Tiny Rabbit Holes: Biscuits and, I'm sorry, what now
A roundup of the random in North Carolina, including the Cook Out state flag, a very specific Hornets fit, and Wright Brothers beef.
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A Trip To The Very Soul of the Outer Banks
A reader was upset about my besmirching of Manteo in my last newsletter:
All of this is correct, although I countered with the fact that the spiritual capital of the Outer Banks is actually a small biscuit kitchen located inside a Citgo station on the border between Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head. That place is named Biscuits ‘n’ Porn.
I went there five years ago on the advice of the little old lady at my motel in Manteo. She said, with a straight face, to go there for the best breakfast on the Outer Banks, and she wasn’t wrong.
Kathy, I’m sorry, KATHLEEN Purvis has a great writeup on the place if you want to know more. Also, know that I did pitch a story on this while I was at Our State. They passed.
Bonus! Apparently people used to say “Manteo to Murphy,” but according to Rabbit Hole reader Lew Powell, that doesn’t happen much anymore.
If Puns Are Wrong I Don’t Wanna Be Wright
Rabbit Hole reader Hunter Baughman asked if I had seen this SPICY WRIGHT BROTHERS MEATBALL:
Apparently Ohio made about 35,000 of these plates before realizing the error, making them the DMV collectable equivalent of the Billy Ripken card.
Cook Out News
This exists, and it’s glorious.
You what also exists? These Cook Out football and basketball jerseys:
They were giving them away a few years ago, but stopped, and I cannot find one for sale online. I am being quite honest when I say that I HAVE NEVER WANTED AN ARTICLE OF CLOTHING MORE.
If you have one, or know where I can get one, please get in touch. Until then, please enjoy the replies to this tweet, where Cook Out enthusiasts tell on themselves.
Well, That’s Something
Here’s some Duval-adjacent news that does not include the home of the Jacksonville Jaguars nor the once-famous golfer. From NBC News:
A man who alleged in a lawsuit that he was fired from a hospital system because he is a white man has been awarded a $10 million verdict by a North Carolina jury, according to court documents.
David Duvall of Michigan sued Novant Health, Inc. in 2019 after he was fired as senior vice president of marketing and communications the previous year.
The Animals Are Vaxxed Up
Last week, the North Carolina Zoo announced that it had started to vaccinate some of its animals for COVID-19. Like humans, they’ll get two doses. Unlike humans, they’ll get a specially formulated vaccine. Like humans, they’ll probably talk incessantly about the brand of vaccine they got. Oh, you got the Purina shot? Well, I got Fancy Feast.
Also, there’s an order to these things:
The zoo will vaccinate primates first, followed by all big cats, bears, wolves and otters.
Otters: low-risk, highly adorbs!
Don’t Jinx It Roy
Great, the governor just put the hex on the Hornets and the Canes.
Roy’s trying to make fetch and Svetch happen in the same thread:
Thankfully, he didn’t curse the best football team in North Carolina, the 8-0 Wake Forest Demon Deacons.
Smaller, more manageable rabbit holes
I did not know that the city of Chapel Hill doesn’t actually control Franklin Street.
A kid came to our door on Halloween night and asked for bottled water.
From out of state: Kinda obsessed with this New York magazine story about an empty, steel-lined grave that keeps showing up in TV shows and movies.
Rubbin, son, is renovatin’: Bowman Gray Stadium, the joint racetrack/football facility, is getting fixed up since Winston-Salem State’s not playing this fall.
I said Burr, it’s cold in here.
Tommy Tomlinson’s conversation with Shea Serrano is great.
Two former WCNC-TV sports reporters, Hannah Storm and Kelsey Riggs, anchored SportsCenter together.
Saw a Charlotte Bobcats logo flash up during a Hornets game and for once it wasn’t a mistake:
It’s Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenny nailed a very specific look a few weeks back. His TikTok is better, but here’s the tweet:
Enjoy the week, everyone. Send me down your own personal rabbit hole by leaving me a comment about what you’re interested in:
NC has the second most highway miles in the country, to Texas. In the 1910's to 1930's NC was a poor rural state with isolated communities and only the state could connect the population.
Thus the state road issue. Somewhat similar to the state education system when counties were near bankruptcy in the 30's.