Human Foie Gras — A Golden Opportunity

To kick things off, what is foie gras? It can be explained with a short missive from our friend Wikipedia: The California foie gras law, California S.B. 1520, is a California State statute that prohibits the “force feed[ing of] a bird for the purpose of enlarging the bird’s liver beyond normal size”… Former Senator John …

The Unusual Books That Shaped Billionaires, Mega-Bestselling Authors, and Other Prodigies

Who are the mentors to billionaires, chess prodigies, rockstars, and mega-bestselling authors?  Who teaches them to do what they do? To achieve the success they achieve? Oftentimes…it’s books. On The Tim Ferriss Show (iTunes, SoundCloud), I dissect world-class performers to find the tools and tricks you can use.  Here’s a full list of guests.  One …

Is Beet Juice Really a Performance-Enhancing "Drug"? Digging In…

(Photo: Foodthinkers) The following is a guest post by Mark McClusky, the editor of Wired.com and founding editor of Wired Playbook. Previously, he was a reporter at Sports Illustrated and a member of the baseball analytics collective, Baseball Prospectus. Can “juicing” for performance enhancement sometimes involve juice alone?  Beet juice, spinach, celery, or chard, perhaps?  In …

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars (#29)

(Photo: Ariel H.) “One of the rare noncharlatanic books in finance.” – Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of The Black Swan and Antifragile “There is more to be learned from Jim Paul’s true story of failure than from a stack of books promising to reveal the secret formula for success…this compact volume is filled with a …

Can You Rewire Your Brain In Two Weeks? One Man's Attempt…

Can you rewire your brain in two weeks?  The answer appears to be — at least partially — yes. The following is a guest post by Shane Snow, frequent contributor to Wired and Fast Company and author of the new book SMARTCUTS: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success.  Last year, he wrote about his two-week Soylent …

The 30-Day Challenge: No Booze, No Masturbating (NOBNOM)

The short version: I’d like to pay you to not drink or jerk off for 30 days. Sign up here and get your monk on. Sex is A-OK. The longer version is below, which includes juicy details, more options for women, and some farewell-porn suggestions… ### You know who you are, you filthy animals. Secret …

How to Learn Any Language in Record Time and Never Forget It

Preface from Tim Back in 2012, Gabriel Wyner wrote an article for Lifehacker detailing how he learned French in 5 months and Russian in 10, using mostly spare time on the subway.  That article went viral. But don’t run off! That was nothing but version 1.0.  This post gives you version 2.0 and more. He’s …

The Tim Ferriss Podcast: Ryan Holiday (#4)

“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” — Marcus Aurelius This post includes: – Sponsor intro (please visit them) – Episode description – Quick favor – Show notes and tons of useful links, including mentioned books and documentaries This episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is sponsored by HipDial, …

My Latest Obsessions: Voodoo Floss, Pu-Erh Tea, Electronic Gypsy Music, and More

One video letter from my quarterly mailings. Every three months, I ship out a box of wonderful physical products, along with a video “letter” explaining how I found them and how I use them. One such video letter is above. The theme of these quarterly mailings is obsession–the ideas and objects I can’t get out of my …

How to Cure Anxiety — One Workaholic's Story, Six Techniques That Work

Charlie Hoehn was a full-time employee of mine during the making and launch of The 4-Hour Body. It was an intense period. In this post, Charlie will share his M.E.D. (Minimum Effective Dose) for overcoming anxiety and managing workaholism. There are six techniques in total. If you haven’t already, be sure to read his previous post …