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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 04.28.11

Utne Reader Red LogoWith this cool interactive map, you can trace 23 historic journeys, from Amelia Earhart’s attempt to fly around the world to Tom Wolfe’s Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test trip.

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Do you have writer’s block? Go back to bed, and take your laptop with you.

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In the shadow of the lunacy surrounding Obama’s birth certificate, Superman and DC Comics have an announcement of their own regarding the Man of Steel’s citizenship.

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Clothes make the dictator.

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Should travel writers be held liable for the things stupid tourists do?

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The Breakthrough Institute has made a cottage industry of criticizing the green movement. David Roberts at Grist rakes “the bad boys of environmentalism” over the coals.

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Bicycle wine rack.


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As the world looks on adoringly at the proceedings of the royal wedding, Charlie Harvey at New Internationalist looks thinks the police force “has been turned into an organ of the monarchy’s PR people.”  

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The attacks of September 11, 2001 are, like the 1960s, becoming a cultural litmus test 

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Some studies have argued that it takes 10,000 hours to perfect any skill. Dan McLaughlin is up for the challenge, learning golf from the green up—practicing six hours a day, six days a week. It will take him six years.

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Ever wonder how to make a magazine? This is sort of how it goes.

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The oral history of the pressurized spacesuit.