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Let me drop a 50 bomb on this one

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Likes are meaningless.
Subscribers are yesterday’s news.

Claps are everything.

The difference between 49 and 50 claps is massive. When someone gives me 49 claps I think they hate me. This person — if you can call them that — went out of their way just to stop at the full 50. You know who you are. I can’t sleep at night because of you.

This is why I think we should start a petition to run claps like a Patreon account. You know, something like this:

👉10 claps = You’re on your way. But it’s not good enough. …

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What else is Cardano capable of?

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Cardano (ADA), the first proof-of-stake blockchain platform moved into the third position of the overall crypto market cap last week.

And now following a recent update to Cardano’s blockchain dubbed the “Mary Hard Fork” it could be the next cryptocurrency to explode and join the ranks of Bitcoin and Ethereum in the thousands of dollars.

At the time of this article, Cardano is trading at $1.22. ADA has surged 2,440% in the past year.

While the rest of the cryptocurrency market was crashing last week — and is still crashing with Bitcoin down $10,000 — Cardano broke the trend and…


Take a wild guess

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It was a good feeling — if only for a few seconds.

I grabbed my diploma, shook our president’s hand and smiled vaguely at the cameras. It was over, finally.

The rest of the communication school stood on that graduation stage like uniformed soldiers. Everyone beamed with elation. No more midterms or 20-page papers. No more bullshit work. We were onto the real world. Hooah!

Today was the best day of our lives.

And tomorrow was the worst.

Post-College Depression

When you first grab that diploma you’re on top of the world. The underclassmen look up to you, your family couldn’t be…


Your results will not vary

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“People who boast about their IQ are losers.” — Stephen Hawking

Hawking has a point — nobody likes a sore winner. That being said, the intelligent quotient (IQ) test is one of the most valid and reliable psychometrics ever created.

According to the mental health website verywell Mind, “An IQ test is an assessment that measures a range of cognitive abilities and provides a score that is intended to serve as a measure of an individual’s intellectual abilities and potential.”

High IQ = Better Life

Research has shown that high IQ leads to more money, increased success, and longer, healthier life in general. …


The biggest scams in film history

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According to Lucasfilm, “Return of the Jedi” has never made a profit despite the film earning $475 million at the box office against a budget of $32.5 million.

David Prowse, the actor who played Darth Vader throughout the original trilogy, revealed he’s never received any residual payments on “ROTJ” because it failed — and continues to fail — to make any net profit.

“I get these occasional letters from Lucasfilm saying that we regret to inform you that as Return of the Jedi has never gone into profit, we’ve got nothing to send you. Now here we’re talking about one…


The Soviet Union forgot him in space

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In Christopher Nolan’s hit sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar there’s a moment in which your mind is blown out the back of your head. Cooper and Brand (played by Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway) are exploring Miller’s planet, a celestial body with “punishing” gravity at 130% more than that of Earth’s.

Something called time dilation takes effect, in turn, making every hour on this planet, seven years back on Earth. Every second is an entire day passing by, enough so that Cooper’s kids end up older than him.

It’s a terrifying concept to grapple with — and McConaughey screaming “Murr!” over Hans…


Make it stop, please

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The internet is ruled by babies.

These aren’t the Twitter warriors or comment dwellers that live in their parent’s basement, but the big tech companies that aren’t even 10-years old yet. Snapchat is one such company.

They stormed onto the scene in late-2011 with the goal of turning traditional social media on its head. Snapchat was texting but with selfies. Poses included looking up to the left, looking up to the right, and never direct eye contact into your camera. And with a vast library of filters, anyone could look like Kim Kardashian.

With 265 million daily active users, it’s…


Hyperinflation is here — you just haven’t realized it yet.

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Why Saving is More Important in 2021

There’s one noticeable trend amongst the rich right now: they’re spending more money on assets.

Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Michael Burry (the legendary hedge fund manager who predicted 2008’s housing crisis) are buying farmland. Mark Cuban and Chamath Palihapitiya are buying crypto art or NFTs. Peter Schiff is buying gold. And Elon Musk and Cathie Wood are betting heavily on Bitcoin.

“I’m interested in finding investments that aren’t just simply going to float up and down with the market…The incredible correlation that we’re experiencing — we’ve been experiencing for several years — is problematic.” — Michael Burry

The rich…


“It’s a cash engine right now”

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Hide your kids, hide your wife, cryptocurrency is going nuclear.

In the past 24 hours Bitcoin climbed to all-time highs of $63,653 while Ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, also set a new record climbing to $2,239.

At the center of it all is one common theme: Coinbase

The world’s most popular cryptocurrency exchange is going public Wednesday through a direct listing that could value the company at as much as $100 billion.

The San Francisco-headquartered exchange could go public at a higher initial valuation than any other U.S. tech company since Facebook.


This entrepreneur explains why

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When I was working for USA Today I had the pleasure of interviewing a handful of highly successful entrepreneurs. I treated those interviews like the most important conversations of my life. I wanted the secret. What was it that made these people tick?

One person I spoke with was former Hello Toothpaste CEO Craig Dubitsky. Our interview was supposed to be 30 minutes top. We ended up chatting for two hours.

“I’ve never worked a job in my life,” Craig told me. “Never signed a contract. Never had a job orientation — none of that. …

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