Almost a decade since the end of the hit American TV series Friends, the show — and, in particular, the fictitious Central Perk cafe, where much of the action took place — is enjoying an afterlife in China’s capital, Beijing.
Here, the show that chronicled the exploits of New York City pals Rachel, Ross, Monica, Chandler, Phoebe and Joey is almost seen as a lifestyle guide.
Tucked away on the sixth floor of a Beijing apartment block is a mini replica of the cafe, orange couch and all, whose owner Du Xin introduces himself by saying, “Everyone calls me ‘Gunther’ here.”
Indeed, he is a Chinese version of cafe owner Gunther from the show, down to his giddy passion for Rachel (the character played by Jennifer Aniston).
“I’m crazy about Friends,” Du says. “For me, it’s like a religion. It’s my life.”
— ‘Friends’ Will Be There For You At Beijing’s Central Perk (via npr)
• 23 January 2013 • 314 notes
“Life continues, and some mornings, weary of the noise, discouraged by the prospect of the interminable work to keep after, sickened also by the madness of the world that leaps at you from the newspaper, finally convinced that I will not be equal to it and that I will disappoint everyone—all I want to do is sit down and wait for evening. This is what I feel like, and sometimes I yield to it.”
— Albert Camus (via fuckyeahexistentialism)
• 7 October 2012 • 2,742 notes
“One day you’re gonna realize who I am, and you’re gonna say ‘Oh, shit!’”
“So who are you?”
“I’m the guy in your photograph.”
• 5 October 2012 • 782 notes
Neil deGrasse Tyson on how unrepresentative our representatives are
!!! This man is the best!!
• 29 August 2012 • 58,562 notes
Pop Deal: 'Friends' Complete Series on DVD for $85, Today Only | Amazon
Could there be a better deal? 58% off the $203 list price. The box set includes 10 seasons across 40 discs, a commemorative book, plus lots of bonus features.
• 22 August 2012 • 33 notes
Poster art for the Human Be-In at Golden Gate Park with Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg, San Francisco, 1967.
• 15 August 2012 • 140 notes
We mentioned The Invisible Bicycle Helmet project last fall, but this video gives a closer look at its creators, design students Anna and Terese. “If people say it’s impossible we have to prove them wrong.”
(Source: vimeo.com, via npr)
• 14 August 2012 • 444 notes
“Whales have been evolving for thirty million years. To our one million. A sperm whale’s brain is seven times the size of mine… The great size of his body has little to do with the great size of his brain, other than as a place to keep it. I have What If fantasies… What if the catalyst or the key to understanding creation lay somewhere in the immense mind of the whale? … Some species go for months without eating anything. Just completely idle.. So they have this incredible mental apparatus and no one has the least notion what they do with it. Lilly says that the most logical supposition, based on physiological and ecological evidence, is that they contemplate the universe… Suppose God came back from wherever it is he’s been and asked us smilingly if we’d figure it out yet. Suppose he wanted to know if it had finally occurred to us to ask the whale. And then he sort of looked around and he said, “By the way, where are the whales?”
Cormac McCarthy, Of Whales and Men (source: delicada, via littlebibliophile)
Two weeks ago a baby humpback whale, dead, washed up on a beach a few blocks from my house. The night before I had seen a humpback whale in my dreams.
• 6 August 2012 • 2,576 notes