The Late Movies: Marathon Finishes

In 2009, I ran the Philadelphia Half-Marathon. It was the hardest, most awesome thing I’ve ever done. Since then, I’ve stopped running regularly, but still can’t resist watching other people cross the finish line. The last few moments of a race are the most exciting and even if I have no idea who the runners are, I find myself holding my breath in anxiety until they finish. Here’s a roundup of people finishing marathons. Did you feel the excitement? (And if you’ve got video of yourself — or friends — finishing a race, please let us know in the comments!)

Chicago, 1984

Welsh runner Steve Jones set a world-record, coming in at 2:08:05.

New York, 2006

Watching Kurt Fearnley win the wheelchair division in 2006 is truly inspiring.

San Diego, 2007

Daniel Yego takes this win — and makes it look so easy.

Chicago, 2007

Photo finish!

Boston, 2008

A little confusion almost derailed one marathon winner’s victory.

Boston, 2010

The screams get louder and louder as Teyba Erkesso nears the finish line.


Everything You Need to Know About Food in One Book

If you find yourself mixing up nigiri and sashimi at sushi restaurants or don’t know which fruits are in season, then this is the book for you. Food & Drink Infographics, published by TASCHEN, is a colorful and comprehensive guide to all things food and drink.

The book combines tips and tricks with historical context about the ways in which different civilizations illustrated and documented the foods they ate, as well as how humans went from hunter-gatherers to modern-day epicureans. As for the infographics, there’s a helpful graphic explaining the number of servings provided by different cake sizes, a heat index of various chilies, a chart of cheeses, and a guide to Italian cold cuts, among other delectable charts.

The 480-page coffee table book, which can be purchased on Amazon for $56, is written in three languages: English, French, and German. The infographics themselves come from various sources, and the text is provided by Simone Klabin, a New York City-based writer and lecturer on film, art, culture, and children’s media.

Keep scrolling to see a few of the infographics featured in the book.

An infographic about cheese

An infographic about cakes
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An infographic about fruits in season
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