This week’s highlights:  The Extinction of Middle Children, Excess Firefighters, and Flying Spiders

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Fifteen on Friday – 07/13/18 – Issue 293

Food for Thought:

  1. TheCut – The Extinction of the Middle Child.  They’re becoming an American rarity, just when America could use them the most.
  2. Governing – What Kind of Place Does Nashville Want to be?  – Credit DH – Amid Scandal and Explosive Growth, Nashville Ponders Its Future
  3. Vogue – Can Gisele Save the Planet? 
  4. PostHaven – Grow the Puzzle Around You – Credit FarnamStreet – You are a jigsaw puzzle piece of a certain shape. You could change your shape to fit an existing hole in the world. That was the traditional plan. But there’s another way that can often be better for you and for the world: to grow a new puzzle around you.
  5. HuffPo – 35 Hilarious Quotes About Fatherhood From Jim Gaffigan – On a lighter note…”Whoever came up with the term ‘terrible twos’ must have felt very foolish after their kid turned three.”

Business/Economics:

  1. MarginalRev – What Firefighters Do Over the past 35 years, the number of fires in the United States has fallen by more than 40% while the number of career firefighters has increased by more than 40%. The decline of demand has created a problem for firefighters.
  2. FastCo – From Muji to Ikea: Why the best retailers think like UX designers The most successful brands treat their customers as users, not buyers. Here’s how.
  3. Penta – What to Do With Excess Cash
  4. QZ – You don’t need a Mac laptop Now my $1,800 machine is effectively used as a web browser. It’s a super nice web browser, cased in aluminum and sporting a retina display, but its core functions are checking the internet and occasionally editing photos of my cat.
  5. AAII – A Quantitative Method for Asset Allocation

Culture/Tech/Science:

  1. TheAtlantic – Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity  Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”
  2. RobbReport – The 30 Most Influential Restaurants of the Last 30 Years  We’ve asked some of the world’s leading chefs what restaurants they think most changed how we dine.
  3. MF – The Hole Story: A History of Skee-Ball
  4. NYT – I Used Apple’s New Controls to Limit a Teenager’s iPhone Time (and It Worked!)
  5. Curbed – Our homes don’t need formal spaces.  The entertaining rooms meant to make us social actually foster isolation