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Sunday Long Reads: Finding the new banana, Defrauding $12 million, Bitcoins and Zombies, When to Heil, London's Playboy photographer

By Darren Atwater | Sunday 14 October 2018


Is there anything better than sitting back and reading a well-written article on a lazy Sunday? Every week ShareProphets features some long form journalism that you'll find of interest. Grab your cuppa and enjoy these five articles.   

The banana is dying. The race is on to reinvent it before it's too late

The world's most popular fruit is facing extinction, and scientists are racing to use gene-editing to save it. To succeed, they'll need to overcome an even bigger problem: opposition to GMO crops 

How a fraudster got $12 million out of a Canadian university: They just asked for it

It’s been just over a year since MacEwan University was blindsided by an $11.8-million fraud. While the ruse itself was simple, the case that followed was anything but. Police had to navigate a complex money-laundering scheme that funnelled some of the stolen public funds through various accounts in two continents before reinvesting it in a real-estate deal in suburban Vancouver.

Bitcoin in Budapest: Zombies, Survivalists, and $60 Million Pizza

Living in Budapest, a Hungarian saw a bleak future where, as he now puts it, “human infrastructure would fall apart, and people start killing each other for food.” So he decided to do something about it. Along with a dozen or so buddies, Debreczeni helped create a “zombie-proof farm” in the mountains of Mátra, 60 miles northwest of Budapest. They started bio-intensive farming. Some of the guys moved to the mountains full-time, and some remained in Budapest, living a normal life, but took twice-a-month trips to Mátra to work the land “until the zombies come.” 

The Wild Life of Suze Randall, Playboy's Legendary Photographer

A rare insight into the secret world of the 72-year-old pornographer from London who charmed her way to the top. 

To Heil, or Not To Heil, When Traveling in the Third Reich

One of the first decisions any tourist had to make when crossing the German border in the mid-1930s was whether or not to “Heil Hitler.”

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