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Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)

Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)

On March 26, 1484, William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. I was obsessed with reading these as a kid, and one of my favorites was The Fox and the Stork. Did you have a favorite fable? VA Christian school bans 8-year-old girl because her tomboy looks aren’t ‘biblical’ – The real question here is: does the school tolerate students who wear cotton/wool blends? From Crit... »

Quickies: Art on the Moon, a Look at Women’s History Month, and Caffeine

Quickies: Art on the Moon, a Look at Women’s History Month, and Caffeine

On March 24, 1993, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. Later in 1994 the comet crashed into Jupiter, providing astronomers with a glimpse of the materials that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere. ‘College of Curiosity’ shares rarities – Check out Jeff Wagg’s latest project! From Jamie. The Sculpture on the Moon – “Scandals and conflicts obscured one of the most extra... »

Skepchick Book Club: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Skepchick Book Club: The Poisoner’s Handbook

Note: information for next month’s book is at the end of this post. Also, there’s a super tasty vegan recipe! Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. The book was pretty much exactly what the title says, a look back on how the field of forensics was made respectable by th... »

Quickies: Fred Phelps Excommunication, Tractor Beams, and the Notorious RBG

Quickies: Fred Phelps Excommunication, Tractor Beams, and the Notorious RBG

On March 19, 1962, Bob Dylan released his first album, Bob Dylan. I haven’t listened to a lot of his music, but my favorite mainstream Dylan hit is definitely “Lay, Lady, Lay.” Post your favorite Dylan suggestions in the comments! Fred Phelps Excommunicated After Internal Power Struggle at Westboro – Apparently, his mistake was advocating that church members treat each othe... »

Quickies: Haunted Houses, Pointlessly Gendered Products, and Women Shunned for Menstruating

Quickies: Haunted Houses, Pointlessly Gendered Products, and Women Shunned for Menstruating

I’m going to start today with a quote from Carl Sagan, who said, “I can remember one occasion, taking a shower with my wife while high, in which I had an idea on the origins and invalidities of racism in terms of Gaussian distribution curves. It was a point obvious in a way, but rarely talked about. I drew the curves in soap on the shower wall, and went to write the idea down.” P... »

Quickies: Feminist Fishmongers, the Gudjonsson Test of Suggestibility, and Petty Olson

Quickies: Feminist Fishmongers, the Gudjonsson Test of Suggestibility, and Petty Olson

The Girl Guides, now known as the Girl Scouts, were founded on March 12, 1912. I used to be a Girl Scout but I was never that into it, maybe because my troop never did anything cool (even though overall I think the Girl Scouts is a great organization). People—Including Cops—See Black Kids as Less Innocent and Less Young Than White Kids – What a sad state of affairs. The World’s Greates... »

Quickies: Taxing Drug Dealers, Trigger Warnings, and SciFi/Fantasy Book Lists

Quickies: Taxing Drug Dealers, Trigger Warnings, and SciFi/Fantasy Book Lists

On March 10, 1977, astronomers discovered rings around Uranus. (Hush, you.) How To Pay Your Taxes As A Drug Kingpin – Interesting, I hadn’t given this much thought before. From Dan. The Real Polygamous, Feminist Wives of Salt Lake City – I might need to add this tv show to my roster. Feminists Talk Trigger Warnings: A Round-Up – Do you have anything to add to this conversat... »

Quickies: Science of Stuffy Noses, Getting Older, and Sexist Notes

Quickies: Science of Stuffy Noses, Getting Older, and Sexist Notes

It’s cold out and I want to stay home in bed, so in honor of that, here are a bunch of pics of Maru and Hana in a cozy cat pod. Why Does Your Nose Get Stuffy One Nostril at a Time? – I have spent many a night awake (with a stuffy nose) thinking about this one. Thanks, mental_floss! What the Ukrainian Crisis Means for Astronauts in Space – An interesting perspective! How I Learned... »

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