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The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

The Food Expiration Dates You Should Actually Follow

Explainers, Food

Here’s the first thing you should know: Expiration dates are not expiration dates. Food product dating, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture calls it, is completely voluntary for all products — with the exception of baby food. Not only that, but it has nothing to do with safety.

How To Persuade People To Change Their Behavior

How To Persuade People To Change Their Behavior

Explainers, Life

Our innate anti-persuasion radar raises our defenses, so we avoid or ignore the message or, even worse, counter-argue. Rather than trying to persuade people, getting them to persuade themselves is often more effective. Here are three ways to do that.

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

How The Dumb Design Of A WWII Plane Led To The Macintosh

Design, Explainers, History, Tech

For all the triumph of America’s new planes and tanks during World War II, a silent reaper stalked the battlefield: accidental deaths and mysterious crashes that no amount of training ever seemed to fix. At first, pilots took the blame for crashes. The true cause, however, lay with the design. That lesson led us into our user-friendly age—but there’s peril to come.

How Typefaces Influence You

How Typefaces Influence You

Design, Explainers

A typeface choice could influence your perception of people running for school board seats, the lawyer opening a new law office, or the coffee shop you never noticed before.

How '1917' Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot

How '1917' Was Filmed To Look Like One Shot

Explainers, Media, Videos

“1917” stars George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Colin Firth, and Benedict Cumberbatch and was filmed to look like one continuous shot. Cinematographer Roger Deakins explains how he and director Sam Mendes did it, from digging up a mile of trenches to attaching cameras to cranes and drones.

Why America Doesn’t Win Wars Anymore

Why America Doesn’t Win Wars Anymore

Explainers, Politics, World

Dominic Tierney believes the US can still successfully fight the wars of yesteryear — World War-style conflicts — but hasn’t yet mastered how to win wars against insurgents, which are smaller fights against groups within countries. The problem is the US continues to involve itself in those kinds of fights.

Bashir Sultani

Inspiration
Bashir Sultani
Why Are These Foods Named After Places?

Why Are These Foods Named After Places?

Explainers, Food

Chicken Kiev. Baked Alaska. London broil. Singapore noodles. When food is named after a city or country, you’d think this would indicate that the dish was either connected to or concocted in that place. But the reality is often lost in translation somewhere between an actual origin story and a marketing campaign.

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

We're Getting Closer To The Quantum Internet, But What Is It?

Explainers, Innovation, Science, Tech

Instead of the bits that today’s network uses, which can only express a value of either 0 or 1, the future quantum internet would utilize qubits of quantum information, which can take on an infinite number of values. A quibit is the unit of information for a quantum computer; it’s like a bit in an ordinary computer.

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games

How Designers Engineer Luck Into Video Games

Apps, Design, Explainers

Fairness is the unspoken promise of most video games. Controlled by an omniscient and omnipotent designer, a video game has the capacity to be ultimately just, and players expect that it will be so. And yet, when video games truly play by the rules, the player can feel cheated.

Google Maps Is Different Depending On Your Location

Google Maps Is Different Depending On Your Location

Explainers, Tech, Videos

If you go on Google Maps in Japan, the region between South Korea and Japan is shown as the “Sea of Japan”. However, if you’re using Google Maps inside South Korea, it will instead appear by the name “East Sea”. Two names for the same body of water on the same site.

How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

How To Be A Leader That Inspires People To Change

Explainers, Life

No matter how old you are or what type of role you have in life, there are times you’re a follower, and there are times you’re a leader. I don’t care whether you’re in high school or leading a firm with 500 people, some situations require leadership.

What Makes A Masterpiece?

What Makes A Masterpiece?

Art, Explainers, Videos

What do we mean when we call an artwork a masterpiece? Who gets to decide what becomes one? Who makes them? And is it still a constructive label to dole out when we talk about art? What Makes a Masterpiece?

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

Business, Explainers, Long Reads, Tech

In the last 10 years, Lego has grown into nothing less than the Apple of toys: a profit-generating, design-driven miracle built around premium, intuitive, highly covetable hardware that fans can’t get enough of. An exclusive look inside the company’s top-secret Future Lab.

Nikolay Schegolev

Inspiration
Nikolay Schegolev
How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

How You Can Survive — And Thrive In — Midlife

Explainers, Life

After two years of research and more than 400 interviews about midlife, former NPR reporter Barb Bradley Hagerty received dozens of insights about how to live well in the middle years. We’ve distilled them here, with a little context.

