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SPIEGEL: Why do we waste so much time trying to complete things that can’t be realistically completed?
ECO: We have a limit, a very discouraging, humiliating limit: death. That’s why we like all the things that we assume have no limits and, therefore, no end. It’s a way of escaping thoughts about death. We like lists because we don’t want to die.
Dr. Rines’s passion about the Loch Ness monster was kindled in 1972 when he was in Scotland on his honeymoon with the former Carol Williamson, his second wife. They were enjoying tea with a friend whose home overlooked the loch. Their host remarked, “I say, is that an upturned boat?” What they saw was a big, grayish hump with the texture of an elephant’s skin. It rose four feet out of the water and seemed to be about 30 feet long. They stared at it for 10 minutes. “I don’t care what anybody thinks, you have to find out what that was,” Mrs. Rines said. The obsession had begun. –“Robert Rines, Inventor and Monster Hunter, Dies at 87,” Douglas Martin, The New York Times
“Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!”; the government is lying about creating them, unemployment is up to 17.5 percent by some measures (worse than Europe as a whole and catching up to Spain), and the “jobless recovery” isn’t a recovery for the jobless; FOX says it’s all Obama’s fault, while others propose… socialism; maybe the unemployed should pull themselves up and just sell apples on the street–but no, China is killing the U.S. in the apple trade
TEACHER: Let’s start analyzing the text, everybody pay attention. Who’s going to read the first part? Everyone else pay attention and conclude what the theme of this segment is.
TEACHER: Here, everyone focus on this sentence. It is a metaphor. Is this a direct or indirect metaphor? Why does the author use it?
STUDENTS: (N number of people start to sleep)
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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