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Jon Mooallem

  1. Teddy Bears Were Invented Because We Forgot That Nature Wants To Kill Us

    "Bears know who they are, but they often don’t know who you are, which is why they kill you." - Mike Birbiglia

    Pretty much everyone has fond memories of a stuffed bear toy they once played with. That's weird when you think about it, because actual bears are vicious animals that will maul you to death. In this TED talk from March, writer Jon Mooallem has some ideas about why we've gotten into the habit of cute-ifying all of our most terrifying predators.

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  2. #FollowFriday: Jon Mooallem (@jmooallem)

    It's Friday, so it's time to tell you who to follow.

    It's #FollowFriday again, but instead of dumping a bunch of Twitter handles together with a #FF tacked on the end, we'd rather focus on one person each week and really make a case for why you should follow them. This week it's writer Jon Mooallem, or as he's also known, @jmooallem.

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  3. The Number of Power Outages Caused by Squirrels this Summer is Nuts

    Maybe if we just give them more nuts they'll stop attacking our power infrastructure?

    Squirrels are pretty much going to launch us all into a nightmare Revolution-like future that, like the show Revolution will be boring and difficult to sit through. At least that's our unfounded takeaway from a New York Times piece outlining a surprisingly high number of power outages caused by squirrels this summer.

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