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Apparently, it’s Friday. The holidays have thrown off my ability to sense and recognize days of the week.
Ramble of the Day
Every now and again, I think about how I share plenty of football-related news and links and how there’s so much news outside of the sport I don’t end up sharing. I’m obviously not going to start dropping links about the day’s main headlines; it’s not what I’m here to do, and you could really easily find that elsewhere.
I’m thinking more about the random articles that have nothing to do with football that I sometimes think everyone I know should read because they’re that good and interesting. For example, upon several recommendations, I read “What is Glitter?,” Caity Weaver’s piece for The New York Times, last night, and it was remarkable. Weaver goes to a glitter factory and learns as much as possible about the sparkly thing. More than anything, though, you learn that the glitter business is a very secretive one, which is probably something you haven’t thought about because you’ve probably never actually thought that much about glitter.
There’s also a really big mystery that we get closer to the end of the piece. The manager of the factory Weaver visits, Glitterex, says the biggest market for glitter is a genuinely surprising one, but one that can’t be revealed. Someone in the Cartilage Free Captain writers’ room shared that there’s a Reddit thread dedicated to solving the mystery, for some supplemental reading once you’re done. I definitely spent a few minutes reading through it.
tl;dr: Bonus not-football long read!
Links of the Day
Inter Milan will play two closed door home matches following the team’s 1-0 victory over Napoli, which saw violence beforehand that resulted in a fan’s death and Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly racially abused.
Western Sydney Wanderers’ Roly Bonevacia said he was racially abused by Adelaide United fans during an A-League match on Boxing Day.
Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman was involved in a car accident, but was not injured.
Today’s longer read: Suzanne Wrack speaks to the Afghanistan women’s national team players who allege that the federation’s president, Keramuudin Karim, sexually assaulted them for The Guardian