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How much surprises matter

The one thing you have left in a world of so much noise is the art of the surprise.

Recently I’ve been trying to figure out how to find interesting stuff to read that nobody else is reading and I started signing up for all these email newsletters.

I signed up for probably 10-15 and I’ll probably keep 2-3 of them but I was struck by something in the very bottom of one of them.

It’s an email newsletter called 5 Intriguing Things and it’s written by a guy named Alexis Madrigal.

Anyway, at the very end he always includes a definition or a word or something language-y and this was the one from a newsletter last week:

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 10.24.14 PMThat’s pretty funny, right? And it surprised me — it was a little bit at the end of a newsletter that I wasn’t expecting and it made me laugh and that’s pretty awesome. It also means this is one of the 2-3 I’ll be keeping around for a while.