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Linked article name
Intriguing description
Source
Date
Length
1
Heard the One About the Rocket Car?
By the man who claims to have taken a rocket, then put it on a car and lit it, thus making one of the Great Urban Legends.
 Wired
 August 2000
fifteen pages
2
Turning on the World Wide Web
An interview with Paul Kunz, the man who launched the first American website.
CNET News.com
December 10, 2001
one
page
3
University of Illinois at Chicago expert says life expectancy of 100 is unrealistic
What if you could live to be 120?  How about 140?  160?  Would you do it . . . and is it even possible?
EurekAlert.org
February 18, 2001
one
page
4
Junior Mints
"In February, the pair returned from college to face a four-count indictment for making, possessing, passing, and concealing 'forged and counterfeited obligations of the United States'--that is, money--'knowingly and with intent to defraud.'  . . . But intent is a murky issue, especially where teenagers are concerned.  'I don't know why we did it, OK?'  Mulder says from his parents' home during a brief telephone interview.  'It seemed like it would be funny.  But it was just really, really stupid.  End of story, OK?'"
Wired
November 2000
four
pages
5
PC "overclockers" risk danger for faster machines
"Tom Leufkens has outfitted his PC with a rejiggered aquarium pump and a gadget once used to carry automotive power-steering fluid.  He has even experimented with a special PC case equipped with a small refrigerator compressor."  Burn baby burn.
CNET News.com
March 1, 2001
one
page
6
The Day After Technology
"A decade later, the contaminated zone surrounding Chernobyl has become a haven for those whose future has been taken away--by the disaster or by war, age, illness, or their own demons."
Wired
March 1996
seven
pages
7
The World According to Woz
You know, Woz. The Woz. Stephen Gary Wozniak. Come on! The man who designed the Apple Computer? The man currently teaching elementary school? Yeah, that Woz.
Wired
September 1998
eight
pages
8
Meditation Has Enormous Mental and Physical Benefits
". . . and here's how to get started."  We all could use a little meditation now and then, couldn't we?
Bottom Line Personal
June 1, 1999
one
page
9
Ask Annie
A three-year archive of questions and answers from Anne Fisher about getting, keeping and enjoying a job. Good advice. Examples: "The Right Way to Get Fired," "How to Stand Out from the Crowd: A Short Course in Acing Your Next Job Interview," and how to "Be Letter Perfect."
Fortune
1998-2001
each
one
page
long
10
I Believe the Robots Are Our Future
Teach them well and let them lead the way.  Show them all the beauty they possess inside.  Give them a sense of pride . . . to make it easier.
The Onion
June 10,
1999
one
page
Extra Articles
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20 Mishaps That Might Have Started Accidental Nuclear War
"There is no way of telling what the actual level of risk was in these mishaps but if the chance of disaster in every one of the 20 incidents had been only 1 in 100, it is mathematical fact that the chance of surviving all 20 would have been 82%, i.e. about the same as the chance of surviving a single pull of the trigger at Russian roulette played with a 6 shooter." Indeed.
Nuclear
Age
Peace
Foundation
2001
one
page
X2
(You)2
Just imagine how easy it would be to work through these articles if there were two of you. Or four of you. Or eight of you. Sound appealing? Then send in the clones.
Wired
February 2001
ten
pages
X3
Fuel's Paradise
"World-class contrarian Thomas Gold has a theory about life on the planet: It's pumping out of the Earth's crust--and it's swimming in oil."
Wired
July 2000
five
pages
X4
Zip Drive
"NASA scientists are building a hot little ride: Vasimr, a rocket that runs on million-degree plasma and could someday fuel a fast-track trip to Mars."
>>> NASA home
Wired
February 2001
five
pages
X5
Monsters in a Box
"Think you know what a supercomputer is? Think again:  The real thing will blow your mind."
Wired
December 2000
two
pages
X6
Crash Course
"At 23, Matt Johnson had it all: the business plan, the VC money, and grand designs to dominate the untapped college market. Then the BigWords boy wonder got a harsh lesson in dotcom reality."  When you make your first million, please keep in mind how kind-hearted a teacher I was. 
Wired
March 2001
five
pages
X7
The Complete Bushisms
"Updated frequently." At least they used to be.
Slate
continuous
one
page

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