Daily Briefing: May 17

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


The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the world's tallest building, standing at 2,716.5 feet tall and nearly twice as high as the Empire State Building. In 1 minute and 22 seconds, the elevator whisks passengers from ground to top floor at a speed of 22 mph.

Why are we discussing this? Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, for whom the structure was named, passed away over the weekend.


“I’ll always find my way home, even if all roads are destroyed.”

That's a lyric from the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra's song "Stefania." The group won the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, and president Volodymyr Zelensky vowed that “we will do our best” to host the event in 2023.


Notes on a father–daughter road trip. (The Missouri Review)

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