David Beegle

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Breaking Madden

THE GAME.<p>For this game, I played exclusively as the Seahawks. None of the things the Broncos will do below are on account of me. Those are all the computer's fault.<p>First, let's check in on Mom. I love her more than I can say, but she is terrible at football.<p>Among her many other superlatives, she's …

NFL

Where can young people buy a house for $500? Detroit

The bankrupt city is drawing young, high-earning professionals, who are snapping up homes for as little as a few hundred dollars<p>Imagine buying a house for only $25,000 in your 20s or 30s. It may sound like a dream that ended in the 1970s, but it’s happening today; the only catch is that it’s …

Buying A Detroit House For $500, And Then Explaining Why

Drew Philp made waves this month by explaining to the Internet why he bought a house in struggling Detroit for $500. In his much-discussed story for Buzzfeed, Philp said that he is part of "another Detroit," one where people are working to help each other and save their city.<p>"The reason kind of my …

40 more maps that explain the world

Maps seemed to be everywhere in 2013, a trend I like to think we encouraged along with August's 40 maps that explain the world. Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. You might consider this, then, a collection …

40 maps that explain the world

Maps can be a remarkably powerful tool for understanding the world and how it works, but they show only what you ask them to. So when we saw a post sweeping the Web titled "40 maps they didn't teach you in school," one of which happens to be a WorldViews original, I thought we might be able to …

How Did Toast Become the Latest Artisanal Food Craze?

How did toast become the latest artisanal food craze? Ask a trivial question, get a profound, heartbreaking answer.<p>717<p>SHARES<p>All the guy was doing was …

Bad Year for Boars

I had a stroke. I’m a healthy 30-year old woman and I had a stroke. It was wild.<p>I awoke suddenly from a loud, dark, and intense Space Mountain like …

My ’70s Health-Nut Parents Didn’t Vaccinate Me. This Is What My Childhood Was Like.

I am the ’70s child of a health nut. I wasn’t vaccinated. I was brought up on an incredibly healthy diet: no sugar till I was 1, breastfed for over a …

Resupply (Day 70)

I'm sorry to have kept you waiting for this update; you might have seen from the tracker that we haven't moved for a while, and you may be wondering …

Mountaineering

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

“We’re going through!” The Commander’s voice was like thin ice breaking. He wore his full-dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled down rakishly over one cold gray eye. “We can’t make it, sir. It’s spoiling for a hurricane, if you ask me.” “I’m not asking you, Lieutenant Berg,” said …

Enigma codebreaker Alan Turing receives royal pardon

Mathematician lost his job and was given experimental 'chemical castration' after being convicted for homosexual activity in 1952<p>Alan Turing, the second world war codebreaker who took his own life after undergoing chemical castration following a conviction for homosexual activity, has been granted …

The case for Dennis Rodman

At Skeptical Sports, Benjamin Morris (who was just hired at FiveThirtyEight) has an extensive series of posts about Dennis Rodman. The conclusion he …

Dennis Rodman

That Viral "Poverty Thoughts" Essay Is Totally Ridiculous

Oh, and not only does Linda say she's living in seedy motels and stabbing roaches, but she's also working two jobs, taking a full load of college …

The Surge

By Matthieu Aikins<p>Photos by Anastasia Taylor-Lind<p>In 1988 there were 350,000 cases of polio worldwide. Last year there were 223. But getting all the …

Thanksgiving in Mongolia

Adventure and heartbreak at the edge of the earth.<p>My favorite game when I was a child was Mummy and Explorer. My father and I would trade off roles: one of us had to lie very still with eyes closed and arms crossed over the chest, and the other had to complain, “I’ve been searching these pyramids …