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Issue #525 :: Friday, April 19, 2002

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Ice Cream: Ben and Jerry's
First flavor: "Vanilla HEATH Bar Crunch" · Newest flavors: "One Sweet Whirled," "The Full VerMonty" · Average number of times per hour that customers need flavors explained: 20 · Number of syllables in Longest Ben & Jerry's flavor name: 10 "Strawberries Naturally All Fudged Up" (S.N.A.F.U. for short) · Average number of syllables in name of a Ben and Jerry's flavor: 5.56 · Percentage of revenues given to charity: 7.5% · Annual amount Ben & Jerry's Inc. donates to charity: $1,100,000, or 489,000 small ice cream cones · Number of flavors: 40 · Contents of "The Vermonster": 20 scoops ice cream or frozen yogurt, 10 scoops chopped walnuts, 4 bananas, 4 scoops hot fudge, 3 chocolate chip cookies, 2 scoops sprinkles, 2 scoops M&Ms, 2 scoops Reeses Pieces, 1 fudge brownie topped with real whipped cream. · Average number of Vermonsters sold per week at Berkeley: 2.5 · Density of average ice cream: 4.5 lbs per gallon · Density of Ben & Jerry's ice cream: 7.5 lbs per gallon · National ranking of Berkeley's Ben & Jerry's in number of ice cream cakes sold per year: 1

Burger: Bongo Burger
(Numbers reflect average of all three locations): Number of bongo drums: 0 · Indoor tables: 12 · Indoor chairs: 26.3 · Tables by the window: 2 · Outdoor tables: 1.67 · Ratio of vegetarian to meat lunch dishes: 3:4 · Distance from campus, in blocks: 1.83 · Previous BOB awards: 5 · Visible bottles of ketchup: 4.67 · Visible bottles of mustard: 1 · Kinds of fresh squeezed juice: 2 · Kinds of tea served: 8.67 · Of those, number that are Persian tea: 0 · Items with Persian in the title: 3 · Non-Persian staff: 1.67 · Items not on menu: 1 (a salty Persian yogurt drink called doogh) · Average amount of doogh produced per day, in gallons: 7.5 · Average amount of doogh produced per week, in gallons: 2`5 · Reason why doogh is not on the menu: "It's not something Americans like. They think it tastes like Alka-Seltzer." · Main purchasers of doogh: Middle Eastern and Eastern European students.

Chinese Restaurant: Shen Hua
Average number of patrons at 7 p.m.: 48 · Number of same patrons still there 9 p.m.: 0 · Average amount of people per party: 4 · Items on Menu: 92 · Price of most expensive meat (beef/lamb) dish: $10.95 (Hunan Style Lamb) · Price of most expensive chicken dish: $9.95 (8 items) · Price of most expensive vegetarian dish: $7.95 (7 items) · Price difference between least and most Least expensive meat dish: $1 · Price difference between least and most expensive vegetarian dish: $0.45 · Range of Appetizers: $5.95-$10.95 · Time Spent on Bus from Campus (Bancroft/College) to restaurant (College/Ashby): 5 Minutes · Number of waiters employed: 4 · Number of waiters who are fluent in both English and Chinese: 4 · Number of busboys: 4 · Can Students apply to work: Yes! · Manager's favorite dish: Prawns a la Ching Hua · How long Shen Hua has been in Berkeley : 4

Salad: Cafe Intermezzo
Sandwiches: 14 · Of those, ones that are served without sprouts: 3 · Soups: 2 · Salads: 3 · Average number of tomatos per salad: 3 · Average number of tomatos per sandwich: 3 · Boxes of lettuce they go through a day: 16-17 · Different kinds of lettuce they use: 4 · Cost of end of a loaf of bread: $0.25 · Drinks: 17 · Alcoholic drinks: 4 · Painted windows on the wall: 4 · Door knockers for the bathroom: 1 · Address above the bathroom: 308 · Tables: 18 · Rectangular tables: 5 · Fake plants: 1 · Stools: 14 · Chairs: 43 · Baby chairs: 2 · Stars painted on the ceiling: 5 · Stars painted on the wall: 1 · Distance from campus: Less than 3 blocks · Average number of people in line at noon: 17 · Average number of vacant tables at noon: 2-3 · Ratio of girls to guys in line: 10:7 · Estimated average wait time in line starting at door, in minutes: 18 minutes · Years in business: 22

