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The Monday 6 – February 28, 2022

The Monday 6
The Monday 6 – February 28, 2022
By Kyle Petzinger • Issue #45 • View online
Here are this week’s 6:

1. Historical Figures As Modern People
Brazilian AI artist Hidreley Diao (Instagram) takes historical or fictional people and brings them to life.
Tim Urban
Hidreley Diao uses AI to capture what historical figures would look like if they were modern people.

George Washington:
Is Sam Smith just a time traveling Mozart?
Hidreley also takes a stab at what some fictional characters look like on his Instagram account. Some of my favorites:
2. COVID Human Challenge Trial Results
Back on August 30th, 2021, I shared how the UK was beginning a human challenge trial, deliberately infecting unvaccinated volunteers with SARS-CoV-2. The aim was to not rely on incidental infection to study the disease, and understand more directly the progression of the virus, all while under intensive study & care.
The initial results were published a few weeks ago. Some caveats:
  • To reduce risks, the population was exclusively comprised of people between ages 18-30.
  • The volunteers were infected with the original, ancestral strain of SARS-CoV-2. AKA, this wasn’t Alpha, Delta, or Omicron.
Here are some highlights:
Of the 36 total participants,
half (18) of the participants developed a SARS-CoV-2 infection. Two of these participants were asymptomatic. The remaining 16 developed mild symptoms, including a runny nose, sneezing, and sore throat.
The average time between exposure to the virus and the development of first COVID-19 symptoms is much shorter than previously thought:
On average, participants who got COVID-19 tested positive for the active virus after only 42 hours. This is contrary to the previous belief that people develop symptoms 5–6 days after exposure.
Viral load peaked at 5 days after exposure, but active virus was still detectable in some people after 12 days.
Lateral flow tests (aka rapid/antigen tests),
were a good indicator of whether a person has viable virus, even in those without symptoms of COVID-19.
Though the researchers recommended swabbing the throat as well as the nose for more reliable results.
You can read more details in the article below.
And here’s the full, official study. Note: it’s still not peer-reviewed.
3. Encanto Street Art At Disney World
As a resident of a household filled with the music from Encanto, this street art at Walt Disney World hit home.
Nate Baranowski
My finished 3D chalk art at EPCOT from Encanto! It was really fun to see guests interact with the art and kids excitedly yell “Mirabel!!” @iamstephbeatz @Lin_Manuel
4. We're All Seeking Ikigai
I recently learned about the Japanese concept called ‘ikigai’, loosely meaning “a reason for being”.
In short, seeking things in life that align with all four of these concepts results in ikigai:
  1. What you love
  2. What the world needs
  3. What you’re good at
  4. What you can be paid for
Dare Obasanjo
Recently I learned about the Japanese concept of ikigai. We all have things that
• we're good at
• we can be paid for
• we love doing
• makes the world better

We all aim to be in a spot where we hit all 4. The diagram below helps explain how you feel when you hit 2 or 3 of 4
Learn more about ikigai in the link below:
5. A Bored Intern Created Solitaire For Windows
Anyone else remember the glory of winning solitaire?
From the piece linked below:
The official purpose of Solitaire was to teach the people how to use the mouse properly. However, humankind surpassed the era where people needed to be taught how to use the mouse, and yet, Solitaire remains one of the most popular features on Windows.
Even in as busy an institution as Microsoft, interns do have hours where they just twiddle their thumbs. In an interview with Great Big Story, Cherry said, “I came up with the idea to write Solitaire for Windows out of boredom, really”. He went on, “There weren’t many games at the time, so we had to make them.”
Solitaire Was Created By A Bored Intern
6. Heinz's '57 Varieties' Is Made Up
As a marketer, I can’t help but be impressed by this:
Heinz has been linked to the number 57 for more than a century. The company’s “57 varieties” slogan was a key part of its early strategy to attract consumers. It’s still featured on Heinz ketchup bottles today and is central to the brand’s identity.
But that famous number is completely made up.
There weren’t 57 Heinz varieties when Pittsburgh business magnate H.J. Heinz first invented the slogan in 1896. Nor when Heinz 57 sauce was introduced soon after.
Why Heinz ketchup bottles still say '57 varieties'
That’s it for this week. If you found anything useful or fun, let me know! And if you have any suggestions, shoot them my way. 😊 See you next week!
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