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A child pornography scandal gave him 15 and a half years in prison

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When I was a kid, I remember Jared from Subway, who, in commercials, claimed he lost over 200 pounds just by eating Subway sandwiches and constantly presented before and after photos of his progress. He even showed his jeans of when he weighed more than 400 pounds as a comparison to his then much slimmer weight.

While my brother and I knew that you do much more than eat Subway sandwiches to lose 200 pounds, the effects still stuck with us — Subway became our go-to “healthy” fast-food restaurant. …


It’s better to trust our instincts than trusting the noise from the outside

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The 2021 Berlin Marathon met significant hype, with the greatest distance runner of all time, Kenenisa Bekele, making headlines for making an attempt at Eliud Kipchoge’s illustrious marathon world record (2:01:39).

But the race would, on face value, be a disappointment. The men’s winner, Guye Adola, ran 2:05:45, which is over four miles slower than the marathon world record. Kenenisa Bekele finished in third place in 2:06:47.

But the face value of the race does not have context. According to Cathal Deny at Runner’s World, the conditions were not good for a world record attempt. …


By throwing dead bodies over the walls of Kaffa

Photo of Jani Beg, the Khan of the Golden Horde. Public Domain

“If this account is correct, Caffa should be recognized as the site of the most spectacular incident of biological warfare ever,” Mark Wheelis, Emerging Infectious Diseases

As we continue to live through the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s crucial to look at past pandemics, and how they spread. In one case, in the spread of the plague to Europe in the 14th century, the Black Death spread in an utterly horrifying manner.

The World Health Organization says the bubonic plague killed an estimated 50 million people in the world in the 14th century. …


“That’s messed up. What if you told him to go back to Africa?”

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The transition back to the school year has largely been smooth, besides a couple of hiccups. I feel like my students are learning more than they previously had, and I feel more effective as a teacher than I have ever been as we go back to complete in person instruction. I have great relationships with the majority of my students and with others, I’m finding the balance behind firmness and compassion to create a safe learning environment.

However, last week, you can probably tell not everything went smoothly. This was the only lesson where we didn’t get what I planned…


Satire

I got called for tax fraud by the IRS

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You, like me, might be getting an absurd amount of AT&T spam messages, especially if AT&T is your cell phone provider. There are messages that bills have been paid even if they haven’t been paid. There are free gifts from AT&T, who all of a sudden have decided to be a little generous. There are messages for a free upgrade to an iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Most of these are naturally regarded as spam and not to be clicked on, but I am probably curious. So I did the clicking and figured out what happens when after clicking an AT&T…


Warning: spoilers

Despite every character in the show believing in their righteous virtuosity

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“What do you care? You make shit money. They exploit me, I exploit you.” — Armond

My fianceé and I just finished watching The White Lotus, and were both simultaneously fascinated and horrified at the show’s outcome and ending.

The show starts with one of the main characters, Shane, incredibly distraught over a dead body on a plane from his vacation. The scene implies the dead body is Shane’s wife, given how distraught he is, and given how much he shuts down an older couple wanting to make small talk about his honeymoon.

However, by the end, we realize the…


No one understands what you’ve gone through

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Sometimes it’s easy to think you’re crazy or terribly incompetent. It’s easy to feel like there’s something wrong with you.

I know I’ve been in that mindset more than once in the past, but now I realize it’s just not true.

As a runner, if there’s one reassuring thing when you’re running a road race and running a marathon, it’s looking around you. The people around you are not superheroes. They’re human beings, too. And they often look and feel just as bad as you do. …


It’s well worth the visit, at least once

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I have never been inside a P.F. Chang’s. I lived near one where I grew up and I’m Chinese-American.

This weekend, that changed.

Over the weekend, my fianceé and I wanted to go to the Cheesecake Factory. We got there around 7 p.m. on a Saturday, and I don’t know what the Cheesecake Factory is like at 7 p.m. on a Saturday for you, but it required a 30-minute wait. Neither of us wanted to wait that long, so we both decided to eat at the P.F. Chang’s next door instead.

The interior of the P.F. Chang’s we went to…


To me, it’s a fascinating new idea.

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I might be living under a rock compared to most people who work in journalism, but a friend who works for a cryptocurrency company interviewed me the other week, asking about my experience as a blogger.

For most platforms I write for, I have to pay a $50 yearly fee or a $5 monthly fee to be a reader on the platform, but to also make money writing on the platform. He asked me about my experience on Medium, as well as other payment models for other blogging platforms.

I explained to my friend that on Substack, you have to…


I have disagreed and didn’t like a lot of the hot takes in these podcasts, but they gripped me nonetheless

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There’s a reason I don’t listen to music anymore, and that’s one simple reason: podcasts. People ask me if I listen to music when I run, especially when I run longer, 22 mile runs. I don’t listen to music. I listen to podcasts now — mostly because podcasts are so damn fascinating. When I run, I don’t want to distract myself. I do, however, want to get immersed in my thoughts, and immersed in a story.

Another appeal of podcasts is user experience. You can listen to a podcast anywhere with just a few clicks of a button. …

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