So, Maybe Not the Economy? The Real Reason So Many American Men Are Not Working (Atlantic)

A poor job market has long been the accepted explanation for why so many American men are unemployed, but new research shows poor health may be a more compelling reason. Read more in The Atlantic.

Seven Inspiring Real-Life ‘Rags to Riches’ Stories (History)

History shares notable “rags to riches” stories, specifically those of Charles Dickens, Catherine I, and Andrew Carnegie.

These figures rose from humble beginnings to wealth and influence. Read more in History.

Oxford Comma Blues: A $10 Million Argument Over the Serial Comma (New Yorker)

Some of you will absolutely love this. The Oxford, or serial, comma is one of those divisive issues that splits grammar nerds into one of two camps—those who believe a comma belongs before the “and” in a list (such as in this example: We bought milk, bread, and cheese) and those who think it’s cumbersome and unnecessary.

A case in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit involves a Maine state law that overtime rules do not apply to work involving the “canning, processing, preserving, freezing, drying, marketing, storing, packing for shipment or distribution” of certain foods.

Dairy drivers sued, saying that they deserve overtime because their job is distribution, as opposed to “packing for distribution.”  The New Yorker’s Mary Norris, author of Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen, and who also once drove a milk truck in Cleveland, Ohio, seems eminently qualified to take this on. Read “A Few Words about the Ten-Million-Dollar Serial Comma.”

The Psychological Perils of Actually Going to Mars (Five Thirty Eight)

The imminent potential for a year-long trip to Mars would mean increasing isolation for astronauts from recreation, communication, and privacy. NASA has studied the psychological effects of long-term missions in extreme environments, but the trip to Mars is unprecedented.

Five Thirty Eight explores the voyage’s potential impairment of sleep-cycles, sensory stimulation, and mental health. Read more in Five Thirty Eight.