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Unclimbable

I need to tell you about the Cirque of the Unclimbables — its rock walls more overpowering than Zion’s, its evening light more perfect than Hawaii’s, its peaks more menacing than Denali, and its stillness more complete than the deep rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula.

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Growing Up As A Child Research Subject

As a toddler in 1981 and 1982, I attended a day care with monkeys. Or, perhaps more precisely, I was part of a study in the form of a day care that involved monkeys. I was two, then three. I remember nothing.

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Why It Pays To Be A Jerk

Sneer at the customer. Keep your colleagues on edge. Claim credit. Speak first. Put your feet on the table. Withhold approval. Instill fear. Interrupt. Ask for more. And by all means, take that last doughnut. You deserve it.

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  • > James honed a definition that he finally published in his 2012 book, Assholes: A Theory. Formally stated, “The asshole... : amiantos
  • This article inspired me to look up dolphin fights. Nat Geo has one: [link] : amiantos
The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See

Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark.

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  • I listened to a podcast about this. Episode of Invisibilia I believe. Good stuff. : amiantos
Inside The Mind Of A Mass Killer

Anders Breivik killed seventy-seven people in a peaceful, prosperous country. How could that happen?

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We Need To Ditch Generational Labels

Generational thinking is seductive and confirms preconceived prejudices, but it’s a bogus way to understand the world.

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The $48 Billion Company You Don't Know About

It’s ubiquitous in fossil fuel operations across the world, has more staff than Google, turns over more than Goldman Sachs, and is worth more than McDonald’s – yet you won’t have heard of it. Meet the oil world’s most secretive operator.

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Inside The Magic Factory

The definitive oral history of ILM, the special effects powerhouse that revolutionized moviemaking and changed entertainment forever.

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The CIA Is Running US Foreign Policy

From drone strikes to prison torture, the CIA has been pulling the strings of US foreign policy since 9/11. And if history is a guide, the agency will be calling the shots in the middle east for years to come.

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How America Overdosed On Drug Courts

Hailed as the most compassionate way for the criminal justice system to deal with adducts, drug courts were designed to balance punishment with rehabilitation. But after 25 years, the verdict is in: Drug courts embolden judges to practice medicine without a license — and they put lives in danger.

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The Overdue, Under-Told Story Of The Clitoris

In 1969, we put a man on the moon. In 1982, we invented the Internet. In 1998, we discovered the full anatomy of the clitoris.

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The Mysterious Murder Of A Nun Who Knew Too Much

Baltimore parents trusted Father Joseph Maskell. Maybe they shouldn’t have.

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Hostage Camp

Inside the strange world of kidnap and ransom survival schools.

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When A Tree Falls In The Woods...

After a car rolls off the road and into the river, neighbors mobilize to save the driver and clean up the mess. The scene is reminiscent of another tragedy in the redwoods, which dates all the way back to 1947. Turns out that when a tree falls in the forest, it makes a long-lasting community.

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The Untold Story Of Silk Road, Part 2: The Fall

By 2012, Ross Ulbricht’s online drug bazaar had grown into a worldwide empire. In the conclusion of Wired’s account, the Feds are closing in.

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