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"Australians are just British people who are happy"
— Craig Hill

Lenin’s Body Improves With Age

Generations of Russian scientists have worked for 90 years to maintain the “look, feel and flexibility” of Lenin’s body in its Red Square tomb. When body parts cannot be adequately preserved, they are replaced. “Researchers developed artificial skin patches when a piece of skin on Lenin’s foot went missing in 1945. A moldable material made of paraffin, glycerin and carotene has replaced much of the skin fat” (1,220 words)

The Billionaires’ Wives’ Club

Why do billionaires — with a few conspicuous exceptions — typically have long-lasting marriages, despite the demands of work and the temptations of wealth? “I wonder if it might be that when the truly weird find someone who suits them, they don’t give them up in a hurry … Or it could simply be that if you hardly ever see your spouse, he or she is significantly less likely to get on your nerves” (850 words)

Slow Violence In East Jerusalem

“The Israeli oppression is not necessarily – or at least not always – as crude as Western media can make it seem. It is extremely refined, and involves a dizzying assemblage of laws and by-laws, contracts, ancient documents, force, amendments, customs, religion, conventions and sudden irrational moves, all imposed with the greatest care … The permanent residency of a Palestinian in East Jerusalem is anything but permanent” (1,885 words)

Epic Of A Genocide

Franz Werfel “worked a miracle for Armenians around the world” by collecting memories of the 1915 genocide and working them into an epic novel, The Forty Days Of Musa Dagh, which immortalised the Armenian tragedy and foreshadowed the Jewish one. Musa Dagh was published in Germany in November 1933, banned in February 1934; Werfel was a Jew and a “burned author”. He remains to this day “a virtual Armenian saint” (2,480 words)

The Asshole Factory

I had great trouble resisting a suitable photograph to go with this fine rant. “Our world is now full of Asshole Factories. That’s what the stores, offices, industrial parks, skyscrapers, malls, low-rise blocks, gleaming headquarters, whimsically designed corporate campuses, really are. It’s the grand endeavor of today. We don’t make stuff anymore. We make assholes. The Great Enterprise of this age is the Asshole Industry” (1,580 words)

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