Daily Briefing: July 14

The stat, the quote, and the read you need to start your day.


National French Fry Day was celebrated yesterday, and Google Trends shared a map depicting the most popular kind of fries in the United States. At first glance, this map appears to depict Americans' preference for sweet potato fries (in yellow), but then we had an idea... why would anyone search for french fries on Google? They're already well-known. When the server asks what they want as a side, restaurant customers may look up "Are sweet potato fries healthier?"


“Most people know me as Mo Farah, but it’s not my name, or it’s not the reality.”

Mo Farah, a four-time Olympic gold medalist for the United Kingdom, made a stunning announcement in a new BBC documentary. The Olympian revealed that he was trafficked to Britain as a kid from East Africa and did not arrive with his parents as a refugee, as he had previously stated. Instead, Hussein Abdi Kahin is Farah's real name, and he was given the moniker "Mo Farah" by a female passenger who flew him from Djibouti to the UK when he was eight or nine years old. The government of the United Kingdom praised Mo Farah's candor in revealing his past and said he was an “inspiration to people across the country.”


Why so many children of immigrants rise to the top. (New York Times)

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