12 Oct

LBJ’s Terrifying Prank and How to Not Win a Nobel Prize

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This CNN Edition story about President Lyndon Johnson’s little trick to scare his ranch visitors half to death.

“As the President and Agent Howard ran through their usual routine, they could see a passenger bailing out of the backseat and then collapsing in the water. Howard and the President’s physician jumped out and ran to her.”

This Smithsonian Magazine article about what NOT to do if you want to be awarded a Nobel Prize.

“Since there are fewer medals than prize-worthy nominees, the committee must look beyond credentials and toward things like uniqueness and the magnitude of a discovery, says Hansson. That can bite even the most worthy nominees, he notes.”

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09 Oct

Devastating Startup Failure and the Truth Behind the Columbus Myth

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This Medium article about the people behind educational app Wisdomly and their journey through the typical tech startup phase, which deviated from the original core idea and ended in failure.

“You always hear about the college grad who slept in his car while building a product, worked out of a basement to save money, or secretly resided in the AOL office as testament to his determination. But you never hear about those who hustle just as hard, make similar outrageous sacrifices…and still fail.”

This Smithsonian Magazine article about how the myth of Columbus was born from the aftermath of the American Revolution.

“If the object of such ardor seems inappropriate in the modern world there’s also ample evidence that the whole affair began rather badly – not with affection for Columbus himself but with a disdain for England and the desire for a uniquely American hero.”

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07 Oct

Eyewitness Account from Ancient Egypt and New Technology to Compete with HTTP

Great Pyramid of Khufu close up on the Giza Plateau outside Cairo, Egypt.

This Smithsonian Magazine article about a recent finding that offers contemporary testimony from when the Great Pyramid of Giza was constructed.

Mark Lehner, the head of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, who has worked on the pyramids and the Sphinx for 40 years, has said it may be as close as he is likely to get to time-traveling back to the age of the pyramid builders.

This TechCrunch article about new internet technology IPFS that might replace the HTTP system.

As a peer-to-peer distributed file system that seeks to connect all computing devices with the same system of files, IPFS seeks to improve on HTTP in several ways.

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