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Maybe not a big surprise, but it looks like rock climbing competitions have the most inarticulate commentators.

A favorite new trend: "Tiny Trumps."

Sinkholes swallow cars in Los Angeles.

You'll have heard the weather in Southern California is a little wet, even deadly. And none of it's going to help the Oroville disaster. But what got our attention this morning were images of sinkholes

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“Indian techie” has become like the “Florida man” meme in America: an archetype of incompetent criminality and hapless violence. 

From sword attacks to bomb threats, violence by and against technology workers who represent the India's ascendance bedevils Bangalore, the country's equivalent of Silicon Valley.
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Introducing "library hand," a penmanship style developed in 1885 for the purpose of keeping catalogs standardized and legible.

Mr. Trump causes severe distress rather than experiencing it and has been richly rewarded, rather than punished, for his grandiosity, self-absorption and lack of empathy. It is a stigmatizing insult to the mentally ill (who are mostly well behaved and well meaning) to be lumped with Mr. Trump (who is neither).

Scientist who wrote diagnostic criteria for narcissism disorder says to stop suggesting Trump has a mental health disorder.
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Terrorist attacks and deaths-by-ladder should not be compared.

Why talking about lightning strikes and staircase falls in the context of terrorist attacks is stupid (aka "the bathtub fallacy").

Terrorism is different. There are small incidents, but there are also huge ones in which hundreds or thousands of people die. It’s a fat-tailed distribution, in which outliers are really important. It also isn’t stable: Five or 10 or even 50 years of data isn’t necessarily enough to allow one to predict with confidence what’s going to happen next year. It’s a little like housing prices -- the fact that they hadn’t declined on the national level for more than 50 years before 2006 didn’t mean they couldn’t decline. Meanwhile, the widespread belief that they wouldn’t decline made the housing collapse more likely and more costly.


A CEO job is welfare for dudes with salt-and-pepper hair.

Management science studies conclude appearance is the only thing CEOs are demonstrably good at.
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A gallery of "de-arrests,"—an example of which above—wherein a swarm conspires to overwhelm, trick, or force the freedom of friends in custody. 

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