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The 4 Most Popular Suicide Bridge Destinations
Posted 17 February 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Have you ever wanted to know about the most popular bridges from which to commit suicide? Watch this video. Read More

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Would you jump off a bridge if all your friends were doing it?
Posted 17 February 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question? Podcast

Important Question Podcast Episode 06

Imagine yourself, alone with a small group of your closest friends, at the center of a suspension bridge looking hundreds of feet down into the ravine below. One by one your friends jump. No parachute. No bungie cord. No apparent reason. But you are there. You did walk to the center. These are your friends. So, after everyone else has jumped, would you?

Today on Important Question? Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland ask the stereotypical mother question, if all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

What about you? Would you jump off a bridge if all your friends were doing it?

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Would you live in a nudist colony?
Posted 3 February 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question? Podcast

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Oh, the allure of flesh, of thick folds of burbling, cellulicious, pocked pockets of wonder. Or so that’s what Gordon may think of when he imagines a nudist colony. Caleb is a bit more open minded, in that to him the preceding sentence would be said without sarcasm. Nudity is a wonderful thing. And that’s what our boys, Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland discuss during today’s episode of the Important Question? Podcast.

What about you? Would you live in a nudist colony? Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland.

Be sure to pay close attention to the word from this episode’s sponsor: Hedonism’s all-new, all-nude Kansas resort.

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3 Things Most Writers Should Stop Doing
Posted 31 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Study (the world/the craft)

recite-1m4fwypI’ve been a professional writer for zero years, so please pay attention when I tell you this: you probably need to stop doing the following three things.

1. Stop listing your job as author or writer in social profiles unless you truly do make a living as an author or writer

I understand the desire to be perceived as a capital A Author. I also may even understand the fake-it-until-you-become it mentality. There’s a hope of perpetual perceptual motion when you start calling yourself a writer; eventually people around you see you as a writer which may even lead to legitimate writing gigs with legitimate money (not contributor copies).

But what you may be doing–without even realizing it–is an injustice to young writers who themselves want to be professionals one day. If new writers see you claiming to be a professional, they may interpret your likely paltry output (a novel here, a story there) as sufficient to earn a living wage.

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Would you have sex with a corpse?
Posted 20 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question? Podcast

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Necrophilia: Of all the philias, is it really the sexiest? Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland explore the ethics and physical logistics of having sex with a corpse in this important episode of the Important Question? Podcast.

What about you? Would you have sex with a corpse? Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland.

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A Man Minus a Necktie: A Very Brief History of Ties and a Longer History of Why I Hate Them
Posted 12 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Longform/ Meet my Father, the Internet

ManMinusANecktie-BannerAmazonKindleRead-NecktieLogoMy anti-confrontational nature began at birth. Most kids cry when ripped from the womb. I shrugged. So when, during my first post-college agency job, I was prepping for a face-to-face meeting with a client that, for lack of a more tactful way of stating this, hated my company’s fucking face, I was nervous. My palms were sweaty, my heart was pounding, and I remember feeling as though the entire universe had suddenly snapped back like it had exceeded the limit of its cosmic elasticity and was now pulling back in on itself with me at the very center, suffering the pressure of billions of years of macrocosmic expansion…you know, normal nerves stuff. But the impending firing squad paled in comparison the sudden realization, just before stepping out of the office door, that I had no idea how to tie a tie. And worse, I was in no position to ask for instructions.

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Would you take a bullet for a stranger?
Posted 6 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question? Podcast

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Every image of a noble hero involves some sort of self-sacrifice for the sake of the greater good. But is this really desirable? Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland play devil’s advocate and explore the logic of offering your own life to save the life of another human being in this important episode of the Important Question? Podcast.

What about you? Would you take a bullet for a stranger? Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland.

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