There’s Such A Thing As A Free Lunch

J. Wellington Wimpy.

Those who swear by McDonald’s hamburgers could still be counted on to have picked up a slider or two from White Castle, but hardly would any of those folks have heard of a chain called Wimpy.

Sandwiched in the middle, between the founding of White Castle in 1921, in Wichita, Kansas and McDonald’s in San Bernardino in 1940, Wimpy appeared in Bloomington, Indiana in 1934, during the Great Depression.

Today, the nearest Wimpy restaurant to us is some 3,000 miles away, in the United Kingdom. And it’s headquartered in another hemisphere: Johannesburg, South Africa.

That fills me with nostalgia for a brand named after a famous American cartoon character from E. C. Segar’s comic strip, “Popeye,” created in the mid-1930s.

J. Wellington Wimpy, popularly known as Wimpy, is Popeye’s friend. Portly and gluttonous, he loves hamburgers, but is too stingy to pay for them. He’d often utter this line: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” Of course, “Tuesday” would never come. So, Wimpy always got himself a free lunch.

IKEA Has A Solution For Trump’s Wall

Ikea Border Wall

With president Donald Trump facing mounting opposition over his proposal to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, IKEA, the Scandinavian furniture maker, has offered a ready-made solution with its Börder Wåll. With a price tag of $9,999,999,999.99, it’s a far cheaper alternative to a concrete barrier.

Presumably, it arrives in a very, very, very long, flat-pack box, with everything required to assemble it: 471,612 boards, 313,329 rounds of barbed wire, 3,772,896 of No. 105236 screws and a single Allen wrench.