Daily Download: Pirate Radio and Jell-O Salad

We spanned the web to arm you with a few interesting tidbits to help you win your next dinner party. Get a joke from the Artic Monkeys and learn how to behave the next time you go wine tasting.

Image Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images Illustrated recipe on p.55 of "Joys of Jell-O: gelatin dessert' booklet: "Under the Sea Salad". 1967(?) Recipe for 'Under the Sea Salad', from "Joys of Jell-O: gelatin dessert" Joys of Jell-O: gelatin dessert Published: 1967(?) Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Icebreaker: How do you make a Swiss roll? Push him down hill! – Alex Turner & Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys.

Small Talk: Believe it or not people are breaking IN to a prison just to see the grove of peach trees currently blossoming on the prison grounds.

A History Lesson With Booze ™: Back in March 1964, UK radio only had three radio stations, which spun just six hours of pop music a week. Indie music producer Ronan O’Rahilly had a tough time getting a record by pop singer Georgie Fame played because of this time limitation. So, he bought a ferry boat, sent it out to international waters and began his own pirate radio station.

Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski,
Photo credit: Elana Lepkowski,

Learn more about the story and toast with “The Rolling Wave” here.

Soundtrack: Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh created this Spotify hip-hop heavy playlist of songs so fans can pick his walkout song for the upcoming season. We’re secretly hoping he picks “Mark Morrison’s Return of the Mack.”

Etiquette: The folks over at Wine Mag have a handy guide for wine tasting room etiquette. The biggest takeaway? Try not to seem like a wine know-it-all because hat’s fun for no one.

Guest of Honor: Check out Brendan’s chat with Harry Dean Stanton. The veteran actor talks about singing, acting, and how neither’s really all that hard.

Eavesdrop: Former Sonic Youth singer and bassist Kim Gordon reads an excerpt of “Midnight Sun.” The book, written by Norwegian author Jo Nesbo, is the sequel to the critically acclaimed novel “Blood on Snow.”

Main Course: Serious Eats examines the rise and fall of Jell-O salad. We can’t believe that used to be a thing either.

Chat Class: “Spotlight” took home Best Picture at the Academy Awards earlier this week and it’s based on the true story of how several real-life journalist at the Boston Globe uncovered a pattern of sexual abuse in Boston’s Catholic Church. We talked to star John Slattery about the film back in January and earlier this year, the folks over Reveal examined what happened after the film ended and how the newspaper continued to report and expose cover-ups.

One for the Road: “In My Head” by HAWAII. Check it out below. Cheers!