The Disappearing Ama: Japan's Tough, Topless, Free-Diving Mermaids

In the 1920s, a young law school graduate named Yoshiyuki Iwase left Tokyo and returned to his hometown of Onjuku, a fishing village in eastern Japan. With an early Kodak camera, he began documenting the traditions of the ama, women who dove for seaweed, shellfish, and most famously, pearls. What remains of Iwase's… » 1/16/15 9:05am 1/16/15 9:05am

Margaret Atwood Ruins a Marriage, Talks Memes, Politics in Reddit AMA

Margaret Atwood, high priestess of an oracular temple deep in the digital Canadian woods, did a Reddit AMA Monday. It's great: she was asked all of the questions you might expect (Where do you see political dystopia today? What's your ~process~?) and some you might not (Who is your fictional boyfriend?). Read on… » 12/30/14 5:40pm 12/30/14 5:40pm

The Best Questions and Answers From Amy Poehler's Delightful AMAA

If you have two ears, a heart and a penchant for smart, funny women who kick ass, take names and mix a whole lot of metaphors, you've probably already heard that Amy Poehler did a Reddit AMAA (YOLO, but with limits, you know?) and rocked that town like she was the 1989 earthquake. (I can say that because I lived… » 10/30/14 11:10am 10/30/14 11:10am

Man Gets Dick Chopped Off, Still Has More Sex Than Any Of Us

What's better than a guy with two dicks answering all the questions you might have about his endowment? Not much, but a contender has appeared. Meet Penisindoor, a man who is dickless due to a bloody accident and who's currently awaiting an experimental penile transplant. Close your eyes if you're squeamish. » 8/18/14 8:20pm 8/18/14 8:20pm

Woman Escapes Death by Hitman, Fakes Her Own Murder, Does Intense AMA

Reddit AMAs are often interesting, sometimes dramatic, but generally never as intense as the one that is going on right now. The interviewee is a woman who narrowly escaped death by a hitman and she's here to answer everyone's questions about what goes on when an ex just won't let things go. » 8/08/14 4:30pm 8/08/14 4:30pm

A Field Guide To Dying

Last night, I had another dream about death. That's not unusual; they usually come to me at least once or twice a week, but this one had the pleasure of being even more terrifying than usual. I was living in a house that was a strange mashup of both my apartment and my parents' house. My husband had divorced me, so I… » 7/24/14 10:40pm 7/24/14 10:40pm

​American Medical Association Officially Declares Cheerleading a Sport

Well it's about damn time. At their annual meeting in Chicago this weekend, the American Medical Association joined the American Academy of Pediatrics in deciding that cheerleading should be considered a sport due to it's "rigors and risks." According to research published in the Journal of Pediatrics, cheerleading… » 6/10/14 11:20am 6/10/14 11:20am