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TIL Starbucks was a complete failure in Australia, mainly because Aussies are used to good quality coffee. They entered Australia in 2000, opened 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Eight years and $143 million in losses later they closed 60 stores, and sold the rest. by operator28 in todayilearned

[–]caitsith01 2423 points2424 points  (0 children)

I'm Australian. Funny story, my partner and I went to Japan and found the coffee situation generally to be pretty appalling. Our impression was that the Japanese think that if it's a brownish, bitter-ish liquid containing caffeine then it counts as coffee.

Anyway, after a couple of weeks of shocking coffee we're halfway up the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine walk in Kyoto, which is basically a 4 kilometre walk up a small mountain covered in jungle and torii gates and small shrines (amazing place to go, if you ever get the chance).

So halfway up this mountain, sitting there almost in the jungle off to the side of the path is a Japanese guy with a Mazzer coffee grinder and an Italian coffee machine. For the uninitiated, Mazzer is a good quality band of coffee grinder and in Australia is the de facto standard in decent coffee places. We stop and the guy asks what we want. Not holding out much hope, we chance it and ask for a couple of flat whites. To our great surprise, not only does he know what a flat white is but he then proceeds to make two amazing coffees.

I'm thinking - "so there is decent coffee in Japan after all!" While we drink our coffees we have a chat with the guy, who has decent English, and I ask him about his grinder and how he learnt to make such good coffee. He explains to me that he travelled to Australia for a couple of years and while he was there he got a job in a coffee place in Melbourne and learnt how to make proper coffee, and so when he came home he decided to start making Australian-style coffee in Japan.

Given how ridiculously good the Japanese are at most artisan type activities, I really liked that this guy had come to Australia, study the sacred art of coffee making and then taken it back to his homeland to educate the masses.

TL;DR: Japanese coffee is generally horrible, but you can find good Australian coffee halfway up a sacred mountain in Kyoto.

TIL Starbucks was a complete failure in Australia, mainly because Aussies are used to good quality coffee. They entered Australia in 2000, opened 84 outlets across Australia’s eastern coast. Eight years and $143 million in losses later they closed 60 stores, and sold the rest. by operator28 in todayilearned

[–]NearHornBeast 6614 points6615 points x2 (0 children)

Bare with me if you are interested in a perspective not otherwise present in this thread. So, here is the perspective from a 7-year Starbucks employee:

Now, I understand that it can get pricey. For instance, a woman came through the drive-through this morning and spent nearly $17 on two drinks. But what you have to understand, is that these people do it to themselves. In order to get a drink that cost anywhere near the 7 or 8 dollars that every one in this thread is complaining about you would have to have a drink that is made with milk, syrup, and several shots of espresso or other added ingredients. That stuff adds up. And rightfully so.

The average cost of a Starbucks hand crafted beverage in a medium size is roughly 5 American dollars. However, you can still get many really good, high quality beverages for closer to 3 bucks. Brewed coffee is always only 2 or 3 dollars.

And when it comes to our brewed coffee, which I will gladly answer anyone’s questions about, our flagship medium roast (Pike Place) is only the flagship coffee because it has been studied and found to be the taste of coffee that appeals to the widest array of people. So if you don’t like our standard medium roast, first, blame the taste buds of your average person, and second, just ask us for one of the 7 other brewed coffee roasts that every single store carries. This will include blonde, medium, and dark roasts which I can personally describe to you, I can tell you where they are from and how they are roasted, the caffeine content of each, and even what foods they go well with. And you can get any of these in a large for less than 3 dollars.

And also, this company is really good to its employees. They highly prioritize hiring veterans (I personally work with 4 veterans at my store that has ~20 employees). They payed for my bachelors degree, I have payed sick leave and vacation time, I am granted stock in the company every year, and they even have a charity fund for their employees that we can apply for if we are down on hard times and need to pay bills for our families that we can’t pay due to unfortunate circumstances.

