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Leaves Change Color Each Fall Because of Dieting Trees

Those brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows? They're preparations for a hungry winter.<p>No offense to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and decorative gourds, but the real signs of fall are the leaves—leaves that transform from green to red. And green to orange. And green to yellow. Autumnal romance aside, it's a …

The World War II Campaign to Bring Organ Meats to the Dinner Table

As pork and beef were shipped overseas to feed the soldiers, the U.S. government enlisted Margaret Mead and a team of anthropologists make hearts, livers, and kidneys a mainstream part of American dining. They succeeded, sort of.<p>In January 1943, just over a year into the United States’ involvement …

How to Make a Living in the Death Industry

Mortician and writer Caitlin Doughty discusses working with dead bodies, her dream funeral, and how cremation got so popular.<p>Caitlin Doughty isn’t an ordinary mortician. In 2006, Doughty was fresh out of college when her fascination with death took her to a job at a crematory where she drove a van, …

'What If' There Were An Entire Book Devoted To Absurd Hypotheticals?

Simple questions can lead to very complicated answers. For instance: What if everyone actually had just one soul mate — one random person somewhere in the world? Could they ever meet?<p>"You know, there are a lot more people who have been alive than who are alive right now. So if your soul mate is …

Smoke City's Michael Gans: 4 Great Bites Near LA

<i>A series about LA chefs and the off-night food they love.</i><p>Not too many places are holier for barbecue aficionados than Lockhart, Texas, a 30-minute …

A Fun Collection Of Recreated Childhood Photos

People normally look back at photos from their childhood to see how goofy they used to look, and how far they've come since, but some people don't …

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The Challenges of Having Sex as a Little Person

A sexologist helps people with dwarfism overcome their bodies' obstacles to sex and intimacy.<p>Dr. Marylou Naccarato was an agent for the Internal Revenue Service for decades before she became a clinical sexologist. “As a former IRS agent of 23 years,” she quips, “people ask, ‘How did you shift from …

Why Are All These Legos Washing Up on the Beach?

A rogue wave and a lot of plastic octopi shed light on the workings of ocean currents.<p>If you happen to find yourself strolling on the beach in Cornwall, you might find some man-made detritus along with the expected array of shells and seaweed and sand. You might find some diving flippers. Or a life …

Where Do Bon Appétit Recipes Come From?

An overview of the Bon Appétit recipe development process, from conception to testing to tasting, cross-testing, editing, and photography<p>With her iconic blonde top-knot wobbling on her head and the skirt of her floral dress protected by a white apron, senior associate food editor <b>Alison Roman</b> cut …

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