Each week, our editors gather their favorite finds from around the internet and recommend them to you right here. These are not articles about watches, but rather outstanding examples of journalism and storytelling covering topics from fashion and art to technology and travel. So go ahead, pour yourself a cup of coffee, put your feet up, and settle in.
Time travel is potentially a ton of fun but also, possibly incredibly hazardous (to quote Hermione Granger, “Awful things happen to wizards who meddle with time.” This is in the context of her having access to time travel technology and using it to pull a double course load, but that’s another rant.). You may think time travel completely impossible, even theoretically, but it turns out that, at least according to General Relativity, it is not. There are valid solutions to the relativistic field equations that allow for what are called “closed time-like curves,” in which any event is in both the past, present, and future of an observer on the curve. The problem is that if you can travel into the past, you can create paradoxes which should not be allowed – the classic example is the Grandfather paradox. You go back in time and murder your grandfather, but without your grandfather, you should not exist and therefore would not be able to murder him in the first place. It turns out, however, that if you run the numbers, it seems as if the timeline would automatically correct itself in order to produce the same general outcome anyway. This is via researchers at the University of Queensland, one of whom is, depressingly, a fourth-year BS undergraduate (I don’t want to go into details on what I was up to my senior year in college, but it was not proving time travel plausible, I can tell you that).
– Jack Forster, Editor-in-Chief
If I’ve learned anything doing this job, it’s that if people can collect something, they will collect that thing. As far as collectible obsessions go, very old bottles of liquor aren’t particularly strange or surprising. This story from The New York Times adds an additional twist to the mix, though: Old bottles of sauce owned by famous Hollywood icons. If that doesn’t have you interested, I don’t know what will, but if nothing else, the story inspired me to pour myself a few fingers of the best my home bar had to offer when I finished reading it. In 2020, that’s something.
– Stephen Pulvirent, Manager of Editorial Products
For the adventure-obsessed, this story has it all: a trusty Land Rover 4-cylinder Series 2A, a few scrappy fellows, and a search for The Lost City of the Kalahari in the wilds southwest of Botswana. In 1885, Gilarmi A. Farini reported discovering the ruins of the city. So, 100 years later, a few folks decided to try to find them again. Even if you don’t read the whole thing, it’s worth skimming through the story for fantastic period photos of the group traversing an incredible African landscape with a Land Rover in the ’80s.
– Cole Pennington, Editor
Prior to joining HODINKEE, I clerked for a judge (a common path for law school graduates). I learned a lot during that time of my life about the justice system, the application of the law, and how to write a lot on tight deadlines – something that has surely served me well here. But something else I learned is that the law, in any country, and in any context, is largely based on semantics and interpretation. It is on that basis that I found this article so fascinating. This piece from the AP, which has since been picked up by news outlets worldwide, details an interesting court case that was heard in Ireland. The premise is, as the title suggests, that Subway bread is not bread – at least, that is the position of the Irish courts. In response, Subway had this to say, “Subway’s Bread is, of course, bread.” If these two anecdotes from the article don’t pique your interest, I don’t know what to tell you.
– Danny Milton, Editor
I don’t know about you, but I am definitely feeling tense this week. Thankfully, photographer Jana Rogers and Powder Magazine are here to help us out with some incredibly serene winter images from points near and far. If you’re a skier, winter will always have a prominent place in your heart (it certainly warms my frozen cockles every year), but even if you despise the sport and the temperatures that typically accompany it, it’s hard to deny the jaw-dropping beauty of a snowy mountain scene – whether it’s in the high peaks of Austria, the far north of Japan, or the mountain west of the U.S. Brew a nice warm cup of coffee, throw on a cardigan, and let it snow, baby.
– Dakota Gardner, Web Editor
Lead image by Marc