January 29th – The Day’s Most Fascinating News

Lunch Has Been Canceled

In the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot of about the income gap. But there’s another ever-expanding global divide that seems to be widening at an accelerating pace: The cultural values gap. Glimpses of this gap were on display during Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s recent European tour. In Italy, nude statues in a museum were covered up to avoid offending the visitors. And in France, President François Hollande just canceled a lunch with President Rouhani “because the Iranians insisted that no wine be served.” These are relatively mild examples. But they point to much bigger issues. Earlier this week, Iran’s supreme leader marked Holocaust Remembrance Day by releasing an updated version of his Holocaust denial mantra. So should all books on the Holocaust be removed from the shelves if an official Iranian delegation decides to tour a library? Where do host countries draw the line when a values gap becomes a reality gap? For now, lunch was not served in France. And I suppose I’ll drink to that.

+ Related: Here’s how Pakistan dealt with an international NYT front page that showed two men kissing.


Show Me Yours

President Obama is using executive actions again, this time to promote equal pay for women by way of transparency. Businesses with over 100 employees will be required to “submit data on what they pay their employees, sorted by race, gender, and ethnicity.”


Weekend Reads

“When Kennedy grabbed a pen and tried to write a message, it came out as random letters scrawled on a page.” From Wired: The Neurologist Who Hacked His Brain — And Almost Lost His Mind.

+ “To the casual observer, it might seem like swinging has disappeared. It’s certainly no longer part of the zeitgeist, as it was in the 1970s and 1980s. In reality, though, swinging is bigger than ever — just a lot less visible. For that — and for pretty much everything Gross has — he gives thanks to the Internet.” From Boston Magazine: The Sex Machine.

+ An ex-convict explains how to survive solitary confinement.

+ From Road and Track: When I quit cutting my hair, I learned how men treat women on American roads.

+ Keeping up with Dr. Miami, plastic surgeon, Snapchat star.


Mechanic Engineered

“After learning that one of its members had a relative that worked at the airport, Islamic State delivered a bomb in a handbag to that person … He was told to not ask any questions and get the bomb on the plane.” Reuters reports that an EgyptAir mechanic likely put a bomb aboard the Russian passenger plane the exploded in the skies last October.


The Everlasting Gopstopper

The GOP debate went on as scheduled while Donald Trump held a nearby event at the same time. So what happened? People talked and tweeted about Trump on social media. At the debate, there were some issues discussed. Digg has a roundup of the good stuff from the Trumpless debate.

+ The NYT dug deep and compiled a complete list of all the Donald Trump Twitter insults, so far. At this point, it’s almost a considered a slight if you haven’t made it on this list.


A Reach

“Then he reached for his pocket, at which point a Oregon trooper, from the trees away from the road, shot him.” The FBI has released a video of the events leading up to the moment when LaVoy Finicum was shot and killed. Video has become the key evidence submitted to the court of public opinion.


What Your Teen is Up To

BusinessInsider talked to 60 teenagers to find out what’s cool these days. I mean, this is what’s cool among teens who think it’s cool to talk to reporters.


Niagara Fallout

“There’s an official, underwhelming word for the procedure: dewatering. And it’s been done before.” From Wired: New York Is Going to Turn Off Niagara Falls. Here’s How. (I gotta try this trick on my kids during long drives.)


Gotta Be the Shoes

“The truth is, only 10 players currently have their own signature shoe with a U.S.-based brand, but literally every player in the league has some level of relationship with a footwear brand.” Nick DePaula takes you inside the sneaker industry to find out how NBA shoe deals work.


Bottom of the News

“I’ve had my brain electrocuted and body frozen, and now I would embark on a ten-day brain freeze. A delicious, delicious brain freeze.” GQ’s Shane Snow ate nothing but ice cream for 10 days. For science.

+ Slate: Craft Vodka is on the rise, even though it’s basically a silly sham. (That seems to be a plus in the food and beverage industry.)

+ Connecting all of Adam Sandler’s movies in the Sandlerverse.

+ And from Buzzfeed, 24 celebrities who share the same face.

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