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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of great articles, some of them really good. Here are the best of the bunch for your enjoyment.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week, Josh and Chuck read tons of articles - many of them pretty good. Here are the best of the bunch for you to enjoy.

Chuck delves into an opinion piece from The Daily Beast.

This Year's Phil Campbell Convention Promises to be Best, First

Old-timey businessmen loved to make outrageous proposals, usually with their thumbs tucked firmly into the lapels of their vests, and one Mel Allen, an Alabama businessman was no exception. In the 1880s, Allen figured that an area of land he controlled would make a fine late-19th-century town, if only he could divert a nearby rail line to it. So he approached the leader of a crew of railroad workers working in the area, an English engineer named Phil Campbell, with the very kind of outrageous proposal Victorian-era businessmen loved to make.

I've always found it interesting something so closely tied to oneself as their name is the one thing that you don't get to choose. Sure, you can change your name and create a new identity for yourself, but most of us go through life with the name our parent's gave us, for better or worse. This morning, BBC news turned me on to a recently published list of the most unfortunate names in the UK. It was compiled by The Baby Website after researchers dug into online phone listings in England. Some of the more unfortunate names included Hazel Nutt, Justin Case and Stan Still. The site also checked out some American listings and found a Bill Board and an Anna Prentice, among others. Dr. Les Plack, a San Francisco dentist, seemed destined to live up to his name.