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Being silent in the real world was draining. But it left me longing to do it in the confines of a retreat. There everyone would understand what I wasn't trying to say.
Is there something you've always wanted to do but were too scared or embarrassed to try? Ask the Human Guinea Pig to do it for you. E-mail me your ideas at email@example.com .
The Strong, Loud Type Chris Christie is offering a blunt-talking tough-guy routine to win over voters.
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What Happened at Slate This Week? Assistant interactives editor Andrew Kahn on the best of Slate, from the history of slavery to Mad Men.
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How Things Break Ali fought Liston 50 years ago. Two legends were born, but another was broken.