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CIA shoe lacing

“Tutorial for C.I.A. Lacing shoes, in which straight segments are interpersed with one or more visible crossovers at different positions as a form of covert signalling.” Thanks to this, I’m now walking around side-eyeing everyone’s allbirds. | learn more

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Who’s having the best rap career after 40?

“The 40 rap elder statespeople we’ve selected and ranked — whittled down from a pool of 100 candidates — represent every corner of the culture, from the forever-respected lyrical technicians to those currently running up streaming numbers.” | learn more

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A fungus is out to kill our bananas

The world’s favorite banana until the 1960s, the Gros Michel, was quite different from our bananas today. It lost its dominance due to a fungus. That blew my mind. Now our Cavendish banana is under a similar threat. | learn more

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The math of card shuffling

“Here’s a question: how many times do you have to riffle a deck of cards before it is completely shuffled?” | learn more

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Passports for purchase

Hello, Caribbean islands! “Super-rich families are buying multiple citizenships to prepare for the next lockdown. Here’s how citizenship-by-investment programs (CIPs) work and why they’re getting more popular.” | learn more

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Emoji use in the new normal

“😂 Face with Tears of Joy remains the most used emoji on Twitter” and “🥺 Pleading Face is experiencing surging popularity.” Emojipedia analyzed over 68 million tweets across 2018-2020. | learn more

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How to outrun a dinosaur

“If, through some scientific malfunction, you found yourself transported 70 million years into the past, you might be safer from certain hungry reptiles than you think.” I found this link in Explore & Observe, a cool email newsletter about modern day […]