The longest straight line you can walk without hitting the ocean

If you were the next Forest Gump and wanted to walk Earth in a straight line without hitting the water, here’s your guide. The path starts east in China and ends in Liberia. Lace up those walking shoes, we’ve got a project for you. An intrepid cartographer has, with the help of Google Earth, tracked down the […]

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The Lindy Effect

Similar to the Zeigarnik Effect in resuming motivation, the Lindy Effect in economics explains the likeliness of durability. Lindy’s deli/restaurant, which the effect is named after, is celebrating nearly a century of existence since its Manhattan debut in 1921. As the author Nassim Taleb describes it: “If a book has been in print for forty years, […]

The history behind the modern definition of ‘average’

Everybody is unique, but on the whole, there’s still the average. Average height, average SAT score, there is even ‘average looking.’ From clothing to education to body features, there’s always been a standard. According to 99% Invisible’s podcast ‘On Average,’ Belgian astronomer/mathematician Adolphe Quetelet discovered what we now know today as the ‘average’ when he aggregated […]

Why train travel in the US sucks

Trains suck in the US for more reasons than one. Here’s why America will continue to lag behind Western Europe and Japan. America is too vast: There aren’t enough dense cities close enough to each other than East Coast, West Coast, and SouthWest. Expensive/slow: It costs $40 to travel from DC to NYC, a 3 […]