The Herald of Everett, Washington
HeraldNet on Facebook HeraldNet on Twitter HeraldNet RSS feeds HeraldNet Pinterest HeraldNet Google Plus HeraldNet Youtube
HeraldNet Newsletters  Newsletters: Sign up | Manage  Green editions icon Green editions
Herald staff | jbauer@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, April 29, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

The food's lousy and portions are small

Oh, garcon: Yelp, the online review service that invites anyone to become a restaurant critic or hotel reviewer, has added to its helpful advice with reviews of jails and prisons, written by inmates and attorneys. An Orange County, Calif., jail, for example, is lauded on Yelp for its cleanliness, urban setting and "very nice" deputies.

The Buzz puts a lot of emphasis on atmosphere at the places we patronize. So the next time we're hauled off to the hoosegow, our Yelp review will note the artistry of the jail tattoo staff, the depth of the prison wine list and whether the tin cups make a satisfying rattle against the cell bars.

--

Frontier justice: For the second time in less than a week, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. is going after former officials of a failed county-based bank. The FDIC is seeking $46 million from former Frontier Bank officials.

Sadly, as this is a civil and not a criminal case, we likely won't get the benefit of the failed bankers' reviews of the county jail.

--

Don't know much about history: On this day in 1913, Gideon Sundback of Hoboken, N.J., received his patent for the "separable fastener," later known as the zipper.

Prior to the zipper's invention, whispered advice to "XYB" just confused the person with the open fly.

--


Sign up for HeraldNet headlines Newsletter
See sample | Privacy policy

Most recent The Buzz posts

  • Pardon me  July 9
  • A slap for a wipe  July 8
  • Got pot?  July 7
  • Big Gulp  July 5
  • Kibbles and bits  July 4

Share your comments: Log in using your HeraldNet account or your Facebook, Twitter or Disqus profile. Comments that violate the rules are subject to removal. Please see our terms of use. Please note that you must verify your email address for your comments to appear.

You are logged in using your HeraldNet ID. Click here to update your profile. | Log out.

Our new comment system is not supported in IE 7. Please upgrade your browser here.

comments powered by Disqus
digital subscription promo

Subscribe now

Unlimited digital access starting at 99 cents, or included with any print subscription.

» More local news


HeraldNet highlights

Bad behavior
Bad behavior: Start of crab season brings out the worst in some
Longer, farther
Longer, farther: Air New Zealand gets first stretched 787
From seed to store
From seed to store: Photo essay: Follow marijuana from the grower to the seller
Summer spirits
Summer spirits: Four refreshing drinks for hot days, suggested by local experts