13 Ways Advertisers Lie To You. #8 Will Blow Your Mind!

Marketing

Did you actually click on that? What's wrong with you? What have you ever learned from clickbait? But now that I've caught you, here are some books that might actually show you how marketers trick your brain into wanting all the things they have for sale. Nothing screams good marketing like classic American flimflam. John R. […]

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Think Deep Thoughts: Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit

Rebecca Solnit is enjoying a bit of a renaissance with her latest collection of essays: Men Explain Things to Me. The title essay explores how Solnit and women in general tend to assume that men are more knowledgeable on a subject than they are, even when the woman is the expert. This essay gave rise to […]

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Oddities and Curios

Oddities and Curios

Every now and then, to satisfy your morbid curiosity, it does you good to search out the abnormalities which make the world such a fascinating bundle of matter, mind and soul. From museums filled with various deformities to strange tourist destinations spread across the country, there are plenty of ways to witness general weirdness. Dr. Mütter's Marvels is the biography of […]

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I Like the Moon

I Like the Moon

Sometimes, when you look up at the sky, mostly at night, or maybe during the day, there's this big glowing ball that doesn't blind you when you look at it like the sun does. It's got some dark spots on it, and it's kinda creepy and cool. I've heard that some people even went there, and […]

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Get Ready for Winter

The winter solstice, or official start of the season, is December 21. Here are some resources for all ages to help make your winter great! For younger children, Denise Fleming's The First Day of Winter is a cute variation on "The 12 Days of Christmas," counting up common items you might experience on the first […]

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Look at All the Colors

Look at All the Colors

If you're the kind of person who can see in color -- and I deeply apologize to those who can't -- it's an easy thing to take for granted, but it doesn't take much research to see how the subtlest changes in hue can change a person's worldview. Drunk Tank Pink isn't all about color, but […]

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And What Do You Do In Your Spare Time, Miss Lamarr?

Hedy Lamarr 1

Can't live without your cell phone? Can't imagine an evening without your remote? Thank Hedy Lamarr and George Antheil, the inventors of spread spectrum signaling who were more famous for other things. Hedy Lamarr was a Hollywood star most famous for Cecil B. DeMille's Samson and Delilah, a blockbuster in its day, and she was billed by Sam […]

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What Were They Thinking?

What Were They Thinking

People are weird. We're such a strange combination of messy biology and competing motivations, sometimes we erupt into acts so odd it takes deep research to figure out what the heck we were thinking in the first place. The research, though, makes for good reading. In 1997 in British Columbia, a former logger cut down a […]

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Lost Worlds

Lost Worlds

It's hard to keep track of the places lost to history. They've been wiped off the face of the Earth, absorbed into larger nations, ground down into nothing or sometimes just invented by our collective imagination. The struggle to preserve these worlds in our memory makes for compelling literature. Famed explorer Percy Fawcett disappeared into the Amazon in […]

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Things to Keep You from Sleeping

Things to Keep You From Sleeping

I need to stop reading. Like a morbid goth, I gravitate to books about all the things that can hurt me, and once I've frightened myself enough, I can't sleep, I close the shades, and then I refuse to go outside. Then I have nothing to do but read more books to terrify me. I try to […]

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