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Nearly 1.5m companies are incorporated in one of America's smallest states; find out why at: "Why Delaware is the sexiest place in America to incorporate a company"
(Plus- "Black Sunday" and The Grapes of Wrath)

Peek behind the veil:

Today the BLS releases its CPI for March. Some important context to help understand the figures: "The Illusion of Inflation: Why This Spring’s Numbers Will Look Artificially High"
(Plus- Diamond Jim Brady)

Steel yourself:

You can’t spot a liar just by looking — but psychologists are zeroing in on methods that might actually work: "The truth about lying," from @KnowableMag
(Plus- the most uneventful day)

Get down with Diogenes:

The true legacy of the Cornell professor who invented the chicken nugget: "Why All of Upstate New York Grew Up Eating the Same Barbecue Chicken"
(Plus- Larry the Lobster)


The African roots of Swiss design": @audreygbennett unpacks the longer-than-we've-acknowledged history of the Golden Ratio in design
(Plus- Mary Jackson, "Hidden Figure")

Ruminate on relationships:

The art world, disrupted by crypto: @deankissick on why that's a sad thing: "The Downward Spiral: Popular Things"
(Plus- Picasso)

Appraise art:

"Your Attention Is Not a Resource": @LMSacasas wields Illich to argue that "you and I have exactly as much attention as we need"
(Plus- "Early Bird")

Go for the good:

A new study finds the factors making them easier to keep also help them spread: "Unfortunately, we like pets that are likely to be invasive species"
(Plus- the Beatles invade the charts)

Ponder proliferation:

An appreciation of past masters: "Firesign Theatre’s ‘Dope Humor of the Seventies’" from @DangerMindsBlog
(Plus- Max Headroom signs on)

Slip on the headphones:

"The best books on The Gilded Age": historian of the period Richard White recommends five; his explanations for his choices are an education in themselves
(Plus- The Alaska Purchase)

Peer into the not-so-distant mirror:

The South Atlantic Anomaly: Earth’s deadly magnetic field weakness: "Do Failing Satellites Foretell An Imminent Extinction?" From @welockett
(Plus- Elihu Thomson)

Seeking true north:

The importance of a nightly dose of irrationality: "Dreaming and overfitting," @doctorow explains
(Plus- Corneille Heymans)

Nod off:

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