News

Smoke Shop: Dave's Smoke Shop
They've been in business since: 1994 · Total number of years (for those not mathematically inclined): 8 · Hours of operation: 9 am till 10 p.m. · Total hours open (for those not mathematically inclined): 13 · Approx. number of countries represented in decorative flags: 51 · Most expensive cigarettes: Player's Filters · Cost: $7 · Gauloises sold: yes · Cost: $6.50 · Anything else sold: magazines · Racks of magazines: 12 · Are more magazines available than cigarettes? yes · Pipes? yes


Arts & Entertainment

Ice Cream: Ben and Jerry's
First flavor: "Vanilla HEATH Bar Crunch" · Newest flavors: "One Sweet Whirled," "The Full VerMonty" · Average number of times per hour that customers need flavors explained: 20 · Number of syllables in Longest Ben & Jerry's flavor name: 10 "Strawberries Naturally All Fudged Up" (S.N.A.F.U. for short) · Average number of syllables in name of a Ben and Jerry's flavor: 5.56 · Percentage of revenues given to charity: 7.5% · Annual amount Ben & Jerry's Inc. donates to charity: $1,100,000, or 489,000 small ice cream cones · Number of flavors: 40 · Contents of "The Vermonster": 20 scoops ice cream or frozen yogurt, 10 scoops chopped walnuts, 4 bananas, 4 scoops hot fudge, 3 chocolate chip cookies, 2 scoops sprinkles, 2 scoops M&Ms, 2 scoops Reeses Pieces, 1 fudge brownie topped with real whipped cream. · Average number of Vermonsters sold per week at Berkeley: 2.5 · Density of average ice cream: 4.5 lbs per gallon · Density of Ben & Jerry's ice cream: 7.5 lbs per gallon · National ranking of Berkeley's Ben & Jerry's in number of ice cream cakes sold per year: 1

Burger: Bongo Burger
(Numbers reflect average of all three locations): Number of bongo drums: 0 · Indoor tables: 12 · Indoor chairs: 26.3 · Tables by the window: 2 · Outdoor tables: 1.67 · Ratio of vegetarian to meat lunch dishes: 3:4 · Distance from campus, in blocks: 1.83 · Previous BOB awards: 5 · Visible bottles of ketchup: 4.67 · Visible bottles of mustard: 1 · Kinds of fresh squeezed juice: 2 · Kinds of tea served: 8.67 · Of those, number that are Persian tea: 0 · Items with Persian in the title: 3 · Non-Persian staff: 1.67 · Items not on menu: 1 (a salty Persian yogurt drink called doogh) · Average amount of doogh produced per day, in gallons: 7.5 · Average amount of doogh produced per week, in gallons: 2`5 · Reason why doogh is not on the menu: "It's not something Americans like. They think it tastes like Alka-Seltzer." · Main purchasers of doogh: Middle Eastern and Eastern European students.

Chinese Restaurant: Shen Hua
Average number of patrons at 7 p.m.: 48 · Number of same patrons still there 9 p.m.: 0 · Average amount of people per party: 4 · Items on Menu: 92 · Price of most expensive meat (beef/lamb) dish: $10.95 (Hunan Style Lamb) · Price of most expensive chicken dish: $9.95 (8 items) · Price of most expensive vegetarian dish: $7.95 (7 items) · Price difference between least and most Least expensive meat dish: $1 · Price difference between least and most expensive vegetarian dish: $0.45 · Range of Appetizers: $5.95-$10.95 · Time Spent on Bus from Campus (Bancroft/College) to restaurant (College/Ashby): 5 Minutes · Number of waiters employed: 4 · Number of waiters who are fluent in both English and Chinese: 4 · Number of busboys: 4 · Can Students apply to work: Yes! · Manager's favorite dish: Prawns a la Ching Hua · How long Shen Hua has been in Berkeley : 4

