This is a place where I link to interesting articles that I have read recently:


What Do You Call the Person You Are Probably Never Going to Marry? Your fiancé.

Sitting at Computers Is Killing Us, but This Video Could Help Save Your Life

Your Zodiac Sign, Your Health--Many doctors used to take astrology seriously—and season of birth has been linked to increased risk for a number of serious diseases. Can modern medicine actually learn from stars and seasonality?

Look Inside a Chicken Nugget--Doctors at the University of Mississippi dissected two chicken nuggets, looked at them under a microscope, and were "astounded."

Is it sexist to offer a pregnant woman a seat?

12 novelists tell their scariest bite-size stories


The Culture Gabfest “Abstract Nouns” Edition: Slate’s Culture Gabfest on how we talk: vocabulary, conversation, and voice.

Feeding the Poop Log: A Catalan Christmas Tradition

11 wonderful winter weather terms

9 Reasons This Little Girl’s Sign Language Version of “'Twas the Night Before Christmas” is Great

Lexicon Valley: The Peculiar Grammar of Christmas Songs

8 of our favorite words coined by Mark Twain

Listen! Beowulf opening line misinterpreted for 200 years

Slate: What Does a Drowning Person Look Like? Not What You Think.

Slate: No, Mermaids Do Not Exist--What Animal Planet’s fake documentaries don’t tell you about the ocean.
science, list of problems related to the ocean for students to investigate

Slate: How Does Internet Porn Affect Teens? New Study Says: We Have No Idea!
sex, culture. Students could follow this article up by researching to find out the answers to this question.

Slate: Give Spam a Chance--The maligned meat deserves a better reputation
Slate: Spam’s Shame Foodies—and everyone else—should shun Hormel’s famous canned meat.
Food, Culture, Health, Business
Two articles here. The first praises spam, but the second severely criticizes spam. Can have students read the first article and then ask them to critically question the premises of the article. The second article shows that there are two sides to every story.

The Atlantic: Why Geeks Get Bullied (It's Not Necessarily for Being Geeks)

The Atlantic: 10 Films From Cannes 2013 You'll Probably Want to See

Slate: Superhero or Supervillain? If science gives people superpowers, will they use them for good or evil?
Discussion article. Could use it to talk about powers that they would want, and the ramifications of the powers. Freng or Convo.

Slate: Are Apostrophes Necessary?
History of English

Slate: “Burn Her at the Stake” Amanda Knox was acquitted of murder. Why do so many people still hate her so much?
Mind, Culture, tech

Top 10 Moral Dilemmas
Ethical Dilemmas, Cases, and Case Studies From USC Levan Institute: Online Ethics Resource Center
Personal Dilemmas: From Institute for Global Ethics

Sadly, you are uglier than you think
Mind, Relationships

Yes, Fried-Chicken Jokes Are Racist--Golfer Sergio Garcia's jab at Tiger Woods is subtle racism at its finest.

The Coon Obsession with Chicken & Watermelon

The best career advice you’ll never hear in a graduation speech

What are the best questions to ask a potential employer in a job interview?

Why babies in every country on Earth say 'mama'

Cleveland Kidnappings Arc:

Starts with story of the Amanda Berry escape, then moves on to issues concerning internet fame, psychics who speak with the dead, and false memories. (Can use this as an oral training discussion topic.)
The Cleveland Plain Dealer: Berry, DeJesus, Knight found alive, police source confirms
The Atlantic: Meet the Man Who Rescued Three Women Missing for a Decade in Cleveland
The Atlantic: Charles Ramsey Is an Internet Hero for All the Wrong Reasons
The Atlantic: Police Apparently Missed Multiple Calls About Women on Dog Leashes in the Castros' Yard
The Atlantic: This Is What Happens When Talk-Show Psychics Talk About Kidnap Cold Cases
Slate: Investigative Intuition Do psychics ever solve crimes? Why do police consult them?
Slate: Are Ariel Castro's Neighbors Inadvertently Creating False Memories?
Slate: The Memory Doctor :William Saletan's series of articles on Elizabeth Loftus and her research on false memories.

