We Use Sports Terms All the Time. But Where Do They Come From?
Your third-grade phys ed teacher used them all the time. Your neighbor does, too. Even your kids pull them out every once in a while. We’re talking about sports idioms, those everyday phrases ingrained in our lexicon, handed down from generation to generation. Also interesting to see how many of these have crossed the Atlantic.
Bill Maher Is Stand-up Comedy’s Past. Hannah Gadsby Represents Its Future.
Last weekend, as Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix phenomenon Nanette continued to rack up impassioned reviews and think pieces, Bill Maher aired a new HBO special, Live From Oklahoma. If you watch them back-to-back, they seem to be in conversation, or debate. In light of this, it was interesting seeing Marcus Brigstoke doing standup at the Fringe.
Science Has Resolved the Question of Boxers vs. Briefs
In 1925, boxer shorts were unleashed on the world: loose-fitting underwear for men, featuring an elastic waistband inspired by the shorts worn by boxers. It was underwear for the inner pugilist. Because this is important!
The $250 Biohack That’s Revolutionizing Life With Diabetes
Two exhausting years in, Kate found the beginnings of an alternative in an online forum. A loose confederation of do-it-yourselfers were working on a system that would eventually help link an insulin pump to a glucose monitor and connect both to a smartphone app. Hmmmm. Not sure we are quite ‘there’ yet though, are we?
The Iraqi Spy Who Infiltrated ISIS
BAGHDAD — The driver was sweating as his white Kia pickup truck sped along a rain-slicked Baghdad highway toward a neighborhood bustling with open-air markets. With every jolt and turn, his pulse quickened. Wow. What a story.
Pop Songs in English, Written by Native Speakers of Swedish
If you were in the land of the living in ’93, you will remember a song called “All that She Wants,” by the Swedish band Ace of Base. I don’t know anybody who resisted that song. If you are reading this, and you don’t like at least one Abba song, just… leave.
How Bill Browder Became Russia’s Most Wanted Man
Shortly after Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin wrapped up their recent summit at the Finnish Presidential Palace, in Helsinki, around two hundred journalists gathered in the building’s neoclassical ballroom. Yes, it’s a ‘Trump’ link, but it helped me better understand some of the finer points of this particular shitshow.
Paris baulks at ‘horrible’ eco-friendly public urinals
Bright-red, fully exposed, urinals have been placed across the city to reduce peeing on the streets. But the eco-friendly devices, which are filled with straw and designed to be odourless, have left many unconvinced. So many jokes, so little time.
When a Stranger Decides to Destroy Your Life
Monika Glennon has lived in Huntsville, Alabama, for the last 12 years. Other than a strong Polish accent, she fits a certain stereotype of the All-American life. She’s blonde. Her husband is a veteran Marine. Her two children, a boy and a girl, joined the military as adults. This is horrible. People can be so so vile.
Leaving a Good Man Is Hard To Do
Several years ago, in the immediate aftermath of the prolonged and heart-wrenching breakup that persisted in destroying my entire life over the course of many months, a friend sent me an essay she thought I should read. Genuinely posting for a friend (where that friend is ME! hahaha)
The Rub of Rough Sex
This is a piece about abuse. This is a piece about kink and a piece about consent. This is a piece about the law. This is a jarring, long, piece about consent, kink, sex, and where boundaries start to fail.
Women’s Pockets are Inferior.
For each brand mentioned in this study, 4 pairs of jeans were measured: a skinny and straight style in both mens and womens clothing. Skinny style is referred to as slim in some brands and if a standard straight style was unavailable, a boot-cut style was used instead. Definitely posting THIS for a friend.
This is how tiny changes in words you hear impacts your thinking
In 1973, America watched as then President Richard Nixon vehemently declared on national television, “I am not a crook” in regards to the Watergate scandal. Not many people believed him. Strong words, short sentences. I do not always consider my words. I might have to start.
60 Times Madonna Changed Our Culture
Madonna was a pioneer of welding her voice to her image, and in a culture consumed with critiquing how women look, and controlling how they use their bodies, she’s been on the front lines — a seductress and a battering ram. Another LEGEND, for so many reasons.
MIT mathematicians solve age-old spaghetti mystery
If you happen to have a box of spaghetti in your pantry, try this experiment: Pull out a single spaghetti stick and hold it at both ends. Now bend it until it breaks. How many fragments did you make? If the answer is three or more, pull out another stick and try again. Science, bitches! Also, I’d never heard of this at all. Is it a maths geek in-joke?