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  • News of the Weird: Testicular Cancer's New Mascot

    News of the Weird: Testicular Cancer's New Mascot
    Loco Parentis First-time mother Amy Webb proudly notates dozens of data points about her child each day and obsessively tracks their detailed progression by computer on spreadsheets, according to the provocative first-person account she wrote for Slate....
  • News of the Weird: The Toilet Club

    News of the Weird: The Toilet Club
    Beginning in 2011, about three dozen people in Tokyo have been meeting every Sunday morning at 6 a.m. on a mission to scrub down, one by one, the city's grungiest public rest rooms. “By 7:30,” according to an Associated Press reporter who...
  • Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?

    Should presidents stop pardoning turkeys?
    A tradition -- the president pardoning turkeys from certain death just before Thanksgiving -- has come in for an unusual amount of criticism this year. A Slate.com writer suggests President Obama pardon real people instead of (or in addition to) turkeys....
  • Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'

    Miami Gardens and the insanity of 'zero tolerance'
    In all the commotion about a Miami-area police force's allegedly mindless harassment of workers and patrons of a convenience store, one aspect that may have been overlooked is how the cops' behavior was fostered by a "zero tolerance" program.  You may...
  • No, Obamacare's problems aren't a threat to liberalism

    Matthew Yglesias this week has jumped on one of the more discreditable bandwagons of Obamacare revisionism: the notion that the failure of the enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, has done near permanent damage to progressive principles.  A lot of that...
  • Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough

    Katie Couric backs off from her anti-vaccine show--but not enough
    Having taken a fair amount of heat from the science-based community for her recent show promoting scare stories about an important immunological vaccine, Katie Couric has backed off.  In a piece appearing Tuesday in the Huffington Post, the TV host...
  • 10 things you might not know about social media

    While some social media outlets are dealing with issues of privacy (is the government reading our timelines?), Twitter is going public (with plans for an initial public stock offering). And during the recent attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, both the...
  • News of the Weird: Electric Chastity Belt

    News of the Weird: Electric Chastity Belt
    To counter the now-well-publicized culture of rape in India, three engineers in Chennai said in March that they are about to send to the market women's anti-rape lingerie, which will provide both a stun-gun-sized blast of electricity against an...
  • Give Congress a pay raise!

    Give Congress a pay raise!
    Oh. Have I got your attention now? (Apologies to Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross.) This may be a case of the worst timing ever, but the question of whether Congress is underpaid actually is on the table right now. You can thank tin-eared...
  • Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories

    Looking for a lifetime guarantee on memories
    A few days before our recent wedding, my now-husband and I sat with a dear friend, a newly Internet-ordained minister, to nail down a few details. "The most beautiful thing," he told us, "is that, of everyone there, your kids will have the longest...
  • Plug-in Cars: Where Can You Buy Them?

     
    Thursday???s pricing announcement for the Chevrolet Spark EV likely piqued some interest on the West Coast, but chances are few others gave it much attention. GM will sell the all-electric hatchback only in California and Oregon; the automaker has...