Salad: Cafe Intermezzo
Sandwiches: 14 · Of those, ones that are served without sprouts: 3 · Soups: 2 · Salads: 3 · Average number of tomatos per salad: 3 · Average number of tomatos per sandwich: 3 · Boxes of lettuce they go through a day: 16-17 · Different kinds of lettuce they use: 4 · Cost of end of a loaf of bread: $0.25 · Drinks: 17 · Alcoholic drinks: 4 · Painted windows on the wall: 4 · Door knockers for the bathroom: 1 · Address above the bathroom: 308 · Tables: 18 · Rectangular tables: 5 · Fake plants: 1 · Stools: 14 · Chairs: 43 · Baby chairs: 2 · Stars painted on the ceiling: 5 · Stars painted on the wall: 1 · Distance from campus: Less than 3 blocks · Average number of people in line at noon: 17 · Average number of vacant tables at noon: 2-3 · Ratio of girls to guys in line: 10:7 · Estimated average wait time in line starting at door, in minutes: 18 minutes · Years in business: 22

Body Piercing: Zebra
Identifiable by: The stripes, throngs of customers, and the big cutout of a grinning zebra out front. · Year when it all began: 1994 · Other existing Zebra body piercing shops in the world: 0 (It's independently owned, a true one and only) · If they had a motto: "You bare it, we'll pierce it." · Chief local competitor(s): Wicked · Known for: Excellent execution of body modification · The goods: Piercing, tattooing, body jewelry, piercing care solutions · Minimum tattoo price: $45 · Price for an ear piercing, not including jewelry cost: $15 · Price for tongue and genitalia piercing, not including jewelry cost: $30 · The crew: No-nonsense, experienced, highly decorated. · The vibe: Fun, wild, comfortable, non-intimidating. · Who's been there: Wishful high school students, Berkeley people, spontaneous tourists, members of the MTV Real World in San Francisco cast. · Age requirement for a piercing or a tattoo: 18 · Don't overlook: Bongs and other smoking equipment/paraphernalia, bumper stickers, Zebra apparel. · Hours of operation: Monday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Cafe & Coffee: Brewed Awakenings
Number of customers who suggested names for this café: 1500 · Price for a medium house blend: $1.20 · Types of beans in original house blend: 7 · Number of artists whose artwork is displayed on the walls each year: 5-6 · Number of oranges used a day in smoothies and juices: 452 · Types of smoothies: 11 · Price for a smoothie and an aram sandwich or calzone: $4.95 · Minimum number of professors that Sam, the owner, knows on a first name basis: 200 · Number of internet hubs: 1 · Décor as old as the café: The tables, clock, mural, and owner, Sam. · Age of the café-old wooden bench outside: 17 years · Estimated number of lovers, Berkeleyans, and café-dwellers served per day: 1000 · Maximum capacity: 82 · Couches? 2 · Name of barista who knows all the customers by their drinks: Morgan · Motto: "There is no life before coffee."

Bar: Raleigh's
Year opened for business: 1987 · Owner: Greg Ent · Average number of beers on tap: 23 · Number of American macrobrews on tap: 0 · Number of beers on tap brewed in California: 9 · Number of bottled beers: 11 · Kinds of wines served: 3 · Kinds of liquor served: 0 · Price of all pitchers besides Guinness: $11.00 · Price of a pitcher of Guinness: $11.50 · Amount of beer served-in pints-on an average Thursday: 4,275 · Ratio of blonde female wait staff to rest of wait staff: 3:4 · Total number of pool tables after Fall 2001 expansion: 3 · Number of televisions: 3 · Number of Olympic gold medalists who have worked there: 1 (Matt Biondi) · Average price of burger, with side: $6.75 · Different kinds of beers you'd have to drink to earn Around the World T-shirt: 31 · Average amount of money you'd have to spend to earn Around the World T-shirt: $192.75 · Person who chooses music: Bartender · Employee quote-Joseph Quinn, Bartender: "I think it's important to point out that it's only beer and wine and what that connotates. People are going to drink in a bar. When there's hard alcohol involved, the mood is more sporadic. But when it's just beer and wine, the mood is more relaxed."

