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"Nineteen months later, I feel safe answering"

"Why biotech whiz kid Jack Andraka is not on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list." Forbes science and medicine reporter Matthew Herper sends out Andraka's draft paper on his cancer diagnostic test to scientific experts, who find the results do not match the breathless excitement attracted by initial coverage, seen previously on MetaFilter and elsewhere. [more inside]
posted by grouse on Jan 8, 2014 - 30 comments

Now in remission.

Who could forget young Jonathan Krohn (previously), who dazzled the crowd at CPAC 2009 with his finely wrought rhetoric? Or perhaps you remember his classic tome Defining Conservatism. It will come as no surprise that he's still making waves at the grand old age of 17... by swinging left. "I think it was naive."
posted by Madamina on Jul 2, 2012 - 53 comments

Craig got his million.

Craig Rowin asked the internet for a million dollars, and apparently the internet is going to deliver. Now, the caveat is that the check for a million dollars will be handed to Craig during an improv show, so is it just a publicity stunt? Time will tell. Previously.
posted by taumeson on Jan 19, 2011 - 20 comments

Master criminal, or puppet on a dead man's string?

Back in 2003, MetaFilter noted a very strange bank robbery in which the robber was also a particularly desperate victim. Seven years later, the story has become even more gnarled and mysterious, despite the ultimate conviction of a 'mastermind'. The Incredible True Story of the Collar Bomb Heist. [more inside]
posted by dragstroke on Jan 11, 2011 - 45 comments

Andrew Shirvell Fired

MeFi Followup: Remember Andrew Shirvell? He got fired yesterday. Via. [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Nov 9, 2010 - 137 comments

A Divorce Portrait

Your feel-bad story for the day: as a follow-up to this, true love evidently doesn't conquer all. That having been said, your feel-good story for the day: this guy has freaking amazing powers of emotional recuperation ...
posted by WCityMike on Jul 15, 2008 - 65 comments

Synchronicity

Gene Weingarten, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his story on Joshua Bell's busking stunt in a D.C. subway station, tells the story of an earlier busker performing in similar circumstances. With a spooky surprise ending: [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Jun 30, 2008 - 28 comments

Righting the FAIL boat.

The Cougar Ace [previously] became an instant Internet meme when she nearly capsized while shifting ballast near Adak, Alaska. Not enough told is the story of righting her, which required incredible bravery and, sadly, the loss of one human life.
posted by pjern on Feb 27, 2008 - 20 comments

The Invisible Manuscript

The Invisible Manuscript. An interesting account of Ralph Ellison's struggle to write a second novel after Invisible Man, and the work his literary executor, John Callahan, is doing to produce Three Days Before the Shooting, a Modern Library edition of the second novel based on Ellison's work. (Callahan edited Juneteenth from a subset of this material.) [more inside]
posted by kirkaracha on Aug 20, 2007 - 20 comments

MikeRoweSoft Settles with Microsoft

MikeRoweSoft Settles with Microsoft for an XBox
Mike Rowe had a website named after himself that was alot like the mega-corp.
MS wanted to give him $10 to change the domain, he wanted $10k. They settled on a trip to Redmond, some traffic redirection and an XBox.

Followup to this thread.
posted by fenriq on Jan 26, 2004 - 20 comments

Wow.

Wow. The little Afghani girl whose eyes captivated a nation back in 1985 (when her portrait graced the cover of a National Geographic magazine) has been located (alive!).
posted by silusGROK on Mar 12, 2002 - 38 comments

Women's Labor Bureau Offices Won't Be Closed.

Women's Labor Bureau Offices Won't Be Closed. The proposal by the Office of Management and Budget to close all of the Bureau's local offices has been shelved. Follow-up to this thread.
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Jan 18, 2002 - 0 comments

The Tourist Guy found

The Tourist Guy found (for real this time). Two months and 10,000 remixes later, a Hungarian man has stepped forward and this photo leaves little doubt. Incidentally, it turns out the Brazilian guy was a fraud after all.
posted by waxpancake on Nov 19, 2001 - 15 comments

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