Hot Wives and Santa Beards: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

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Welcome to our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about pop culture we've come across in the past seven days. Click the links in the article titles to read the full pieces, and let us know what we've missed:

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Ashley Fetters and Spencer Kornhaber edit The Atlantic's Entertainment channel.

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The Death-Defying Origins of Bungee Jumping

"We had this old potato sack and I filled it up with rocks and dropped it over the side. It just hit the water, split, dropping all the stones. And that was our test."


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Is Trading Stocks for Suckers?

If you think you’re smarter than the stock market, you’re probably either cheating or wrong

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I Spent Half My Life Making a Video Game

How a childhood hobby became a labor of love

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The Roughest, Toughest Race in the World

"Sixty hours. No sleep. Constant climbing and descending. You're out there by yourself. All day and night."

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The Gem of the Pacific Northwest

A short film explores the relationship between the Oregon coast and the people who call it home.

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Single-Tasking Is the New Multitasking

Trying to do too many internet things at once makes it hard to get anything done at all.

 

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New Zealand in HD

The country's diverse landscapes, seen in dreamy time-lapse footage

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