Starbucks doesn’t do every single thing perfectly. I personally hate frappachinos and many of our sugary beverages; everybody has different tastes that they are entitled to. But if you think that EVERY Starbucks beverage is over priced and shitty quality, you are relying heavily on some sort of bias that is misinformed.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part. by szekeres81 in todayilearned

[–]the_grumpiest_guinea 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For the record, since Reddit gets this wrong a lot of times, crisis lines are mostly for crisis situations. They are super helpful for that and to have someone to talk to. Don’t not call because you are not in crisis, but know that they may or may not be able to get you what you need. The goal (and training) for most of them is to assess and either help you calm down in the moment or call for help. They don’t provide long-term help or therapy and if they get too flooded, you end up on hold. Some, like in bigger cities, can give you referrals for resources, but if you are not feeling like it’s a crisis, you’d often be better making contact with orgs like NAMI, Bipolar and Depression Alliance, or your insurance company for someone with the time and information to direct to suitable longer-term care if you aren’t in crisis. So, by all means CALL for support... but if you can, also reach out for long-term treatment. Crisis lines are a temp solution.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part. by szekeres81 in todayilearned

[–]not_your_attorney 12 points13 points  (0 children)

At first, I was going to write some zinger about the show that crated the term “jumping the shark” and managed to survive long enough to do it twice. Clearly, media was different when you only had three choices at any given time, tops.

But after reading the article, I feel the need to say that Robin Williams was clearly going to be a star regardless of this part. He took some off the cuff idea to refresh a tv show dying to minimal competition and turned it into an amazing career. Maybe he got there a little sooner, but his personality and humor drove that, not his first break.

He brought so much joy to the world. And he did it despite crippling depression and even made us all more cognizant of mental health issues in the end. Dude stands for more to me than most world leaders.

Edit: I’m proud that this was my first gold, despite the typos. Stranger, cheers to you and RW.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part. by szekeres81 in todayilearned

[–]sloth788 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think the point is that short few sentence quotations are totally unable to fully summarize life, and most of them white wash other basic truths in order to say what sounds good.

You can't change the chemical balance of your brain overnight. It takes trying multiple medications, years of hard work and practice, and even then - a success is like a 70% reduction in symptoms.

The life lessons and over compensation strategies you learned along the way will take decades to unlearn...

And saying that were in constant flux is true to a certain extent, but it discredits the fact that serious change to get somewhere noticeably different requires long term serious dedication and years and years of steadfast effort. And to stay there required even more effort - forever.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part. by szekeres81 in todayilearned

[–]abitbuzzed 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Agreed. I usually consider people who die to suicide to be the mental health equivalent of people who die of cancer. Yes, we never want that, but medical problems sometimes are more than our bodies and minds can bear. Of course, the goal is to get sufficient treatment before it reaches that point, but sometimes you don't know you have cancer until it's too late either, or it's a particularly bad type that few people survive.

I know that some people who've had physical health issues but not mental health issues (which still often has a physical component, I know) might consider that to be an insensitive analogy, but the fact is that mental health issues ARE a legitimate medical problem, and it's not always about "trying harder". No one would say that someone who died of cancer should have tried harder or that they would have regretted it. Suicidal ideation is a symptom, and no one thinks it's a good solution unless their mental illness is twisting their brain to believe it's the only solution.

TIL When Robin Williams auditioned for the role of Mork on 'Mork and Mindy', he was asked to take a seat. Williams responded by sitting on his head, upside down in the chair. He was hired on the spot because, 'He was the only alien to audition' for the part. by szekeres81 in todayilearned

[–]JustmyNSFWaccountTBH 30 points31 points  (0 children)

Not at all to minimize the pain Robin Williams must've been in, but as someone whose been suicidal I can tell you from experience that suicidal thoughts are always more often than not the result of living through a never-ending hellish battle, even if it seemed small from the outside. I understand the instinct to hold suicide against someone for being selfish, however the reality is that they were going through something unimaginably difficult before turning to that last resort.

Just my two cents.

Edit: thank you for the gold, kind stranger. I've only had one or two comments gilded since they added the feature, this is a rare treat

TIL that a 5 year old called 911 after his mother collapsed in her bedroom. The operator hung on the kid saying he was fake calling 911 after 3 hours he called again and another operator said he should not play games and hung up him, Mother of 10 was found dead shortly after. by _that_clown_ in todayilearned

[–]BitterTemperature 1361 points1362 points  (0 children)

I've had to deal with that once and I'm in my 30s. It really sucks when you need help and 911 won't send it in a life or death situation.

Now I feel like I need to be able to defend myself at all times since I can't trust 911 in my area to help me when I need it most.

I can't imagine losing a mother as a result of it. 911 should never screw around. If you need help now, they need to send it RIGHT NOW.