Yogurt: Yogurt Park
Most popular flavor: Vanilla · Most popular topping: Almonds · Average running time for flavors: 2 days · Price of the most expensive item on menu: $3.95 (Take Home Yogurt Quart) · Amount of money in tip cup on Friday afternoon: $0.80 · Number of gummy bears taped to tip cup: 4 · Number of potted plants: 2 · Number of awards on wall: 21 · Floor Color: Blue & white checkered · Nutritional Information: "Yogurt is more easily digested for lactose intolerant individuals." · Flavor Hotline: 510-549-0570 · Number of male employees: 1 · Employees that are Cal students: All · Average shift duration: 2 hours ("Cause we work hard!") · Employee quote: "The employees sit around on crates and read Glamour magazine and get mad when anyone asks for samples. Haha, just kidding. Yogurt Park is great. We're a family here. We have a lot of fun and we enjoy working here so much. And we have the best boss ever!" · Anything else worth mentioning? "... the beauty of the employees who work here."

Bathroom Graffiti: Dwinelle Hall, UC Berkeley

Visible florescent red fliers on entrance bulletin board: 35 · Number of dirty paper plates on floor in room 251: 8 · Graffiti in bathrooms on Level E: 0 · Graffiti in bathrooms on Level C: Closed for renovations (infer what you will)

Dessert: Fat Apple's
Address: 1346 Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Thai: Berkeley Thai House
Honorable Mentions: Thai Basil; Plearn


Doughnut: King Pin
Owner: Dari Shamtoob · Open since: 1939 · Busiest time of day: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. · Time when most donuts are baked: 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. · Price of a raised glazed (most popular) donut: $0.75 · Price of 'Pitco Friolator' deep fat fryer: $6,500 · Amount of lard in deep fat fryer, in lbs.: 300 · Number of donuts made at once: 36 · Percentage difference by which Krispy Kreme donuts are soggier than Kingpin donuts: 3,000 · Minimum number of donuts sent to the dorms every week: 100 dozen · Average amount of weight gained by homesick first-year students as a result of late-night 'comfort' food orgies, in lbs.: The 'freshman' 15 · Maximum number of calories in a glazed raised donut: 175 · Number of minutes on stationary bike to burn one off: 23 · Number of minutes running at 10 miles per hour to burn one off: 10 · Number of minutes of sex to burn one off: 44 · Number of minutes average guy lasts during sex, according to Men's Health magazine: 14 · (Therefore) number of times that guy must have sex to burn of one donut: about 3 · Why we will keep eating King Pin's donuts, according to Shamtoob: "We use less shortening, and fold the dough more; it prevents that layer of grease and bad aftertaste. We use no food coloring and try to use the best and most natural ingredients as possible."

Gift Store: Beyond The Wall
Honorable Mentions: Avant-Card; Sweet on You

Books: Moe's
Open since: 1959 · Number of years since the original Moe passed away: 5 · Number of books published in honor of Moe: 1 · Estimated number of books in stock: 250,000 · Ratio of used books to new books: 4:1 · Number of content-specific sections: 70 · Average number of books Moe's sells in a day: Thousands · Average number of books Moe's buys in a day: Thousands · Average number of customers per day: Hundreds · Most expensive book: $10,000 (original Mozart compositions) · Least expensive book: $0.13 (old pocketbook sold for half of cover-price) · Number of books priced at $1,000 or more: 21 · Number of books priced at $5 or less: Thousands upon thousands · Number of books by Stephen King currently available: 34 · Number of books about Stephen King currently available: 0 · Number of books by Marcel Proust currently available: 11 · Number of books about Marcel Proust currently available: 16 · Number of books by Ayn Rand currently available: Who cares? · Advice on shopping at Moe's: Just go in and look around. The inventory turnover is constant, so chances are you'll be surprised by what you find.

