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March 17th, 2010:

Happy Birthday Free Refills & Why I Love America!

Birthday Cake CupcakeFree Refills & Why I Love America turned one year old today! The first post, besides the welcome message, was about the wonders of ice.

Over the last year there have been 256 posts–a paltry 10 percent of which are part of the “What Makes America Great” or “What Makes Europe Stink” lists. I’ll work more on those lists this year.

In the meantime, I’d like to say THANK YOU to everyone who regularly reads the site, sends in suggestions, shares articles on facebook / twitter or posts comments. I really appreciate your interest, feedback and comments (unless they are exceedingly angry comments, in which case I just delete them).

I would also like to say THANK YOU to the handful of people who donated to the site. You are my favorite readers!

I should probably also thank New York Times reporter Matt Richtel. After all, my posts responding to his ongoing (and increasingly bizarre) crusade against distracted driving are responsible for about 30 percent of this site’s total traffic.

After a year, if you’re wondering about the story behind this blog, check out the expanded “About” section.

And if you have a hankering to give the blog a birthday present, then share your favorite post on facebook /twitter or, if you’re feeling particularly generous, hit up the “Buy me a beer” icon in the right sidebar.

Thanks again!

Now they want a “Pizza Tax”

BBQ Chicken Pizza - Pizza Art HawthornFirst it was soda taxes. Then it was salt bans. Now the food police want to tax our pizza.

Consumerist has the story:

While the current Soda Tax trend looks doomed to fail in New York state and Philadelphia, researchers are already making a suggestion for the target of the next sin tax — pizza.

A team of doctors writing in the Archives of Internal Medicine allege that levying an 10% tax on yummy, delicious, mouth-watering pizza would cut the average person’s caloric intake by around 11.5%.

A Pizza Tax? Really? If that was implemented, my beloved $5 Hot-N-Ready Pizza would jump to $5.50! That doesn’t even have a good ring to it.

I’m not worried about the demise of fatty foods, though. If Americans are good at one thing, it is inventing crazy new unhealthy foods. So there is basically no way that the food police are going to be able to tax us into losing weight.

Sorry guys. Better try something else.


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