1. Sarah Mirk of the Portland Mercury discovered this gem on our Weird Books shelf in the Orange Room at Powell’s City of Books.

    You can read more in her article, but we’ll give you the main takeaway: pickles lead to masturbation and, in lieu of a pregnancy test, inject your urine into a frog.

  2. Tomorrow is National Pickle Day!

    To celebrate, we’ve joined up with Edible Portland to host “fermentation revivalist” Sandor Ellix Katz. Join us Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm at our downtown store and discover the techniques for making pickles, sauerkraut, and even yogurt from his new book The Art of Fermentation.

    Farmers, foragers, and foodies—this way for all the details: http://powells.us/STsjdS