NASA Wants to Pay Private Companies to Bag Moon Dirt

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Ice Cream to the Rescue
Japan’s roadside service areas are home to unique soft cream flavors such as blue honeysuckle, scallop, and black squid ink—flavors that celebrate Japan’s various regional identities. 

Native American Seed Reunion
Centuries after their loss and theft, Native American seeds are reuniting with their tribes. This is in part due to the work of the Indigenous Seed Keepers Network, a group of more than 100 tribal seed-sovereignty projects whose members are looking for their missing relatives.

Fried Onion Burger
When the Great Depression swept the United States, beef became a luxury, and cooks had to get creative to keep their burgers affordable. Enter the fried onion burger, or a “Depression burger,” which combined smashed onions within the patty.

Do Not Drink Medicinal Turpentine
For thousands of years, turpentine was not just used as a water repellant or paint thinner. It was also used as a medicine. Suffice to say: most modern doctors strongly advise against ingesting it at all.

Bring State Fair Foods To You
State fairs may be canceled, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy award-winning foods. Try your hand at these recipes, which reveal how many rich stories lurk in America’s soil, cookbooks, stained index cards, and tables.

A Hyper-Decadent Pastry
Behold kouign-amann, a regional French specialty in Brittany that features croissant dough laminated in salted butter and rolled in sugar. Some Bretons claim that this signature treat is the fattiest pastry in the world.

Sir Thomas Lipton’s Grave
Inside Glasgow’s Southern Necropolis Cemetery, you might notice one grave with tea bags beside it. These tributes are in honor of Sir Thomas Lipton, one of the tea industry’s most important figures.

The Art of Pickling
Fermentation may be all the rage these days in quarantine, but the process reflects ancient wisdom. Join us as we dive into the art of Jewish pickling traditions, using ingredients you probably have at home.

Failories newsletter

👋 Hey Failories! It’s Nico over here.

It’s been a crazy week with the launch of our first digital product on Tuesday. I’ll be writing about the pre-sale next week. If you’re new and want to know what I’m talking about, reply back to this email.

Two new great interviews today; the first one is with a startup that has gone to SharkTank and is currently making $6M in revenue – I completely recommend it!

This newsletter is sponsored by NerdPilots.
INTERVIEWButtercloth: Quitting a full-time job to start a $6M/year clothing brandDanh Tran started his now-successful brand Buttercloth after finding dress shirts to be highly uncomfortable. He went all-in on his idea of making dress shirts as comfortable as t-shirts, even selling his house to fulfill his dream. Partnering up with Metta World Peace and getting into Shark Tank were the two of the moments that made the business start to take off. In 2019, they made $6M in sales with 7%-12% profit margins.Read More +
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INTERVIEWHow Depression Killed Thepresence, a Visual Website BuilderInspired by the iOS app Launchpad, Miloslav Voloskov started drafting ideas to what eventually was called Thepresence. This aimed to provide a more modern and unconventional take on website builders. But this venture got shut down even before it was able to take off. A mental illness shutting down a business that could have changed the drag-and-drop website builder game? It’s more likely than you think.Read More +
Hope you enjoy this week’s stuff ❤️

Let me know if you have any questions or if there’s any topic you would like to talk about 😉

