Conversation Piece, September 3, 2017

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Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

The bee-arded man. Bee-cause apparently this is a thing people do, a man in Toronto bee-at the Guinness World Record for the longest time wearing a “bee beard”. Puns aside, this meant sitting motionless as thousands of bees crawled and buzzed all over his body for just over an hour—61 minutes, to be exact. Congratulations, honey. Watch the video, here.

Writing on rye. Literature can be polarizing—but sandwiches are equalizing. Irreverently, Lit Hub has quizzed famous authors on their favourite sandwiches, with relatively illuminating results. Are you curious as to where a National Book Award-winner satisfies their pastrami craving? Or if an emerging poet prefers wheat or sourdough? A variation on the theme: Bon Appetit was also compelled to interrogate writers on their snack habits. Check it out here, and here.

Security chic. The town of Southampton, New York—known for being a summer playground for the rich and famous—now boasts its own counterterrorism squad, a 15-person militarized police force in place in case an act of terror is attempted at a fundraiser gala or outdoor concert. How was the decision to super-secure Southampton reached—and is it wise? Bloomberg explores.

Power couple. According to a study of 163 married couples recently published by Carnegie Mellon University, having a supportive spouse genuinely increases an individuals chance of accepting challenges leading to personal growth. Perhaps it sounds like common sense, but a refresher on what supportive partnership looks like, and why it benefits both members of a couple, can never hurt. Read more.

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September 3, 2017