You put a group of people together and give them a common goal and magic can happen. Even if that magic, in this case, is just building a barn. It's hypnotic to see the organization in this, like seeing a bunch of worker ants swarm together with one mind.
In this week's Landscape Reads, we learn all about Yellowstone's "Zone of Death," the bitter rivalry of pallet companies (yes, pallet companies), the ultimate cause behind Alaska's Funny River fire, and more.
You'd be unlikely to see many Amish folks at CES or MWC or any other technology expo—because, for a start, many of them don't use electricity. But don't feel sorry for them, because they have a trade show all of their own.
When you think "Amish" chances are your mind goes to somewhere closer to "straight-laced" than to "party animal." The fascinating 2002 documentary Devil's Playground shows that the two aren't mutual exclusive, and they can both apply to Amish teenagers.
You'd think that sending dong shots to a tween stranger is a phenomenon for the modern world—and you'd be wrong! The tech-shunning Amish get freaky sometimes, TSG shows, like this gent who violated nearly every applicable moral standard.
Well, this is awful. An Indian Amish woman died while doing laundry the old fashioned way—over a flaming pot of boiling water. It appears the flames got out of control, consuming and killing her with burns. Well.
Starting early next year, the venerable NY Times is going to include ebooks in its weekly literary sales ratings. Taking their place alongside paperbacks and hardcovers, ebooks will be ranked based on a system that it took the Grey Lady two years to perfect:
Technology? Amish? What does a guy with a jaw beard named Jebadiah know about technology? As bizarre as it sounds, the Amish are actually a powerful technology sales tool.
The new posterboys of solar power? The Amish. More from New Scientist:
We received this email from a reader named Fritz today.The whole letter was too thick with irony to not write back.