Salon: Isaac Newton’s universal language
The famed physicist and mathematician also had a passion for linguistics -- and even devised his own idiom

Salon: The modern history of swearing: Where all the dirtiest words come from
As society evolves, so do our curse words. Here's how some of the most famous ones developed -- and a few new ones

Slate: Creationist science test given to 4th graders

Elizabeth Smart Says Pro-Abstinence Sex Ed Harms Victims of Rape

The 15,000-year-old ancestral language that birthed English and Russian
Words that last: Washington Post--sound files of some of the words studied
PNAS Journal Article: Ultraconservative words point to deep language ancestry across Eurasia
European and Asian languages traced back to single mother tongue

50 Best Websites 2013

17 Unexpected Studying Hacks

Will your smartphone break your heart?

Sharks Are the New Whales--They’ve had similar enemies, life histories, and PR problems.

Can Wind Turbines Make You Sick? A new syndrome appears to be highly contagious.
Mind, Health

I See Red--The color you need to wear on your dating profile.
Relationships, sex, mind, culture

There Is Actually One Golden Rule To Prevent Sexual Assault
Relationships, Culture, Politics

Slate: These Singaporean Fairy Tales Will Give You Fertility Nightmares
Culture, Funny Stuff, Relationships, Persuasion

Don’t Hit the Snooze Button
Mind, Health

The Sexual Fetish of Gay Marriage Opponents--Defenders of DOMA and Proposition 8 say marriage isn’t about love or parenting. It’s about coitus.
Culture, Relationships, Sex, Politics

Slate: Please Do Not Chillax--Adjoinages and the death of the American pun.
Language, History of English, lots of interesting words that have been created recently

NYT: Shame Is Not a Four-Letter Word
Culture, Sex, Relationships, Writing: Can be used in discussing argumentation. What's the case for and against shaming kids about pregnancy.

Sex Cereal formulated for sexual health
Culture, food, could be used for a discussion on sex in advertising

NYT Frugal Traveler: Shanghai on a Dime? Pretty Close
Culture, Writing a narration

7 grammar rules you really should pay attention to
7 bogus grammar 'errors' you don't need to worry about
Language, Has a list of some words that are evolving in meaning which would be good for History of English, students can trace the evolution of a word using the OED, Google ngrams, etc.

Slate: How Mofo Got Its Mojo
Language, Culture

Behold--Dungeons & Dragons R&B

The Cleverest Online Resume You've Ever Seen
business, culture, communication, tech

What Employers Are Thinking When They Look At Your Facebook Page
Business, relationships, culture, communication

50 collective nouns to bolster your vocabulary
Language, culture, (Could use these in history of English as a project, look up origins of these collective nouns)

The Atlantic: Why It's So Rare for a Wife to Be Taller Than Her Husband
Culture, Relationships, Writing:

Slate: The Mystery of Curry--It turns out we’ve been eating the spiced dish for a lot longer than anyone ever imagined.
Food, culture, writing - look at how a common topic can be given an interesting twist; also how can the article be reconstructed? Where did all the facts stated in the article come from? Students can research to find this background information. Also find the sources and investigate how this article summarizes those sources.

Slate: Why Are We the Last Apes Standing? How childhood let modern humans conquer the planet.
Evolution, mind,

How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper?

How Forks Gave Us Overbites and Pots Saved the Toothless
evolution, culture, food

Rump Faker--Is imitation calamari made from pig rectum? A charming urban legend gets its start.

What’s in Your Vagina? A healthy microbiome, hopefully.

NYT: Aspirin--The 2,000-Year-Old Wonder Drug

NYT: Understanding How Children Develop Empathy
Mind, Learning, Health, Writing (notice how definitions are used, also the lede, process writing, and some comparison contrast)

NYT: Brominated Vegetable Oil--Drink Ingredient Gets a Look
Health, Food, Business, Writing (Narration at the beginning, some definition, and process)

You’re being tricked into buying that awful sweater! New research shows that simple scents like cookies and oranges can get consumers in the shopping spirit
6 ways retailers trick you into buying more crap
Business, Persuasion, Mind

Taiwanese students are less confident than Chinese counterparts, survey finds

PolitiFact Names Romney Ad "Lie of the Year"

