From Shuttlecocks to Picking Stocks

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The upgraded Jack Purcell Cross Stitch Leather sneaker presumably follows the path of its creator Jack Purcell, who left a career as a world champion badminton player to become a successful stockbroker.

Free Market NYC >>> Black Market China

The demographics of the iPhone line have changed over the years.

 

Everything Is For Sale on the Black Market!

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Even the blood from survivors of the Ebola virus, which is referred to as “convalescent serum.”

Printables

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The Entrepreneur Who Wants to Save Paradise by Diana Saverin

Douglas Tompkins—the founder of Esprit and The North Face—is using his fortune to build massive national parks in Chile and Argentina. But what he sees as philanthropy, local ranchers see as meddling.

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How to Succeed in Silicon Valley Without Really Trying by Noam Scheiber

Tech investors gave Seth Bannon millions of dollars, even though they knew almost nothing about him

The Stress of Art Handling

Rolling up and removing Picasso’s “Le Tricorne” from the Four Seasons restaurant inside the Seagram building, where it had been left untouched for 40 years.

Conspiracy Theory Rock

Apparently this animated piece of funny by Robert Smigel was banned from Saturday Night Live after just one airing.

via, openculture

The Cigarette Century

James Bosnack’s invention of the cigarette-rolling machine in 1880 helped propel the early 20th century economy forward, making the mass-production of cigarettes a “Potent Symbol of Velocity for the New Modern Age.” 

via, laughingsquid

How To Break Into Heavy Metal (Without Getting Screwed)

“I only liked to pick up prostitutes who talked to me through the passenger window.”

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Jim Norton shares a lifetime of sex solicitation and makes a case for legalized prostitution. Protecting the women is key, and “pimps should be thrown down an elevator shaft.” He doesn’t mention tax dollars though, which is interesting since new streams of money and opportunity usually open up the eyes of even the most disagreeable people.

Mr. Whitefolks

“Caucasian in the Game”

Excerpted from Pimps Up, Ho’s Down
 

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Slaves of Happiness Island by Molly Crabapple

Abu Dhabi and the dark side of high art

illustration by Molly Crabapple

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