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The History of Abortifacients

The peacock flower (or flos pavonis) is an arresting plant, standing nine feet tall in full bloom, with brilliant red and yellow blossoms. But it's more than beautiful; it's an abortifacient, too. One of the most striking records of the plant comes from German-born botanical illustrator Maria Sibylla Merian who, in…

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Tinder Tips for the Modern Witch

So you're a witch in 2014 and looking for love. It's a tale as old as time. Witches don't have it easy when it comes to the thrashing, genitalia-ragged dating pool. And don't get it twisted: I'm not talking about hip, harvest women like the witches of Bushwick or the menstrual ceremony partiers of Beachwood Canyon—I'm…