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What Would You Do With Your Last Day of Internet?

Who would you friend? Defriend? Caps-lock comma-free call out?

At some point in our lives, each and every one of us will be forced—not asked—to participate in an icebreaker game, designed to get people talking at a party or a community event or some kind of work-related team-building jamboree. If we’re lucky, we’ll be offered something easy to discuss: our favorite color, perhaps, or our most cherished season. Inevitably, though, someone will ask “What would you do if it was your last day on Earth?”

Answers will run the gamut from “something boring about family” to “sex with a celebrity” (ok), but many will end up answering with some version of “what I do every day.” Since, on average, American adults spend 11 hours a day on digital media—checking email, stalking exes, watching cat videos, and otherwise letting our brains slowly die—maybe a more interesting question these days would be “What would you do on your last day of internet?”

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Life as a stray dog ain’t pretty, so this 80-year-old welder takes them on field trips.

It’s not easy being a stray dog. Life on the streets puts you at heightened risk for disease, teen pregnancy, and incarceration. But Eugene Bostick, a delightful 80-year-old retiree from Fort Worth, Texas, decided he couldn’t just stand idly by a growing national crisis. Instead of leaving them to howl on suburban streets, Bostick decided to adopt a group of strays, then put them on a little train he designed, just to keep them entertained.

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The Science Behind Richard Dawkins’ Problem with Ahmed Mohamed

Why one of the world’s most celebrated scientists decided to attack a 14-year-old boy.

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Sometime this weekend, Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s most celebrated and renowned biologists, decided to get on Twitter and start a beef with Ahmed Mohamed, a boy who loves clocks. Dawkins (tweets below) accused the 14-year-old of committing an insidious act of clock “fraud” for various pernicious motives, among them “possibly want[ing] to be arrested?” and an invitation to the White House. It was a sad and embarrassing moment for many in the scientific community, who saw Dawkins’ comments not only as impulsively patronizing, but completely irrelevant to the situation at hand.

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Swedish Workers Adopt a Six-hour Workday, Everybody is Happy

A group of nurses decided to cut back their hours and add on to their lives.

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For most Americans, eight-hour workdays are a distant luxury, not a daily reality. The average American works 47 hours per week, far from what labor advocates over one hundred years ago imagined would be the norm. But in Sweden (of course in Sweden) a group of nurses at a retirement home decided that would try something radically different: institute a six-hour workday, hoping to inspire increased productivity—and get this—greater quality of life.

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Meet Division I Football’s Only Openly Gay Player

A Princeton student came out publicly so others would, too.

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Love may have won this past June in Washington, but in college sports, openly gay players remain obscenely hard-to-find. So it must have taken an incredible amount of courage for Mason Darrow, an offensive lineman for Princeton, to meet with OutNews on Tuesday with a big reveal: he, in fact, is gay. This makes Darrow the only openly gay football player both at Princeton and in all of the league.

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