New evidence says Noah's great flood actually happened
Evidence Noah's Biblical Flood Happened, Says Robert Ballard

The Atlantic: You Can Give a Boy a Doll, but You Can't Make Him Play With It
Learning, Mind

Slate: The Santa Lie--Is the big Christmas con hurting our kids?
Learning, Mind

NYT: New Love--A Short Shelf Life
relationships, sex, mind

The Atlantic: What If NASA Could Figure Out the Math of a Workable Warp Drive?
Science, tech

Siri Is a Gimmick and a Tease--But Google Voice Search is getting close to fulfilling Apple’s broken promise.
Language Communication Tech (Would student pronunciation improve using Google voice search?)

When Did People Start Calling Each Other “Poopy Head”?

Why //GIF// Is Not the Word of the Year
Oxford American Dictionary names “GIF” word of the year

Slate: Should a Calendar App Look Like a Calendar? The design battle that’s tearing Apple and the tech world apart.
tech, mind

NYT: Deborah Tannen: Would you please let me finish...
language, communication, politics

Salon: What’s the secret to learning a second language? Studies reveal it's more than just a matter of memory. A look at what the science of recall can teach us

The Atlantic: Study: Even 'Moderate' Drinking Impairs Brain Cell Formation

NYT Well: Really? The Claim: Exercising on an Empty Stomach Burns More Fat

NYT: A Chemist Comes Very Close to a Midas Touch

35 Lifechanging Ways To Use Everyday Objects
Funny stuff

Diet soda is doing these 7 awful things to your body

NYT: Multivitamin Use Linked to Lowered Cancer Risk

Expedia’s perfect same-sex marriage ad: A wedding spot shows just how far travel can take you
Culture, relationships, business, politics

Bugs Benedict--Which backyard insects are best to eat?
Funny stuff, link to evaluating internet resource page.

Why Do We Say “The Dog Ate My Homework”?
funny stuff, language

Jessica Biel will not name her child 'Batmo Biel'
Funny stuff!, Culture

20 famous corporate logos that hide secret messages
Business, Funny stuff, culture

NYT: How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills
Health, Learning

NYT: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?
Health, Food, Writing (use for summary or paraphrase)

Alzheimer's--Diabetes of the Brain?
Health, Food, Writing (use for summary or paraphrase)

Zit-zapping virus may be living on your face
Writing (Use for a summary or paraphrase)

Slate: Why You Hate Cyclists--Partly because of jerks like me. But it’s mostly your own illogical mind.
Writing (see how term are explained and supported with examples, and all this is used to build an argument)

The Atlantic: The End of Free Speech at University of Colorado?
Writing/Reading (Break down the article, what arguments are made, how does the writer reach the logical conclusion?)

NYT: Eating for Health, Not Weight
health, writing (match this up with other health articles for synthesis or comparison essays)

NYT: Smartphone? Presto! 2-Way Radio
tech, communication

NYT: The Benefits of Middle-Age Fitness

NYT: When the Mango Bites Back
Food, Health, Writing (see how health info is sprinkled in among the narrative of food borne illnesses)

Salon: Turning orgasm into art --Photographer Clayton Cubitt's series "Hysterical Literature" takes a high-concept approach to female pleasure
Sex, books

The Atlantic: Sunny-Side Up--In Defense of Eggs
Food, Health

The Atlantic: How Regulation Really Does Change Eating Behavior
Food, Health

NYT: App Smart--To Sketch, to Draw, to Create, With No Pencil in Sight

NYT: Simon Says Don’t Use Flashcards
Learning, Mind (some stuff to bring up in Activities class)

Slate: Vowel Movement--How Americans near the Great Lakes are radically changing the sound of English.
Language, Culture

NYT: A Battle Plan for Jetlag
Health, Writing (Process)

The Atlantic: The Blackberry--The Cigarette of this Century
Culture, Tech, Writing (comparison contrast)

The Atlantic: Study: A Childhood Need for Immediate Gratification Predicts Adult Obesity
food, health, mind

The Atlantic: Dogs Can Shake 70% of the Water from Their Fur in 4 Seconds, Here's How
funny stuff, science

Android Phone Aps

NYT Draft: Where Do Sentences Come From?

