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Inside Ford’s Failed Utopia: The Story of Fordlandia

Fordlandia, Henry Ford’s attempt at building an industrialized utopia in the Amazon rainforest, is a story of hubris and failure on an impressive scale. The titan of American manufacturing thought he could create a picture-perfect, self-sustaining city that would produce rubber for Ford tires, but it never did.

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The Cobra Effect: Lessons in Unintended Consequences

When a plan to eradicate cobras in 19th-century Delhi backfired spectacularly, the incident became known as the “Cobra Effect.” It has since become a cautionary tale about the unintended consequences of well-meaning policies, and a reminder of the importance of understanding the systems within which we operate.

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Knecht Ruprecht: Santa’s German Helper

One of Santa’s most intriguing companions, Knecht Ruprecht is a legendary figure in German folklore, attested as early as the 17th century. A wild, shaggy-haired figure dressed in dark, fur-trimmed clothing, he is said to roam the countryside during the Christmas season, dolling out punishments to all the naughty children, while Santa rewards the good.

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Cheer or Fear, Belsnickel is here!

Dwight K. Shrute: What about an authentic Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas? Drink some gluhwein, enjoy some hasenpfeffer. Enjoy Christmas with saint Nicolas’ rural German companion, Belsnickel. Jim Halpert: Yes! That, that, that! We’re definitely doing that. Are we all in agreement? OddFeed: Yes, yes, a resounding yes!

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Art and Activism: The Drowning Girl Statue

In the Spanish city of Bilbao, there is an unusual statue in the River Nervión of a young girl drowning. The expressionless face in the famous work of Mexican hyperrealist artist Ruben Orozco Loza has attracted attention and unease. The statue’s deep meaning should not be overlooked.

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