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The World’s Tallest Water Slide Was a Terrible, Tragic Idea

The World’s Tallest Water Slide Was a Terrible, Tragic Idea

Business, Videos

At nearly 169 feet tall, Verrückt was taller than Niagara Falls. Riders flew down the world’s tallest water slide at 70 miles per hour, challenging the laws of physics. Then, on August 7, 2016, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the ride. What went wrong to cause such a horrific tragedy?

The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

The Ever-Growing Car: Why Do They Keep Getting Wider?

Business, Design

We all know cars getting bigger and heavier. Most of us know why they are getting bigger, too. To comply with today’s stringent crash regulations – by passing offset, side and roof impact tests, as well as those evaluating pedestrian protection performance – cars require considerable cubic metres of controllably crushable bodywork.

The Man Who Drove McDonald’s Out Of Iceland

The Man Who Drove McDonald’s Out Of Iceland

Business, Food, Videos

Tómas Tómasson’s all-American burger joint is so legendary in Iceland, it ousted McDonald’s from the country. It all began back in 1981 when the good folk of Reykjavík, Iceland still thought fish and chips was exotic foreign food. Along came Tommi and taught them to worship a new kind of sustenance: the mighty burger.

The Failure Of The Forever 21 Empire

The Failure Of The Forever 21 Empire

Business

If Forever 21 survives, it will be with fewer stores, fewer employees, and more manageable ambitions. But that more modest future likely depends on the Changs giving up control. If they don’t, Forever 21 may not have much of a future at all.

How All Our Tech Heroes Turned Into Tech Villains

How All Our Tech Heroes Turned Into Tech Villains

Business, Tech

Tech giants and their leaders have come to dominate public discourse in a way that few other industries have. They’ve unleashed products that are basically indispensable in modern life. Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, and Elizabeth Holmes all promised game-changing improvements on American life. What happened?

How The Government Came To Decide The Color Of Your Food

How The Government Came To Decide The Color Of Your Food

Business, Food

Tomatoes are red, margarine is yellow, and oranges, are, well, orange. We expect certain foods to be in certain colors. What we don’t realize is that these colors are not necessarily a product of nature but rather of historical controversies and deliberate decisions by various actors—including the government.

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Why Ban Dollar Stores?

Business, Cities, Health, Politics

Dollar-discount stores get the blame for “food deserts”—neighborhoods without supermarkets. It’s claimed, these stores drive out supermarkets with their low prices and saturate poor neighborhoods with junk food. But are dollar stores really to blame for bad diets?

Davide Bonazzi

Inspiration
Davide Bonazzi
The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo

The Lie That Helped Build Nintendo

Business, History, Tech, Videos

In 1981, a young Swede called Owe Bergsten strolled through Singapore to pass the time before his flight home. Passing a camera shop, he spotted a two-button LCD game called ‘Fire RC-04’ in the window. The story of a man, a lie, a video game handheld, and a business empire.

Can A Corporation “Own” A Color?

Can A Corporation “Own” A Color?

Art, Business, Design

A handful of companies like Coca-Cola, 3M and Cadbury, have pushed the boundaries of intellectual property law by laying claim to individual colors. But is it really possible to “own” a color?

Airbus Beluga XL Enters Service

Airbus Beluga XL Enters Service

Business, Innovation

One of the aviation world’s most hotly anticipated planes, the Airbus Beluga XL, has entered full-time service. The super-transporter cargo plane is designed by Airbus to fly its aircraft components between production sites in Europe and its final assembly lines in Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

How Philadelphia Became The One And Only Cream Cheese

How Philadelphia Became The One And Only Cream Cheese

Business, Food, History

There is only one cream cheese, and that is the brick-shaped silver package with the bright blue lettering: Philadelphia. Philadelphia cream cheese’s dominance isn’t a happy accident. Its cult popularity is likely the result of equal parts clever marketing and good timing.

How Slack Ruined Work

How Slack Ruined Work

Apps, Business, Tech

Slack is a particularly “scary offender” in stopping people getting their work done because it encourages them to be constantly distracted. It’s scary because messenger-based systems directly tap into how humans seek to reward themselves, and the long term result is unhealthy.

The Decade Disney Won

The Decade Disney Won

Business, Media

The control Disney has on pop culture is kind of terrifying. Marvel’s superhero movies and Star Wars are two of—if not the—biggest franchises in the world. Add those to Pixar’s beloved library of films and its own perennially popular movies, and Disney is effectively in charge of what people watch.

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

The Rail Industry’s Secret, Decades-Long Fight Against The Climate

Business, Nature, Science

For nearly 30 years, America’s four biggest rail companies—which move the majority of the country’s coal—have spent millions to deny climate science and block climate policy. They have joined or funded groups that attacked individual scientists and rejected reports from major scientific institutions.

Sim Jae Hyeong

Inspiration
Sim Jae Hyeong
How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

How The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Attempting To Buy The Global Youth Climate Movement

Business, Nature

Subjecting themselves to a cohort of skeptical students was an opportunity for oil and gas executives to boost their credibility in an era when many young activists will only engage with them with picket signs. Young activists say they’re seeing more of this “youth-washing” as the global youth climate movement gains momentum.

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

The Inevitable Decade Of Marvel

Business, Long Reads, Media

On July 21, 2019, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ became the highest-grossing film ever, on its way to adding nearly $2.8 billion to the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s $22.5 billion global box office total. The 2010s were defined by this superhero takeover—though the plans for it were laid even before the decade began.

