IT'S THEIR COUNTRY, WE'RE JUST LIVING IN IT

It wasn’t inevitable that country music would thrive in the globalized world of perpetual Facebook updates, a world whose frenetic pace can be felt in electronica, or whose nouveau riche aspirations are extolled in hip-hop. But here we are.

THE UR-SAMPLE

"Amen, Brother" was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs — but the band behind it never made any money from it.

POST-INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION

The world in which clearly defined sectors enable easy classification of what a company does is disappearing before our eyes. Is Apple a technology company or a luxury watchmaker? Is Google a search-engine firm or an up-and-coming car company manufacturing driverless vehicles?

SURVIVAL OF THE FLASHIEST

When it comes to birds, males — with their bright feathers, extra accessories, and impressive mating displays — tend to get all the attention. But for many birds, such as the Choco Toucan pictured above, brilliant plumage has nothing to do with sex, and everything to do with survival.

MULTIRACIAL MULTIPLAYER

Plenty of people play games to escape their real lives, and the character creators some games offer let us imagine ourselves in whatever image we'd like: realistic or idealized, some version of ourselves. I'm also intrigued by the idea a game might take that choice away from me — where every player has a different avatar, but it's not up to us.

FEWER SHOOTOUTS THESE DAYS

There's a distinct separation between professional rodeo athletes and the grittier version who actually herd and tend to ranch animals (often in addition to competing in their own, local rodeos). It turns out the latter exists, but in an era of cowboy boots on the Chanel runway, they're much harder to find.

NOT BACKING DOWN

Pence said that the issue had been turned into "shameless rhetoric" and that the law is about strengthening the foundation of First Amendment rights rather than discrimination. He did not answer repeated questions about whether the law would allow business owners to discriminate against gay or lesbian individuals.

THE TEENS ARE COMING TO TAKE YOUR JOB

While a 2015 Census Bureau report found that nearly a third of millennials are still living with their parents, Gen Zers are growing up in a healthier economy and appear eager to be cut loose. They don’t wait for their parents to teach them things or tell them how to make decisions.