☝️ Upwarding #49: Massive Crabs, Victimhood, Healthy Big Macs, Playing for Work

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If you have Disney+ be sure to check out this excellent documentary on the robber crabs of Christmas Island.  These crazy crustaceans can live more than 100 years and are absolutely enormous.


Four elements of “TIV” – a nasty personality trait defined as Tendency towards Interpersonal Victimhood

1)    Need for your victimhood to be acknowledged

2)    Moral elitism, belief that your morality is higher/better/unequivocal

3)    Lack of empathy/inability to see life from another perspective

4)    Rumination – tendency to dwell

Victim mentality is pervasive, aggravated by the media/politics, and undeniably bad for society as well as an individuals’ ability to thrive.  High TIV is directly associated with hopelessness, anger, frustration, vengefulness, and a whole host of other baddies.  Read more here.

Some solutions

1)    Stop being so sure you are right

2)    Deliberately practice gratitude

3)    Actively seek to understand alternative perspectives

4)    Be from Nepal


We just re-watched “Super Size Me” in which documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock spends 30 days eating nothing but McDonalds.  It had extremely negative effects on his health.

It wasn’t surprising to see that fast food was so bad for him.  However, let’s discuss the mysterious case of Don Gorske, whose cameo in the movie may teach us more about diet than the entire rest of the movie combined.

Don Gorske eats 2 Big Macs every day, and has been doing it since 1972.  In fact, that’s the only solid food he consumes.  He’s eaten over 30,000 Big Macs to date, and yet his cholesterol is very low and he appears to be in decent shape.

How can he remain reasonably healthy?  Because it’s basically the only food he eats.  In a video released just four days ago, his observation is that “most people just eat too much”.

I suspect that one of the reasons Gorske is so able to control his caloric intake is that his diet is extremely boring and low variety.  It makes a strong case for eating the same stuff day in and day out. Skip the buffet…


I loved this simple list of seven rules for investment success.


“The supreme accomplishment is to blur the line between work and play” – Arnold Toynbee

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