Life Under The Algorithm

Life Under The Algorithm

Business, Economics, Life, Long Reads

Increase your output, get paid more. Wages go up with productivity. Until, it turns out, they don’t anymore. The unwinding of this agreement in recent decades, such that workers must continue to produce more without expecting it to show up in their pay stubs, has now been the subject of a good deal of discussion and debate.

The History Of George Laurer And The Barcode

The History Of George Laurer And The Barcode

Business, History

A 67 cent packet of gum has ballooned into an enormous industry, and five billion barcodes are scanned each and every day. But how did we get to this point, and who was responsible for the UPC barcode?

The Curse Of America’s Illogical School-Day Schedule

The Curse Of America’s Illogical School-Day Schedule

Business, Life

The average start time for public high schools, 7:59, requires teens to get up earlier than is ideal for their biological clocks, meaning many teens disrupt their natural sleep patterns every school day. The world, apparently, does not revolve around parents either. Their lives also tend to be mismatched with school-day schedules.

The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

The Dark Side Of Electronic Waste Recycling

Business, Nature, Science, Tech

Electronics can be hazardous when disposed of improperly, and the Basel Action Network, or BAN, investigates the underground world of the e-waste trade. The nonprofit group secretly embeds trackers in discarded devices, then hands them to recyclers to see where they end up, exposing bad practices in the process.

Why I Wanted To Finish My Father’s Life’s Work

Why I Wanted To Finish My Father’s Life’s Work

Business, Health, Life

My father was among the founders of ‘Decision Science’ in the 1960s and 70s…and spent the last 10 years of his life trying to write a popular book on decision-making for the masses, something that would cement his legacy. Karen Brown recalls the pain and joy of fulfilling a deathbed promise.

Why Cruise Lines Keep Cutting Their Ships In Half

Why Cruise Lines Keep Cutting Their Ships In Half

Business, Economics

In a process called “stretching,” the Star Breeze is getting pulled apart to make room for a new, 84-foot, 1,250-ton prefab midsection addition. Think of it like unsnapping (or unwelding) two Legos and putting another block in between. But with a boat.

The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of WeWork

The Spectacular Rise And Fall Of WeWork

Business, Videos

In less than one year, WeWork went from having a $47 billion valuation and being the darling of the venture capital world to needing an $8 billion infusion to avoid running out of money. This is the story of Adam Neumann, Softbank’s risky investment, a failed IPO and how we got here.

Hutch

Inspiration
Hutch
The Wonder Drug for Aging, Made From One of the Deadliest Toxins on Earth

The Wonder Drug for Aging, Made From One of the Deadliest Toxins on Earth

Business, Health, Science

Botox is derived from a toxin purified from Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium that thrives and multiplies in faultily canned food. The botulinum toxin is so powerful that a tiny amount can suffocate a person by paralyzing the muscles used for breathing. That’s part of what protects Allergan’s $2.8 billion Botox empire.

Sitzfleisch: The German Concept To Get More Work Done

Sitzfleisch: The German Concept To Get More Work Done

Business, Economics

To have sitzfleisch means the ability to sit still for the long periods of time required to be truly productive; it means the stamina to work through a difficult situation and see a project through to the end. Angela Merkel has it in abundance – how do you cultivate this crucial skill?

The Productivity Paradox

The Productivity Paradox

Business, Economics, Tech

Higher productivity means the expectation of rising wages and abundant job opportunities. In a time of Facebook, smartphones, self-driving cars, and computers that can beat a person at just about any board game, how can the key economic measure of technological progress be so pathetic?

Iceland’s Big Bitcoin Heist

Iceland’s Big Bitcoin Heist

Business, Crime, Long Reads, Tech

With its cheap geothermal energy and low crime rate, Iceland has become the world’s leading miner of digital currency. Then the crypto-crooks showed up. The thieves weren’t robbing banks. They were stealing the presses that print digital money.

The Invention Of Money

The Invention Of Money

Business, Economics, History, Long Reads

When the Venetian merchant Marco Polo got to China, he saw many wonders. One of the things that astonished him most, however, was a new invention, implemented by Kublai Khan, a grandson of the great conqueror Genghis. It was paper money, introduced by Kublai in 1260.

The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

The Epic Rise And Hard Fall Of New York’s Taxi King

Business, Cities, Crime

The man known as the Taxi King arrived at his 2014 holiday party in a $384,000 Ferrari, wearing a custom Italian suit. Five years later, that man, Evgeny A. Freidman, stood in a mostly empty courtroom in Albany, N.Y., as a judge sentenced him to probation for tax fraud.

A Simple Way To Map Out Your Career Ambitions

A Simple Way To Map Out Your Career Ambitions

Business, Life

The challenge is that you’re competing against every individual in your industry who wants to be a high performer. If you grow more capabilities more quickly than they do, you’ll perform better today, earn opportunities to perform better in the future, and a virtuous cycle will take hold.

The Myth Of The Ethical Shopper

The Myth Of The Ethical Shopper

Business, Economics, Long Reads

What has happened in those sweatshops since they became a cultural fixation three decades ago? All sources led to the same conclusion: Boycotts have failed. Our clothes are being made in ways that advocacy campaigns can’t affect and in places they can’t reach. So how are we going to stop sweatshops now?

Is The Second Farm Crisis Upon Us?

Is The Second Farm Crisis Upon Us?

Business, Economics, Food

Farmers across the country are in a state of emergency with dairy and grain producers, new farmers, and farmers of color being hit the hardest. The term farm crisis is synonymous with the 1980s, when the bottom dropped out of the agricultural economy, sending thousands of farms into foreclosure and shuttering businesses.

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