This week, Perks is bringing you cutting-edge designer ties from Motto and Crest, for half off. Hailing from across the pond, these ties are manufactured in the English tradition, combining classic menswear fabrics (like tweed) with dashes of more unconventional ones (like leather). Take note: a tweed-and-leather suit is still not a good idea.
Things to do for August 26, 2010
Viral Videos, Marshmallows and the Swedes
The weekend doesn’t need a preseason.
The Future of Marshmallows
You know every successful camping trip hinges solely on one thing: surviving bear attacks. Also: high-quality s’mores. Your new key ingredient: these marshmallows out of Nevada, which come in unexpected flavors like Peanut Butter Crunch, Toasted Coconut and... S’more. Don’t ask—just accept it.
You’re Looking for Something Swedish
You need furniture. And so you turn, once again, to the Swedes. No, not Ikea—to an obscure band of Scandinavian elves (we assume) who have opened a new, constantly updated online storefront, stocked with Prohibition-era café tables, rustic cabinets and, yes, oversize ampersands. Your apartment deserves better than regular-size ampersands.
The Best Unwatched Videos on YouTube
“Leave Britney Alone.” “Lazy Sunday.” That kid hopped up on painkillers after a root canal. All YouTube classics, but sometimes what you really want is something new. Something nobody has ever even laid eyes on before. Not even once. You’ll want to stop here, where some brave soul has sifted through all the videos on YouTube with zero views to find the best. Though “Me just being myself chewing gum” probably could have stayed undiscovered.
Your By-the-Book Guide to Anything
You’ve been meaning to catch up on Taiwanese horticulture, but bigger things keep getting in the way (like catching up on German horticulture). The quick fix: a website that polls the eminent writers, thinkers and academics of our time for the five necessary books needed to make you an expert on any topic. Six books would just be excessive.
Like Google Maps for Hip-Hop
Let’s say you’re planning the Great American Rap Road Trip. Or maybe you’re not. Either way, you can still use this map—based on locations mentioned in rap lyrics—to familiarize yourself with some legendary lyrical landmarks. You won’t find too many GPS systems that can direct you to Luda’s “Sex Triangle.”