For a moment, I thought of storming out, but I didn’t have the courage, just a mountain of student loan bills. Instead I wrote some gibberish about the long and storied presumption of innocence.

A former Senator’s speechwriter regrets crafting a defense of her boss’s “yes” vote on Clarence Thomas.

↩︎ Washington Post
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Your odds of being hit by a meteorite are low, but your chances improve if you live in the United States.
How to look like you're trying to end sexual harassment.
Researchers found giving an octopus MDMA made it more social—but haven't answered why they think this is ethical.

If it happened (although it did not happen), it would not have been wrong. If it happened (it may have happened; he did not do it, but it may have happened), it was only to be expected. These things happen. (He did not do it.)

Alexandra Petri on the verbal gymnastics politicians are employing to preemptively excuse Kavanaugh.

↩︎ Washington Post
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The remnants of Hurricane Florence appear to be feeding a "zombie" storm that could head back to the Carolinas.
Pet stores likely sickened customers by giving healthy puppies antibiotics, fostering antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
An appreciation of kidney stones: "a minute-by-minute, layered history of the kidney’s physiology."
At least 13 different Twitter accounts are telling stories of abuse as a means of selling diet pills.
Three years after a ban on tobacco displays, the number of children in England buying cigarettes has dropped by 17%.

"What my life has been about is in showing the potential for human beings, to not be the victims of their biographies—not their biological biographies, not their social biographies."

The psychologist behind the marshmallow test later corrected people on what it shows—and mostly, what it doesn’t.

↩︎ NPR
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There have been 262 mass shootings in America in the first 263 days of 2018.
Non-binary individuals find gendered languages, like German, the hardest to use to express themselves.
Driverless meets #vanlife in a new concept from automakers: the detachable, autonomous mobile living room.

“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.