– Nico

Inside history newsletter

History in the Headlines
How United Flight 93 Passengers Fought Back on 9/11The cockpit voice recorder captured the sound of passengers attempting to break through the door.READ MORE
9/11: The Final Minutes of Flight 93 premieres tonight at 8/7c on HISTORY.
On 9/11, Some Evacuated the Pentagon—But Kept Going Back Inside‘We pledge to never leave a fallen comrade behind,’ says one of the survivors.READ MORE
9/11: The Pentagon premieres tonight at 9/8c on HISTORY.
9/11 Lost and Found: The Items Left BehindSee some of the 9/11 Memorial Museum’s more than 11,000 artifacts—and the heavy stories they carry.READ MORE
5 Ways September 11 Changed AmericaThe attacks of 9/11 shocked the nation—and led to changes that altered U.S. government, travel and culture.READ MORE
Blindspot: The Road to 9/11An original 8-part podcast hosted by WNYC’s Jim O’Grady and co-produced by HISTORY in partnership with WNYC Studios. “Blindspot: The Road to 9/11” brings to light the decade-long shadow struggle that preceded the attacks.LISTEN NOW
Personal Stories from the September 11 AttacksHear from those who lived through the attacks—and how it changed them. Watch Now ›
Rescue Dog at Ground ZeroA rescue dog is transported out of the debris of the World Trade Center on September 15, 2001. (U.S. Navy Photo by Jim Watson/Getty Images) See More ›

James clear newsletter

3-2-1 ThursdayNote: You are receiving this email because you subscribed to my weekly 3-2-1 newsletter. Every Thursday, I share 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for you to ponder. Occasionally, I also send out long-form articles on habits and self-improvement.

3 ideas, 2 quotes, 1 question (September 10, 2020)

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Happy 3-2-1 Thursday,

Here are 3 ideas from me, 2 quotes from others, and 1 question for the week.



“It costs nothing to ask a successful person how they succeeded, but it may deliver more value than 1,000 hours of hard work.

Others are under no obligation to tell you their secrets, but it is surprising how much you can learn from sincere, direct, and thoughtful questions.”

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“Don’t spend what you haven’t earned.

Avoid financial debt. Don’t spend money you haven’t earned.

Avoid social debt. Don’t spend goodwill you haven’t earned.

Avoid calendar debt. Don’t spend (free) time you haven’t earned.

The disciplined earner can be a guilt-free spender.”

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“It’s crazy how 1,000 people can compliment you and you’ll spend all day thinking about the one person who criticized you.”

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Morgan Housel on finding the sensible balance between optimism and pessimism:

“Optimism is usually defined as a belief that things will go well. But that’s incomplete. Sensible optimism is a belief that the odds are in your favor, and over time things will balance out to a good outcome even if what happens in between is filled with misery. And in fact you know it will be filled with misery. You can be optimistic that the long-term growth trajectory is up and to the right, but equally sure that the road between now and then is filled with landmines, and always will be. Those two things are not mutually exclusive.”

He also writes:

“Optimism and pessimism can coexist. If you look hard enough you’ll see them next to each other in virtually every successful company and successful career. They seem like opposites, but they work together to keep everything in balance.”

Source: The Psychology of Money


Mathematician and philosopher Alfred North Whitehead on progress:

“Civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking about them.”

Source: An Introduction to Mathematics


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James Clear
Author of the million-copy bestseller, Atomic Habits
Creator of the Habit Journal

Neal Katyal: How to win an argument (at the US Supreme Court, or anywhere) | TED Talk

The secret to winning an argument isn’t grand rhetoric or elegant style, says US Supreme Court litigator Neal Katyal — it takes more than that. With stories of some of the most impactful cases he’s argued before the Court, Katyal shows why the key to crafting a persuasive and successful argument lies in human connection, empathy and faith in the power of your ideas. “The question is not how to win every argument,” he says. “It’s how to get back up when you do lose.”

This talk was presented at an official TED conference, and was featured by our editors on the home page.ABOUT THE SPEAKERNeal Katyal · Supreme Court litigatorNeal Katyal is the former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and is currently serving as a Special Prosecutor in the George Floyd murder cases.

seth godin’s newsletter

“Taking” lessons

What an accurate and horrible term.

It’s hard to imagine that most people would look forward to taking lessons. In the piano or arithmetic or anything else.

You take medicine. You take your punishment. It’s unwanted but grudgingly accepted.

The term gives away the intent behind it.

Learning is different. Learning is something we get to do, it’s a dance, an embrace, a chance to turn on some lights.

