Frisk #176

Shut the front door, it’s Frisk #176! 176 is a ‘cake number’; that is, the maximum number of regions into which a 3-dimensional cube can be partitioned by exactly n planes. For example, the 5th cake number is 15 – you could cut a cube into fifteen slices with four cuts, fourteen of which have an external surface and one of which is a tetrahedron from the centre. You know what? You probably don’t need to know this.

Nokia 3310
When the nuclear apocalypse comes, the scorched surface of the Earth will contain nothing but cockroaches and Nokia 3310s. These were basically the best phones ever made – well, until the advent of smartphones, at least. Endurance rally teams still use old Nokias in their cars, roughly strapped to the rollcages – they have ear-curlingly strong signal and the batteries last forever. Plus they’re so robust, you can repeatedly throw them on the ground and they just keep going. Little wonder early-2000s skaters loved them so much – you could drop them off a ramp, run them over, and they’d still work.
It was kind of inevitable that they’d return. Nokia, once global kings of the mobile phone scene, have been notably absent from the smartphone arms race, but they’re set to make a killing with the old-school 3310 redux which hits the shelves later this month: Carphone Warehouse reckon demand has been ‘unprecedented’ and ‘astonishing’. And yes, it does come with Snake.

Venetian kebabs
Frisk recently reported on Barcelona’s attempts to reduce tourism, in an effort to stop the city losing its cultural identity under a tide of Instagramming, flip-flop-shod interlopers; sure, tourism is vital to the economy, but it shouldn’t be at the expense of the local residents’ quality of life.
Venice is making a similar move to preserve its ‘decorum and traditions’ – they’re banning fast food. Well, not totally, but city officials are blocking the opening of any new kebab shops and other fast food outlets that aren’t in keeping with Venetian cultural heritage.
So the obvious answer is gondola kebabs and McCanals, no?

“I'm not convinced by this new trend of male public soul-bearing. Time for our gender to get a grip, methinks. Life's tough - man up.” So said Piers Morgan in an incendiary tweet last week. But we can safely ignore him, as he wallows in the filth of the media gutter along with Katie Hopkins and all the other pseudo-journos whose job it is to be unpleasant for clicks. The fact of the matter is that ‘man up’ is an outmoded relic of macho posturing, and modern man is rather more in touch with reality.
Remember the ‘Guy Love’ song from Scrubs? OK, that’s deliberately saccharine, but it rings true: a recent study among male undergrads showed that every respondent had had at least one bromance with a close male friend, often comparing them to brothers or even romantic partners. One of the study’s authors indicates that this behavioural shift could ease the decrease in misogyny, sexism and homophobia; "Masculinity is no longer this debilitating curse that forces men to act in a particularly toxic manner and, as such, guys today are having highly emotional, physically tactile and loving friendships with other men. This can only be a positive." See, emotions are nothing to be afraid of. Stop trying to be cool and just be yourself.

Daniel Bevis, Senior Knowledge Editor

10th May 2017