Why trucks have stuffed animals lashed to their fronts

Source: The New York Times

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We’re back, baby! Unofficial Season 2

Hey there, Unofficial Fans! We’re back from the grave! Between a study abroad trip and busted computer there was no way to really get articles written. But things should be stabilizing out a little bit, so we’re on for season 2!

One new update: we now have a Twitter account! Check us out at @unoffreading to find our articles in the wild.

Now let Season 2 begin!

~Raul Gonzalez

A temporary change of format

Hello,

To my followers, thank you for reading URL for the past few months! To those who are new, welcome. I hope to be able to share articles with you for the foreseeable future. For the next few months, I will be studying abroad and as a result will be away from my computer more than normally.

Don’t fret! Unofficial Reading List will be continuing during my time abroad but I will be posting fewer articles during this time period!

URL will be back and fully running in 2016 with more stories, more articles, and more sources of discovery.

Thanks for your patience,

~R

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Thinking about your death is a good thing

Death is as commonplace as the house fly, or gluten-free everything in Southern California. To an extent, we tend to ignore it; out of sight out of mind. But like gluten-free diets, they tend to be hard to push out of eyesight as we get older.

But the beauty of it all, is that a lot of good can come out of thinking about out eventual death. From it, we can gain an increased appreciation of the world, we can strive to make more positive changes. All of that and more.

Click to read on at: The Atlantic

The job of making cars realisically safe

Let’s get one thing straight. No car will ever be completely safe. Engineers will design it to be allowed to fail within certain bands of tolerance–where failing within that range is not only tolerated, but is seen as normal operation.

Take a look at the jobs of those people–Toyota engineers tasked with sticky accelerator pedals, the creators of the Ford Pinto, and countless others who had to make the tough decision of “how bad is good enough?”

Click to read at: The New Yorker