Rain and a Hurricane Almost Changed the Course of History on September 11, 2001

Everyone remembers the weather fourteen years ago. Every remembrance story, every “where were you when” conversation, every newscast before the attacks mentions how the sky was a brilliant, deep shade of blue the morning the world turned upside down. However, had the sky not been as clear as it was that day—if the… »9/11/15 10:41am9/11/15 10:41am

Dammit, Stop Using the Amish as an Excuse Not to Vaccinate Your Kids 

Against all logic, reason and every shred of credible scientific evidence, the "don't vaccinate your kids" brigade is still at it. (Thanks for the resurgence of whooping cough and polio, guys!) The latest pawn in their apparent bid to kill everyone from easily preventable diseases: the Amish, courtesty of yet another… »1/06/15 12:00pm1/06/15 12:00pm

Atlantic Runs Stupid Article About the 'Death of Monogamy,' Then Runs Righteous Takedown of Their Own Stupid Article

The latest Atlantic features an article called "A Million First Dates: How online romance is threatening monogamy"—a shallow, moony hagiography of "simpler times" trussed up like trenchant social analysis. Huzzah. Online dating, author Dan Slater argues, is destroying monogamy by giving people (he says people, but he… »1/04/13 6:15pm1/04/13 6:15pm

The ‘Having It All’ Author Is Trying to Fit It All into a New Book

On Tuesday, Random House announced that it had acquired rights to a book by Anne-Marie Slaughter, who will expand on her essay in July/August issue of The Atlantic, "Why Women Can't Have It All." Even though "having it all" probably isn't a real thing, Slaughter's cover story lured about 1 million online readers into… »7/17/12 10:25pm7/17/12 10:25pm

Martha Stewart Pushes Sustainability, Used To Think The Glass Ceiling Was A Postmodern Fixture That Would Light Up Any Home

In an interview with Atlantic senior editor Corby Kummer, Martha Stewart, performer of 2009 hit "Shine Blockas" ft. Gucci Mane and owner of Chow Chow guard dog Genghis Khan, says that when she first started her company and people began telling her that she broke through the glass ceiling, she did not have a fig what… »5/26/12 5:45pm5/26/12 5:45pm

Someday Buying a Vibrator Will Be as Boring as Buying an iPod

What if buying a vibrator were as commonplace and uneventful as popping into the Apple store for an iPod or buying a juicer from Williams-Sonoma? That's exactly what Ethan Imboden, founder of the company Jimmyjane is aiming for, and he's well on his way to achieving it. For nearly a decade, he's been a pioneer in… »5/15/12 1:30pm5/15/12 1:30pm

Has Your Cat Infected You With a Mind-Controlling Parasite? Probably.

Nature is capable of engineering some pretty crazy stuff, so maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise that many of us are infected with a parasite that has quietly invaded our brain and is probably, as we speak, affecting things like how we drive, whether we like the smell of cat pee, how social we are, and even how we… »2/10/12 3:10pm2/10/12 3:10pm

Researchers Discover the Most Annoying Tweet in the World

The more time we spend on Twitter, the better most of us get at tweeting so that we don't annoy the hell out of all of our followers. And, yet, there are still those people who just can't seem to do it right. They mean well, but their tweets are just, well, annoying. In an effort to actually quantify what constitutes… »2/01/12 10:05pm2/01/12 10:05pm