We sometimes find the terse descriptions on museums' wall labels a
little wanting, and recently we ran into one that could have been
penned by a motivational speaker.
At the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in Talbot County, Md., one
exhibit centered on fishermen's successful use of pound nets.
These inshore devices,
deployed on the Chesapeake since colonial times, trap migratory
fish along shallow tributaries of the bay. This method of fishing
takes advantage of the fact that migrating fish tend to seek the
path of least resistance.
The exhibit's curators go on to explain that this principle
works in the human population as well and that "this is why fish
end up in nets and some people in dead-end jobs."
So much for dispassionate science.
A variation on the mint-on-the-pillow amenity: two $5 casino
chips atop a note wishing the guest sweet dreams and good luck on
Actually, the chips are counterfeit, but they do seem an
appropriate turndown item for a hotel with on-site gambling.
The edible chocolate "chips" are the brainchild of David
Kurland, managing director of the Wyndham El San Juan Hotel &
Casino. Kurland was a child psychologist before he switched careers
Insider can only assume the message is: Eat your losses.
Tomorrow is another day.
We sunbathers (there are three of us left) can relax on the
beach with a favorite book, now that Frisbee fanatics have a new
toy that greatly reduces our chances of getting whacked or
The AquaDisc, as it's called, can travel 30 feet through water
up to 50 feet deep.
We still might have to keep one eye peeled for the AquaSkimmer,
a smaller version of today's Frisbee that skips like a stone over
the water's surface for distances of up to 100 feet.
The guy who invented these nifty products based his senior
thesis at Stanford on his experiences while swimming with dolphins
He's also an ex-Microsoft geek, and his toys, naturally, can be
viewed on line, at www.aquatoy.com.
Add verge of conch ...
The names of cocktails dreamt up by Caribbean bartenders rarely
give a clue as to the ingredients: green flash, last sunset,
granny's petticoat, aftershock, saints & sinners ...
Doesn't matter. Most are made in a blender, and most taste
pretty much alike.
We thought we'd seen them all --
until a recent visit to the Turks and Caicos.
The conch is king in these islands. There are conch-only
restaurants, the world's only conch farm, conch souvenirs, conch
cookbooks. And, of course, a conch cocktail.
Bartenders happily tout it as an aphrodisiac, calling it the
glowworm and swearing it's a natural, cheaper, over-the-counter
version of Viagra. And why is that?
To make a glowworm, once the spirits and fruits have been put in
the blender, just add the verge of a male conch (the reproductive
appendage, located just over its right eye), blend till smooth --
and whammo, it's party time.
So, we ordered one up, took a sip and then, in the conch
tradition, held it up to our ear to see if we might hear the ocean.
Sure enough, what we heard was the muffled sound of waves on shore,
whispering, "Y'wishhh ... y'wishhh."