monday reading list

Did you forget it was Earth Day? Here’s some news from Earth.

David Herszenhorn of the Times attempts to further bring the life of Tamerlan Tsarnaev into perspective, recounting his troubled, but never militant, life as a youth without a country.

Two things that you probably never associated before: Rupert Murdoch and transcendental meditation. Murdoch joins Russell Simmons, hedge fund managers, and the CEO of Tupperware in the league of business leaders who take part in the practice.

Ana Campoy of the Wall Street Journal discusses Big Marijuana’s stunted growth. Take a walk in the shoes of everyone’s favorite tax-paying semi-criminals.

Mother Jones has published a chart showing that generational views on gay marriage and willingness to try sushi correlate almost perfectly. While correlation does not imply causation, it does not deny it either.

In honor of Earth Day, The Christian Science Monitor has provided us earthlings a report card for how we’re faring on combatting Global Climate change.


lessons for gentlemen: science says grow a beard.

beard man

World Observer reports today that a study done by the University of Southern Queensland has shown significant esthetic, manly, and healthful benefits to a well-groomed man beard.

The “duhs” resound from mountainmen and gentlemen alike worldwide.

The benefits of beards:

  • Beards block 90 to 95 percent of UV rays, thereby slowing the aging process and reducing the risk of skin cancer
  • Pollens and dust simply get stuck in that lustrous facial hair
  • Beards retain moisture and protect against the wind, keeping you looking young
  • Shaving is usually the cause of ingrown hairs and bacterial infections that lead to acne

But be forewarned. Beards can also spread infection if not properly cared for and can make consumption of anything sloppy (anything that tastes delicious) fairly tediuous.

Gentlemen would be prudent to utilize beard wash and beard oil this patron saint of youthful manliness