Links and other stories we liked. Plus a small programming note.
"Deep in my heart, I hungered for a mahogany man-killer who would avenge me on the slopes and forever banish my Winter Olympics-induced shame."
"It’s pretty much impossible to feel anger at someone for driving too slowly in front of you in traffic when you’ve just come from sanding your own coffin. "
"There are about 4 million songs on Spotify — 20 percent of the app's entire catalogue of music — with zero listens."
"The kerfuffle started when word spread that the police were repeatedly evicting elderly Korean patrons from a McDonald’s in Queens. "
"You might think that a bar fight is most commonly started between two guys fighting over a woman. That’s not so, at least not in my experience."
"Feel, in your hands, the warm turds of something that you love unconditionally and that loves you back in the same way."
"The quietest place on earth, an anechoic chamber at Orfield Laboratories in Minnesota, is so quiet that the longest anybody has been able to bear it is 45 minutes."
"Cruelly, it smells like reverence."
"Whether or not to hit the snooze button is just about the first decision we make. Little wonder that it’s not always the optimal one."
"Liquidity, the holy grail of markets, is possibly about to be sacrificed on the altar of ignorance and fear."
"She was hit by an airborne deer."
"The words 'Nelson Mandela is dead' feel strange in the mouth today, almost impossible to say, given the unique way he was both martyred and canonised during his lifetime."
"Instead, I felt something so unspeakably strange, so blasphemous, that I wondered if I could talk or write about it, at all."
"Just to set the record straight, I have no intentions of ever running for Mayor of this phenomenal city again."
"The modern bird is too heavy and misshapen to procreate the old fashioned way."
"The upshot is that the West may find itself depending even more on inmate labor to keep fires in check."
"And yes, this was indeed my Superbowl."
"'Commercialising insects for human consumption is not authorised but tolerated,' said an official at the French agriculture ministry."
"'Maybe that is also a contributing factor to less linear and more diverse thinking,' said Mr. Gall, who is known to ride a unicycle on the top deck."