Overnight traffic was crucial to Waffle House’s success, Mr. Forkner said, and he and Mr. Rogers tried to maximize it. “One supreme test of whether it’s a good location — take a real rainy, blistery Tuesday or Wednesday night at two o’clock in the morning, park your automobile there, and see how many cars pass,” he told Atlanta magazine in 2007. “If you don’t have many cars, you don’t have a good spot.”
Under Donald Trump, Silicon Valley’s ideal of a global community no longer seems like the foregone conclusion it might have a few years ago, and people are still figuring out how to deal with the barriers Trump is erecting. Mass protests and legal battles have stalled bans on visitors from several Muslim-majority countries, and the president’s love of Twitter isn’t doing him any favors in court. But there’s still plenty more on the table that points to a future of isolation, not interconnection.
Florence Finch was an atypical hometown hero. For nearly 50 years after World War II, virtually no one outside of her family knew that she was a highly decorated Coast Guard veteran and a former prisoner of war whose exploits had been buried in time.
Most scientific research follows a logical progression, with one experiment following up on the findings of another. Every now and then, however, serendipity plays a part. Such is the case with a paper just published in Current Biology, which reveals to the world a moth capable of chewing up plastic.