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livestock

Around the World in 105 Cows

A book of bovine beauty shots seeks to revive the human-cattle bond.
April 03, 2019
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livestock

The Spellbinding Swedish Song That Calls Cows Home

For centuries, herdswomen have lured cows with haunting melodies.
March 05, 2019
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ireland

When Sick Cattle Were Alleged Victims of Arrow-Wielding Elves

For centuries, farmers suspected their sick livestock had been "elf-shot."
December 27, 2018
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beetle

The Best Bugs to Befriend in the New Year

Get to know some cuddly roaches and dramatic beetles.
December 26, 2018
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anthropocene

Humanity as We Know It Will Be Defined by the Broiler Chicken

The legacy we’re leaving behind looks like a post-apocalyptic KFC.
December 19, 2018
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recipe

The British Bake Off That's Resurrecting a Forgotten Medieval Cake

Competitors are baking soul cakes, a bygone Halloween treat.
December 10, 2018
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subculture

At a Death Cafe, Tea and Couscous Make Mortality Easier to Swallow

Let's talk about death, baby.
November 26, 2018
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blueberries

The Tooth-Rotting Trials of Building Better-Tasting Berries

How new flavors are created and killed.
November 14, 2018
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apples

Harnessing the Power of the Sun to Turn Apples Into Art

In Japan, the labor-intensive practice of apple stenciling is slowly fading.
November 08, 2018
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knives

In Medieval Europe, No Outfit Was Complete Without a Personal Eating Knife

They were fashionable and functional, used for dining and self-defense.
November 01, 2018
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fries

How Fish and Chips Migrated to Great Britain

The fried fish was introduced by Jews fleeing religious persecution.
October 19, 2018
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physics

Why Scientists Are Studying ‘Ricequakes’ in a Tube of Rice Krispies

They even resemble Antarctica's mysterious icequakes.
October 16, 2018
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plankton

Why Scientists Are Studying the Dining Habits of Manta Rays

These filter feeders might be a ray of hope amidst microplastic pollution.
October 15, 2018
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hinduism

Temple Wall Recipes Reveal a Wealth of Unexplored Culinary History

Medieval epigraphs carved in stone offer a unique glance at South Indian cuisine.
October 10, 2018
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food heists

In Germany, an Entire Vineyard of Grapes Has Gone Missing

Police suspect a rival grape-grower got a little jelly.
October 03, 2018
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milk

The 'Father of American Neurology' Prescribed Women Months of Motionless Milk-Drinking

Virginia Woolf and Charlotte Perkins Gilman were both patients of his infamous rest cure.
September 28, 2018
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texas

The Donkey Refuge Where Burros Become Coyote-Kicking Livestock Guardians

With the right training, feral donkeys go from zero to hero.
September 25, 2018
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trucks

The Food Truck That Invites You to Be the Cook

These traveling historians are hungry for your life story.
September 19, 2018
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south america

Brazil Nuts Are Brought to You by Rodents

The snack wouldn’t exist without the help of one furry critter and its unusually sharp teeth.
September 14, 2018
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greece

Here's What the Watermelon Was Up to Before It Tasted Good

Wild watermelons weren't sweet, but they were incredibly useful.
September 07, 2018
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recipe

Exploring a 'Treasure Trove' of Medieval Egyptian Recipes

A newly translated cookbook provides a tantalizing glimpse of Cairo's past.
September 04, 2018
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black markets

Remembering the Clandestine 'Aunty Bars' of Prohibition-Era Bombay

Grabbing a drink once meant moonshine in a neighbor's living room.
September 03, 2018
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london

England's Forgotten Pet Massacre of 1939

Why were hundreds of thousands of pets put to sleep in London?
August 28, 2018
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floods

All Aboard the World's First Floating Dairy Farm

More sustainable food production may call for plopping cows on the water.
August 22, 2018