The Next Recession. Fixing Hamburger Emoji. Friends Divided.

The U.S. Isn’t Prepared for the Next Recession

When it comes—and it will, eventually—it’ll be worse than necessary.


Google CEO Makes Fixing Hamburger Emoji His Top Priority

According to Emojipedia, the hamburger emoji, alternatively known as the cheeseburger for obvious reasons, was approved as part of Unicode 6.0 in 2010 and added to Emoji 1.0 in 2015. Since then it's been up to each company to decide how it wants to render the two buns, meat patty, and cheese; usually lettuce and tomato, too.


What Is Your Biggest Regret? Here Are People's Devastatingly Honest Answers

When I posed this question on Twitter, the stories poured out and patterns emerged. Real regrets are about bad choices in love, learning and loss, being held back by fear – and self-blame.


Thanks to Wall St., There May Be Too Many Restaurants

Since the early 2000s, banks, private equity firms and other financial institutions have poured billions into the restaurant industry as they sought out more tangible enterprises than the dot-com start-ups that were going belly-up. There are now more than 620,000 eating and drinking places in the United States, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the number of restaurants is growing at about twice the rate of the population.


Robert Mueller’s Show of Strength: A Quick and Dirty Analysis

Mueller’s opening bid is a remarkable show of strength. He has a cooperating witness from inside the campaign’s interactions with the Russians. And he is alleging not mere technical infractions of law but astonishing criminality on the part of Trump’s campaign manager, a man who also attended the Trump Tower meeting.


In ‘Friends Divided,’ John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Beg to Differ

Although both men deplored slavery, Jefferson owned slaves all his life, while Adams never owned any. As an intellectual, Jefferson was a water-strider, skimming over every subject; Adams bored into history. Jefferson wrote for the ages; Adams admitted, “I have never had time to make my poor productions shorter.” Jefferson was shy, gracious and smooth. Adams was warm and ardent with friends, prickly and argumentative with rivals (and friends).


How Stalin Became Stalinist

Puzzling out how the idealistic Soviet revolutionary came to preside over the bloodiest regime of his time.


The Science of Sad: Understanding the Causes of 'Winter Depression'

The darker days and colder weather can bring with them a feeling of low spirits. So, what makes people susceptible to seasonal affective disorder, and what are the best ways to treat it?


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