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You can get a bicycle and $10,000 in Bitcoin if you work remotely and you're willing to move to northwest Arkansas.

Kitties vs. Café

A diorama-themed restaurant in Osaka was saved from pandemic-closure after a family of cats made it their home. As related by Spoon & Tamago:

It was like the set of a monster cat movie so the owner began photographing and posting pictures to the restaurant’s Instagram account. Before long, people began showing up from all over Japan to see the cats and business took off.

From the Instagram account:

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Your weekly white paper: A new study finds both men and women look better with a mask, preferably blue, obscuring their face.

It’s pointless to debate which group is loneliest. Still, I might argue for some sympathy for Northerners in midlevel jobs who work alone or remotely.

Pouring one out for the academics, the accountants, the middle managers dealing with pandemic loneliness.

↩︎ Bloomberg
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People are swabbing their throats with at-home Covid tests, looking for more accurate results. "They may stab themselves."

What it might look like if you asked a neural network to show you something relaxing.

Continuing a downward slide, college enrollment has dropped by more than a million students since the start of the pandemic.
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The RNC may require presidential candidates to refuse to be in debates sponsored by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
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"In theory...electoral democracy allows citizens to select authentic representatives." On replacing elections with lotteries.
The Smithsonian is collecting artifacts from the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Some people don’t visit their doctors because of cost or time scarcity. Deliberate ignorance is choosing not to go as an emotional regulation strategy: to avoid having to feel the negative emotions that might arise—even if it could prevent more serious consequences in the future.

From spoilers to avoiding doctors, researchers are studying deliberate ignorance.

↩︎ VICE
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"Working together to control the virus should have been the ultimate shared goal." Is America too polarized for common sacrifice?
Nearly half of Kroger grocery workers say they borrowed money last year to afford basic needs. A third skipped meals.
"Solo polyamory," recently popularized by Willow Smith, refers to somebody seeing themselves as their own primary partner.

A plankton bloom leads to a storm of crabs, leads to a horde of giant eagle rays, some of whom weigh over a ton and still manage to leap six feet out of the water.

Via TKSST

The world's only museum of tiny wet wipes runs out of an office in Michigan's Abrams Planetarium.
Due to supply chain woes, Norway asks conscripts to return their military-issued underwear so other soldiers can wear them.