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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 08, 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
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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 04, 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
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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
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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 04, 2019
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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 07, 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 01, 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 03, 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 09, 2018
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trees

Why Are There Palm Trees in Los Angeles?

Turns out it's an image thing.
July 06, 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
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linguistics

Where the 'No Ending a Sentence With a Preposition' Rule Comes From

It all goes back to 17th-century England and a fusspot named John Dryden.
June 12, 2018
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tradition

Where Did the Prohibition on Combining Seafood and Cheese Come From?

Fish and dairy can make for a delicious mix, despite popular belief.
May 10, 2018
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linguistics

Why Are Bananas, Nuts, and Crackers the Only Foods That Say 'Crazy'?

An investigation into how three snacks became associated with madness.
April 13, 2018