The Denver-Seattle Rivalry Was Brewing For Years. It Ends Now (Er, Again) With This Infographic.

This might be a tiny dose of salt in the wound for poor old Broncos fans, who did not see their Super Bowl dreams realized. But the good news is that with the Sustainable Super Bowl, aka Eco Smackdown, Denver can go for a rematch any time it wants.

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This Parody Of Fox News Is Actually More Responsible About Fact-Checking Than The Real Fox News

“Saturday Night Live” did a delightful job of parodying “Fox & Friends” morning “news” show this weekend. Check it out.

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They Want Her Photo Just Because She's A Beautiful Woman. It's Beautiful.

Transgender models are bursting into the mainstream of Brazil’s fashion industry. Pretty cool.

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This Week's Upworthiest Stories: The Only Way To Win A Discussion, And 18 More

How to have better conversations. A clever project that makes art out of food. A look at what Ayn Rand would think of Paul Ryan. Reflections from a writer taking a year-long break from the Internet. And more. Enjoy!


Arts and Culture

How We Talk To One Another / Nick Pyati / Gotta Have A Code
“The only way to ‘win’ a discussion is to come away with the soundest position possible, regardless of whether it is what you believed when you came in.” How often do you discuss, versus just debate?

The Best Exam Question Ever / Chris Blattman
A short and sweet blog post on a short and sweet exam question.

Urban Meyer Will Be Home For Dinner / Wright Thompson / ESPN
A spectacular piece on the price of perfectionism, the quest for balance, and the promises a star football coach made to his family on the way to redemption.

Big Appetites / Christopher Boffoli
An immensely enjoyable and witty art project; the bar code lineup, cinnamon lumberjacks, and unionized mustard spreader are my favorites.

PSY’s Gangnam Style Is The Best Invisible Horse-Riding Rap Video You’ll See All Week / Melissa Locker / Time
This tongue-in-cheek Korean music video has gone global, thanks to its infectious beats, over-the-top fashion, and wry sense of humor. (via Bo)

Politics and World Affairs

Atlas Spurned / Jennifer Burns / The New York Times
What Ayn Rand would think of Paul Ryan and other politicians who claim her as their intellectual inspiration.

Philanthropist Wants To Be Rid Of His Last $1.5 Billion / Jim Dwyer / The New York Times
Inspiring story of a self-made billionaire who gave anonymously for decades, still flies coach, and intends for his foundation to spend all its money and close its doors by 2020.

Big Med / Atul Gawande / The New Yorker
The always-worth-reading surgeon and writer asks what hospitals can learn from restaurant chains like the Cheesecake Factory.

Have Obama And Romney Forgotten Afghanistan? / Dexter Filkins / The New Yorker
“After eleven years, more than four-hundred billion dollars spent and two thousand Americans dead,” we’ve built a deeply corrupt and weak Afghan government. What happens when we leave?

What Would It Take To Start A Gun Control Debate In The US? / Ethan Zuckerman / My Heart’s In Accra
Important piece on “agenda setting” — how what is debated and acted on in politics is actually decided.

Business and Economics

Alan Greenspan On His Fed Legacy And The Economy / Devin Leonard and Peter Coy / BusinessWeek
A surprisingly candid Greenspan on how Ayn Rand changed his life, how he met his wife Andrea Mitchell, and why his speeches were so filled with jargon and “Fed speak.”

World’s Largest Economies / Andrew Bergmann / CNN Money
Animated chart shows the rise of various economies from 2000 to 2017 (projected); it’s interesting to watch China go from 1/10 to 2/3 of the US in that time.

Working 9 To 12 / Richard Posner / The New York Times
John Maynard Keynes predicted we’d become so productive that we’d only need to work 15 hours a week. This book review looks at our lack of leisure and asks if that’s a bad thing.

Dear Facebook Employees: Here’s The Truth About Your Stock Price / Henry Blodget / Business Insider
Long, clear, and well-argued case for why Facebook’s stock is still overvalued and likely won’t hit bottom for a while.

