Read This, Feel Smarter

Prepare to be the most informed relative/coworker/friend in your circle this holiday season. New York Times Magazine writer Mark Leibovich has provided his witty take on The Economist’s “World in 2013,” this year’s version of the magazine’s annual look ahead to the New Year. Read Leibovich’s blog here.

Before you dismiss it as too much like work to squeeze into your hectic holiday frenzy, pause, because Leibovich breaks the whole thing down into 17 digestible points and presents them in a light yet informative way. Some of the info offers a concise glimpse into important current (future?) affairs, and you’ll also learn some fun facts you never knew you wanted to know.

Among the highlights:

• We should all expect to read Fidel Castro’s obituary in 2013.

• The world is getting fatter (Did you know Japanese workers must maintain a specific waistline or their employers face fines?).

• Switzerland is the best place to be born next year.

And if Leibovich’s column leaves you wanting more, you can buy the complete “World in 2013” book for $22 here.

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