8 Things You Need To Know Today (October 19)

1. Why is free climbing so riskily appealing?

Free climber Alex Honnold is always asked the same two questions: Aren’t you afraid you’re going to die? Why do you do this? (The Atlantic)

2. Check out Tesla's new European car factory.

This 11-acre facility is where cars will be assembled and tested before delivery across Europe. The new plant, in Tilburg, Netherlands, is a major expansion of an assembly space Tesla opened just two years ago. Tesla needs the extra room as it launches the new Model X SUV and tries to expand from about 50,000 deliveries worldwide this year to 500,000 by 2020. (Bloomberg)

3. Meet Jeong Kwan, the Buddhist nun chef that has the culinary world buzzing.

The most exquisite food in the world, say many celebrated chefs, is being made not in Copenhagen or New York but in a remote temple complex south of Seoul by a 59-year-old Buddhist nun. (T Magazine)

4. Why a man who makes plastic water bottles is making plastic water bottles.

He's converting reclaimed, custom-designed, PET plastic water bottles into roofing tiles that are filled with an insulating, lightweight mix of aerated concrete and waste paper, which can be tinted to simulate marble, slate, or ceramic tile. (Fast Co. Exist)

5. Incredible things you never knew about the Myers-Briggs test.

The world's most popular personality test has a fascinating, little-known history. (Inc.)

6. Inside Kelly Rutherford's brutal, globe-spanning custody battle.

Sheila Weller penetrates the legal drama that shattered the Gossip Girl actress’s world — and drove her into bankruptcy. (Vanity Fair)

7. Is food porn making us fat?

A new scientific review suggests the relentless barrage of food images we see might be affecting our attitude toward food. Is it time for the government to get involved? (The Guardian)

8. A VFW post trades in beer for yoga.

By abandoning the traditional model of a dim, members-only tavern in favor of a bright gallery space with yoga, the Veterans of Foreign Wars] (VFW’s) oldest post has been transformed. “We didn’t want a dark dive bar,” said the senior vice commander of the post, Brittany Bartges, a 29-year-old veteran of the Iraq War. “We wanted a healing place where veterans could come together and bring their families.” (NYT)

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