When the tall, lean 39-year old from Chicago was asked to explain his job, he said: “If anybody asks you, sign-painting’s just an occupational disease. But we get around, that’s something.”
It was the mid-1930s, and the Works Projects Administration was assembling a Historical Records Survey–personal accounts about different professions–as a kind of oral history of American workers. They sent writers out to scour the country, hoping to create a portrait of its workforce. They interviewed all kinds of people, including a few sign-painters like the man from Chicago.Read More
“You should know that I’m speaking to you completely exhausted and it’s only the first day.”
That’s Joshua Cohen, who’s writing a novel in front of a live internet audience—for five hours a day, five straight days. Day Two begins today at 1 p.m. EST.Read More
When Jamil Omar's aunt came to visit, she had a strange story to tell him. A nephew and his friends, Free Malaysia Today reports, had gone bird hunting in the forest on the island of Sugbai in the Phillippines' Tawi-Wait province, not far from Malaysia. And they had found a plane full of "many skeletons." The pilot was still belted into the front seat.
Omar, who lives in Malaysia, called the report into the police: The teenagers said they had found a Malaysian flag in the plane, and he thought it possible that the skeleton plane they'd found could be the lost MH370 flight.Read More
The search for a Fountain of Youth has driven humankind down some strange avenues of inquiry. But there may be none stranger than the work of Dr. Serge Voronoff. Known in his time as “the monkey gland expert,” Voronoff believed that human aging could be halted or even reversed by transplanting monkey testicles into people. And that was among the most down-to-earth of his ideas.
The doctor was born in Russia in 1866, and moved to France at the age of 18, becoming a citizen in 1895. While there, he studied under Alexis Carrel, a surgery and transplant pioneer who won a Nobel Prize for his work on sewing blood vessels. Through his studies with Carrel, Voronoff became fascinated with the possibilities of animal-to-human transplants that he believed could restore youthful vigor and even cure diseases via a transfer of hormones.Read More
This past Saturday, two suicide bombers detonated explosives outside an Ankara train station and killed almost 100 people assembled for a peace rally. As news of this criminal act made headlines across the world, the question became—who is responsible?
The Turkish government is provisionally pinning the blame on the Islamic State. But like an incredibly dark murder mystery, the possible suspect list is crowded: Turkey is fighting battles both at domestic and foreign. The rally was in support of peace between the Turkish state and the PKK, the militant Kurdish nationalist organization. Both the Turkish military and the PKK has been in conflict with ISIS, in Syria, as well. Some Kurdish pols are already blaming the Turkish government, and everyone is worried about what this means for the general election on November 1.Read More