Open Office Plans Suck, Says Science

Open office plans are pretty normal, according to Office Space. They’re good for a company’s bottom line, given that more drones can be squeezed into a space, and they’re also good for the subsidies generated by cubicle farms, or something. Also, propionates of open offices like to say that there … Read More

What the Cossacks are Doing at the Olympics, and More

What the Cossacks Can Do – Grantland “The Cossacks can’t shoot anyone, because they aren’t carrying their guns. They can’t whip anyone, because they aren’t carrying their nagaikas, their horsewhips — leather braids as short and thick as a devil’s tail. They can inflict pain, no doubt; strong men need … Read More

Iran’s Most Notorious Spymaster, Amazon, and the Rise of Allergies

The Rise of Food Allergies and First World Problems – Pacific Standard “If you have spent any time inside an elementary school classroom over the past few years, you have likely noticed signs banning peanuts or other types of food. The bans, which can apply to individual classrooms or entire … Read More

Stockpiling Aluminium, Nicholas Cage, and Life Without Air Conditioning

The Vitamin Myth: Why We Think We Need Supplements – The Atlantic “Seven previous studies had already shown that vitamins increased the risk of cancer and heart disease and shortened lives. Still, in 2012, more than half of all Americans took some form of vitamin supplements.” Explaining the Rolling Stone … Read More

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