No one had ever done this before. No one had ever put a dog in the middle of the Civil War. How do you actually make that happen? 

An oral history of the show Wishbone.

↩︎ Texas Monthly
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Researchers are making new forms of real sugar, with fewer calories. Taste tests suggest they're mostly horrible.

A short film for your coffeebreak: Floaters, when spaceships meet of different size.

Governor DeSantis says Florida should use racketeering laws to charge protesters as part of a criminal organization.
A Wyoming couple in their 70s who beat COVID-19 struggle to convince friends the coronavirus is real.

You can be “kind of whimsical” and also strive to be on time for things. You can be “a freewheeling person” and also strive to be on time for things.

Being the sort of person who strives for routine punctuality is “the absolute bottom white-belt level of adulthood.”

↩︎ Defector
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When 47 texts come through in five minutes, Billy, a 31-year-old in New York City, thinks there’s a family emergency brewing. “And then it’s a GIF of a baby farting,” he says. “I don’t need the anxiety, folks.”

During a pandemic/climate crisis/political nightmare, group texts will be the joy/end/misery of us all.

↩︎ The Washington Post
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London's Savile Row now has a tailoring house that focuses on women.
Apparently inspired by Black Lives Matter, Barbados announces it will remove Queen Elizabeth as its head of state.

Georgetown University recently acquired the “Journal of the Slave Ship Mary,” one of only a dozen or so known logbooks, or dated journals with daily entries, that survive from slave ship voyages between Africa and North America.

Noted by Atlas Obscura:

Four of Mary’s casualties resulted from an attempted rebellion. On June 10, 1796, before Mary had left Africa for Georgia, a group of enslaved men managed to escape their chains, and attempted to wrest control of the ship. In a full-page account, the logbook’s writer describes the fight and subsequent deaths. According to his account, two of the men jumped overboard while two were killed during the fight with the crew. Without any transition, the writer concludes the day’s entry: “The Weather ends pleasant.”

From June, in case you missed it, a 16-year resident of an underground house explains why they don't like it.

I saw a community happy with the ability to perform their art, but trapped by the reality that this form is the only place where they can touch on their true self.

Photographer Maria Babikova documents the fear and joy of doing drag in Siberia.

↩︎ It's Nice That
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Two Penn professors asked their 58-year-old housekeeper to clean their house without telling her their family had the coronavirus.
Some Millennials struggle to find a sense of identity outside their capacity for work. A new book blames their parents.

QAnon is really bad at internet passwords.

PJ Vogt and the Reply All crew do a good job explaining who QAnon (very likely) is in their latest episode. 

See also: A 2019 Washington Post profile of Jim Watkins.

Also, Vox's "QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained."

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“It feels like we are losing her to an addiction.” People describe what it's like to lose someone to the QAnon delusion.

Enjoying a precooked, prepackaged meal from around 1902, still edible over a hundred years later.

A yearlong attempt to revive a long-fallow walled garden.

In case you enjoy vintage gardening shows, a la Helen Rosner, have we got the show for you.

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Photos of a cabin built deep in Japan's Gokayama mountains, constructed with a crowdfunding campaign.