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In Print: World’s Coolest Obit, Forgetting Pills and ‘Downton Abbey’ Galore

February 22, 2012

 I consume a lot of media every day between my full-time job at the world’s largest online newspaper and my constantly running Twitter stream feeding me the latest stories from the nearly 1200 journalists, politicos, thought leaders and other interesting people I follow. 

Starting today, and continuing every Wednesday, I’d like to share some of my favorite stories from the past week with you. Let me know what stories interest you and what’s kept you intrigued (or what you’re sick of hearing about).

– The world’s coolest obituary:

“At 9, he settled a dispute with a pistol. At 13, he lit out for the Amazon jungle. At 20, he attempted suicide-by-jaguar. Afterward he was apprenticed to a pirate.”

… and the story behind “the most bad-ass obit ever.”

– What was online journalism like in 1981? Very, very primitive. (Cool video.)

– ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ could soon be reality with new forgetting pills.

– “A Brother And Sister Get Married (And Later, Their Son Tweets It)”

Things ’90s kids realize:

There was a point in every 90s kid’s life where their biggest worry wasn’t school, a job or bills — it was whether or not the Power Rangers could survive Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd’s shenanigans.

– Insanely gorgeous photos from the National Geographic Photo Contest 2011.

– “I am the world’s worst sperm donor.” (Noted.)

– Is the Romney campaign just a big Mormon mommy blog?

– The art of a Meryl Streep acceptance speech.

– Too many ‘Downton Abbey’ delights to share, from ‘Downton Tabby’ and paper dolls to verbal slip-ups (“I’m just sayin’.”) and what the stars look like out of costume.

What interesting articles have you read lately?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. February 22, 2012 7:59 am

    Very interesting stories to look through this morning, loved the obituary.. what an interesting life!

    • February 22, 2012 8:27 am

      I hope you enjoy — trying something new to see if anyone’s interested. 🙂

  2. February 22, 2012 4:34 pm

    What a cool idea! I especially love the article about online journalism in 1981. Is it not incredibly fascinating to think of how technology – and the profession – has evolved since then? Truly compelling.

    As a total side note, I noticed your Mac in the picture you posted. What size is yours? I’m switching over from a PC now that my laptop’s throwing daily temper tantrums and am trying to decide between the 13” and 15” … can’t seem to choose!

    • February 22, 2012 4:58 pm

      How the times have changed… for the better, I think.

      This is the 15″ and I really like it — my other Mac has a slightly smaller screen but, honestly, it’s a good computer no matter what — Mac is the way to go.

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