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Mechanical orange peeler

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In case you're wondering why someone would bother peeling off only the outer rind, here's an answer from Honduras:

Separating the rind from the pith allows you to suck the juice out of the orange without having to taste the rind.

These oranges are sold to "people on the go." Taxi drivers stick their arm out of their taxi and exchange money for an orange, people walking to and from work grab an orange for a quick refreshment. It's quick, easy, and delicious. After being peeled, they are split in half, and a bit of a salt and pepper mixture is added in between both halves. The orange is cut 95% through so both halves remain attached.

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Felled by Lumberjack Sandy

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at Haffen Park in the Bronx

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Mid-November yellow

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Interesting rock formation

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Co-op City

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These are just a few of the dozens of buildings that constitute Co-op City, the massive agglomeration of high-rises and town houses in the northeast Bronx that's been looming on our horizon for many months now. Built in the late 1960s and early '70s on the former site of a US history-themed amusement park known as Freedomland (billed as the "Disneyland of the East" until it folded a mere four years after its 1960 opening), it's the country's largest cooperative housing development, with about 55,000 residents!

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Scabby’s back!

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It's been quite a while since we last crossed paths with him. Here's what he's protesting this time.

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Co-op City’s claim to fame

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So long, sucker!

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Looks like someone else is getting fed up with these ubiquitous tree-mounted you're-going-to-hell notes.

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X NYC1 X

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Edificial memorial

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The plaque reads:

THIS BUILDING IS DEDICATED
IN LOVING MEMORY
TO MY FATHER AND BEST FRIEND

JOSEPH RUSSO

OCTOBER 2004

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that hand would be dressed up as a giant turkey for Thanksgiving.

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I didn't know bread distribution companies existed, but several different ones were making their pickups today, including Bo Tav, Powerhouse, and Bullseye.

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Somebody was hungry

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Co-op City baseball fields

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Best camel painter in the state

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Pure Loyalty

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Taking advantage of the city's ban on personal electronic devices in public schools, these trucks set up shop outside high schools and, for a dollar apiece, store kids' phones while they're in class.

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Portal of the day

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This school has its own planetarium!

While we're on the subject, sort of, here's an important Truman-related factoid: The US has had two presidents with the middle initial "S". Harry S. Truman's middle name was simply S (he generally signed his name with a period after the "S" even though it didn't stand for anything). Ulysses S. Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant. The congressman who nominated him to West Point mistakenly wrote his name as "Ulysses S. Grant", and Grant just continued using that appellation going forward.