyone gives me a wide berth.

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 11:37 am 6

On The Hummuses of Brooklyn

@frigwiggin Ahaha close but no cigar.... seems like you're well-meaning, although hummus is Arabic, the word doesn't have a Hebrew root/origin. As for the answer to your question: 'hummus' is the singular and plural, like 'deer,' and refers both to the paste and the individual chickpeas. There is also no Hebrew plural...

If you're really interested in hummus politics, I believe this blog alerted me to May 15, Nakba Day, also being Israel-declared International Hummus Day. Also the Lebanese and Israelis are in fierce competition to make the largest hummus. And now I think 2 of my 3 comments on Hairpin ever are hummus-related. Great. Time to leave the Middle East.

FYI Hummus sucks, it's all about mushawshe (that's the Hebrew, I think in Arabic it's musabakh), which is creamier, saltier, and served hot.

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm 0

On Scientology and Me: Part One, Growing Up in the Church

I grew up as a Christian Scientist (the grand old matron to scientology) but my memories are nowhere near as vivid as yours - impressive! looking forward to the next chapter.

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 8:41 am 1

On Happy Hummus Day

Sorry, i didn't see this because I was at a Nakba Palestinian cultural festival-- hahaha this was totally done by Israel to distract from Nakba Day. Another hasbara attempt (if not win). Kol hakavod - ish... but Hairpin do you really have to re-post it?

also the secret to creamy hummus is to remove the shells of the chickpeas. and don't tell your israeli friends you made awesome 'beet hummus,' they will kick your ass.

(and don't tell your Palestinian friends that May 15 is hummus day, they will start crying... though it might be because of the teargas.)

Posted on May 16, 2012 at 9:41 am 1

On The League of Ordinary Ladies: A Trip to the Cinema

uhhh kind of creepy but i do believe you mean smadar - i used to use it to pee ALL THE TIME when i lived near jlem. awesome bathrooms. never did see a movie there, but the popcorn smelled good. (note: haifa is so much better.)

Posted on February 28, 2012 at 5:51 pm 0