What would Jerry Seinfeld do?--A "Seinfeld" reunion is unlikely. But one of the show's writers explains where the characters would be in 2012
Funny stuff, culture, tech

Slate: Generation Apnea--The evolutionary mistake that chokes millions of people every night.

The Atlantic: Exploiting the Neuroscience of Internet Addiction
Tech, Mind, Relationships, Business

The Atlantic: How Vacation Makes Us More Productive--Americans don't do breaks. Productivity science suggests they should.
Business, Health, Mind (also can bring this up in Activities Design connected to breaks during class)

NYT: Silicon Valley Says Step Away From the Device
The Atlantic: The Social Century--100 Years of Talking, Watching, Reading and Writing in America
Business, Health, Mind, Tech

The Atlantic: Americans Want a More Equal Country...they just don't realize it. A Duke professor explains his mythbusting study.
Politics, culture,

6 Dangerous Exercises You Should Never Do

NYT: Dieting vs. Exercise for Weight Loss
Health, Food

NYT: How to Write--The art of writing can be reduced to a few simple rules. I share them with you now.

NYT Draft: Zombie Nouns
Writer’s Diet test
Writing (about making academic writing more readable)

Slate: How To Build a Better Teacher--Is firing bad instructors the only way to improve schools? New evidence suggests that poor teachers can learn to be good ones.
Learning, Communication (Interesting point on "wise" feedback that can be used in Activity class)

Slate: Armored and Dangerous--The scariest innovation in the Aurora mass shooting isn’t guns or ammo. It’s SWAT gear.
The Atlantic: How I Ended My Lifelong Love Affair With Guns
The Atlantic: The Geography of Gun Deaths
NYT: I Carried a Gun, and It Was Heavy
The Atlantic: The Philosophy of the Technology of the Gun--Does the old rallying cry "Guns don't kill people. People kill people" hold up to philosophical scrutiny?

The Atlantic: The Dream Of Maximum Guns
Jason Alexander’s amazing gun rant--The "Seinfeld" actor takes to Twitter to call for a ban on assault-style weapons
Culture, Politics, Writing (persuasive arguments)

NYT: Let Chick-fil-A Fly Free
The Atlantic: In Defense of Eating at Chick-fil-A
Slate: Should you boycott Chick-fil-A?
Politics, Culture, Food, Writing (Persuasion)

6 tricks for NOT embarrassing yourself in a foreign language
NYT: 10 Paths to a More Fluent Vacation
communication, language, tech

The Atlantic: The Evolution of the Batman Symbol Over Seven Decades
funny stuff, culture

NYT: A No-Frills Kitchen Still Cooks

NYT: The Ecology of Disease
Health, evolution

The Atlantic: How the 2 Americas Spend Their Time
Culture, relationships

NYT: Grammar: A Matter of Fashion
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.
language, writing

The Atlantic: The Single Most Important Experiment in Higher Education
NYT: Universities Reshaping Education on the Web
Slate: The New Public Ivies--Will online education startups like Coursera end the era of expensive higher education?
NYT: Open Education for a Global Economy
Alison--Online English Language Skills Training Courses and Certification

NYT: Footprints to Cognitive Decline and Alzheimer’s Are Seen in Gait
Health, Mind

The Atlantic: How Urban Parks Enhance Your Brain
Health, Mind

Sit Down or Stand Up? Another study says sitting is dangerous, but standing is a pain.

NYT: Caring for Hips and Knees to Avoid Artificial Joints

NYT: Earliest Americans Arrived in Waves, DNA Study Finds
evolution, language, culture

The 11 Ways That Consumers Are Hopeless at Math--This is your brain on shopping, and it's not very smart

persuasion, business

Why Americans and Europeans Give Directions Differently
culture, mind, communication

Italo Calvino's 14 Definitions of What Makes a Classic
culture, books,

NYT: What Really Makes Us Fat
NYT: Which Diet Works?
Why our food is making us fat: Britons are, on average, 19kg heavier than they were in the 1960s — and not because they’re eating more or exercising less. They just unwittingly became sugar addicts
heath, food

What Finger-Counting Says About You And Your Brain
mind, culture

Now Hear This--Your Senses of Touch and Hearing May Be Genetically Linked
Science, Learning (Can we improve language learning with more tactile activities?)

