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I like Naomi Schefer Riley’s account in the Wall Street Journal of Ben Chavis’s math camp in North Carolina’s poorest county: "Math Camp in a Barn: Intensive Instruction, No-Nonsense Discipline"
A famous psychological study challenging the economic principle that more choice is better fails to replicate. Chalk up one for the economists.
In Turkey, tea is shared in the same way as a handshake in the United States; when you meet someone, whether for the thousandth time or a first time, you have a glass together. Tea in Turkey isn’t just a drink. It’s a ritual deeply ingrained into the fabric of day-to-day social life. Because of this, the way tea is brewed in Turkey is very different from the way it is done in the United States.
From a design perspective, it’s hard not to admire the Turkish teakettle. Distilled to the essence of its function, the çaydanlık solves many problems at once."
— A design ode to Turkish tea. Compare and contrast with George Orwell’s 11 golden rules for brewing the perfect (British) cup of tea. (via explore-blog)
knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit
wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad
philosophy is wondering if that means ketchup is a smoothie
common sense is knowing that ketchup isn’t a damn smoothie you nasty
This fucked me up
A cartoon by Benjamin Schwartz. Take a look at more cartoons from this week’s issue: http://nyr.kr/T1wBWL
A cartoon by Emily Flake. For more cartoons from our Summer Fiction Issue: http://nyr.kr/1kxUOii
Famous Sunset Paintings Reflect Key Air Pollution Events From the Past
“Researchers in Greece recently found that sunset paintings by artists such as J.M.W. Turnerand Edgar Degas accurately reflect contemporary pollution events—specifically, the 54 major volcanic eruptions since 1522. As the industrial age dawned and man-made particles began to fill the air, the paintings tracked that too.”
Learn more from Danna Staaf at KQED Science.
Tracking atmospheric science through fine art? I Louvre this.