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  • News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos

    News of the Weird: Norway's Battle Against Chaos
    Norwegian public television (NRK), which introduced the now-legendary continuous, live log-burning show (12 hours long, with “color commentary” on the historical and cultural importance of fire), scheduled a new program for this week in its appeal to serenity (labeled “Slow TV”). On Nov. 1, NRK was to televise live, for five hours, an attempt to break the world record for producing a sweater, from shearing the sheep to spinning the wool and knitting the garment (current record: 4:51, by Australians). (In addition to the log, NRK viewers have been treated to live cams on a salmon-fishing boat and, for five days, on a cruise ship.) Said an NRK journalist, “You would think it's boring television, but we have quite good ratings for these programs.”
  • Study of views on gay marriage should be retracted, coauthor says

    Study of views on gay marriage should be retracted, coauthor says
    A highly publicized study that purported to show how face-to-face interactions can change people's views on same-sex marriage is being disavowed by one of its authors who now says he has doubts about the data. The study, published in December by the...

    Mattress Girl at Columbia: Victim art turns everyone into a critic

    Mattress Girl at Columbia: Victim art turns everyone into a critic
    A cultural controversy with an unusually long half-life, "Carry That Weight", aka Mattress Girl at Columbia University, has proved once again that the category of victim art tends to bring out opinions and emotions from public figures who don't normally...

    The unbearable lightness of mattress feminism

    The unbearable lightness of mattress feminism
    For thousands of years, divergent religious traditions have celebrated and venerated one unifying act: meditation. Twenty years before Christ, Philo of Alexandria, a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher, recommended various meditative spiritual exercises....

    Did they fall? Did they jump?

    Did they fall? Did they jump?
    Authorities said they don't know why a 21-year-old Easton woman who graduated from college a week and a half ago hopped a freight train with her boyfriend sometime Tuesday night. But around 10:45 p.m. in south Bethlehem, they jumped or fell off the...