NYT: Semicolons--A Love StoryUsing Undictionaried Words
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

NYT Draft: The Voice of the Storyteller
NYT Draft: The Sound of a Sentence

'I'm Not Your Wife!' A New Study Points to a Hidden Form of Sexism
Relationships, Culture, Sex, Politics, Communication

The Atlantic: White Bread book summary--at the bottom of the article
Culture, Writing (Summary)

Slate: Queers as Folk--Does it really make no difference if your parents are straight or gay?
Slate: Back in the Gay--Does a new study indict gay parenthood or make a case for gay marriage?
Slate: A Liberal War on Science? Don’t bury Mark Regnerus’ study of gay parents. Learn what it can teach the left and right.
Culture, Relationships. Sex

NYT: The Science of Illusion--Your brain on a magic trick

Slate: Welcome to the Hybrid Age--We are on the verge of living in a human-technology civilization.
Tech, Mind, Relationships

How a Zombie Outbreak Could Happen in Real Life
Funny Stuff,

Gorillas communicate with their infants using their own version of baby talk
Evolution, Communication, Learning

The Atlantic: Let's Get Real: The Portion War Between Big Soda and NYC Is All About Profit
Slate: Fuzzy and Fizzy--The contested science behind Bloomberg's ban on large-sized sodas.
NYT: Evolution’s Sweet Tooth
Food, Health, Politics, Writing (Persuasion)

The Atlantic: This Is Your Brain on Bargains--JC Penney and the Curse of Discounts
Business, Persuasion,

Slate: Study Offers Possible Explanation for the Huge Gender Gap in Science and Math
Mind, Learning, Science

The Atlantic: Words Conservatives Hate
Politics, Culture, Writing (Definition)

NYT: The Art of the Wedding Toast
Culture , Communication

The mystery of Stonehenge--Solved? Forget the druids and aliens. Scientists in Britain say they've figured out the real story behind the puzzling megalith

Slate: Learning by Making--American kids should be building rockets and robots, not taking standardized tests.

What’s a Clown Question, Bro? A Guide.
Culture, communication, funny stuff, writing (definition)

Cleveland Browns logo helps build relationships far from home

Take the OCD test. Which was from this: 19 Thing That Will Drive Your OCD Self Insane
Funny Stuff

What Pogue Actually Bought: If your job let you test and try every brand of camera, tablet, phone, laptop and GPS, what would you buy for you and your own family?

The Atlantic: Welcome to America, Please Be On Time: What Guide Books Tell Foreign Visitors to the U.S.
Culture, Writing (Students write their own guide books)

The Atlantic: 'I'm Not Your Wife!' A New Study Points to a Hidden Form of Sexism
Culture, Business, Relationships, Politics,

Doerschuk - Browns looking for more punch at wide receiver
Funny Stuff (Insane cow punning, wonder if students will get the jokes)

Slate: Why the Chinese Communist Party Is Afraid of a Flower--Every June Fourth we are reminded that China is anything but a confident global power.
Politics, Culture

NYT: Sentences Crisp, Sassy, Stirring
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

NYT Opinion: Salt, We Misjudged You
Food, Health

Your words matter New science shows brains are wired to respond to certain kinds of speech. An expert explains -- and talks politics
Communication, Persuasion, Mind, Relationships

15 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent from Mental Floss
funny stuff, language, writing (for those students who ask why there isn't one word in English that means the same thing as ...)

Can you identify? Science shows that the only way around some readers' prejudices is to trick them
Persuasion, Mind,

Slate: Dodgy Boffins--What's wrong with science journalism in the U.K.?
Communication, Culture, Science, Writing (Be skeptical about writing you see on the internet)

The Atlantic: Fact-Checking Claims on the Wonders of Pomegranate Juice
Food, Business, Writing (See how ads twist the facts; be skeptical and learn how to fact check)

The Atlantic: Dumb Kids’ Class--The benefits of being underestimated by the nuns at St. Petronille’s
Culture, Funny Stuff, Writing (See how a personal experience is extrapolated on to come up with a lesson about life)

The Atlantic: In the Forests of the Night--Along the Bay of Bengal’s wild tidal basin, the scorpions and crocs can seem relatively harmless.
Culture, Writing (Narrative, lots of vocab, can also discuss whether there really was a tiger in camp)

The Cosmopolitan Condiment--An exploration of ketchup’s Chinese origins.
Culture, food, writing (common food item but a little research reveals an interesting story, could also be used for History of English paper.)

