Late one June night in 2011, a large animal collided with an SUV cruising down a Connecticut parkway. The creature appeared as something out of New England's forgotten past. Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion. Speculations ran wild, the wildest of which figured him a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States. But a more fantastic scenario of facts soon unfolded.
"Riveting not for casual reader or feint of heart"
Wong died Friday at 106. A Hollywood studio artist, painter, printmaker, calligrapher, greeting-card illustrator and, in later years, maker of fantastical kites, he was one of the most celebrated Chinese-American artists of the 20th century.
"Tyrus Wong, 'Bambi' Artist and Disney Legend Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106" is from the December 31, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Margalit Fox and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
Travis Ridout and Michael Franz examine how political advertisements function in various kinds of campaigns and how voters are influenced by them. The authors particularly study where ads are placed, asserting that television advertising will still be relevant despite the growth of advertising on the Internet.
This is a case where the dreams of the victim’s mother have become part of the public record.
In 1935, a shark on display in an Australian aquarium vomited up a human arm. In a regular shark attack story, this would be the happy ending, with the beast captured and at least part of its victim’s body recovered so it could be laid to rest. But this is no ordinary shark tale. The shark, it turns out, didn’t attack anyone. It wasn’t the villain, but more like the jogger in a Law and Order episode who discovers a body and sets the story in motion.
How to regenerate an organ with new cells.
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If Ellis Island is remembered today as America’s welcoming gate, the media coverage of the time created a more complicated picture. There were joyful stories of the immigrants allowed into the US, alongside exposés of discriminatory procedures, terrible food, and arbitrary exclusion decisions. Several Ellis Island commissioners identified interacting with the media as the single most taxing element of their job.
The most dangerous job in Glasgow was being an ice cream man.
A cowboy needs a horse, a fireman needs a Dalmatian, and a doctor needs a stethoscope. But why does a cop need a doughnut?
Inside Disney's America, the doomed '90s project that almost sunk the company.
It's more or less repurposed horse feed. A version of this post originally appeared on Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail.
The mistletoe plant is largely known for a manufactured characteristic: It’s the green sprig with white berries that hangs in doorways during Christmas time, requiring those who meet beneath to kiss. But here’s the thing about this festive accessory: It’s a parasite.
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Why scientists during the late 18th and 19th centuries conducted crude experiments with reanimating corpses.
In 2015, The New York Times documented a year in the lives of six New Yorkers older than 85, one of the fastest-growing age groups in the United States. All six survived 2015, an accomplishment in itself. This past year, I kept in touch with the group to see how they were doing.
"The 'Oldest Old' Brave Another Year" is from the December 31, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by John Leland and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
Few cities in the world are as closely linked to their subways as New York City — the vast network helped shape the city and now carries nearly 6 million people a day. So when the most ambitious expansion of the subway system in half a century opens Sunday, it will be a transformative moment, promising to alter the future of a large slice of Manhattan.
"Second Avenue Subway's Arrival Brings Fear that Rents Will Soar" is from the December 30, 2016 US section of The New York Times. It was written by Emma G. Fitzsimmons and narrated by Mike DelGaudio.
The BUGBUG starter set contains five utensils: two sets of spear-ended chopsticks (one long pair and one short), a paddle for crushing and scooping, a fork with tiny tines, and, most intriguingly, a set of extremely precise pincers that fit over the bearer’s thumb and middle finger.
She and her navigator disappeared nearly 80 years ago.
The history of inanimate objects being held legally responsible for the death of humans goes back to ancient times, specifically ancient Greece. It’s hard to say how common the practice was there, although there are references to it in Plato’s Laws.