Video: Blockbuster
Number of VHS copies of Jet Li's "The One" covering an entire wall of Blockbuster: 80 · Number checked out: 0 · Price to see "The One" at the theaters six months ago: $8.75 · Price to check it out at Blockbuster: $3.69 · Price of VHS rentals at Reel: $3 · Price at Tower Records: $1.49 · Number of copies of "The One" at Reel: 28 · Number of copies of Ingmar Bergman's "Persona" at Reel: 1 · Number of copies of "Persona" at Blockbuster: 0 · Who'd want to see a depressing black and white film in Swedish about existentialist identity crises, anyway: aw shucks, nobody · Number of National Society of Film Critics Awards won by "Persona" (1968): 3 (Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress-Bibi Andersson) · National Society of Film Critics Awards won by "The One": 0 · Number of copies of "The One" at Blockbuster 10 years from now: 2 · Number of copies checked out at that time: still 0

Textbooks: Ned's
Number of bookmarks in their exotic bookmark museum: 70 · Best Relic: Free potato coupon for Spud Brothers, valid until 10/29/99 · Most Interesting hanging display: Crazy-looking computer face with flying floppy disks and CDs. · Most convincing in-house reason to sell your books at Ned's: "Sell your books at Ned's where the cash flows like water and the magical memories last a lifetime." · Majority of store artwork done by: Bess Petty · Approximate amount of time Petty has been contributing art to Ned's: 2 years · Biggest book in stock: Tie between Harper-Collins Unabridged French Dictionary and The Norton Shakespeare. · Good reason to work at Ned's, according to staff member Miguel Aldaco: "It's just super relaxed and everybody is really chill." · Sets of lizard-resuscitation instructions on wall: 1 · Steps it takes to resuscitate a lizard, according to the instructions: 4 · Perks of selling books at Ned's: Free candy; free water bottles if you fill out a form. · Number of competitors whose prices they will meet or beat: 2 (CTE and Follet) · Number of cool perks available by just entering Ned's: 2 (free book bin, Internet kiosk) · Friendliness of salespeople, on a 1-10 scale: 9 · Helpfulness of salespeople, on a 1-10 scale: 8.5

Bagel: Noah's
Origin of the word "Bagel:" an Austrian baker honored the magnificent horseman King Jan of Poland after he defeated an invading horde of Turks in 1699 by making him a bread shaped 'stirrup.' The german word for stirrup at the time was "beugel." · Year cream cheese was invented: 1872 · Time period that first bagel stores open as a result of Eastern European Jewish Immigrants in concentrated ethnic neighborhoods in New York and Chicago: the 1880s. · Number of Non-New Yorkers or Chicagans who knew what a bagel was before 1985: 0 · Year the first "Noah's" opened: 1989 · Flavors of bagels Noah's offers: 20 · Most popular flavor: Poppy 'Dip't' · Glossary: 'lox:' smoked salmon · 'shmear:' corporate-copyrighted once-cute name for a cream-cheese based spreadable topping. · Number of shmears available: 11 · 'Power Bagel:' "Uhh, they got nuts and berries and stuff." · 'Biyali:' much more hard-core and obscure Jewish traditional bread, with no hole and cooked onions in the middle. · The way most grocery stores make their 'bagels:' baked, straight up · Reason Noah's gets to call its bagels 'New York style:' because they do it right, silly-they boil the dough in water first, then bake it (that's how to retain moisture).

Health Food: Razan's Organic Kitchen
Owner: Shihadeh Kitami · Year first opened: 1990 (cart) · Month and year restaurant opened: October, 1998 · Number of tables: 7 · Number of chairs: 14 · Pieces of gum stuck under restaurant furniture: 0 · Percentage of lamps using energy-efficient light bulbs: 100 · Percentage of wall artwork done by students from Berkeley High School: 100 · Estimated burritos/wraps sold at satellite cart shop per day: 500 · Estimated items on the menu: 45 · Average price of an order: $6 · Variations possible in the "create your own wrap" order: 1.21 x 1017 · Price of the cheapest item on the menu: $3.95 (organic chips and salsa/guacamole) · Number of kinds of organic chocolate offered: 9 · Percentage of certified organic items on menu: 100 · Number of years a farm must sustain organic law regulations before it can become labeled as certified organic produce: 3 · Frequency of most loyal customer: Everyday for nine years. · Most popular item on menu: "Everything"

