The best sentences we read today

-- "But about twice a day, in a land unrivaled in its capacity to appear unimpressed, taxi passengers in New York have something nice to say about their cabbies — their experience so memorable that they take the unusual step of telling the city about it."

-- "The newest country in the world is physically large—240,000 square miles, the size of France—and catastrophically ungoverned."

-- "He became so familiar for his thievery and elusiveness that he spawned the local legend of the North Pond Hermit, who for years confounded both locals and police investigating the break-ins."

-- "The best space food that space food technology has yet developed -- sorry, Tang -- is, apparently, cooked shrimp, shells and tails removed, swimming in a tomato-esque sauce."

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Brad Plumer · April 11, 2013