There’s too much Internet—including videos of elephants doing flag squad routines—and not enough time. That’s why we curate a list of the best of the best (aka “the Greatist”) things we’ve come across on the web this week. In other words, it’s the stuff we’d email/gchat/tweet/text you immediately if we were besties. While we’ll never stop striving to bring our readers amazing content on a daily basis, we know not all the best stuff comes from us.
1. How to Make Pumpkin Spice Lattés (Even Better Than Starbucks) (The Kitchn)
The silver lining of packing up beachwear (and with it, warm weather) as the seasons change from summer to fall is the reintroduction of pumpkin spice lattés at Starbucks. Yes, they’re a nationwide obsession, but they’re also more than $4 a pop. If you’re trying to keep some spare change in your pockets, our friends over at The Kichn came up with a delicious DIY recipe that—game changer—actually has pumpkin in it!
2. Sam Kass, the Obamas’ Foodmaster General (The New York Times)
Sam Kass might be the most powerful person in America that you’ve never heard of. After all, he doesn’t just have the President’s ear, he has his stomach. Kass has been the personal chef for the Obama family for nearly a decade and has been a close confidant to the First Lady on her “Let’s Move” campaign. He’s notoriously tight lipped, but this story offers a window into the “zealously guarded space and tastes of the Obama White House.”
3. Healthcare in the Time of Grey’s Anatomy (The Atlantic)
Watch a few episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and next thing you know, you’ll think you can insert IVs and perform tracheostomies—or is that just us? The number of long-running high-profile medical TV dramas in the last few decades—Grey’s kicks off its 11th season in September, Scrubs had nine seasons, House had eight, and ER led the pack with a whopping 15—has influenced how Americans think and even interact with doctors. Studies have shown that more than half of viewers learn about new diseases through the show, but the diseases we learn about are often rare and life-threatening (great for TV, but not common in day-to-day hospital life).
4. Who’s in the Office? The American Workday in One Graph (NPR)
Generous work-from-home policies and the advent of open workplaces—where workers can come and go as they please—would seem to throw a wrench in the typical 9-to-5 workday. But the yearly report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that, for the most part, we still operate on a fairly strict eight-hour workday with a one-hour lunch around noon time. Our friends over at NPR’s Planet Money put together a really cool interactive graphic where those of us who love toying with data can compare an average construction worker’s day (early start, strict one-hour lunch, finish up around 4 p.m.) to a food server (start just before noon and remain busy through dinner).
5. The Procrastination Doom Loop—and How to Break It (The Atlantic)
Procrastination seems like an issue of time management or priorities (if only we could just sit down and write this story instead of watching elephants do a flag squad routine!). It turns out that procrastination is more likely to be tied to emotion. That means we delay tasks because we feel like we’re not in the right mood to do them (and we think we’ll be in a better mood to complete them later), but later comes and we just feel guilt and shame for not completing the task in the first place. Yeesh! The procrastination cycle can be endless.