This week, we’ve twice the storytelling enjoyable for you: two Cautionary Tales shorts, beforehand solely obtainable to Pushkin+ subscribers.

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A Monkey for Mayor: It was alleged to be a publicity stunt, however when the person who dressed as Hartlepool United’s monkey mascot stood in a mayoral election… he gained. Precise politicians predicted catastrophe – since 1000’s of staff and tens of millions of {dollars} had been now within the palms of an entire novice.
However H’Angus the Monkey proved to be a more practical chief than anybody had predicted, elevating fascinating questions on how we choose the perfect folks to be our managers and mayors.

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The primary sources on the Hartlepool elections had been modern experiences from The OccasionsThe Guardian and the BBC.

On random promotions, see In Reward of Random Promotions and Alessandro Pluchino, Andrea Rapisarda, Cesare Garofalo The Peter precept revisited: A computational research Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Functions,
Quantity 389, Concern 3, 2010.

A Screw Free At 17,000 Toes: Are you able to inform the distinction between an A211-7D bolt and an A211-8C? Effectively, nor may the drained and harassed engineer becoming a cockpit windshield to Flight 5390. The distinction is tiny, however the penalties of muddling them up – which performed out at 17,000 ft – had been dramatic.
Such design flaws are widespread — and end in way more free plane home windows than you’d ever think about.

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The best supply on Upkeep Man and his travails is Matt Parker’s fantastic guide Humble Pi; the official accident report (pdf) can be value studying.

The terrifying aftermath was described in modern experiences from the Sunday Mercury, The Every day Telegraph, The Occasions, The New York Occasions and the Monetary Occasions.

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