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Backstreet Boys to Men

newsweek.com — It's 10 minutes before I'm going to Skype with the Backstreet Boys, and my 29-year-old self is anxiously pondering a dilemma my 10-year-old self-a BSB superfan-couldn't possibly have imagined: Which wall of my tiny, cluttered New York City apartment do I feel most comfortable letting one of the most successful boy bands in history look at over my shoulder?

Keeping the peace was Rio’s top Olympics priority-what happens after the games?

qz.com — The run-up to the 2016 Olympics exposed issues with infrastructure, crime, and poverty in host city Rio de Janeiro, yet during the games, the worst predictions of unrest have for the most part failed to materialize. That may be because Rio is heavily secured-some 85,000 officers and soldiers are on duty, the second-largest contingent among...

Everyone go away: From the desk of a 400-year-old Greenland shark

medium.com — Hi. Shark here. I wasn't planning on writing this - god knows no one asked me to - but it would seem I've become something of an overnight sensation. "Internet famous," as my great-great-grandsharkchildren would say. I have to admit, the fame comes as a surprise. I've lived a long time, yes, but my life hasn't been particularly interesting.

With Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, it's really, really time to be done with Harry Potter

qz.com — I remember the first time Harry Potter almost died, in a graveyard surrounded by a ring of Death Eaters. I remember when he almost died again, in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, after failing to defend himself against Voldemort's killing curse.

DEA calls Colorado's marijuana grows the new "meth houses"

qz.com — As homegrown drug operations go, the meth lab is king. Methamphetamine production is known to contaminate houses and spontaneously combust labs, so attempting it requires a scrappy sensibility and serious attention to detail. But routine meth usage has never been a reality for more than 0.3% of the US population, despite all its temporary or localized upswings.

Watch skydiver Luke Aikins become the first person to jump from 25,000 feet without a parachute

qz.com — Surely the number one thing on your packing list before a skydiving trip is "parachute." Maybe right after that: "extra parachute." And yet on Saturday (July 30), skydiver Luke Aikins packed neither, instead becoming the first skydiver to jump from a plane with nothing except an iron will and an immense faith in net technology.

Donald Trump insults a fire marshal, calls email stupid, and makes a baby cry in Colorado

qz.com — As Hillary Clinton basked in the glow of her official nomination on Friday, Donald Trump was stumping in Colorado, a swing state with a growing population that could prove crucial come November. Trump kicked things off by complaining about the fire marshal's refusal to let more people into the auditorium in Colorado Springs, which had a capacity of...

Kanye West confirms that Apple Music and Tidal are talking, in the most Kanye West way possible

qz.com — It's been exactly a month since reports surfaced that Apple was in talks to acquire Tidal, the music streaming service owned by Jay Z. On Saturday (July 30), Kanye West seemed to confirm those rumors with a Twitter rant that suggests the conversations are going....less than smoothly.

In the age of the smartphone, Oregon Trail is coming back as a card game

qz.com — The stakes may be high in poker, but chips have nothing on dysentery. Thirty-plus years after The Oregon Trail swept home computers and classrooms across America, the popular video game is staging a comeback-as a tabletop card game. After a Reddit user posted photos of the game on sale at a Portland, Oregon, Target location, the...

Sharing news on Facebook (FB) could help save journalism (and my job)

qz.com — Hey guys. All of you know me, although many of us haven't talked in years. Honestly, some of us never talked much in the first place, but Facebook came out while we were in college and everyone was friending everyone and so here we are, almost a decade later, with you knowing about every book...
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