January 30, 2012 |
Anyone doubting our evolutionary tie to other apes should check out that Philadelphia festival of food and fun known as Wing Bowl. The annual event has some striking parallels to behavior outlined in the article "Chimpanzee Hunting Behavior and Human Evolution," which appeared in the magazine American Scientist. Chimpanzees sometimes "go on hunting binges, in which they kill a large number of monkeys and other animals over a period of several days or weeks," the article states. The hunting is done mostly by males, though there are a few female hunters and the party is joined by many other females in estrus (heat)
March 30, 1987 |
Spring beckons. Go on. Get out there. Take a stroll with your sweetie by your side. Buy an ice cream. Gaze at the stars. Cuddle on the porch. Better still, save the romance for a slow night. Tonight belongs to television. It's Oscar night (Channel 6 at 9). For those whose interest is dribbles, not dimples, there's the NCAA basketball championship (Channel 10 at 8). But a night in front of the TV doesn't have to mean a night at home. Restaurants and bars all over town are turning on their sets and passing out free munchies.
July 3, 2012 |
The elusive wolf-dog of Pennypack Park has been caught, the Pennsylvania Game Commission has confirmed. The early morning capture was made with the help of hot dogs and foothold traps. No thanks to foxes, which kept eating the bait. The animal is believed to be a wolf-Alaskan malamute mix that was purchased as a pet in Florida and escaped when his owners were visiting in Philadelphia in March. It seemed docile enough, sometimes just laying in a clearing off the 8600 block of Algon Avenue, at the edge of Northeast Philadelphia park.
August 20, 2012 |
It was a Sunday in the park for children in West Philadelphia, a day of free cotton candy, popcorn, hot dogs and pony rides. Five barbers gave dozens of boys free haircuts, and the girls got complimentary manicures, and jewelry-making lessons to craft their own bracelets. About 300 youngsters who came to Malcolm X Park at 51st and Pine Streets received complimentary school backpacks, filled with notebooks, pencils, glue sticks, folders and paints - everything they might need for the first day of classes.
April 26, 2011 |
BENSALEM NATIVE Christina Perri invited Miss Philadelphia Maria Sciorillo to meet her when she played the Tower Theater with James Blunt Saturday. Why? Because the newly crowned Sciorillo performed Perri's breakout hit "Jar of Hearts" to win the Miss Philadelphia pageant. When Perri, an Archbishop Ryan graduate, heard through a friend about Sciorillo singing her mournful ballad, she contacted the beauty queen, who was 2009 Miss Pennsylvania, to tell her she was touched and honored, and invited her to the Tower gig. Perri's debut full-length album, "Lovestrong," will be released May 10 on Atlantic Records.
May 15, 2011 |
To qualify as a greasy spoon, Brunish's would have to upgrade. The Pottstown sandwich shop is an institution in this weathered Schuylkill mill town, where fortunes were once tied to the iron and steel industries. The mill furnaces stopped firing up a long time ago, but Brunish's is still cooking away, a cement bunker of an eatery just more than six feet high that extends improbably from the basement of Dan Brunish's home to the sidewalk. At lunchtime, customers line up out the door for the hot sausage and hot dogs, the most popular items - and for many years the only ones.
November 1, 2012
What is it? The owners of Calypso (formerly of the Chestnut Hill Farmers Market) went mobile last year with Mini Trini, featuring a simple menu of delicacies from the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Real street: Owner Iman Marcano said their most popular item is the traditional street food called double. "The same way you buy hot dogs on the street, [double is] what people are selling on the corners in Trinidad," Marcano said. A double is fried dough (bara) filled with curried chickpeas (chana)
January 29, 1991 |
The Philadelphia Sports Writers Association honored Wilt Chamberlain as a Living Legend. That, in part, turned Chamberlain into The Human Autograph Machine. For a short time before last night's banquet at the Hyatt Cherry Hill, and for a long time afterward, Chamberlain scribbled one of the more famous names in sports again and again, most often for beaming middle-aged men. He signed banquet programs. Old Sixers yearbooks. Preseason magazines dating to his college days at Kansas.
October 18, 1998 |
You will have to excuse Bill Martin when he starts praising Narberth, the little-more-than-a-half-mile-square borough in Montgomery County that is surrounded by Lower Merion Township. After all, he has been the borough manager for the last 15 years. "It is probably the most perfect place to live," he said. "There's a great sense of community and there's no reason to leave because this town has everything. Here you can take a train, get a drink, see a movie, or play a game, all within 100 yards.
December 27, 2011 |
EAGLES FANS FEEL betrayed, disappointed, angry (just empty the thesaurus) about this 7-8 season. Fans want payback. Some fans want the hide of Andy Reid. But all fans want a better draft, smarter playcalling, better clock management. They, too, want the players actually put in the right position, rather than someone just talking about it. Through the discontent of having a final home game that means nothing, Eagles fans still will show up on Sunday and be seen and heard.