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P.S. You Should Know... | Issue #277

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July 17 · Issue #277 · View online
P.S. You Should Know...
👋 Welcome back to P.S. You Should Know… probably the best newsletter published on Sundays between 6-7am CST, and definitely the best one published by me. Now in its sixth year!

my story 🚀
Summer concert fun in Montauk, NY 🌞🎵
Summer concert fun in Montauk, NY 🌞🎵
  1. Congratulations to the team at NutriSense who announced a $25 million Series A fundraise this week! A nice (but paywalled) article in Crain’s Chicago offers more details. We’re hiring :).
fun facts 🙌
How farmers in Earth’s least developed country grew 200 million trees. This is the story of trees coming back to Niger after they were cleared to make way for orderly crops. It didn’t come about with a new planting initiative. Instead, the people stopped pulling out stumps and let them grow instead. This drove higher crop yields and other benefits. | learn more
JUUL CEO: No more advertising to kids. A pretty funny parody video. | learn more
The race to reclaim the dark. “Some 200 places around the world have now achieved Dark Sky status. Frankie Adkins explores the benefits nights without light pollution can bring.” | learn more
oh, chicago 🏆
Timeout ranks Chicago 2nd best city in the world. I’m assuming they did this poll in the summer, not winter. “Every year, Time Out quizzes more than 20,000 urbanites from across the world about life in their cities, inviting them to weigh in on everything from the local food, drink and culture scenes to friendliness, affordability and livability. … This year’s list—which pays special attention to the qualities that make a city great to live in and visit—ranked Chicago as second best in the world, beat out only by Edinburgh, Scotland.” | learn more
better doing 🎯
It’s worse than you think. “Here’s a surprisingly useful question to ask yourself next time you’re stumped by a problem, daunted by a challenge, or stuck in a creative rut: "What if this situation is even worse than I thought?” | learn more
Life is not short. “This is a fictional but realistic interview with Seneca based on his essay "On The Shortness Of Life”. His responses are either direct quotes, or based on his writings. Citations are included so you can see the original context for each response.“ | learn more
Why a meaningful life is impossible without suffering. “Why do so many people choose to pursue things that will bring them pain? To psychologist Paul Bloom, the answer is that living a meaningful life requires that we choose to take on a reasonable amount of pain.” | learn more
to your health ⚕
Prosopagnosia. Will this become a more common diagnosis in the future? “Brad Pitt is one of the most recognizable faces in acting. But, as the Academy Award winning actor revealed in an interview with GQ last month, recognizing faces is something that Pitt himself seriously struggles with.” | learn more
retail therapy 💸
The lipstick effect. “In beauty circles, the Lipstick Effect, also called the Lipstick Index, is claimed to be the category’s leading economic indicator. The concept is that in times of a recession and other economic stresses, women will indulge in discretionary purchases that provide an emotional uplift without breaking the budget. Lipstick fits the bill.” | learn more
under the microscope 🔬
Soft sounds numb pain. A fascinating experiment demonstrates how. “Overall, low sounds seem to blunt neurological signals between the auditory cortex and thalamus, tamping down on pain processing in the thalamus, the team concluded. The analgesic effects lasted up to 2 days after the mice stopped hearing the sound.” | learn more
teaching the kids 👩‍🏫
Merely excellent teachers aren’t terribly valuable in a principal’s currency. This one sparked a fun conversation with my teacher friends! Most of us, me included, have no idea what school principals actually do all day. “Issues that are largely unconsidered in the public perception are of fundamental and compelling importance to a school and its districts, dwarfing such piddling concerns as teacher quality.” (note: teacher friend took issue with the comment in this link that principals are often unconcerned with test scores) | learn more
big ideas 📚
Maybe we should worry more about solar storms. Inside this article you’ll learn how carbon dating works. “1859’s Carrington event gave us a preview of how catastrophic the Sun could be for humanity. But it could get even worse than we imagined.” | learn more
Teenager won $250k for this video explaining the theory of relativity. It’s great! “The 18-year-old high school student used Usain Bolt and a pick-up truck in order to explain the critical physics concept.” | learn more
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