15 Great Stories That Have Nothing to Do With Politics

Welcome to Our Picks, information on the best stuff to see, watch and hear from about the internet. We know you don’t want to learn only political news, so we’re collecting great long-form articles, podcasts, videos as well as other web treasures you could like when you wish a break. And yes, we’re also tooting our personal horn here. We’ll share can’t-miss Times stories from your week and surface some gems you would possibly have overlooked.

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Quick Reads


• The Monopoly overlords certainly are a ruthless bunch. In 2013 the board game removed the iron playing piece, and from now on, much to the chagrin, they’ve allow the thimble go at the same time. [A.V. Club]

• Little Caesars’ founder and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch died last Friday, which prompted some local outlets to recall he paid for ten years of Rosa Parks’s rent without ever publicizing it. [WGN Chicago]

• Here’s an excuse you’ve never quit your task: excess amount.

That’s probably as you didn’t develop Google’s car project, whose early employees were paid a whole lot that they don’t needed the position security. [Bloomberg]

• Did you know your message “fact” only arrived to popular usage in 1660? It’s an undeniable fact! At least as outlined by this quick but broad good the concept. [History Today]

Great Long Reads

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• It’s a familiar tale: A tough East Coast woman moves to Los Angeles, mellows out, gets pregnant, and decides to look for a mountain lion haunting the hills below the Hollywood sign.

You won’t regret hanging out with this honest account on the hopes, fears, and maniacal determination of one mother. [Elle]

• There’s only 1 Howard Johnson’s restaurant left on earth, and it’s in Lake George, N.Y.

Learn by pointing out history and decline of the once-ubiquitous franchise, and also the one man keeping the orange-roofed flame alive. [Eater]

• A small yellow box — around the size of a cellphone — has saved countless lives from surgical complications.

Read how this crucial medical accessory is making a positive change in places like Mongolia, and, to be a bonus, add the definition of “pulse oximeter” on your vocabulary. [Mosaic]

From The New York Times

• If you along with your friends can’t agree with whether you like or hate “La La Land,” you’re one of many. Our cultural reporters, editors and critics can’t either.

• An unlikely band of Orthodox Jewish students is tearing the Eastern Collegiate Roller Hockey Association. Because of Sabbath restrictions, they play nearly four games on Sunday mornings, sometimes consecutive.

And they’re currently in to begin with.

• Seventy-five in years past, The Times published its first crossword puzzle, as being a way to give readers a distraction from war news. (This, despite a previous editorial which had described crossword puzzles as “a primitive type of mental exercise” and also a “sinful waste” of your energy.)

Here’s a history.


• This week’s By the Book interview: Come to learn what’s on George Saunders’s nightstand; stay for that part about his third-grade crush using a nun.

• Yes, we covered Westminster during the last edition with this roundup, but we can’t get enough.

Here are two more delightful slide shows featuring the cats of Westminster (as well as a poodle among floral sculptures of dogs), and also the stars in addition to their stage moms.

What We’re Watching

Michael K. Williams Asks: Am I Typecast? #QuestionAnswers Video by The Atlantic
• Ever employ a conversation with yourself in regards to the choices you’ve made? You might would like to watch a player thespian take action.

In this three-minute video, Michael K. Williams of “The Wire” fame efforts to puzzle out of the answer to a not-so-simple question: Is he typecast? [The Atlantic on YouTube]

What We’re Listening To

listening picks

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• How did Sara Blakely change from selling faxes door-to-door to making the successful hosiery company, Spanx? Grit. Moxy. And scissors.

Find out a little more about this business success story in a very 30-minute episode of NPR’s “How I Built This.” [NPR One and iTunes]

What We’re Making

• We’re making ink just how people within the 17th century did. How else shall we be going to employ all those leftover oak galls and rainwater? [The Recipes Project]

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Ex Professional Script writer at Southern Cross Television (SCTV). News feed freak, foodie, pet lover, Lucky mum of four children.

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