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The great human truths: Death, taxes and … laundry?

on January 11, 2010

Ben Franklin, font of aphorisms, once warned against placing too much permanence in the new U.S. Constitution. “In this world nothing can be said to be certain,” Franklin said, “except death and taxes.”

There’s one unescapable reality Franklin seems to have missed: laundry. Here’s a video journal from North Oakland’s Piedmont neighborhood, chronicling the local institution that brings so many of us serendipitously together: the laundromat.

By Mario Furloni and Richard Parks.


  1. Alice on January 12, 2010 at 9:07 am

    I love this! Once, all my underwear was stolen from a load of laundry while I wasn’t looking. Personal, indeed!

  2. […] Mario Furloni and Richard Parks investigate the great human truths: Death, Taxes and Laundry. […]

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