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The long, sweaty history of working out

This author made me laugh multiple times throughout the article. “In the two million or so years we’ve been knocking about, it’s only fairly recently that we’ve had the time and understanding necessary to think about our bodies — back […]

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First versions

This site’s tagline is “Everything had a first version: here you can find it!” Link to the page for Youtube’s first version. | learn more

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Wine & math: a model pairing

This is from The Pudding, masters of the visual essay. “We’ll build a statistical model trying to predict a wine’s quality by its properties. So grab some liquid courage in your favorite aged grape variety and get ready for MATH.” | learn […]

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Fake insider trading is illegal, too

I skipped over a headline last week about a SpaceX engineer who was insider trading. The story became much more interesting once I learned he wasn’t really selling insider info. Rather, he was selling fundamental research falsely advertised as insider […]

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Filling my boots

I learned a new idiom this week. To fill one’s boots is to, “take or obtain as much of something as one can. Primarily heard in UK.” | learn more

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Supersized pickup trucks

Angie Schmitt, writing for Bloomberg, tells the story of the pickup truck and its transformation from no-frills working truck to gigantic family vehicle. She makes the point that these large vehicles are more dangerous for pedestrians in crowded areas due […]

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The largest ink library in the world

“One branch [of the US Secret Service], some 120 men and women strong, collects ink. More than 8,500 samples of ink, in fact, which have been sent to the USSS from manufacturers since the 1920s.” | learn more