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Issue #10

Welcome to Pearl Runner’s 10th Issue! The first order of business, our favorite quote this week:

“How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.”
     – Winnie the Pooh


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In Our 10th Issue:

In our 10th issue:

    • 🏙 Prospera, An Insane Charter City in Honduras
    • 🍚 Donate Rice to Charity From Your Desk
    • 🎧 One of Our Top-5 All-Time Podcasts
    • 📚 The Only Book Recommendation Tool You’ll Need

Prospectus on Prospera

by Scott Alexander

This is one of the most fascinating things I’ve read in a long time. You may not be aware, but there are groups developing “Charter Cities” all over the world. They’re basically private tech cities that design their own government systems.

This article covers the background and projected future for one of the most ambitious charter cities to date. Before I read this, I had no idea it was even a thing. You’ll be an expert by the end of it.

Check it out here 👇

Free Rice - Charity Website

Next time you’re bored at your desk, instead of scrolling on your phone, check out Free Rice and donate to charity instead.

Free Rice is a website where you can take a progressively more difficult vocabulary test, and for every right answer, they donate 10 grains of rice to charity. Those SAT vocabulary questions might end up being relevant after all 🤷‍♀️

Take the Test + Donate to Charity here 👇

Podcast - Belt Buckle

Mystery Show

We’ve said this before, but it’s worth a reminder – we’re not casual about podcast recommendations. You can trust us when we say this episode is truly worth mentioning (it’s 48 minutes long).

What to expect? Laughter, and maybe even some tears. We don’t want to spoil the mystery here, so here’s a one-line teaser:

“A young boy finds an enchanting object in the street.”

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

Suggest Me A Book - Reddit Community

I’ve tried out a few different tools for book recommendations, and Reddit is by far the best I’ve found. If you’re picky, and looking for a very particular type of book, there’s a good chance you can find a thread on it in the “Suggest Me A Book” community.

Like all things on Reddit, the results are crowd-sourced, so you’ll see the most recommended responses at the top. The requests range from super-specific to broad. Here’s some great examples of recommendation threads:

Find your next favorite book here 👇

Newsletter of the Week - Awesome Things

This week’s featured newsletter is called Awesome things, written by our friend John Suder.

Awesome Things is a weekly newsletter featuring 10 of the best things on the internet – no hard news, gruesome stats, or politics – curated and delivered fresh each Friday Morning.

One of our favorite things about this newsletter? – All of the great art and design. We think you’ll agree, every issue is packed with great pictures and images of all kinds. Click below to become a reader!

Our Other Favorite Newsletters (click the logos to subscribe)

Morning Brew: Gets you up to speed on business, finance, and tech in just 5 minutes

1440: All your news in a single email

The Daily Upside: Business news that’s worth you’re time.

Poll Question of the Week:

First, last week’s poll results:

Very interesting results on this one! Mexican is the winner, and the two options not shown are “Vegan” and “Gluten Free”.

I’ve thought a lot about this one, and I’m team Japanese. With Japanese food, you get the cool, refreshing sushi options along with the hot, savory ramen options.

Also, just knowing one reader responded “French” makes us feel very sophisticated.

This Week's Question: 💰

“30 years from now, cryptocurrency is going to be a HUGE part of our society”

And that’s a wrap! If you have any comments, suggestions, recommendations, or just general feedback we’d love to hear from you! Email us at and we’ll include our favorite comments in next week’s edition (and maybe in our Instagram feed 🧐). Thanks for reading and have a great week!

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