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There are certain unavoidable aspects of living in modern society. Death and taxes have been extolled for centuries. However, the last couple decades have added a new unavoidable feature of adult life: surveillance.

Everyone knows basically every step we take is tracked either through our smartphones, our purchases, or our internet usage. And while this sounds like an Orwellian hellscape, it’s really not that bad (if you can get past the amazing intrusion of privacy).

Humans can adjust to some pretty extraordinary circumstances. The government having full access to your browser history is pretty far down on the list of…


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Daylight Saving Time (DST) is one of those interesting things like mumble rap, Donald Trump, and herpes — we all know it sucks, nobody likes it, yet we accept it as an inextricable part of our lives. We’ve always lived with DST so we just accept it as part of the way the world works. Gravity, wind, and Daylight Saving Time — all natural and inarguably entwined within our souls.

You don’t have to look further than the name to realize none of us really know anything about it. …


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The United States is a country built of ideas. The major conflicts that have come up in our country’s relatively short lifespan come from a difference of opinion on what those ideas actually are.

To some, it’s an inherent gift of freedom. Nobody can tell you what to do. And if they try, you have the right to voice your opinion and disagree without fear of retribution.

To others, our country represents opportunity. Everyone that stands on American soil is to be offered a chance at achieving the sacred American Dream — an unobstructed path to your own personal happiness…


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I don’t know much about outer space. I know it’s big. I know your head explodes if you’re not wearing a helmet. And I know that thinking about it makes me feel confused and stupid.

However, I know there are people out there that know far more about space than I’ll ever come close to understanding. All of my half-conceived notions about what’s out there, how it started, and how we fit into it are based on a couple of Neil Degrasse Tyson podcasts, the first Men In Black movie, and the Tralfamadorians. …


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The best way to hit someone with a snowball is to actually make two of them. Hide one behind your back and toss the other high in the air. Then, while your target is busy looking at the snowball above them, blast in the face with the other one.

This is a great way to obfuscate something obvious. And that makes it much easier to sneak it past a person’s defenses that would otherwise deflect your attack. …


The Boston marathon bombing was the first time I heard the phrase “[insert city] Strong.” Boston Strong was plastered on t-shirts, advertisements, and anything else that could hold letters. Since then, it’s been used in El Paso, Houston, Dayton, and more. The phrase is meant to signify that these places are special. That when tragedies happened, they band together to support their neighbors.

A violent storm tore through Nashville and surrounding communities this week. One tornado ripped a 50-mile-long path of destruction, killing at least 24 people and demolishing houses across numerous cities. Cars were flipped upside down. Pieces of…


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Homeownership is a lot of work. This is no surprise. I knew that as soon as I finished signing that towering pile of papers that every small problem would be my responsibility. I just never figured one of those problems would be a dog from the trailer park shitting in my front lawn.

As a renter, a person could come and squat out their morning coffee on the side of the house and I would’ve cheered him on.

“Did you get it all?” I’d say, handing him a roll of toilet paper.

In fact, being a renter affords you the…


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Language is important. Words shape our thoughts which color how we view the world around us. Word choice and contextual framing are why two people can look at the same event and have drastically different interpretations.

Marketing companies understand this. That’s their whole industry. If they can get you to imagine yourself with a need, and the thing they’re selling just so happens to be the cure, boom baby that’s a sale.

I struggled for a while with marketing. I hated it. Advertisements are everywhere. They scream at us from our TVs, the radio, and billboards. …


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Everyone has words they dislike. Many people, for example, hate the word moist. I’ve never really understood it but I’ve heard it from many different people, although now that I see it italicized it seems a little more pervy. Personally, crisps has always pissed me off. It’s like you start saying a word and switch to beat boxing halfway through. It’s annoying and stupid. I hate saying it, I hate hearing it, and I hate that it exists.

A new word has popped up in the last few years that rivals crisps, not because it sounds fucking stupid, but because…


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I once heard that a person can bite off their own finger. Physically. Not as a permission kinda deal. Your mouth is strong enough that if you slam a ring onto your fat finger and can’t get it off, you have the option of sticking the finger in your mouth and pretending it’s a beef stick for a moment. I would recommend trying other things first (like olive oil or prayer) but you can rest assured that you always have the nuclear option in your back pocket. There’s something in our brains that will stop you from doing this. Similar…

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