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.


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