“The Japanese taught the Americans and all the others how to catch tuna in commercial quantities, and they are the best fishermen in the game. As a result, the packers vie with each other in providing them with attractive quarters close to their respective plants.” 

The history of the tuna sandwich is an all-American story—i.e., stocked with immigrants and racism.

↩︎ Taste
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"Numbers stations"—broadcasts that repeat numbers—are spy messages. You can find them, but you won't crack them.
"Found Sounds from the Edge of the Earth." Think ice cracking beneath Antarctica and Taiwanese frog songs.
Fact-check: It's very much the FBI's "thing" to investigate something like Ford's claim against Kavanaugh.
Pakistani officials release ex-Prime Minister Sharif from prison only two months into a 10-year corruption sentence.
A timeline of Russia's hacking of the 2016 election and Trump's insistence that it's all a hoax.

When British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump by phone that British authorities were 95 percent sure that Moscow was responsible, Trump replied, “Maybe we should get to 98 percent.”

An excerpt from The Apprentice, a narrative history of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

↩︎ The Washington Post
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The $100 bill is the most popular US bill in circulation. Ten years ago, it was less common than the $20 or the $1.
A Texas mayor, also a great-grandmother, shot and killed the 12-foot alligator that ate her miniature horse.

Trump's Treasury Dept. is reversing plans to put Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill. A stamp can fix that.

via WIRED

As video games become more beautiful, can a big-budget narrative game be made without violence?
A very funny discussion of the 10 best paintings depicting “Judith Beheading Holofernes.”
In Kongthong, a remote Indian village, everyone receives a melody from their mother to be used instead of a name.

Industrial designer Nicole Hone creates plants of the future called "hydrophytes,"multi-material, 3D-printed aquatic lifeforms that come alive when pumped with air.

Via designboom.

Technology used to develop driverless cars is being deployed for border control in rural Texas.
If customers request, a Maine chef will get lobsters baked before boiling them, for a "kinder passage" into death.
A collection of landscapes by legendary graphic designer Milton Glaser.

No one in Yemen is consistently perceived as legitimate across all cross-sections of society. And Al Qaeda and Marebi sheikhs aside, no one seems to be all of that interested in earning their legitimacy.

What the West got wrong about Yemen’s political upheaval.

↩︎ The New Republic
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Ceasing biannual time changes, the EU will let each member country choose whether to stay on summer or winter time.