Friday Inspiration, Vol. 130

You’ll probably never see a more inspiring trip report from a toddler than this one, thanks to our talented friends at Gnarly Bay (video):

“All runners know that the racing experience is rarely linear. You might feel strong at the start, pained in the middle, then catch a second wind and charge to the finish. Some days you float; others you barely crawl. Physiologists broadly concur—despite plenty of heated debate over the specifics—that how your brain interprets your body’s signals sets the limit on the effort you can put in at any given moment. Tweak your mentality, and your sense of that limit can change.

A map of the least-traveled highway in every U.S. state.

I got to moderate the 150th episode of The Enormocast, a live conversation with Chris Kalous and Fitz Cahall, last month.

“James Harrison continued donating for more than 60 years, and his plasma has been used to make millions of Anti-D injections, according to the Red Cross. Because about 17 percent of pregnant women in Australia require the Anti-D injections, the blood service estimates Harrison has helped 2.4 million babies in the country.”

A Guide to Midwestern Conversation (for my fellow Midwesterners)

I’ve Pet More Than 300 Dogs And They Were All Good Dogs

Why are we honking our car horns? (video)

“The ridiculousness and joy of sliding on snow is undeniable and universal, whether by the advanced degree or elementary means. The goal at Tuckerman Ravine is to have fun (and maybe drinking alcoholic beverages). And by God, that is what happens here.”

In Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury was warning us about the threat of mass media to reading, about the bombardment of digital sensations that could substitute for critical thinking. In the novel, he imagined a world where people are entertained day and night by staring at giant wall screens in their homes.”