Music Store: Amoeba Music
Identifiable by: Retro space-age architecture, zany paint art, and the perennial street characters gathered around outside. · Chain? Not a chain per se, but there are two other stores in SF (Haight-Ashbury) and LA (Hollywood). · If they had a motto: "If you don't find what you need, just wait a minute." · When it all began: November of 1990, in Berkeley · Chief competitor(s): Rasputin's, Tower Records · Genres: Rock, Rap, R&B, Soul, Folk, Jazz, Vocal, Surf, World, Reggae, Dancehall, Classical, Oldies, Electronica, Black Metal, Unusually Experimental. · Forms: tape cassettes, CDs, and vinyl · Standard bargain CD price: $1.95 · Price of used Boyz II Men CD: $5.95 · Price of secondhand "Selmasongs" by Bjork: $12.95 · Price of a mint CD by the Faint: $12.98 · Price of new "The Royal Tenenbaums" soundtrack: $15.95 · Number of (whole dollar) digits in the price of The Beatles' Butcher cover album: 4 · The crew: Well-informed, helpful group of unpretentious music experts. · The vibe: Laid back and surprisingly, well, unpretentious. · Who's been there: Anyone venturing within the Berkeley area with an interest in music. · Age Requirement? Nah · Perk: Getting top dollar for your old CDs, then using the credit to acquire new items for your musical collection. · Downfall: You can't buy just one. · Don't overlook: The eclectic selection of secondhand videos and laserdiscs, ranging from unopened mint ($9.95, "Ferris Bueller's Day Off") to tattered once-favorite ($1.95, "Forrest Gump")-all guaranteed to play.

Pearl Drink: Sweetheart Cafe
Honorable Mentions: Mandarin House; Quikeley

Used Clothing: Buffalo Exchange
Honorable Mentions: Mars Mercantile; Crossroad Trading Co

New Clothes: Bancroft Clothing Company
Honorable Mentions: Wet Seal; Bear Basics/Futura

Italian Restaurant: Gypsy's


Mexican: La Burrita


Bikes: Missing Link


Hot Dog: Top Dog
  Pieces of libertarian propaganda in Durant location: 206 · Number of dogs on menu: 12 · Number of dogs worth ordering: 10 · Sodas: 5 · Name-brand sodas: 1 · Employees ever seen to have rung the tip bell: 1 · Year founded: 1966 · Most popular dogs ordered by name: lemon chicken and hot link · Dog most commonly served to drunks: top dog · Episodes of Star Trek and the Simpsons seen by counterman: all · Average Weiner length, in inches: 6.5

Korean: Steve's BBQ
Years in business: 12 · Pounds of kim chee served per day: 150 · Most popular item: #5, BBQ Chicken, followed by #1, BBQ beef · Cheapest item on menu: #9 steamed potstickers, $4.60 · Items over $6.00: 2 · Vegetarian items: 4 · Most popular vegetarian item: #18, grilled tofu with vegetables · Number of times per day someone orders squid: not very many · Approximate number of different drinks available: 60 · Number of ingredients in homemade sauce: 7

Breakfast: Durant Cafe
Price of cheapest food items: $0.75 (toast, tortilla, or sour cream) · Price of most expensive items: $5.75 (fajitas/flautas, or shrimp enchilada) · Average diameter of a pancake, in inches: 8 · Average wait time for orders, in minutes: 10 · Number of tables in the patio: 15 · Number of tables in the restaurant: 18 · Number of items you can put in an omelet: 12 · Average number of people in line at 11 a.m.: 7 · Ratio of girls to guys: 5:2 · Bathroom? yes · Different kinds of pancakes offered: 8 · Years in business: 15 · Estimated number of steps to climb before getting to restaurant: 19 · Fresh squeezed orange juice? yes · Ratio of waiters to waitresses: 1:1 · Color of the walls: peachy pink

Editor's Note
Theme for the eighth annual "best of berkeley" issue: Details · Number of "bob" categories originally on the ballot: 74 · Number with sufficient votes to warrant an award: 63 · Number of winners that coincide with the editors' prerogatives: 63 · Do we really mean this? No · Number actually written about: 21 · Southside to Westside to Northside winner location ratio: 6:3:1 · number of writers: 16 · Number of those writers that are professional statisticians: 0 · Debt of stylistic inspiration to "harper's index": Moderate · Length of average index, in inches: 5 · Number of times the word "number" appears in this issue: 122 · Only existing natural phenomenon more dense than this issue: A Black Hole · Maximum number of ballots submitted during the "best of berkeley" survey: 100.

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