Chinese publishers keep maps out of books, mostly because they're so difficult to get approved by the government.
Estonia is about to become the world's first free public transport nation.

We don't often post John Oliver videos, no matter how good they are, but this one's smart and succinct about America's rehab problem.

See also: "Predatory Behavior Runs Rampant in Facebook's Addiction Support Groups."

Thanks to the mafia, almost 200 journalists in Italy live under police protection.
A sidewalk brawl between two drug dealers in Ohio was resolved "simply by flipping on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons."
Here is probably the most detailed map of medieval trade routes you can find online.
Actually, forget the 9.9%: a doctor who makes $400,000 is a hell of a lot richer than a doctor who makes $120,000.
Forget the 1%: America's "9.9% class" can't look away from its own success to fight for other people's children.
A good summary of Gaza's horrible, no good, very bad situation—how it became that way and who's to blame.
The CIA's former "Chief of disguise" says the only show or movie to get spying right is The Americans.
We may not realize it, but the Amish are using us in an experiment: testing new technologies for effect and failure.

Neuroimaging studies suggest that if you engage in catastrophizing thoughts, it amplifies pain processing—“so you’re unwittingly pouring gasoline on the fire,” Darnall says.

Many people suffering from chronic pain “catastrophize” it to even worse degrees. Psychotherapy can help.

↩︎ Vox
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Just as the customary greeting of hello has been replaced with what the fuck is going on, and you grab your friend’s arm almost against your will and shake her a little bit and say no seriously, what the fuck is happening.

In light of news exhaustion and political turmoil, Patricia Lockwood’s advice on how to write poetry right now.

↩︎ Tin House
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A history of fingerprints and fingerprinting technology, currently on its second wind.
Snapchat has become an internet ghost town, rendering it all the more enjoyable for those still sticking around.
This year has seen an average of slightly more than one school shooting per week in the United States.

“It’s been happening everywhere. I’ve always felt it would eventually happen here too.”

Three months after Parkland, America grieves yet another massacre of children by a young man with guns.

↩︎ The Hill
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A divorced American biracial actress is disrupting the British monarchy, much to the world's delight.
We've created over 6.9 billion tons of plastic waste. Most of it will live nearly forever as landfill or litter.