The Untold Story of the World’s Biggest Diamond Heist

Leonardo Notarbartolo strolls into the prison visiting room trailing a guard as if the guy were his personal assistant. The other convicts in this eastern Belgian prison turn to look. Notarbartolo nods and smiles faintly, the laugh lines crinkling around his blue eyes.

from Pocket http://www.wired.com/politics/law/magazine/17-04/ff_diamonds?currentPage=all
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Inside the Nitrous Mafia, an East Coast Hippie-Crack Ring

A hiss pierces the air as music fans wait in line outside the Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Across the street from the venue, a man stoops over his tank, inflating balloons and passing them to his associates by the fistful. He shuts off the valve and surveys the scene.

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How the Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive

Recently, Bic launched a campaign to “save handwriting.” Named “Fight for Your Write,” it includes a pledge to “encourage the act of handwriting” in the pledge-taker’s home and community, and emphasizes putting more of the company’s ballpoints into classrooms.

from Pocket http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2015/08/ballpoint-pens-object-lesson-history-handwriting/402205/
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Scrabble yn Gymraeg: the board game no one wants to buy

Two years ago, Waterstones in Carmarthen bought in five copies of Welsh Scrabble. Two years later, not one has been sold The makers of Scrabble have sold 100m of the games, in 29 languages, but they have been left lost for words by occurrences in Wales.

from Pocket http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/sep/24/scrabble-yn-gymraeg-the-board-game-no-one-wants-to-buy?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other
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The Guy With The Lowest Possible Rank In Overwatch

It’s possible to hit rank zero in Overwatch’s competitive mode. Dale “Bacontotem” Brown knows. He’s done it. There’s a caveat, though: it takes a hell of a lot of work.

from Pocket http://kotaku.com/the-guy-with-the-lowest-possible-rank-in-overwatch-1785662123?utm_campaign=Socialflow_Kotaku_Facebook&utm_source=Kotaku_Facebook&utm_medium=Socialflow
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Every Day’s a Safety Drill as Chipotle Woos Customers Back

A large digital kitchen timer perches near a sink at a Chipotle Mexican Grill in the Meatpacking District of Manhattan. It is reset every 30 minutes, and 12 minutes have passed. There isn’t much sexy about food safety, and that goes for regular reminders to scrub hands.

from Pocket http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/business/every-days-a-safety-drill-as-chipotle-woos-customers-back.html
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The Mark of a Masterpiece

Every few weeks, photographs of old paintings arrive at Martin Kemp’s eighteenth-century house, outside Oxford, England. Many of the art works are so decayed that their once luminous colors have become washed out, their shiny coats of varnish darkened by grime and riddled with spidery cracks.

from Pocket http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/07/12/100712fa_fact_grann
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Sizing Up the Nightlife

Sociologist Lauren Rivera knows what it takes to get behind the velvet rope. She recommends, “Know someone. Or know someone who knows someone. If you’re a guy, bring attractive women—ideally younger women in designer clothes. Don’t go with other dudes.

from Pocket http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/index.php/Kellogg/article/sizing_up_the_nightlife/
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