Inside the Great Maple Syrup Heist, and More

An Illustrated Account of the Great Maple Syrup HeistModern Farmer

“To control and maintain the best prices for producers, the Federation keeps a stockpile of maple syrup. Dubbed ‘the International Strategic Reserve’, the Federation had set aside close to 40 million pounds of syrup by August 2011, and stored it in warehouses in three towns in Quebec.”

The Life Sentence of Dicky Joe Jackson and His FamilyGuernica

“In order to pay for his son Cole’s life-saving surgery, he transported meth. But he got caught. Eighteen years later, his family, and the man who prosecuted him, are still working to set him free.”

Mr. DEsquire

“Frank DeAngelis has worked at Columbine High School for thirty-five years, and he’s been principal for the last seventeen. He was in his office when the shooting started. He was there for the aftermath, the years-long recovery that came at a great personal cost. Now, fifteen years after the tragedy that birthed a terrible new chapter in American history, he’s finally decided to call it quits. This is his story.”

The traumatic, sensual, addicted language of restaurant reviews (and what it says about you)Washington Post

“For instance: Diners reviewing pricey restaurants are more likely to write long-winded reviews using big words, subtly depicting themselves as educated food connoisseurs. Diners reviewing bad restaurants spin narratives of another kind in which they portray themselves as — seriously — victims of trauma.”

Here’s Every Client Don Draper Ever HadFive Thirty Eight

We can see, based on the evolving portfolio of “Mad Men” clients, how the show has caught on with viewers. Of the 15 clients introduced in the first season, seven were either invented for the show or had gone out of business. Compare that to, say, the 23 clients introduced in the fifth, sixth and seventh seasons — with the show by then a bona fide hit. Every single one of those clients was still in business at air time.

It’s Buffalo Jills Vs. Buffalo Bills in Ex-Cheerleaders’ New LawsuitThe Daily Beast

While the Buffalo Bills generate $256 million in annual revenue, the five Buffalo Jills each made at most $1,800 and as little as $105 during a single season over the past four years, according to the suit. Each woman was forced to sign a contract classifying her as an independent contractor to exempt her from employee rights, the women allege.

Building a Bigger Action HeroMen’s Journal

Every trainer interviewed for this story cited Brad Pitt’s ripped physique in 1999’s Fight Club as an inspiration. Previously known for his lush, golden hair, the girls’ guy Pitt was reborn as Durden, a sinewy, predatory man’s man. “Brad Pitt in Fight Club is the reference for 300,” says Mark Twight, who trained the cast for 300. “Everyone thought he was huge, but he was, like, 155 pounds. If you strip away fat and get guys to 3, 4 percent body fat, they look huge without necessarily being huge.”

Photo courtesy of Sebastiano Pitruzello.

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