Kristin Tyndall's read
Ever wonder what it's like to be the person who picks up stuffed animals from the ice after figure skating performances? Or the person who wields the curling measuring device? Now you can find out, courtesy of Slate's series on "Best Jobs at the Olympics." The series offers tongue-in-cheek descriptions of the jobs, their various pros and cons, and a rating out of 10. So far, the curling measurer (official title: umpire) has taken the lead as best job at the Olympics (score: 6 out of 10) because it brings authority, exposure, and the ability to embody the spirit of "speak softly and carry a big stick." Also check out Slate's earlier Rio edition of Best Jobs at the Olympics, in which the gold medal went to a horse.
Speaking of curling, here's everything you need to know to prepare for the gold medal match in men's curling this weekend. If you aren't yet in love with curling, this game will be a great chance to see it at its best. The USA men's curling team has been called the ultimate "Cinderella story of the 2018 games." Early in the Olympics, the team floundered, losing their first four games. To get to the semifinals, they had to win three games in a row—and, to the surprise of everyone, they did it. Then, on Thursday, the team won a stunning semifinal victory against Canada, the three-time gold medalists who were favored to win again. Now, USA will face off against the juggernaut Swedish team (which has an 8-2 record across the Olympic tournament) for the gold medal. I can't wait to see how it ends.
Kathleen Escarcha's reads
In January, the Oxford English Dictionary added more than 1,100 new words and entries. A few of my favorite terms made the cut, including "hangry," the irritability that comes from being hungry, and "mansplaining," defined as a man explaining something condescendingly. I usually remedy either scenario with a little "me time," another new addition, defined as time devoted to doing what one wants.
Athletes in PyeongChang may be breaking Olympic records, but students at Michigan Technological University are trying to break some records of their own. Students set out to beat the world record for the most snowmen built in an hour and have (unofficially) succeeded. They managed to build 2,228 snowmen, narrowly beating the previous record of 2,036 snowmen held by Japan. Students have submitted the evidence to Guinness World Records to make the new world record official.