The Weekly Thingdown
Thingdown is a weekly roundup of things — objects, products, stuff — that are lately in the news or otherwise of interest right now.
- The function of the nonexistent planned future object, such as the new USPS truck, is to tell a story. (My latest Object of the Week for Marker.)
- The design of the Daft Punk robot helmets, a Twitter thread. (Via.)
- Regarding the former Mr. Potato Head: “Sorry liberals, there’s only one gender: potato.”
- This rescue beaver instinctively builds “dams” in hallways with plungers, toys, and other household objects
- Lady Gaga Oreos. (Flashback: “I have seen the future of rock and roll, and it’s merch.”)
- Alleged: The sheet pan, a “utilitarian piece of equipment,” has “become a star.”
- “How the Nap Dress became a pandemic uniform”
- “As part of a project to memorialize the lives — and livelihoods — of all that has been lost in the pandemic, The Times is asking readers to submit photos of objects that remind you of what you personally have lost during this time.”
- Five best gun safes. Interesting object category.
- The “Wall Street Charging Bull” artist has died.
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