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monday memo 146: pottery, nosebleeds & vibes

Welcome to the Monday Memo — your pop culture snapshot from Manifesto.

Hey friends, Mondays can be tough. Here are 7 things to make September 25th, 2023, a bit better.

Taylor Swift finally got to see what Arrowhead looks like when it's not sold out...


1. Artist of the Week: Wheely Good Ceramics

Wheely Good Ceramics is the company behind sisters Olivia and Emily. When Emily was 13, she was diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder that paralyzed her from the shoulders down. But that hasn't stopped the sisters from starting a successful pottery company. Olivia is an accomplished ceramicist, and Emily paints her pieces—using her mouth. Emily said: "I didn’t want my injuries to stop me moving forward. You find your own way to do things. I saw someone online who was mouth painting. I gave it a go and ended up really liking it. It’s a great way to destress you.” We love a story of family, resilience, and a whole lot of creativity!


2. What we're listening to: Nosebleeds by MisterWives

MisterWives, the band behind hits like "SUPERBLOOM," "Reflections," and "Our Own House" return with their fourth studio album, Nosebleeds. Atwood Magazine said it best, "With their fiery fourth album ‘Nosebleeds,’ MisterWives tap into something entirely new while pulling more from their roots than we’ve ever heard before. ‘Nosebleeds’ is focused and intentional, holding something for everyone while threading a singular needle through all fourteen tracks." Our favorite is "Trip Around The Sun."


3. What we're watching: Love at First Sight - Netflix ***Me with an eye mask, neck pillow, and headphones thinking I might meet my true love at the airport.*** Corny romantic comedies are a dime a dozen on Netflix, so it's easy to simply scroll past without giving it a second thought. But every once in a while, we take a chance and are forever changed. Such is the case with Love at First Sight. On their flight from New York to London, Hadley and Oliver fall in love with each other. However, they lose each other at customs and the possibility of ever meeting each other again seems improbable, but destiny may have a way of changing the odds.


Over the past couple of years, The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise has become stale. Between boring leads and a contestant pool that has more interest in finding fame than love, we were ready to give up on our beloved favorite. Simply put, we missed what make the show great in the first place; average people finding love in extraordinary circumstances. That's why we are so excited for The Golden Bachelor, debuting this Thursday. Meet Gerry Turner, a 71-year-old father, grandfather, and widow from Indiana ready to find love again. We love this for a number of reasons but mostly because it feels like The Golden Bachelor is finally trying to reach their audience with authenticity. A recent YouGov survey found that the American Bachelor audience is 77% female, 75% white, and that “a slight majority of women who watch the show are older than 45.” Gerry's contestants are all age-appropriate (a least 60), and come from average walks of life across the country. We are excited to see the franchise go back to its true mission, and we are rooting for Gerry! Restore our hope in love (and The Bachelor franchise)!


5. Cognitive Bias of the Week: Mandela Effect

The Mandela effect refers to a situation in which a large mass of people believe that an event occurred when it did not. The term was originated in 2009 by Fiona Broome, after she discovered that she, along with a number of others, believed that Nelson Mandela had died in the 1980s (when he actually died in 2013). Even the most iconic brands and characters have fallen to the Mandela effect. While some believe this phenomenon is proof of a parallel universe, the truth has far more to do with memory. Confabulation involves your brain filling in gaps missing in your memories to make more sense of them. This isn't lying, but rather remembering details that never happened. Take a look at the images above. Which one do you believe is the correct one? Check your guess with a Google search and see how you did. You may be surprised.


In response to a week-long pressure campaign from John Green and activists, Danaher just lowered the cost of life-saving tuberculosis tests.

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7. Bonus: Don't Kill My Vibe by Sigrid We were working away one afternoon, and suddenly this song came on shuffle. If you need a new fall anthem, here it is! The haters are gonna hate, and we will keep on keeping on with what's best for us. We highly recommend you check out Sigrid's other self-love bops like "Mirror" and "Don't Feel Like Crying."


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