TIL Sears once sold on mail order an entire house as a giant DIY kit. There were over 370 home designs, and the house had over 30,000 parts worth 25 tons. Sears claimed a man of “average” abilities could assemble it in 90 days. by holyhesh in todayilearned

[–]Brother_-_John 4200 points4201 points  (0 children)

The average man’s abilities in 1950 were far above those of the average neckbeard in 2018.

EDIT Well, that was a surprise -- I find myself gilt! My sincere and humble gratitude to my mysterious benefactor!

TIL that Coca-Cola never patented their "secret formula" because otherwise they would be required to disclose it to the public. by brandon_fish in todayilearned

[–]possibly_pretentious 3438 points3439 points x2 (0 children)

Just like OP's mom last night!

E: Damn my first gild for my most useless comment ever. Thank you for showing me what the internet is all about ❤️

TIL bacon & eggs is considered breakfast food thanks to a single marketing campaign by a bacon company. by palmfranz in todayilearned

[–]Randolm 251 points252 points  (0 children)

Apparently I was lucky enough to evade their marketing magic. Cause I consider bacon & eggs to be a good option for any meal.

Edit: Thank you again kind Redditor for the gilding. And as mentioned in the DM back to your anonymous gilding I absolutely adore that I got gilded on a comment about my love for bacon & eggs. :) Really made my day!

TIL in Waco Texas, 1916, 10,000 people watched the lynching of Jesse Washington (castrated, burned, and mutilated for 2+ hours) A photographer sold postcards of the event. Prominent citizens eventually persuaded photographer to stop selling them fearing the images would come to characterize the town by JonBon13 in todayilearned

[–]Picard2331 102 points103 points  (0 children)

All these fucking idiots need to do is take 10 seconds to google “Mississippi secession letter” Here’s a wonderful quote. It was ABSOLUTELY 100% about slavery. “Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin”

EDIT: First reddit gold! Thanks internet stranger man (or lady)!

TIL that upon imprisonment American Psychologist Timothy Leary was given psychological tests designed to aid placing inmates in jobs that were best suited to them. Leary himself had designed a few of them and used that knowledge to get a low-security gardening assignment, and escaped. by wildwindsurfer in todayilearned

[–]ThousandArmy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I bet you could disagree with him and he wouldn’t call you an ignorant fuck if you maintained some intellectual honesty.

But seeing as how you strawmanned the fuck out of his post, I don’t think you are capable of that kind of conversation.

Edit: rereading this thread, definitely sure this isn’t the hill I want to die on. Itty, my bad.

TIL in Waco Texas, 1916, 10,000 people watched the lynching of Jesse Washington (castrated, burned, and mutilated for 2+ hours) A photographer sold postcards of the event. Prominent citizens eventually persuaded photographer to stop selling them fearing the images would come to characterize the town by JonBon13 in todayilearned

[–]Its_Nitsua 108 points109 points  (0 children)

Woah woah woah, careful how you fucking throw around they.

I live in Texas, and a majority of Trump supporters are old baby boomers or conservatives who have watched nothing but Fox news since bush was elected.

Guess what happens when all you watch is fox news? All you see are things that show Trump in a good light.

Stocks up? Fox makes damn sure Trump did it; something bad happens? Obama caused it in his previous term. They make it look like if Trump wasn’t president America would be burning, they brainwash these people into believing that all other news stations are democratically controlled and are against christianity (a majority if not all conservatives are christian, so that strikes a chord with them).

Not everyone down here is racist, albeit there are definitely racists.

A majority of the people that voted for Trump did so because Fox news made Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton look like the anti-christ, not because they want to rule over minorities and lynch them in the streets.

The only reason it seems that way is because radical racists make the news, and old conservative white people don’t.

I hate Trump, but my grandparents absolutely love him; its not because they’re racist or bad people, its because they are country folk and Trump catered to the urban population, which no other candidate tried to do. He got people that hardly ever vote to get off their ass and vote, because he made it look like if they didn’t vote that Hillary would turn America into the USSR.

There is no ‘explain to them he’s bad’ because that would literally take me trying to uningrave 2 years of constant propoganda by Fox News, they have been completely and utterly brainwashed into thinking Trump is the next Ronald Reagan.

Edit: thanks for the gold fam! I hate seeing people label the south or supporters of any political party as ‘racists’ when it is only a select few that are actually racist. Those select few are extremists and are in the news often, which is i guess why some people think everyone associated with the south or Trump is a racist egomaniac with a bloodlust for minorities.