You don’t take a workshop. You are part of one.

weird words 50

  1. frondiferousbearing or producing fronds
  2. quiniblehigh-pitched voice; a musical part pitched very high
  3. whipjackwhining beggar who pretends to be a sailor
  4. aphrasiainability to speak
  5. soricineof, like or pertaining to shrews
  6. tressilateto quiver
  7. waxclothoilcloth; linoleum
  8. pundigrionplay on words; pun
  9. scutigerousbearing a shield or scales
  10. zonaryof or like a zone; arranged in zones
  11. pensumtask; school imposition
  12. dichroscopeinstrument for examining crystals for dichroism
  13. plumigerousplumaged
  14. genappesmooth worsted yarn
  15. vandolastringed lute-like Spanish instrument
  16. monodymournful ode or poem performed by a single mourner
  17. privityprivacy; secrecy; secret or confidential conversation
  18. equanimityevenness of mind or temper; calmness
  19. systematologystudy of systems
  20. vernalizeto make springlike; to freshen
  21. arrondiof a heraldic device, having rounded sides
  22. viaggiatorytraveling frequently
  23. asinineof, like or pertaining to asses; stupid
  24. aspersedin heraldry, covered with an indefinite number of small figures
  25. malisona curse
  26. warrenheart-shaped hoe
  27. centopatchwork composition; collection of short quotations
  28. tilthagricultural work
  29. afterhandsubsequently
  30. leprosariumhospital for lepers
  31. woundycausing wounds; characterized by wounds
  32. dogcartlight two-wheeled carriage with seats back-to-back
  33. improvidentlacking foresight; thoughtless
  34. infomaniaexcessive devotion to accumulating facts
  35. vizardmask
  36. velutinousvelvety; having a downy covering
  37. calesasmall two-wheeled horse-drawn buggy
  38. antistrophonturning of opponent’s own argument against them
  39. urbicidedestruction of a city
  40. hiantgaping
  41. regredeto retrograde
  42. epitrachelionstole of an Orthodox priest or bishop
  43. eagresudden rise of tide in a river
  44. philematologythe act or study of kissing
  45. sacralgiapain in the sacrum
  46. musicastera mediocre musician
  47. lypemaniaextreme pathological mournfulness
  48. washboardbroad thin plank along ship’s gunwale to keep out sea water
  49. hederiferousivy-bearing
  50. celliferousbearing cells

Writing prompts

  • Shopping AddictWhat happens to someone who can’t stop shopping?
  • Fire FliesWrite about a secluded stream with lots of wildlife.
  • Secret WhispersWhat is everyone whispering about?
  • Book WormWrite a conversation between the different words on the pages of a book.
  • The ProfessorWrite about a situation where someone taught you something in an interesting way.

Random Phrases of the day

  1. Give a Man a FishMeaning: It’s better to teach a person how to do something than to do that something for them.
  2. Know the RopesMeaning: Having a familiarity or understanding of how something works.
  3. Keep Your Shirt OnMeaning: Keeping calm. Usually said by someone who is trying to avoid making others upset.
  4. Mountain Out of a MolehillMeaning: One who escalates small things and turns them into big problems.
  5. Keep Your Eyes PeeledMeaning: To be watchful; paying careful attention to something.

Did you know…

Did you know…

… that today is Positive Thinking Day? Today is all about have a positive attitude. Medical research confirms that a positive attitude works wonders at fighting disease and ailments. People with an “I think I can” attitude, are far more likely to succeed at work, and in accomplishing every goal they set in life. So get out there and be positive!


Today’s Inspirational Quote:

“A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

— Wade Boggs

word of the day

GonzoGAHN-zohPart of speech: adjectiveOrigin: Italian, 1970s
1Of or associated with journalistic writing of an exaggerated, subjective, and fictionalized style.2Bizarre or crazy.
Examples of Gonzo in a sentence “The long-time columnist was known for his gonzo writings.” “That mural down the street is just gonzo.”