How Baseball Brought Drip Coffee Makers into American Homes

It was Joltin’ Joe Dimaggio who put Mr. Coffee on the map.

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This Could Open Up a Whole New Dangerous World

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Reebok Bacon is “uncured and contains no nitrates, preservatives, MSG, or sweeteners.” Next up, Nike Trail Mix… then followed by adidas wurst. Total Engineering for a Better You. The future is full of branded opportunities.

This Has to be the Worst Job in the World

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A sewer cleaner in India makes $5 per day and has an 80% chance of dying before the age of 60.

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A Tiny Club’s Uneasy Rise by Raphael Minder

Eibar, a small soccer team with a 5,250 seat stadium is entering Spain’s top division, La Liga. And it’s been a pain in the ass.

Photograph by Markel Redondo for The New York Times

Legendary Lady

Paula Scher — A Woman of Identities

Artisanal Economics

Could Brooklyn hipsters help save the middle class? And by “hipsters” I think they just mean people in Brooklyn.

“On the Internet, Anyone Can Succeed”

Why Net Neutrality Matters (And What You Can Do To Help).

No Eyez on “Me”

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After less than a month of being officially open, “Holler If Ya Hear Me”, the broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur is closing.

Lunchtime Laughter

Dan Gilbert Apologizes to LeBron James

Everything is NOT awesome

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Greenpeace’s new ad calls for LEGO to halt its production of Shell-branded LEGO toys and end its partnership with Shell Oil, thus saving children’s malleable brains from oil company propaganda.

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Embedded With Adidas’ Social Media Team at the World Cup in Rio by Julie Ruvolo

Striving to Be the Most Talked-About Brand At the Tournament

It’s Circulation, Baby

What gives a dollar bill its value?

If everyone’s busy building a personal brand, who’s building the empire?

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Here’s to the backlash against over-the-top self-promotion

Morning Dose of the Redskin

77 years of Washington Redskins branding

Workin’ It on the Westside

Daytime hooking in Manhattan in the 1980s. Photos by Steven Siegel

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The Sinaloa Cartel’s 90-Year-Old Drug Mule by Sam Dolnick

Is Leo Sharp a senile day-lily farmer who was taken advantage of by drug smugglers? Or did he know exactly what he was getting into?

Melodies Derived From Stock Charts

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Johannes Kreidler’s “Charts Music,” arranged by using the Microsoft Composition Tool, Songsmith.

Listen below

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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.

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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

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