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anatomy

The Many Pleasures of Sardinian Throat Singing

A fiercely unusual musical style from a fiercely independent island.
October 8, 2019
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flags

Around the World in Things You Can't Do to Flags

You might be able to tell where you are by what happens if you set one ablaze.
September 12, 2019
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chill week

Respect the Hammock, One of Humanity’s Greatest Creations

In praise of an excellent idea with a long, complicated history.
August 23, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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immigration

What the Heck Is Crab Rangoon Anyway?

How a fusion of at least four cuisines created a beloved and misunderstood dish.
August 14, 2019
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linguistics

It's All Greek to You and Me, So What Is It to the Greeks?

A close look at a strangely global idiom about how little we understand each other.
August 8, 2019
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alphabets

It Might Be Time to Update the Old 'Alfa-Bravo-Charlie' Spelling Alphabet

But it's hard to break old habits.
July 12, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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agriculture

Everything You Need to Know About the True Origins of the Everything Bagel

There's a lot of history in every bite.
June 25, 2019
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geography

Central New Jersey Doesn't Exist, But Don't Tell Central Jerseyans That

Exploring what makes a region distinct.
June 4, 2019
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linguistics

Why Does English Have More Words for Sports Officials Than Any Other Language?

Arbitrating when to say ref, ump, or judge.
May 26, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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french fries

The Global Diversity of French Fry Dips Is a Window Into the Way We Eat Today

Ketchup and mayo are just the beginning.
April 11, 2019
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storms

How Alarming Is It That Islands Are Just Disappearing?

Very, but the story of sea level rise is a lot more complicated than that.
March 27, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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potatoes

Hot, Small, or Couch: Why Potatoes Make Great Idioms

And fries.
February 20, 2019
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breakup week

What Language Do People Speak in the Balkans, Anyway?

No one can seem to agree.
February 11, 2019
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empire

The Curious Case of the Last 'Wild' Monkeys in Europe

Barbary macaques remain in Gibraltar thanks to a quirk of empire.
January 28, 2019
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africa

In Angola, Conservationists Make the Case for a Massive New National Park

Newly stable countries are hotspots for wilderness protection.
January 15, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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kosher foods

Is This Duck Kosher? It's Complicated

The case of the Muscovy duck cannot be settled because the rules themselves are not really known.
January 4, 2019
Gastro Obscura
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caffeine

The Humble Brilliance of Italy's Moka Coffee Pot

In the era of pods, the iconic item has become an endangered species.
December 7, 2018
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islands

The Questionable Rewards of a Visit to Inaccessible Island

We speak to those who have made the nigh impossible journey.
November 1, 2018
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grave week

What Can a Linguist Learn From a Gravestone?

Plenty, it turns out.
October 26, 2018
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linguistics

How the English Failed to Stamp Out the Scots Language

Against all odds, 28 percent of Scottish people still use it.
September 28, 2018
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flags

Decoding the Unusual Shape of the Nepali Flag

Where did all those angles come from?
September 3, 2018
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summer

The Evolving Ideologies of American Jewish Summer Camp

For decades, these retreats have offered so much more than outdoor fun.
August 9, 2018
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trees

Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles?

Turns out it's an image thing.
July 6, 2018
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linguistics

The Government Campaign to Get Rid of Singapore's Unofficial Language

Singlish, a creole, is spoken all over the country, but politicians want citizens to "speak good English."
June 26, 2018