Newsletter: Aim for the absurd 🤷

Hermit Crab by Aki Inomata 

Hi Friends, below are some of the interesting pieces I discovered this week.

Summary: Recent studies demonstrate that attending live gigs every fortnight help you live longer. Macy's invented the price tag in the late 1800s! NBC restored rarely seen footage from an interview with Martin Luther King Jr. The world's greatest athletes perceive pain differently. Check out all the links below!

Interesting Digs

Science says gig-going can help you live longer and increases wellbeing. Attending a gig every two weeks may add a decade to your life. That’s according to a study done by O2 and behavioral science expert Patrick Egen. The study reveals that 20 minutes of seeing live music results in a “21% increase in feelings of wellbeing.” This is higher than both yoga and dog-walking which are also known to uplift mood.

The evolution of the price tag. Can you imagine having to haggle over everything you bought in a store? But as businesses got bigger in the 1870s, shopkeepers needed a way to streamline pricing for both sales clerks and customers alike. Two department stores helped pioneer the price tag: Macy’s in New York and Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia.

Remembering MLK in restored NBC video. “It is cruel jest to say to a bootless man that he ought to lift himself by his own bootstraps…And many Negroes, by the thousands and millions, have been left bootless … as the result of a society that deliberately made his color a stigma…”

Thought of the week

“My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous. It's being in the right place at the wrong time.”

— Andy Warhol

Other Recommendations


Star Wars Crayola carvings by self-taught artist Hoang Tran

Los Angeles based writer and journalist Eva Katz collected 200 miniature artworks of 24 artists around the globe for her new book Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World.

READ: Think Small: The Tiniest Art in the World


Author Malcolm Gladwell sits down with Alex Hutchison, author of the new book Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance to discuss how great athletes come to enjoy suffering pain. Says Hutchison, “Great athletes don’t necessarily feel pain differently. They reframe pain differently.”

WATCH: Explore the Secrets of Human Endurance

Video II

Zeynep Tufekci, Facebook, Cambridge Analytica, We're building a dystopia just to make people click on ads

Are we selling our souls for ads? Techno-sociologist Zeynep Tufecki seems to think so. The Cambridge Analytica-Facebook debacle demonstrates the Wild West of data exploitation.

WATCH: We’re building a dystopia just to make people click on ads


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