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Quote of the Day

Karl Ove Knausgaard: “The expectation of an answer runs so deep that it is presumably fundamentally human, the most characteristic + more

Pi Day Plus 1

Kind of cool that Archduke Eduard of Austria—Hungarian ambassador to the Holy See and the Sovereign Order of Malta—took to + more

“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water…”

I felt pretty good about the state of the world after reading this piece over at Axios this morning. No, + more

Old Man Yells at Clouds

Today is the 35th anniversary of the release of U2’s The Joshua Tree. I was in college studying music at + more

Happy IWD

So it’s International Women’s Day today. If you’re curious as to what it’s all about, I recommend not visiting the + more

Fight! Fight!

“Academic politics is the most vicious and bitter form of politics,” said Wallace Sayre, “because the stakes are so low.” + more

[sad trombone]

Color me shocked: Everything we in the West think we know about China’s famed Shaolin Temple dates all the way + more


Spokane: “We’ll try to get the city plowed in three days.” Montréal: “Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!” + more

“The Interstate’s Forgotten Code”

Feeling lost? Don’t know which way is up? Needing some direction in your life? Here are all the answers for + more

“A True Symbol of Uncompromising Craftsmanship”

With nothing but a steady hand and a squirrel-hair brush, Mark Court does what no one else can. And when + more

So there really IS a difference…

Big surprise: Deviations in word prevalence scores between men and women “tend to follow gender differences in interests (games, weapons, + more

Quote of the Day

Werner Herzog: “Mankind’s problems started the moment humans abandoned a nomadic existence, became sedentary, and began building permanent settlements.” Note: + more


Ever wanted to hear The Canterbury Tales in the original Middle English? Today’s your lucky day. Wikitrivia! My best streak + more

Billionaires Gonna Billionaire

Cause…and effect. That’s it. That’s the post. I was gonna write something snarky about how you can’t even get free + more

Poetry Break

THE OCEAN Nathaniel Hawthorne The Ocean has its silent caves, Deep, quiet, and alone; Though there be fury on the + more

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