Are you a risk taker? And other good reads

Every week, we share what we’re reading:

Chris Dall: This is actually from last week, and it’s not actually a read, but it’s highly entertaining. From the Foreign Policy website, the many moods of Vladimir Putin.

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Russia’s President Vladimir Putin drinks tea at the Kremlin in Moscow, on May 9, 2012, as he meets with 8-year-old girl, Sonya from the city of Pskov and her parents. STR/AFP/GettyImages)

Emily Kaiser: I loved this story about the guys who bought unlimited first-class tickets from American Airlines. They paid $350,000 for them and are now costing the airline millions of dollars in revenue. If I had $350,000 to spare, I would’ve bought this too and milked it just like these guys.

Meggan Ellingboe: As I contemplate which marathon to do this fall, I’m thinking of switching shoes. The story of this newcomer caught my eye; it’s one of passion and persistence. How a shoe can go from an idea to a reality:

Kryssy Pease: Are you a risk taker? Take a quiz.

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I’m not, apparently: “You are pretty timid. You wear comfortable shoes, and you’ve got insurance for your insurance.” The test is a part of this National Geographic article on teenage brains.

And, when are the robots going to arrive?

Stephanie Curtis, social media host