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How to Stop Hating Your Least Favorite Food

How to Stop Hating Your Least Favorite Food

Cucumbers are my nemesis. I want to fight every food in the melon family and many melon-adjacent foods, but melons avoid my primary disdain because they usually take their rightful place as easily
A School Nurse Is on a Mission to Count the Women Killed by Men

A School Nurse Is on a Mission to Count the Women Killed by Men

PLANO, Texas—In February 2017, a school nurse in this Dallas suburb began counting women murdered by men.Seated at her desk, beside shelves of cookbooks, novels, and books on violence against women,
Will Trump Live to 500?

Will Trump Live to 500?

Six days passed between the president’s physical exam and the release of the doctors’ findings on Thursday. Even then, the anticlimactic unveiling raised only more speculation about the true state of
Suicide Memes Might Actually Be Therapeutic

Suicide Memes Might Actually Be Therapeutic

In a recent post to the popular meme-sharing platform 9gag, two side-by-side storybook illustrations depict a girl watching snowflakes fall outside her bedroom window. The left panel is titled “kids

When Sex Is Excruciating

When the filmmaker Sindha Agha first went to the doctor about her pain, she experienced a phenomenon familiar to many women—she was not taken seriously. Then, it happened again. And again. “It took
Legal Weed Gets a Luxury Makeover

Legal Weed Gets a Luxury Makeover

It wasn’t so long ago that it was a bad idea for Americans to post a photo of their weed on the internet. Your employer might see it. The cops might come. The juice wasn’t worth the squeeze, if the

‘She’s Not a Woman. She Doesn’t Have a Child.’

Medias and William, a young couple in rural Uganda, are trying to have a baby—to no avail. They’ve been together a long time, and their options are becoming limited. “People say, ‘She’s not a woman.
No One Really Knows What to Do With All of America’s Unclaimed Corpses

No One Really Knows What to Do With All of America’s Unclaimed Corpses

Sarah Krebs is used to corpses going missing. As a detective who works in the missing-persons unit in Detroit, she has solved dozens of cases by matching up disappeared people to unidentified bodies
How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st-Century Status Symbol

How Fancy Water Bottles Became a 21st-Century Status Symbol

The potential judgment of students can lead a teacher to do strange things. For Monique Mongeon, an arts educator in Toronto, starting a job teaching adults sparked a small crisis of confidence. “I
Why Do Smart People Send Nudes?

Why Do Smart People Send Nudes?

In so many ways, Jeff Bezos isn’t a relatable guy. As the CEO of Amazon, he’s the world’s richest man. He lords over much of the internet’s infrastructure. He turns the municipal governments of
What It’s Like to Survive Being Shot 16 Times

What It’s Like to Survive Being Shot 16 Times

Dustin Theoharis doesn’t like to talk about the day he was shot 16 times. Neither do the officers who shot him, so it’s hard to describe exactly how it unfolded.What’s clear is that on February 11,
The CBD Crackdown Has Begun

The CBD Crackdown Has Begun

If you like cannabidiol cupcakes and live in New York City, it’s time to learn how to bake your own. The city’s health department confirmed in a statement Tuesday that it had begun a crackdown on
Stopping HIV Would Require an Entirely Different Trump

Stopping HIV Would Require an Entirely Different Trump

The grand gesture of commitment to an implausible health goal is a State of the Union tradition. Richard Nixon once declared a mission to “conquer this dread disease,” referring to all cancers. Barack
Why Does Everyone Suddenly Have Fancy Fake Teeth?

Why Does Everyone Suddenly Have Fancy Fake Teeth?

Michael Apa remembers the first time a patient told him she wanted her teeth fixed because she didn’t like the way they looked in selfies. It was 2015, and Apa’s patient was Huda Kattan, who had good
The White Flight From Football

The White Flight From Football

Updated at 5:41 p.m. ET on February 1, 2019. Shantavia Jackson signed her three sons up for football to keep them out of trouble. As a single mother who works the night shift at a Home Depot warehouse
Being Trapped Indoors Is the Worst

Being Trapped Indoors Is the Worst

In January 2011, I got iced into my parents’ house in suburban Atlanta for what felt like 15 years, but was actually one week. The metro area was paralyzed by a storm unprecedented in its recorded
What Billionaires’ Fasting Diets Mean for the Rest of Us

What Billionaires’ Fasting Diets Mean for the Rest of Us

Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, doesn’t eat for 22 hours of the day, and sometimes not at all. Over the weekend he tweeted that he’d been “playing with fasting for some time,” regularly eating all of his
Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It

Gym Class Is So Bad, Kids Are Skipping School to Avoid It

It’s almost too easy to satirize physical education, better known by its eye-roll-inducing abbreviation P.E. From Clueless to Superbad to Spiderman: Homecoming, parodies of gym class are a pop-culture
The Inevitable Aging of the Internet’s Famous Pets

The Inevitable Aging of the Internet’s Famous Pets

Several years ago, a couple from Twitter contacted Star Ritchey with a request: They wanted permission to put her name in their will. Ritchey had never met the couple before, but they wanted her to
This Is What Happens When You Drunkenly Swallow a Live Catfish

This Is What Happens When You Drunkenly Swallow a Live Catfish

One afternoon in April 2016, four friends in the Netherlands got drunk, took some ecstasy, and stared into a fish tank. They were feeling particularly inspired by an old episode of the TV show