A brief history of four letter words
Language, Funny Stuff, Culture (Could also use in History of English)

6 questions to ask a job interviewer
Business, communication

The Atlantic: Humanity's Best Friend--How Dogs May Have Helped Humans Beat the Neanderthals
Evolution, culture

NYT: Can You Call a 9-Year-Old a Psychopath?
Mind, Writing(?) consider how the writer profiles the subjects

The TIME Breast-Feeding Meme Is Here
Funny stuff, culture

Machines Shouldn’t Grade Student Writing—Yet --Standardized tests will finally ask good essay questions. But robot grading threatens that progress.
Writing, Tech

NYT: The Pleasures and Perils of the Passive
Draft is a series about the art and craft of writing.

NYT: Can You Make Yourself Smarter?
Mind, Learning

How Exercise Could Lead to a Better Brain
Mind, Health, Learning

Readers' Revenge--Your Most Shameful Lie
Funny Stuff, Culture, Relationships, Writing (students can write anecdotes like these)

Making Progress Against Clutter
Mind, Health

Profiles in Science | Elizabeth S. Spelke--Insights From the Youngest Minds
Mind, Learning, Language

Talking to yourself may boost brainpower
Learning, Mind, Language

Serious About a New Language? Begin With Lesson 1--review of mobile apps for language learning
Language, Tech, Learning

How Language Is Like Fashion--The Case of 'Hopefully'
The audacity of “hopefully” The AP Stylebook makes a change -- and breaks our hearts
Language, Writing
Don’t kill the Oxford comma! The university hands down a new edict about punctuation -- but the world's grammar nerds will never back down
The Oxford Comma--Hart’s Rules
Language, Writing

10 Untranslatable Words (And When You’ll Want to Use Them)
Language, culture

‘What Were You Thinking?’ For Couples, New Source of Online Friction
Relationships, communication, culture

Facing a Robo-Grader? Just Keep Obfuscating Mellifluously
Writing, Learning, Tech, Communication, Language

I made out with a jerk We work together and now things are very, very awkward
Relationships, sex, communication, culture

TED launches a groundbreaking online education initiative
Learning, tech

An Optical Illusion that Explains the Origins of Imaginary Monsters
Mind, funny stuff, culture

Will Sweden abolish the concept of gender?
Language, communication, culture

Color-coded text reveals the foreign origins of your words
language, writing (see how many words are of OE origin)

12 Golden Rules of Email Etiquette
writing business

Writing advice from C.S. Lewis was both adorable and concise

When corporations abandoned the 99% Over the last 30 years, companies have shifted their loyalties from employees to shareholders

America, the new Saudi Arabia As overseas production grows more expensive, Big Oil is pushing to turn the U.S. into a Third World petrostate

“Game of Thrones” parenting lessons The HBO show is violent and sexually graphic -- and it's filled with wisdom about being a dad
culture funny stuff

What do you love online?
Writing: link to an example of a tap essay for the iphone

Robo-readers--the new teachers' helper in the U.S.
communication language tech writing (can consider how students in Taiwan would react to robo-graded essays compared to teacher graded essays)

The //Bully// Rating Controversy and the Effect of the F-Word on Teenage Eardrums
Funny Stuff culture writing-funny and satire writing

Why won't they listen? 'The Righteous Mind' by Jonathan Haidt
Books Communication Culture Politics Persuasion

A Crowd-Sourced Lab for Collective Nouns
Language Funny Stuff

What attributes Set a Great Barista Apart from the Run-of-the-Mill?
Business Communication Persuasion Relationships

6 Tips for Better Portraits

Expensive, Useless, Exploitative--Why we should celebrate the end of the Encyclopedia Britannica’s print edition.
Writing: stuff about using wikipedia and how it leads you to more investigation

10 Amazing Real-World Locations for Fantasy Worldbuilding

All the shengnu ladies--Accomplished Chinese women are a new "leftover" generation: Too successful to marry, but disrespected without a man

10 Weapons That Animals Use

Try the Santorum--Santorum cocktail taste test

How Not To Apologize--Rush Limbaugh’s statement on Sandra Fluke was a textbook example of what not to say.

