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Friday Happy Hour: Design Your Own Theme Restaurant

Jason English

Every Friday, I post a series of unrelated questions meant to spark conversation in the comments. Answer one, answer all, respond to someone else's reply, whatever you want. Very casual. On to this week's topics of discussion...

1. Congratulations! You've inherited a large sum of money from a distant relative you didn't know existed. One catch, though—you must use a portion of your fortune to launch a chain of theme restaurants. (Your relative was a little out there.) What would your restaurant's theme be? (You can pick a time in history, an obscure hobby, a different professional wrestling commentator, etc.)

(We'll send a free mental_floss t-shirt to the most creative budding restaurateur.)

2. Based on my (non-scientific) study, 96% of internet discussion revolves around hating things. (You'd be surprised how many YouTube videos there are featuring people blowing up Elmo dolls.) To provide a tiny bit of counterbalance, tell us about something you really like. Or several things. I'll go first: this old apple farm called Wightman Farms in Morristown, New Jersey, Ivan Maisel's college football podcast, and Ida Pearle's customer service. (She designs prints for kids' rooms; ours arrived with a broken frame, and she has gone well above and way beyond to make it up to us.)

3. Colleges are known for offbeat courses (See: "Goldberg's Canon: Makin' Whoopi"), but occasionally I'll hear stories about a high school teacher who just happened to have an expertise in something you wouldn't normally teach high school kids, like soap opera history or running a haberdashery. What's the weirdest class your high school offered?

4. I've mentioned before that one of my dream freelance jobs is running a pet-naming consultantcy. No progress on that front to date. So even though we've probably covered this topic before, what's the strangest pet name you've ever heard?

[See all the previous Friday Happy Hour transcripts.]