1. Do you need to be crazy to be the best?

    Steve Jobs? Brilliant — and obsessed.

     

  2. The week’s best editorial cartoons

    Artists poke fun at Obama’s ISIS strategy, Apple’s new Watch, and more

     

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  6. This new virtual assistant wants to be the Siri of your dreams

    Meet Viv, the latest from the creators that brought you Siri

     

  7. The strangest inventions ever patented

    From an accidental masturbation preventer to a faceplant facilitation device…

     

  8. The firsts of the First World War: A visual history

    World War I was one of the deadliest wars in history. But it also produced a plethora of innovations in science and society.

     

  9. South Korea has robots to cheer at its baseball games

    Fans can send proxies to the stadium to cheer, chant, and even do the wave

     

  10. Man builds “biggest fart machine ever,” plans to aim it at France

    It apparently sounds like “a furious fart from hell”

     


  11. Megan McArdle has been pushing the importance of failure, and bemoaning cultural shifts away from taking failure-prone risks. In her estimation, children are being drilled into total conformity from a young age, steered by overly concerned parents toward high-success paths that leave little room for creative deviations from the norm. In the long run, McArdle suggests, this is bad for society because it will reduce innovation and the social benefits that flow from it.

    But while McCardle somewhat glibly celebrates failure, the reality of deep failure in America is stark. Unlike elsewhere in the developed world, being at or near the bottom of American society entails extraordinary misery. Poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, instability, and a general lack of a livable social floor means that the consequences of truly failing in the U.S. are rather horrific.

    — Matt Bruenig, in If you want kids to fail, stop making failure so horrible

     

  12. Bristle me this:

    Blizzident's 3-D printed toothbrush may look like a mold of Venom's mouth, but the creators guarantee that it can brush a person’s teeth in just six seconds. Users simply have to grind down on the device 10 to 15 times, and voila, your teeth are pearly white. The copious amounts of bristles clean the teeth in an up, down, left, right, forward and backward motion all at the same time, shaving minutes from your day. That is, if you’re willing to spend $299 for the product, which is molded specifically for your mouth — and then $89 per additional toothbrush.

    Open wide for the toothbrushes of the future

     


  13. Astronauts, marathoners, and smartphone users (read: everyone) say “Thanks, technology!”

    Listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.