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Here's The Real Reason Women's Bathroom Lines Are So Long (NEW BOOK)

Lee Jackson | Posted 01.24.2015 | Books
Lee Jackson

Where did strangers answer the "call of nature" in Victorian London? At the start of Victoria's reign, options were limited. Some pubs had primitive outdoor "urinals" -- no more than a vertical slab of stone -- but men largely resorted to the nearest alley.

Maureen Ryan

Why Horror Matters, And What's Next For 'Penny Dreadful' | Maureen Ryan | Posted 10.16.2014 | Entertainment

In a year full of wonderful new shows, "Penny Dreadful" was one of the most pleasant surprises. Perhaps "pleasant" isn't the right word: "Arrestin...

Chocolate in 3D: Does the Medium Have a Message?

India Mandelkern | Posted 01.23.2014 | Taste
India Mandelkern

3D chocolate printing is still in its infancy, but already it is sparking debates about the relationship between food and technology. Can printed food coexist with the ever-greater presence of local and organic movements? Does printed food have the ability to feed the world?

REVEALED: Disturbing Trend In Human Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.22.2013 | Science

Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerner...

How To Spot A Sodomite

Mark Simpson | Posted 04.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Mark Simpson

"I do not in my practice ever remember to have seen such an appearance of the anus as those of the prisoners presented." So testified Dr. Paul in shocked tones at the 1870 trial of Frederick Park and Ernest Boulton, two young, cross-dressing clerks charged with sodomy.

Love, Sex, Marriage and Divorce, In 1895 And Today

Teresa Link | Posted 02.05.2013 | Fifty
Teresa Link

I read an article in the New York Times about a trend involving couples putting locks on the bridges of Paris as a symbol of their eternal love. Are we so afraid of being abandoned that we can't trust love to ebb and flow, blossom and go dormant and then re-bud?

How To Have A Wedding Straight Out Of 'Downton Abbey' | Posted 11.05.2012 | Weddings

The third season of ITV's hit period-drama marked the brink of the jazz age as old customs and costumes were thrown up for 1920's glamour. But nowhere...

The Cult of Beauty

Terence Clarke | Posted 07.29.2012 | Arts
Terence Clarke


Movie Review: Hysteria

Marshall Fine | Posted 07.17.2012 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Oh, let's just get it out there: This is a movie about the invention of the vibrator and women seizing the reins of their own pleasure.

6 Best Spell-Binding Novels of the Decade: A Magical Literary Tour

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

Books don't have to have wizards to make magic or cast a spell. Over the last decade, these books have haunted and inspired me, made me proud to be a writer, glad to be a reviewer.

Short Story Month: "The Ladies of Grace Adieu"

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Set in the same universe as that of her novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, Susanna Clarke's "The Ladies of Grace Adieu" stands on its own as a series of glittering dark tales that draw on the legends of northern Europe.