No, Ben Franklin Didn’t Want to Make the Turkey the National Bird There’s a story that starts circulating through the United States every Thanksgiving, around the time that somebody starts carving into the main event. “You know, Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird, not the bald eagle!” Then everybody laughs, gorges […]
Crackers can be made out of all sorts of ingredients and flavored with all sorts of spices, but there’s one characteristic they all share: holes. It’s likely that every cracker you’ve ever seen is punched with holes. Why? It’s not decoration or even tradition. Those holes serve a very real purpose. Breathe in, Breathe Out […]
Sometimes, you really just need a breath of fresh forest air. No, seriously — the practice of Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku, has been scientifically proven to reduce stress and strengthen your immune system. Its therapeutic effects have officially been celebrated since 1982, but the appreciation of immersing yourself in nature has been going on for centuries. Soak […]
Zimbabwe’s incoming leader Emmerson Mnangagwa has hailed a “new and unfolding democracy” after returning from exile to replace Robert Mugabe. He also vowed to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed. “We want to grow our economy, we want peace, we want jobs, jobs, jobs,” he told […]
In the (very) long list of airline travel headaches, the boarding process has to be right up there with paying bag-check fees and finding just one freakin’ Starbucks, please. (Chicago’s Midway Airport doesn’t have any. We found out the hard way.) Why does it take so long? There has to be a better way. Well, it turns out […]
You know dogs, right? And cats? And weasels, and deer, and kangaroos, and pretty much every other mammal? Well, one thing they all have in common is that, for the most part, the hair all over their bodies is about the same length. So why is it that humans don’t have a nice, even coat? […]
21 November 2017 The Arctic: the smallest of Earth’s five oceans, with icy waters and dagger-like winds, is home to some of the most unforgiving conditions on the planet. But far below the skin of sea ice that waxes and wanes with the seasons, this inhospitable ocean is hiding a treasure trove of natural resources […]
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