//Game of Thrones// Scenes + //Arrested Development// Quotes = Pure Magic

When the Facts Don't Matter--Same-sex marriage isn't hurting anyone. So why are so many people still afraid of it?

Is Prostitution Really the World's Oldest Profession?--Info on animal prostitution also

The Atlantic: I Am Gal, Hear Me Roar//--It's time to reclaim the female version of "guy."//

The art of visual punning--A New York designer uses wordplay as the inspiration for her funny, creative brain teasers

Dictionary of American Regional English reaches final volume

Bathed in smog--Beijing's pollution could cut 5 years off lifespan, expert says

The Atlantic: MIT Online vs. Your Local College--How Will Web Learning Stack Up?
Harvard Magazine: Twilight of the Lecture--The trend toward “active learning” may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years.

The Atlantic: Playing 'World of Warcraft' Boosts Spatial Ability and Focus in Adults

The Most Popular Chinese Movie of All Time--It’s a Western. It’s a comedy. It’s a critique of corruption. It’s a send-up of the Chinese movie industry. It’s going to confuse the hell out of Americans.

The Power of Habit--How the history of toothpaste explains why you can’t lose weight.

NYT: Young Women Often Trendsetters in Vocal Patterns

When Did Douche Become an Insult? And what exactly does it mean?

NYT: One Is the Quirkiest Number--The Freedom, and Perils, of Living Alone

The Atlantic: Why the Obesity Epidemic Could Be Much Worse Than We Think

100 Skills Every Man Should Know: The Instructions (With Videos!)

Did You See This? Downtown Abbey Anachronisms

Slate--Lexicon Valley:
Episode 1: Where //Did// That Sentence-Ending Preposition Rule Come From?
Episode 2: The Other F-Word--Listen to //**Slate**//’s show about the history and future of the word //faggot.//
Episode 3: Between You and I--Listen to **//Slate//**’s show about a grammar mistake that won’t die.
Episode 4: Is Black English a Dialect or a Language? Listen to **//Slate//**’s show about America’s fraught relationship with Ebonics.
Episode 5: The Story of //Ain’t//--Listen to Slate’s show about the most controversial dictionary ever published.
Episode 6:The Meaning of Scrabble--Listen to Slate’s show about how much language really matters in the hugely popular word game.
Episode 7: So …Bob Garfield and Mike Vuolo on a little word with big ambitions.
Episode 8: When Nouns Grew Genitals--Listen to Slate’s show about what it means for language to have gender.
Episode 9: How English Lost Its Genders--Listen to Slate’s show about how a simple quirk of grammar may affect the way we think.
Episode 10: For He/She’s a Jolly Bad Pronoun--Listen to Slate’s show about whether English needs a gender-neutral alternative.
Episode 11: “The House is Building”? Why you never learned the passival tense, even though it used to be proper English grammar.

The French Government Wants To Tone My Vagina: Inside my amazing and embarrassing postnatal “perineal re-education” class, paid for by la France.

At 500 Episodes, How Does 'The Simpsons' Say Something New?

Linsanity vs. Lindsanity: THG Tale of the Tape!
The 25 Best Jeremy Lin Signs We've Seen So Far
No More Chinks in the Armor--The Jeremy Lin controversy suggests it’s time to retire the phrase for good.

Long Internet Essays:
The Sidney Awards, Part I
The Sidney Awards, Part II
Arts & Letters Daily
Longform Best of 2011
The Browser--Writing Worth Reading

How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body

Can dogs tell when we’re talking to them?

The answer to the most famous unanswerable fantasy riddle

You Need To Learn How To Program--Make a free weekly coding lesson your New Year’s resolution.

Back to the Grind--Sara Dickerman responds to the black-pepper enthusiasts.

Interesting Articles from 2011

Interesting Articles from 2010 and earlier

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