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Hamsters Find Lasting Love on Tinder
The much-maligned mobile dating app Tinder isn’t all superficial judgement and random hookups. There are a handful of success stories like that of Mike and Abigail — two hamsters who found a real connection.
"Abigail was just swiping through a bunch of losers last weekend," says Hannah Pohl, a girlfriend of the love-struck rodent. "Then she spotted Mike’s profile. What a hunk!"
She indicated her interest, and before she knew it, the couple was taking a romantic walk around the living room in a giant plastic sphere.
"They hit it off right away," says Pohl. "They’re even talking about moving in together."
Vincent van Gogh, The Starry Night (detail), 1889
Happy Birthday van Gogh.
Picture taken on March 17, 2013 at the MoMA.
COVER STORY: EATING SPAM AND SHOOTING CARROTS
“I love quinoa as much as the next guy, but have you ever had quinoa with sausage?” asked Peter de Sève, the artist behind this week’s cover, “A New Leaf.” When we heard that de Sève had “tried for years and failed” to become a vegetarian, we decided to conduct an informal survey of our artists. Most (exactly 78.26 per cent) are not vegetarians, and some explained their reasoning:
“I’m not a vegetarian,” said Barry Blitt. “I eat spam.”
“I just feel so guilty shooting at a carrot that can’t even run away,” was Bob Staake’s justification.
“I know I should be,” said Roz Chast. “Both of my kids are vegetarians. They’re right, I’m wrong.”
“I was a vegetarian for two years,” explained Maira Kalman. “One day, I woke up and thought that if I did not have a hamburger right then and there, there would be hell to pay. But I do try to follow the advice of Thomas Jefferson: think of meat as a side dish.”
“Rather definitely not a vegetarian,” said Mark Ulriksen, who describes himself as a “salami loving lad.”
The artists who said they’re vegetarians vary from the casual to the passionate. Birgit Schössow described herself as “a relaxed, noncomformist vegetarian who sometimes eats fish and seafood,” while Greg Foley asked, “How would you like to be eaten?” For Marcellus Hall, “Not eating meat is a discipline prompted by reasons political, economic, ethical, and social.” Zohar Lazar said he’s a vegan because of “a family history of heart disease and a nagging distrust of pills.” Harry Bliss was adamant: “It’s an ethical issue for me—meat is meat. If I wasn’t vegetarian, I’d have eaten my dog, Penny, years ago.”
Ed Sorel had the last word: “I’m not a vegetarian, and I don’t know what quinoa is.”
See below for a slide show of New Yorker covers featuring fruits and vegetables.COVER STORY: EATING SPAM AND SHOOTING CARROTSPREVIOUS1 of 12NEXTFS
- “May 16, 1942,” by Helen E. Hokinson.
- “April 23, 1949,” by Ilonka Karasz.
- “September 30, 1967,” by Abe Birnbaum.
- “November 29, 1969,” by Abe Birnbaum.
- “July 18, 1970,” by Saul Steinberg.
- “July 24, 1971,” by Charles E. Martin.
- “April 22, 1972,” by Charles E. Martin.
- “August 11, 1975,” by James Stevenson.
- “November 4, 1991,” by Gretchen Dow Simpson.
- “Window Box,” by Juliet Borda, September 7, 1998.
- “Circle Dip,” by Wayne Thiebaud, November 22, 2010.
- “Urban Bliss,” by Ivan Brunetti, July 1, 2013.