I have a relative who used to work for ESPN in a pretty high profile position. Let’s just say there were times I’d be away from home and I’d glance up at a television screen and, “Wow. My relative is on ‘Sportscenter.'”
In all our conversations about getting a job and working at ESPN, the subject of an entry test never came up.
But today, I see on Deadspin that ESPN tests its new employees. If you’re thinking about working there some day, here’s what you have to answer in 45 minutes. Think fast!
An interesting observation, given what psychopaths here and abroad have done to women the past few weeks.
How many of these have you seen?
I’ve lived in cities on coasts for most of my life. And I’ve spent a lot of time on beaches. One of the things I constantly wondered was if I swam straight, like forever, where would I end up.
I really needed this map (Click to enlarge):
Good thing I didn’t live in southern Chile.
McDonalds has just revealed its new mascot for its Happy Meals boxes. What do kids think?
Well, that’s not good.
Here’s something for all you train junkies to ponder over for a few hours: A map of all the available commuter rail service from Boston to Washington, D.C., and not just Amtrak. (Click to enlarge, because this is one huge poster)
People use the rails far less in the U.S. than Europe, which is too bad, because when you factor in all the time it takes you to get from, let’s say, Midtown Manhattan to downtown D.C., a train will more often get you there faster than a plane will, because you have to add extra hours getting to and from airports.
But even with that, trains in Europe are faster.
Compare two cities: Brussels to Paris and New York to Baltimore. Both roughly the same distance from each other, about 185 miles.
It takes the Thalys in Europe an hour and 20 minute to get from one gare (station) to the other. But on Amtrak, it takes 2 hours and 20 minutes to cover a similar distance. I think we should do better.
Ta-Nehisi Coates has an extensive essay on the history of black America and “The Case for Reparations.” It’s worth your time.
In addition, Dylan Matthews at Vox lists “Six times victims have received reparations — including four in the US,” another interesting bit of history.
OK. It’s Robert Downey Jr. and Sting. Same thing. Great result.
Like, who knew he had that kind of range (other than the millions who listen to his records)?
We all know Mariah Carey can hit the high notes. Just listen to her sing “Emotions.”
I mean that’s one of those songs when you first heard it on the car radio, you pulled over and said, “What the hell was that ??!!?”
But, as the chart above shows, Axl has a wider range. Remember “Don’t Cry”?
He’s all over the place on that one. Yes, he goes nowhere near Mariah on the high notes, but then he’s the one who hits the lowest note.