King of the Homies

How one Staten Island man’s small vending machine empire made and then eventually lost $1 million in the Homies trade.

Printables

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Fixed Soccer Matches Cast Shadow Over World Cup by Declan Hill and Jeré Longman

A New York Times investigation of match fixing ahead of the last World Cup gives an unusually detailed look at the ease with which professional gamblers can fix matches.

(Part two here)

Illustration by Henry Wong

Portraits of Child Laborers

This series of photos by Lewis Hine was key in influencing the changing of US child labor laws in the early 20th century.

“The Plants Don’t Care How Long Your Hair Is”

Inside a Canadian Cannabis Factory

Heavy Metal Bands as a Global Wealth Indicator

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We’ve seen this chart before, but now the squares at Bloomberg hypothesize about why the world’s richest nations also have the most heavy metal bands. One answer from the illustrious crew was “Electricity.” Because if you can’t plug in the speakers, how is anyone going to hear you? Watch below

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Che Peccato

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This year, Italy will be adding the sales of drugs, prostitution and smuggling to their GDP calculations, “a boost for its chronically stagnant economy.”

That’s Business Folks!

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How Alien Workshop Died, Maybe

photo via Gilbert Crockett

Printables

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The Rise of Nintendo: A Story in 8 Bits by Blake J. Harris

From ‘Donkey Kong’ to the NES — how a Japanese company took over the American living room. An exclusive first serial from ‘Console Wars.’

Bidding for the Position of Dr. Dre’s Personal Art Advisor

In an ideal world, the extremely wealthy would let me buy art for them. Equipped with no vested interests, no time for back rubbing and preening, only just an eye for nice pictures, it’d be a fantastic fit. With this in mind, I’ve selected 11 works of art from tonight’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction at Sotheby’s for Dr. Dre, hip-hop’s first billionaire. Lord knows he’ll need some decoration for that house he just bought.

The Wide World of Weed

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A round-up of all things pot related

The NY Times looks at the people trying to make pot into a parity product

With one hit off a joint, a NCAA player heads to the NBA Draft

In related sports news, the NFL has acknowledged that their policy on marijuana is outdated and is changing it

The New Yorker explores Vaporizers and the Yuppies that use them

On celebrity perks: Wiz Khalifa apparently has a weed sponsorship

In lieu of lettuce, a couple in Iowa found some special stuffing between the patties of their two double cheeseburgers at McDonald’s

and finally…

That HIGH kite you see up there, will finally be available next month… stay tuned.

Attempting to One-Up The Golden Standard

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McDonald’s is testing shake-your-own Seasoned French Fries in select markets across the US.

Printables

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How the Father of Claymation Lost His Company by Zachary Crockett

Will Vinton brought clay to life with characters like the California Raisins and the Noid — until Nike billionaire Phil Knight stepped in and bought the business for his son, rapper Chilly Tee.

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