"Attention, passengers: this is your conductor speaking. Your conductor underestimated the stubbornness of a lover not ready to let love go. The gentleman holding the doors has no more arguments to give, and the lady with the suitcases has no more energy to convince him he’s lost her, but since letting those doors close means being forced to begin his life without her, he can’t bring himself to do it. We apologize for the delay."
"Shyness reminds us that all human interaction is fraught with ambiguity, and that insecurity and self-doubt are natural, because we are all ultimately inaccessible to one another. The human brain is the most complex object we know, and the journey from one brain to another is surely the most difficult."
"Darkness increases freedom from constraints, which in turn promotes creativity,” report Anna Steidle of the University of Stuttgart and Lioba Werth of the University of Hohenheim.
A dimly lit environment “elicits a feeling of freedom, self-determination, and reduced inhibition,” all of which encourage innovative thinking. When you’re grasping for ideas, dim light appears to be a catalyst.”
85% of all clothes sold each year in North America end up in landfills. That’s insane. Pay it forward and give your retired threads a better future by donating instead.
"Believers are more likely to be cynical about the world in general and politics in particular. Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness."
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"Slash is clearly a word to watch. Slash I do mean word, not punctuation mark. The emergence of a new conjunction/conjunctive adverb (let alone one stemming from a punctuation mark) is like a rare-bird sighting in the world of linguistics: an innovation in the slang of young people embedding itself as a function word in the language."
"I don’t want to live in a world in which many people seem to truly believe that women must be constantly ‘aware of their surroundings’ and vigilantly guarded against being taken advantage of, or else they bear some ‘some accountability for the incident.’
I don’t want to live in a world that assumes guys are naturally sexual aggressors who will opportunistically take advantage of an incapacitated girl, or forever push, push, push at the boundaries of consent until they hear a clear and forceful ‘no.’ I want to live in a world that gives boys more credit than that.
Rapists are created, not born. And they are enabled by a culture that excuses their actions. We socialize empathy out of boys all the time. These kids are not particularly unique and Steubenville could be any town in America. And until we accept that we are collectively responsible for that, nothing will change.”
"Selling soda is a weird business. It’s dependent, to an unusual extent, upon mythology and emotion…
The problem for Coke and Pepsi isn’t that SodaStream cuts into sales. It’s that SodaStream demystifies soda. Coke and Pepsi have spent a century teaching us to have feelings about our sodas. SodaStream shows us what those feelings are really made of.”