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The letter Barack Obama would leave in the Oval Office for president Donald Trump

qz.com — Being a gracious politician has always been difficult, but particularly so in this election cycle, where no topic, email, or bro-out with Billy Bush is off limits. The animosity between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has gotten so bad that at the third and final presidential debate on Oct.

Comedians explain the improbable economics of stand-up

qz.com — Jokes are a strange currency. Their value rests on shared agreement, and that value can increase or decrease over time. Jokes can saturate the market-think double entendres on Anthony Weiner's name-and react to supply and demand. They can be stolen, but it's not recommended. And for most comedians, they don't exactly put food on the...

Gawker Media founder Nick Denton lost his business to Peter Thiel, but not his faith in the internet

qz.com — Gawker Media founder Nick Denton might be forgiven some post-ordeal cynicism: He was recently forced into personal bankruptcy by a Silicon Valley billionaire bankrolling a lawsuit by former professional wrestler Hulk Hogan over a sex tape. But Denton says he's happy with Univision's purchase of his former empire (since renamed Gizmodo Media), and has no Peter Thiel revenge...

Kanye West’s poem about McDonald’s french fries could be the beginning of a beautiful branding partnership

qz.com — Kanye West's favorite things-ripped sweaters, Leonardo DiCaprio, the music video for Beyonce's "Single Ladies"-are as well-documented as his personal and professional beefs. Regular people may have regular opinions, but Kanye makes pronouncements. Declarations. After all, he has self-identified as a god. Apparently, even a god has to eat. On Aug.

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.
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