Stray dogs are a problem in Sochi. So much so that the Russian government ordered a pre-games round up of the city’s canine population. But are they really a problem? Maybe if we treated them more like an Olympic X-factor, the Olympics would go a bit smoother, and we'd add to the athletic intrigue along the way. So let’s embrace an Olympics that includes the Doge Luge, as seen above.
Also the Stray Slalom, below.
Ski jumping, with sidekick.
There’s not actually a stray dog in this last one. The figure skating costumes are just that good.
TODAY IN SLATE
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How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.