French Twist

Michael Jackman's piece on the history of fire in Detroit got a good correction from eagle-eyed reader Michael Boettcher, who wrote:

I'm surprised at Michael Jackman's common error in an otherwise very thoughtful article: that Detroit's post-1805-fire plan was inspired by Haussmann's in Paris. In fact Georges-Eugène Haussmann who famously designed many of Paris's boulevards and public spaces for Napoleon III wasn't even born when Detroit's governor and panel of judges approved the Woodward Plan. Our plan was actually inspired by (and in many ways improved upon) that of Pierre L'Enfant for Washington, D.C.


(as judged by our completely nonscientific poll)


In response to a piece about a Manhattan cocktail that included the above picture, David Fusting posted:

This is not a Manhattan. Classics are classics for a reason. Make up your own name for whatever that drink is, but it is not a Manhattan.


Our Retail-Detail piece on Earth-Rated Poop Bags (for doggie waste) inspired Brian Carrick to post:

Damn, hipsters even ruined pooping.


In response to a post about the "Eat a Dawg and Save a Dog" promotion at Berkley's Atomic Dawg, Rachelle Leah Owen posted:

Detroit Dog Rescue, I sure hope the hot dogs and sausages served at this event are vegan, otherwise this is horribly hypocritical and awful. To eat animals who are smarter than dogs — and who are killed simply because they look different — while raising money to help dogs is ridiculous. If you wouldn't do this to a dog, you shouldn't eat pigs (or any other animal).

And Monica Hemenway posted:

I'm not an activist. I hate PETA, but I am a vegan and this is horrible-sounding. Think about it. Sweet Jesus.


In response to our Five O'Clock Somewhere piece about the war on college drinking, we proposed that parents should perhaps drink with children to teach them how to use alcohol responsibly. This prompted Sarah Moreno to post:

You can't. In other states and even other countries, it's legal for kids of a certain age to drink at home under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

And Steven York Stapleton posted:

Parents won't teach kids to drink responsibly because parents don't drink responsibly themselves. Our culture is one of binge drinking, and loosening the laws won't change that. I think the drinking age should be lowered simply because it's absurd to have laws that are universally disobeyed, but let's not pretend that will do anything to solve our binge drinking problem.


But what really blew up our Facebook page? It was a huge discussion about what the most widely distributed Halloween candy in Michigan is: Bubble Tape. Responses included:


That's a damn lie.

My kids have never received bubble tape!

I never got bubble tape as a kid and I've never seen any of my kids get it either.

I call bullshit.

How the hell was this survey run? Never in my life have I seen a single roll of bubble tape for Halloween.

My ass.

Who the heck buys bubble tape anymore?

Definitely wrong. My kids have never been given bubble tape, nor my nieces or nephews!

Yeah, what neighborhoods are giving out bubble tape and what places even sell bubble tape still?

I've never heard of people giving that crap!

Total lies.

Never got bubble tape in 28 years I lived there.

What the hell is bubble tape?

Who the hell did this survey? Nobody is buying mass quantities of bubble tape to hand out to trick-or-treaters. That would cost a small fortune. I've never seen bubble tape given out.

I'm calling bullshit. In all my years of trick-or-treating, I've never been given bubble tape.

That's crap. No one gets bubble tape for Halloween.

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