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

How To Be Productive According To Ancient Philosophy

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Productivity has been a topic of discussion ever since ancient eastern and western philosophy started. It’s a universal theme. I believe it’s in our nature to make better use of our time. Let’s start by learning the following 7 productivity lessons from the most well-known philosophers in history.

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

What Exactly Is A Milkshake IPA?

Explainers, Food

The milkshake IPA takes the chewy softness typical of the hazy IPA to the extreme. The addition of unfermentable milk sugars (lactose) adds a pillowy creaminess to the mouthfeel in the hopes of creating a smooth, delightful drinking experience–similar to the sensation you’d expect in a milk stout.

How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

How To Work From Home Without Losing Your Mind

Business, Explainers, Life

Working from home has its perks. You’re always there to accept deliveries. You can play whatever music you want as loudly as you want. You don’t have to abide the loud chewing or ungracious smells of your colleagues. But you also have to contend with the Scylla and Charybdis of isolation and distraction.

How To Budget When You’re Broke

How To Budget When You’re Broke

Explainers, Life

First, take an assessment of your income and expenses. This will help you develop a reasonable and realistic budget. Break down your expenses over the past few months. Categorize and separate them into needs and wants. Separating will help you prioritize your finances.

How To Boost Your Home's WiFi

How To Boost Your Home's WiFi

Explainers, Tech

You may have a moment when you realize that your Wi-Fi just isn’t cutting it anymore — it could be a frozen video feed, a rainbow spinner on your screen, or a cry from your kids when their favorite game doesn’t load. Here are a few things you can do to get the most out of your bandwidth.

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

How To Explain Anything To Anyone

Explainers, Life, Psychology

You were talking about something relatively complex and you could practically see the moment that your listener checked out. Not only is it uncomfortable but it’s also disheartening when what you’re saying is important, cool or valuable to the listener. Here are 4 steps to clearer communication.

Michael Crichton

Inspiration
Michael Crichton
How To Overcome Your Fear Of Failure

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Failure

Explainers, Life, Psychology

Behind many fears is worry about doing something wrong, looking foolish, or not meeting expectations — in other words, fear of failure. By framing a situation you’re dreading differently before you attempt it, you may be able to avoid some stress and anxiety.

Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Why Your Brain Hates Slowpokes

Explainers, Health, Life, Psychology

The high speed of society has jammed your internal clock. Not long ago I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a certain friend who is a slow walker.

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

How Helsinki And Oslo Cut Pedestrian Deaths To Zero

Cities, Explainers

They cut speed limits, changed street design, removed space for cars and generally made life harder for motorists. Now it appears the work is paying off. Oslo and Helsinki are reaping the rewards of committed action on making their roads safer, reducing pedestrian fatalities to zero last year.

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

How To Find New Music You'll Actually Like

Art, Explainers, Media

Some people can dig up great music like magic, or have friends inside the industry who keep them updated. Others are perfectly content with their weekly Spotify Discover playlist. But if you need more ways to find music, here are some ideas.

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

The Economics Of Cruise Ships

Business, Economics, Explainers

For decades, cruise companies have gone to great lengths to bypass US employment laws, hiring foreign workers for less than $2/hour. They’ve sheltered themselves as foreign entities while simultaneously benefitting from US taxpayer-funded agencies and resources.

Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

Why Is Chicken So Cheap?

Explainers, Food, Videos

Chickens are the most populous bird on the planet. There are 23 billion of them at any given time – that’s ten times more than any other bird. It’s by far the fastest growing meat product but pound for pound the price of chicken has fallen sharply. How has this happened?

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

How To Find The Cheapest Flight Possible

Explainers

The problem with airfare deals is that you can’t just search for a great deal on a single website. Airfare prices change minute by minute. The old advice was to search for airfare on Tuesday or Wednesday nights, but that no longer applies now that airlines have become so competitive with each other.

How NASA Are Going Back To The Moon

How NASA Are Going Back To The Moon

Explainers, Science, Tech, Videos

While Apollo placed the first steps on the Moon, Artemis opens the door for humanity to sustainably work and live on another world for the first time. Using the lunar surface as a proving ground for living on Mars, this next chapter in exploration will forever establish our presence in the stars.

What Great Listeners Actually Do

What Great Listeners Actually Do

Explainers, Life

Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks. To the contrary, people perceive the best listeners to be those who periodically ask questions that promote discovery and insight. These questions gently challenge old assumptions, but do so in a constructive way.

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