An intriguing email invite just came my way while I was sitting around pinching my nippies:
"I am a Women's and Gender Studies professor at the University of Miami and a Topfreedom activist since 1996. Quite simply, Topfreedom is the right for women to be bare-chested any time/place a man can take ... More >>
If you redistricting fanatics out there were lamenting the fact that the drama around the drawing of new Congressional lines in the state is starting to wind down, fear not! Every ten years, states across the country redraw district lines based on new U.S. Census population counts. In the wonderful ... More >>
According to a recent analysis of census data from the Empire Center New York State Policy, New Yorkers are leaving for other states in the greatest numbers of the past three decades. However, this doesn't mean that our numbers are shrinking: The population rose from 18.9 million to 19.4 mill ... More >>
(This is not Dennis Pogue.)Whiskey is as American as apple pie. At least that's what Dennis Pogue, chief archaeologist at Mount Vernon, would have you believe. Over the last several years, he's spent much of his time making George Washington's whiskey (our first president was a distiller, in ... More >>
via ilike/FlickrToday in psychological studies from the New York Post, there's an intriguing exploration of how full of yourself you must be if you live in New York City. Because a person can't, just, like, move here for a job or something. Anyway, according to the Post, "There is reason to b ... More >>
via Hello Turkey ToeThe Census numbers are in, and New York City is more populated than ever before. But not much more. The New York Times reports that the 2010 count recorded a growth of about 166,000 people since 2000, bringing the current population to 8,175,133. Of those people, 8,175,130 ... More >>
One of them has a spine-covered penisResearchers have discovered the molecular workings that caused human penises to evolve and shed their prickly spines, which chimps and some other animals still have to this day. Scientific American describes how Stanford scientists went through the DNA seq ... More >>
Victoria BekiempisNo longer for the damn Buddhist elite!
The simple pancake, according to archeologists (and random web pages), has a lengthy history. The ubiquitous quickbread can supposedly be traced far back in the human fossil record, owing to the dish's simplicity and high nutrient cont ... More >>
Does the idea of hipsters as a sociological group or hipsterism as a sociological trend really merit the studying of hipsters as if they were an anthropological goldmine waiting to be excavated for crucial insights into the contemporary human psyche?
OK, New Yorkers, stop screwing around. Late last week, city officials said only six percent of you had actually mailed in your 2010 census forms. (That compared with a 16 percent rate nationally.)
That low rate might mean that many New Yorkers are confused or even afraid, says Ana Maria Archila, a ... More >>
Last month top female runner Caster Semenya of South Africa -- who recently won the women's world championship in the 800 meters with the amazing time of 1:55.45 -- had her gender questioned, and was submitted to sexual identity examinations by the International Association of Athletics Feder ... More >>
TheBusyBrain/flickrBloomberg today has a fun interview with Richard Wrangham, a Harvard primatologist whose new book, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human, posits that it was learning to cook, not tools or agriculture, that sped up human evolution. Cooking, Wrangham explains, made food so ... More >>