Conversation Piece XXIII

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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.

Bet you can’t eat just one. You’ve tried ketchup and sweet chilli, jalapeno and dill, but Swedish brewery St. Erik’s has now created the “world’s most exclusive potato chip”. Seasoned with elevated ingredients like matsutake mushrooms, truffle seaweed, and Leksand onions, the hand-crafted Ammarnäs potatoes sold for 499 kronor (nearly $73 Canadian), yielding a box of five delicate crisps. Alas, the munchie is now sold-out, so for now we return to our classic ketchup. You can still drool and dream, here.

The last unknown man. In the summer of 2004, a mysterious man was found naked and semi-conscious behind the dumpster of a Burger King in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Over the following years, authorities tried establish his identity, though none, including the FBI, succeeded. In an age of thorough documentation and constant observation, how could a man remain completely off the grid, unknown his whole life? Read more, here.

The Heavens will guide us. You might not assume that the position of the constellations and planets could influence the outcome of—oh, we don’t know—an election, but psychological astrologist Dr. Jennifer Freed sees no reason why the position of Neptune in Pisces for the past seven years hasn’t contributed to a touch of mass hysteria. Her surprisingly frank take on the events of the past year (and predictions for the coming) may offer the celestial perspective you need. Judge for yourself, here.

You can’t sit with us. When it comes to high-stakes professional events, the Condé Nast holiday party, which designates the editorial pecking order of New York’s publishing elite, is among the fanciest and most terrifying. Especially for Lucky magazine founding editor Kim France, who braved the fray one year with crippling depression, only to be seated pride of place beside the company chairman. Her candid take on navigating the challenge, here.