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The Monday 6 – October 25, 2021

The Monday 6
Hi, friend.
Including today, there are only 10 Mondays left for the rest of the year. Let’s make them great.
Here are this week’s 6:

1. See If You've You Shared Fake News
How susceptible have you been to sharing fake news?
While it’s only usable on Twitter right now, the web app Have I Shared Fake News? allows you to look back at your tweets and see if you’ve shared any fake or hyper-partisan & low-quality news stories.
2. How 'Eleanor Rigby' Came To Be
Revolver is my favorite Beatles album, and Eleanor Rigby (I’d argue) is the best song on that album.
This New Yorker piece, written by Paul McCartney himself, explains the (meandering) story of how Eleanor Rigby came to be:
Eleanor Rigby may actually have started with a quite different name. Daisy Hawkins, was it? I can see that “Hawkins” is quite nice, but it wasn’t right. Jack Hawkins had played Quintus Arrius in “Ben-Hur.” Then, there was Jim Hawkins, from one of my favorite books, “Treasure Island.” But it wasn’t right. This is the trouble with history, though. Even if you were there, which I obviously was, it’s sometimes very difficult to pin down.
If you like the Beatles or music history, give it a read.
Paul McCartney on Writing “Eleanor Rigby”
3. The 50-Year Evolution of Walt Disney World
Look at the evolution of Walt Disney World from undeveloped swampland in Florida to the massive juggernaut it is today through the prism of the park maps.
On November 22, 1963—coincidentally the day JFK was assassinated—Walt flew over to the Orlando to do some location scouting. At the time, most of the area was swampland, though there was one area adjacent to an under-construction highway that caught his attention.
Using shell companies to preserve his anonymity (and to keep the price down), Disney began acquiring the sprawling properties that would become today’s Walt Disney World (WDW).
The 50-Year Evolution of Walt Disney World in Maps
4. Make Decisions Like A Poker Player
Annie Duke is a retired professional poker player, having last played professionally in 2010. She’s still top-4 among women in career poker winnings.
Since retiring, Annie started applying her skills to a new target: decision making.
Her 2018 book Thinking In Bets offers a remarkably refreshing approach. From the description of her book on Amazon:
Why are we so bad at separating luck and skill? Why are we so uncomfortable knowing that results can be beyond our control? Why do we create such a strong connection between results and the quality of the decisions preceding them? How can we avoid falling into the trap of the Monday Morning Quarterback, whether it is in analyzing someone else’s decision or in making and reviewing the decisions in our own lives?
In essence, what if we thought through decisions more like placing bets in poker?
Here are a few resources to understand Annie’s approach:
Podcast: How To Decide with Annie Duke – The Art of Manliness
Workbook: How to make better decisions: Practical exercises from professional poker
Thinking in Bets | Annie Duke | Talks at Google
Thinking in Bets | Annie Duke | Talks at Google
Finally, this Tweet thread from Annie is a great primer on her work. Truthfully, there’s more to her approach than can fit in this newsletter, but I encourage you to read/listen to her concepts and learn more.
Annie Duke
Two things determine how your life will turn out: luck and the quality of your decisions. Want to know how to make high-quality decisions with your team at work? A thread: ⬇️
5. What Happened To Ronald McDonald?
One of those “oh yeah, what did happen to him?!” stories.
McDonald’s UK press office declined to elaborate on the reason for the clown’s departure, but clarified: “Ronald hasn’t appeared in any UK advertising since 2014, this includes any appearances in restaurants.” When pressed for an explanation, the press officer replied, “I’m afraid we don’t have anything further to add.”
Dive more into the mystery below.
The Death of Ronald McDonald
6. Meteorite Surprise
I feel like if this happened to me I’d book the next flight to Vegas immediately.
Meteorite Crashes Through Ceiling and Lands on Woman’s Bed - The New York Times
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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Kyle Petzinger
Kyle Petzinger @kylepetz

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