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  • Have you gotten the flu during the past year? Because it's apparently mostly disappeared worldwide during the pandemic.
  • Here's a reasonable request to not be extremely online in real life for awhile: "If you need to reach for your phone to demonstrate something for the purposes of continuing a conversation, don’t."
  • This artist faked being a billionaire socialite in order to gain entry into some of NYC's most expensive apartments and take photos.
  • The Daily Beast obtained a bombshell letter written by Joel Greenberg in the last months of the Trump presidency in which he "claims that he and close associate Rep. Matt Gaetz paid for sex with multiple women," including a 17-year-old, all in an attempt to get a pardon from Trump.
  • Vox explains why indoor dining is still a slightly more risky thing to do even if you are vaccinated.
  • The Bidens are bringing a cat to the White House.
  • Here's a disturbing piece of information about British people: according to a recent survey, one-third of Brits only wash their sheets once a year.
  • The Times has a story about a grudge match between two 7-Eleven stores located on the same corner in a suburb Osaka.
  • Taika Waititi will play Blackbeard in the new HBO Max comedy Our Flag Means Death.
  • It's new music Friday, and there's lots to recommend this week: Crumb's new album Ice Melt is another trip-hop influenced delight; Matt Sweeney & Bonnie "Prince" Billy collaborative record Superwolves is one of the most unexpectedly beautiful albums you'll hear this year; if you're into cinematic electronic compositions, Tor's Oasis Sky is a winner; and of course, I can't leave out Guided By Voices' spectacular new album Earth Man Blues, one of their best albums of recent years.
  • And finally, if you play the game of balls, you better play to win: