Scott Simon http://wwno.org en Adman Was King Of The One-Liners, But Knew Where To Draw The Line http://wwno.org/post/adman-was-king-one-liners-knew-where-draw-line George Orwell once referred to advertising as "the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket."<p>But there was some swill for which David Abbott would not rattle a stick. The British adman died this month at the age of 75. He was one of the founders of the agency Abbott Mead Vickers in London, and was considered a singularly good copywriter. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:42:12 +0000 Scott Simon 63383 at http://wwno.org Buried By Picasso, The Man Beneath 'The Blue Room' Tells A Story http://wwno.org/post/buried-picasso-man-beneath-blue-room-tells-story What's behind the man who is below <em>The Blue Room</em>?<p>This week, conservators at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C., revealed that underneath Pablo Picasso's noted 1901 painting <em>The Blue Room </em>is another painting of a mustachioed man in a jacket and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.<p>Experts have long suspected something more must be below, as there were brushstrokes that didn't match the composition of the nude, bluish woman. Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:34:00 +0000 Scott Simon 63006 at http://wwno.org A School Lunch Denied Prompts Powerful Action In A World Of Words http://wwno.org/post/school-lunch-denied-prompts-powerful-action-world-words If someone is outraged these days, they often blog about it, or post a tweet in righteous indignation. Parents urge children to use their words, and in the news business, we certainly believe in the power of words and information.<p>But you may wonder these days if some people confuse posting with taking action. Sun, 15 Jun 2014 20:15:48 +0000 Scott Simon 62545 at http://wwno.org On The 70th Anniversary Of D-Day, A Look At What Could Have Been http://wwno.org/post/70th-anniversary-d-day-look-what-could-have-been The men and women who brought down Adolph Hitler's war machine cannot defeat mortality. As the dwindling number of veterans who served during D-Day are saluted on the 70th anniversary, we might consider how different our lives might have been if those soldiers and sailors had been turned back from the beaches.<p>Stephen Ambrose, the American historian who founded the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, believed the Allies might have tried another invasion, when ocean tides allowed. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 12:19:00 +0000 Scott Simon 62129 at http://wwno.org N.J. Nets, Devils Owner Gave Millions To Local Causes http://wwno.org/post/nj-nets-devils-owner-gave-millions-local-causes We remember Lewis Katz, who once said, "Life is meant to have as much fun as you can conjure up." Katz made a fortune as a sports team owner and gave millions of it away. Sat, 07 Jun 2014 11:54:00 +0000 Scott Simon 62116 at http://wwno.org South Korea Repaves For A 'Woman-Friendly Seoul' http://wwno.org/post/south-korea-repaves-woman-friendly-seoul Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>Seoul, South Korea's making some changes to its urban landscape. The mayor's office says the women-friendly Seoul campaign will make the city more comfortable for women. They say a lot of urban design focused on men when they were the sole workers in a family and that's changed. So, they're installing pink painted parking spots reserved for women that are a bit wider and longer than the average spot and closer to elevators.<p>They also plan to resurface sidewalks in a squishy material to make walking easier for people who wear high heels. Sat, 31 May 2014 11:46:00 +0000 Scott Simon 61749 at http://wwno.org Love Your Profile, Take Me Out To The Ball Game? http://wwno.org/post/love-your-profile-take-me-out-ball-game Major League Baseball and Match.com are trying to hit a bunch of singles.<p>Organized baseball and the online dating service have formed a partnership that will allow fans to find one another. It's appropriately called SINGLES.<p>As Match.com says, "Connecting over a shared passion like America's favorite pastime is the best way to break the ice, so ... Sat, 17 May 2014 23:09:18 +0000 Scott Simon 60907 at http://wwno.org Want A Tour Of The American Psyche? Flip Through SkyMall http://wwno.org/post/want-tour-american-psyche-flip-through-skymall In all the talk these days of new media, social media and reaching new audiences, it is sobering to note that one of the best-read publications in America is the catalog slipped into airlines' seat pockets, along with the airsickness bag.<p>SkyMall has a reported circulation of 19.5 million. Sat, 03 May 2014 16:29:58 +0000 Scott Simon 59987 at http://wwno.org Home Of Second City Comedy Ranks First In Humor http://wwno.org/post/home-second-city-comedy-ranks-first-humor Need a good laugh? Try Chicago.<p>The Humor Research Lab at the Leeds School of Business at University of Colorado Boulder (and doesn't that sound like it was created by <em>The Onion</em>?) concocted an algorithm to <a href="http://humorcode.com/funniest-cities/">rate America's funniest cities</a>.<p>Humor researchers calculated factors like the number of working comics and comedy clubs per capita, funny local tweeters and visits to funny websites. They asked people to assess what they called their "need for levity."<p>Adrian Ward, a co-author of the study, says it's not all algorithms. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 17:49:37 +0000 Scott Simon 59467 at http://wwno.org Dog Races The Rails To Manhattan — And Wins New Yorkers' Hearts http://wwno.org/post/dog-races-rails-manhattan-and-wins-new-yorkers-hearts Some stories can only happen in New York.<p>At 10:39 Tuesday morning, a Metro-North Hudson Line train left the Bronx for Manhattan when Joseph Delia, the engineer, saw a dog running alongside the track.<p>A small, frisky, brown-and-black dog, "just running like she didn't have a care in the world," Delia said.<p>When the train stopped at a signal, the little dog leapt in front of it, then began to race ahead of the commuter train. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:42:31 +0000 Scott Simon 58459 at http://wwno.org