🎮 Hidden gems
Secret messages, predicting the future, and so much more.
Mornin’. It’s officially back to school season.
Kids used to bring teachers an apple on the first day of school. The concept stems back to colonial times, when teachers received a basket of apples from students. Back then, the apples were smaller, bitter, and mostly used for making cider.
Once prohibition hit, apples’ reputation became a little rotten. But after a successful PR campaign (an apple a day keeps the doctor away)—and some botanical engineering to make new varieties—the apple was again a core American fruit.
How do you like them apples?
—Tim Leong, Eric Alt, Marques Edge, Andrew Nusca
What’s up and down in the world rn.
Buffed: Indiana Jones’s nightmares. A pet shop in England recently hatched a two-headed snake. Forget what you’ve heard: TWO HEADS ARE NOT BETTER THAN ONE.
Nerfed: Your liver. Scream star Matthew Lillard is launching a whiskey inspired by Dungeons and Dragons. Unfortunately, you must roll a natural 21 to drink it.
Buffed: Creative spelling. Rumer Willis says her daughter Louetta’s name was created because of a typo. Whatever happened to ducking autocorrekt?
Nerfed: One ring to rule them all. Someone found a 460-year-old ring near Sherwood Forest (yes, that one) with a secret message written on the inside. Experts contend it may have belonged to a Sheriff of Nottingham, or someone known to him. Or, to a friend of a friend. Or just any human, really.
Buffed: Ocean currents. A family cleaning the New Jersey shoreline found a message in a bottle that originated in Ireland. Presumably, the message says: Don’t litter. —TL
Speed Run: Meet the designer that creates jewelry inspired by video games
Two-minute talks with today’s movers and shakers.
Video games have been an important part of Kelly Young’s entire life. First, they were a way to connect with family. Later, games were how she found love.
Now they’re part of her career. Kelly creates beautifully intricate jewelry inspired by various video games.
Editor Tim Leong talks to Kelly about her surprising story of how she was able to turn her passion into a profession.
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Extractor: How the X-Men have predicted the future past
Investigations of interest.
Whether you’re a sci-fi author or a Simpsons writer, any time you dabble in a “what if?” peek into our collective future, you’re bound to be accidentally right more than a few times. When you play as fast and loose with timelines and realities as often as the X-Men do, well, you’re going to seem downright prophetic.
In honor of the 60th anniversary of Marvel’s merry band of mutants, contributing writer Jordan Burchette did a deep box dive into 10 (or “X”) times X-Men comics seemingly predicted the future.
Shameless plug: Sneak peek at Modern Warfare III’s first mission
Players got their first peek at Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III’s first level this week.
The best way to raise the bar? Go behind bars. Prepare for a prison mission titled Operation 627.
Wanna play? You’ll have to wait for Campaign Early Access opens up, or wait until the full game is released on Nov. 10. Stay tuned.
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