Airport yoga: the basics

Long weekends like President’s Day can woo us to long flights to the sunshine. And to be in good form for the flight and your vacay, getting your zen on can get you in the right frame to handle the most primal of human settings: the airport gate waiting area. Below are a few simple moves that can be achieved with your travel essentials, including your phone and your luggage.

So remember before you board, to take each waiting opportunity to get that blood flowing and expand outward before you crunch into an economy seat.

Oh my God: Solar system re-branding

Mars, Pluto, who are these people anyway? Certainly they don’t resonate with a Millennial audience, who is more into astrology than into Catholicism. With Elon Musk launching Teslas into outerspace and making steps to relocate us to Mars, our solar system is attracting more public attention than it has in decades – which is why it’s time to makeover the Milky Way brand. It’s time for the old Gods to step aside and to make way for the new. It’s time to re-name the planets.

Old and busted New hotness Explanation
Mercury Flash The fast messenger Mercury has a perfect analogue in the vaguely entertaining Netflix series character and DC Comic hero Flash.
Venus Black Widow The goddess of love Venus is well represented by Black Widow, fem fatal, who can always get the Hulk to regain his cool.
Earth Gaea Earth is the one planet that never got a god-based name…and yet the Greek goddess of the Earth Gaea is hip with the hippies and comic fans of today.
Mars Iron Man Mars is red because it is made of – you guessed it – iron! Also, Tony Stark was an arms dealer, so only fitting that he takes the place of the Roman God of War.
Jupiter Thor Both thunder gods. Enough said.
Saturn Black Panther Saturn was the god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, and liberation. I’d say the king and protector of Wakanda is a great fit, especially with his bad-ass body guards sporting protective neck rings, just like the fair planet.
Uranus Superman The Greek god personifying the sky should swap with the today’s god of the sky.
Neptune Aquaman The newer sea god has more extensive powers thanks to the blessing of Poseidon, the Greek analogue. #better
Pluto Loki Pluto had us fooled for years, but now we know it’s not a planet. But we can give it an honorary name change to Loki, the trickster god.

You might be asking yourself why these are all comic book heroes instead of religious gods. It’s because we know the origin stories of Superman and Iron Man better than we know the stories of our greatest religious texts. As Batman producer Michael Uslan put it, “superheroes are the logical descendant to Norse, Egyptian and Greek mythology”. We watch them on the big screen, read about them in our free time, take academic courses on them, and discuss them with our friends. It’s a central piece of modern culture, and soon, that culture could be extended into outer space. There’s a clear co-marking opportunity here between Marvel and SpaceX.

All squirrels are Eagles fans

Strolling through the city of Brotherly Love one winter weekend, I marveled at the grand success of a certain invasive species in the city where they were first introduced*. Yes, I’m talking about the grey squirrel. I’ve never seen one cross a street, yet there they are, in every park, perfectly content to play squirrel tag and scout for acorns on what they must think of as “their block”. And yet, as much as they seem to be home bodies, they are in every park in the entirety of the North East. So how did they get everywhere? My theories abounded:

1. They first made it to New York, and if you can make it here, you’ll make it anywhere

2. They traveled what must have been wooded superhighways and, eventually, got paved around

3. They were lured by acorn trails until they posted up in the urban backyards of gentry

Well, none of these guesses seem too far off the mark based on Gizmodo’s historic summary: they were a cute house pet until a few got loose, and people stuffed them fat, so much so that not only did they multiply, but they tumbled out of trees under the gravitational pull of their burgeoning middles. The habit never fully got shaken in some places *cough* Boston Commons *cough*. 

Most squirrels are too cagey for direct engagement these days, but still a playful touch to our manicured urban nature encounters.

*Yes, it all started in Philly, which is why all squirrels are Eagles fans.