Reading should not carry a health warning

This is prob­a­bly the first time in his­to­ry that young read­ers them­selves are demand­ing pro­tec­tion from the dis­turb­ing con­tent of their course texts, yet read­ing has been seen as a threat to men­tal health for thou­sands of years.

Have Bad Handwriting? The U.S. Postal Service Has Your Back

The U.S. Postal Ser­vice has a mas­sive 78,000-square-foot branch, tucked away in the Utah cap­i­tal, that deci­phers illeg­i­ble address­es. On a nor­mal day, about 5 mil­lion pieces of mail are fun­neled through this branch, but as it creeps clos­er to Decem­ber the num­ber can be as high as 11 mil­lion.

A Moss Girl’s Guide to Japanese Moss Viewing

For cen­turies, moss was seen as mere­ly a dec­o­ra­tive sup­ple­ment to the craft of Japan­ese bon­sai and land­scape gardening.Today, how­ev­er, it has increas­ing­ly become a sub­ject of intense enthu­si­asm in its own right, with a grow­ing num­ber of “moss view­ers” set­ting out with cam­eras and mag­ni­fy­ing glass­es to dis­cov­er the won­ders it has to share.

The Linguistics of ‘YouTube Voice’

You get the same kind of thing in oth­er high-ener­gy sales pitch­es,” he wrote to me in an email. “I guess the purest form of this style is the car­ni­val bark­er.” It’s less intense on YouTube, of course, where the audi­ence choos­es to click on a video—the speak­er isn’t try­ing to grab the atten­tion of peo­ple who just hap­pen to be walk­ing by, chew­ing on their cot­ton can­dy.

How microcredit has hurt the poor and destroyed informal business

The micro­cre­d­it move­ment thus helped plunge large num­bers of black South African’s into deep­er over-indebt­ed­ness, pover­ty and inse­cu­ri­ty. At the same time, not coin­ci­den­tal­ly, a tiny white élite became extreme­ly rich by sup­ply­ing large amounts of micro­cre­d­it to black South Africans.