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August 25th, 2009:

Being an American means you don’t have to sweat (as much)

Riding the Tube in London Taking the subway in the middle of the summer is never going to be an entirely pleasant experience. For starters, the fact you’re taking the subway means you’ve already had to leave your air-conditioned home or office and ventured out into the summer heat.

But at least in America when you finally get on the subway train you’re greeted with a blast of cold, air-conditioned air.

Turns out that is not the case everywhere, though.

A horrifying map posted on The Map Scroll shows just how stiflingly hot it gets in London’s un-air-conditioned Underground trains.

Thankfully New York’s MTA installed the newfangled A/C technology in all of New York’s 5,800 subway cars when the technology became economical, over four decades ago.

The Brits plan on rolling out the first new air-conditioned trains on selected lines sometime in 2010. No need to rush into things, guys.

God Bless A/C and God Bless America!

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€4. Inadequate air conditioning

Link Roundup—“That’s 1228 calories of delicious” edition

kfc-doubledown8The food industry blog takes a close look at the cost of providing free refills in a restaurant. The article has a lot of industry-speak, but the long and short of it is that offering free refills adds about 12 cents to the cost of serving a 20oz soft drink, bringing the total cost to about 32 cents. That means Mc Donald’s is clearing at least 68 cents on each medium coke sold. I’ll take the supersized one, please.

Bryan Caplan at the blog EconLog gives his take on why Americans tend to overrate Europe after traveling there (and why Europeans underrate America). It boils down to the suburbs where most people live. Americans never see European suburbs, which are godforsaken hell holes, and Europeans never see American suburbs, with their ample parking, big cars and Costco outlets.

News of KFC’s new Double Down Sandwich is moving fast—at least faster than you will be moving after you eat the bacon and cheddar sandwich with two deep-fried chicken breasts as the bun. The Vancouver Sun did an analysis and found that the Double Down Sandwich packs a hefty 1228 calorie punch. “[that] compares closely to the fat, salt and calorie totals of three McDonalds Big Macs put together.” Unfortunately you can only get it in Nebraska and Rhode Island as of now.

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#13. Costco

#16. Cheap gas

#19. KFC’s Double Down Sandwich

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