"Marijuana — also known as pot, weed, or cannabis — is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug, meaning it's a chemical substance that affects behavior and mood."
"Three-quarters of a century ago, Swedish authorities tried to put a stop to the pernicious encroachment of international pop music, and instead they accidentally built a hothouse where it flourished."
"When banks make loans, they create money. This is because money is really just an IOU. The role of the central bank is to preside over a legal order that effectively grants banks the exclusive right to create IOUs of a certain kind, ones that the government will recognise as legal tender by its willingness to accept them in payment of taxes. There's really no limit on how much banks could create, provided they can find someone willing to borrow it. They will never get caught short, for the simple reason that borrowers do not, generally speaking, take the cash and put it under their mattresses; ultimately, any money a [...]
"An article last Thursday about homeowners who decorate their houses based on the films of the director Wes Anderson misspelled the given name of a woman who organized a birthday party for her husband based on Mr. Anderson’s movies. She is Alix Bannon, not Alex. The article also misstated her age; she is 30, not 31."
"Peter Glickman, who helped revive the cleanse in a 2004 book, writes that the first three days are the hardest and that serenity, euphoria and mental clarity set in after about Day Eight. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Hensrud says it could be incipient starvation instead."
"An article on Friday about Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi, a Saudi detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, using information from a military spokesman, misidentified the source of the pistachio-colored tie that Mr. Darbi wore at the court hearing in which he pleaded guilty to terrorism-related offenses involving a 2002 attack by Al Qaeda on a French-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen. It was given to him by his civilian lawyer, Ramzi Kassem; Mr. Darbi did not select it from a bag of ties made available to detainees for such hearings."
"The Wealth Matters column on Saturday, about a series of complex trusts that can be used to shelter assets from taxes, misidentified one of the trusts being discussed. The trust for the charitably minded that is similar to a grantor-retrained annuity trust, or Grat, is called a Crat, or charitable remainder annuity trust — not a Clat, which stands for charitable lead annuity trust and functions differently."
"A dance review on Saturday about the choreographer Beth Gill’s 'New Work for the Desert,' at New York Live Arts in Manhattan, misidentified one of the dancers tenderly humanized at the end of the piece. She is Heather Lang, not Christiana Axelsen, who also performed."
"There are many ways for you to dress for your book signings in the spirit of your punk-rock-themed book without looking like a Halloween trick-or-treater. The key is restraint."
"We would like to clarify that the quote 'I have become increasingly convinced that we are heading for a disastrous confrontation and that the 21st century will be remembered for a terrible war between mankind and goats' was a reader question and not a response from Mr Robinson. The next paragraph, 'People often underestimate how dangerous a goat can be – I personally know six people who have become severely injured by goats, and the annual death toll racked up by goats is over 2,000,000', is also a reader question and not a response from Mr Robinson. The Argus is happy to correct [...]
"An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir '12 Years a Slave' became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as'a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.')"
We are living in a golden age for breathless hyperbole. It is the default mode of online headlines.
— Nathan Rabin (@nathanrabin) February 24, 2014
This man is probably not wrong but I wish he were a little more insistent in his argument. I want so much certainty and conviction that I don't even have to think about whether or not the contention is correct.
"Nothing in life matters quite as much as you think it does while you are thinking about it" except loud noise and chronic pain. Everything else is details.
I am presuming here that everything you know about William Henry Harrison is that he caught pneumonia after giving a long-ass Inauguration address and died a month later, but it turns out that is probably not true: "In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where it stagnated and formed a marsh; the White House water supply was just seven blocks downstream of a depository for 'night soil' hauled there each day at government expense. That field of human excrement would have been a breeding ground for two [...]
"Not all bots are used for fraud. Google Inc., for example, uses bots to find information on the Internet."
"BuzzFeed is like the porn industry in the ’90s. All online marketers watched what the porn people did from a marketing and technology standpoint because they were always on the cutting edge. That’s where a lot of the marketing and advertising techniques that made it into the mainstream in the early 2000s came from." [Via]
"The British use of understatement and satire is thought to originate from the Vikings, typically noted for raping and pillaging throughout history, when they brought trade from across the world to British shores."
Heads up, in just one week, you won't be able to called Justin Bieber "a teen" anymore.
— LW (@lindseyweber) February 25, 2014
If you have one of those jobs where this is the kind of information that may be important to you it is very probable that you know this already, but a reminder never hurts. As for the rest of you, hopefully some advance warning will make the transition easier to handle.
"A front-page article last weekend called Google Plus a ghost town. Since then, dozens of the very passionate ghosts who hang out there have let me know that, in fact, it is a lively, conversation-filled place that is unlike any other Internet social network."