It’s the last week of “practical” summer here in Boston, Massachusetts—the last week before the kids are back at school and generally everyone else is done with vacations. That also means it’s the last week (for now!) of the “summer” version of my newsletter, where I highlight three of this week’s best #swipefile features.
(If you’re new here, hi! The #Swipefile is my collection of studies, stories, and stuff you can use to bring your messages to life. You can sign up for it here.)
For this last installment, let’s start with two fairly goofy ones—because you can always use some random fact to share at those end-of-summer barbecues, when the conversation starts to lag…
The Cases of Fish Hitting Airplanes (which, yes, ACTUALLY HAPPENS; as I said when I first posted this, PLEASE let me know if you ever find a use for this one)
When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray (because you need to meet Benjen the eel, and it might be useful to know about eels’ hidden set of jaws—you know, if you ever encounter an eel in the wild… or need a great analogy)
Finally, something a bit more potentially useful:
Words and Phrases to Avoid in a Difficult Conversation (because things that are “obviously” or “clearly” apparent to you likely aren’t to others).
I’ll be back next week with a more substantive topic: what people are *really* asking when they ask “What do you do?” (or any of some related questions like, “What’s that about?” or “Tell me about yourself…”)
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