Science and Technology

Are We All Braggarts Now? / Elizabeth Bernstein / The Wall Street Journal
One side effect of Facebook, Twitter, and the like: “We’ve become so accustomed to boasting that we don’t even realize what we’re doing.”

The Desert That Creates The Rainforest / Maggie Koerth-Baker / Boing Boing
How a small patch of African desert makes the biodiversity of the Amazon rainforest possible. (via Albert)

Thomas Kuhn: The Man Who Changed The Way The World Looked At Science / John Naughton / The Guardian
An appreciation of “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” a landmark book that undermined conventional notions of intellectual progress and introduced the phrase “paradigm shift.”

Offline: How’s It Going? / Paul Miller / The Verge
A technology writer who is getting paid to not use the Internet for a year weighs in on how his life is different, what he’s learning, and what he misses.

Curiosity Rover: Martian Solar Day 2 / 360 Pano
Amazing: a 360-degree panoramic view from the Mars rover.

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The #1 Most Hated Company In America Is About To Get Some More Grief

McD’s just announced a makeover for Ronald McDonald. But as some brand experts have stated, the move seems “desperate.” Perhaps it’s an attempt to deflect the attention it’s getting for things like you see in this short clip? Clue: It’s not working, Ronald!

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My Favorite Cartoonist Smashes A Sexist Fairy Tale Trope In One Hilarious Swoop

Do you ever get sick of the overused “damsel in distress” storyline? Me too. Here’s one cartoonist’s imaginative alternative.

Spoiler alert: It’s hilarious.

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They Denied Her Humanity, So She Got Famous And Spoke Out. Loud.

I’ve always been pretty down with love. It’s a really nice feeling, and it inspired a lot of pretty good Beatles songs. But somehow, it never really occurred to me that love can be a tool for revolutionary social change — change that’s been a long time coming. Turns out, sometimes you need Laverne Cox to really break it down for you.

There are so, so many truly great parts of this. There’s 3:32, when she explains why we all have the capacity to both hurt and love, and 8:17, when she reminds us that our society treats some people like criminals simply for existing. The real highlight, however, is at 5:20, when she tells the story of the brilliant student she met on Spirit Day in Charleston, S.C. Do. Not. Miss. That.

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The Cast Of 'The West Wing' Just Made One Of The Best Campaign Ads Ever. Have You Seen It Yet?

Every poli-sci nerd’s dream just came true: “The West Wing” is BACK. Sort of.

The cast of the hit drama reunited to shoot a campaign commercial for University of Michigan law professor and Michigan State Supreme Court candidate Bridget Mary McCormack, who landed the endorsement of President Bartlett and company through her sister Mary McCormack (deputy national security adviser Kate Harper in the show’s later seasons). In true “West Wing” fashion, the ad also manages to work in a bi-partisan message about voter participation and generally avoids the kind of sensationalist horrors that have plagued most of the campaign ads of the 2012 election season in favor of a more positive message. Enjoy.

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Take Note, World: This Girl's A Genius And We Really Need To Start Listening To Her

Remember the name Tavi Gevinson. It’s going to be a household name someday (possibly with “President” in front of it).

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Here’s Why Dreaming About Your Future Is One Of The Worst Mistakes You Could Ever Make

Graduation speeches are meant to rev up new, hungry diploma carriers eager to make an impact on the big, bright world, right? Dartmouth alum Shonda Rhimes (Creator of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy”) has choice words for her fellow Ivy Leaguers that would make Olivia Pope proud.

I cued this up to the six-minute mark because that’s when it gets so good. At 6:46, there’s a special dedication for dreamers. Go to 8:52 if you want to avoid living in a basement at any point in your life. And at 13:35 find out why you are sooo lucky right now. Only got a few moments to soak up the goodness? 17:02 is a must see for parents or if the thought of having babies makes you feel all fuzzy (or a little dizzy) inside.

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