Points of Interest is a weekly recap of ideas and innovations we are following at Plannerzone.
This week’s round up focuses on American traditions and pastimes from the famous weather predicting groundhog to cartoon history to the big game on everyone’s mind this week. Enjoy and stay in touch with us on Twitter (@Plannerzone).
Ever wondered why we even care if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow? This informative Pennlive article will tell you all about how the Germans brought this strange weather predicting tradition to the United States.
Shifting to a different set of lovable anthropomorphic creatures—watch this video to find out how cartoon characters ended up wearing gloves.
Would $30 convince you to take the plunge? Swedish documentarians filmed 67 people who had never jumped off a 10m diving board for their reactions, and ultimately if they would jump.
Apparently helmets don’t protect against concussions (only skull fractures). Scientists at Stanford are attempting to find out what kinds of hits and falls cause concussions, and how to prevent them.
We have discovered your newest Superbowl drinking game. The new Tostitos bag doubles as a breathalyzer; blow on a bag of chips and find out if you’re you’re too drunk to drive. Tostito’s partnered with Uber and MADD to roll out this innovation out for the big game.
Wiki of the Week: Bacon Explosion
A Bacon Explosion is a pork dish that consists of bacon wrapped around a filling of spiced sausage and crumbled bacon. The American-football-sized dish is smoked or baked. It became widely known after being posted on the BBQ Addicts blog, and quickly spread to the mainstream press with numerous stories discussing the dish.In time, the articles began to discuss the Internet “buzz” itself.