Melissa Dudgeon

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This Nation Is Politically Deranged

The Justice Department Inspector General's report proves the nation became addicted to unreality.<p>I feel very safe in saying that James Comey’s future paperback sales took a considerable nosedive on Thursday afternoon. The Department of Justice’s inspector general dropped The Last Honest Man from a …

Donald Trump

Trump's Declaration That North Korea Is 'No Longer a Nuclear Threat' Will Haunt Him

Few were surprised that Trump bungled his much-hyped summit with Kim Jong-un. And, as expected, the president emerged from Singapore singing the …

North Korea

When Anthony Bourdain Called Out Putin and Trump—in Russia

The Season 3 episode of ‘Parts Unknown,’ released in 2014, saw the late TV traveler venture to Russia. It remains one of the most extraordinary …

Russia

50 horrifying serial killers from each state

When the Golden State Killer was caught in April— more than three decades after his crimes — the country was stunned. But these horrific murders are not unfamiliar to Americans. In fact, the United States has the most known serial killers than any other country.<p>As early as the 1800s, the United …

Crime

Woman's Tongue Gets Inseminated By Squid After Eating Undercooked Seafood

Were you ever told that if you swallowed any apple seeds, a tree would start growing in your stomach? Well, these medical case studies are a bit like …

Zoology

"Brain in Butt" Study Points to True Location of Second Nervous System

No, it's not actually in the butt.<p>The brain and spinal cord may control most of the body, but some parts handle themselves just fine without their …

Neuroscience

23 Surreal Facts About Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí was one of the most famous painters of the 20th century. The Surrealist’s self-promotional antics and bizarre artwork made him an …

Art

Most People Prefer Coffee to Sex

The best part of waking up…isn’t sex<p>If your partner isn’t up for morning sex, don’t take it personally: More than half of people say they would rather drink coffee than have sex, according to a new survey commissioned by Le Méridien Hotels and Resorts.<p>Researchers conducted the survey by calling …

Coffee

In Istanbul, Drinking Coffee in Public Was Once Punishable by Death

As coffee made its way out of Ethiopia to the rest of the world, it was an insanely controversial drink. The fact that people loved and enjoyed it …

Coffee

Why This Frog’s Poisonous, Inflatable Backside Is Staring at You

This South American frog’s inflatable rear end puts on quite a show for predators.<p>Humans are forever trying to get their rear ends to look either smaller or bigger, but nothing we do—nothing—can make our cabooses as amazing as that of the Cuyaba dwarf frog, or <i>Physalaemus nattereri.</i><p>Yet this frog’s …

Zoology

Ex-inmate Susan Burton goes back to prison to lead out women she left behind

Susan Burton took the bus home from prison six times, with "a buck-fifty left in my pocket," she said, no ID and her worldly possessions in a box.<p>In the two decades since her last Greyhound lap, Burton and her Watts-based group, A New Way of Life Reentry Project, have thrown a lifeline to around …

Santa Monica

The Dancer in Birkenau: Meet the Polish-Jewish Ballerina Who Shot Nazis on Her Way to the Gas Chamber

More a certainty than a legend, a woman killed a Nazi guard at Birkenau while she was ordered to strip en route to the gas chambers. But who was …

Auschwitz

Ireland Overturns Abortion Ban in Landslide Vote

Ireland overwhelmingly voted to liberalize some of Western Europe’s most restrictive abortion laws in the nation’s most decisive break yet with its …

Same-sex Marriage

Your Labia Are Totally Normal, Trust Us

We all wonder whether what's under our clothes looks like what's under other women's clothes, especially when it comes to things like nipples or even …

Women's Health

Here's What MDMA Did for My Anxiety That Meds Couldn't

"I don’t have an opinion on what anyone else should do, but numbing the fear was not the answer for me."<p>I was 17 when I was first prescribed Prozac for anxiety. I had an eating disorder at the time, and a psychiatrist thought it might reduce my self-starvation and self-induced vomiting. It didn’t …

Depression

If You Have These 7 Personality Traits, You Might Have High Levels Of Testosterone

When we think of hormones, we tend to think about how they affect parts of our health such as our mood, our skin, or our energy levels. But hormones …

Psychology

This comedian has the best take on ‘BBQ Becky’

In case you missed it, a white woman in Oakland, California was very upset recently over a group of Black people barbecuing in a park. Apparently, …

Stanford University

11 Weird Ways Britain’s Iconic Telephone Boxes Have Been Repurposed

Though phone booths are seemingly obsolete, the red telephone boxes of the U.K. are finding remarkable new uses.<p>The stately phone box, with its red …

England

Can Genetic Counselors Keep Up With 23andMe?

The rise of spit kits is leaving consumers with lots of data and few answers. Genetic counselors could help people understand these results, but there aren’t enough of them to go around.<p>In hindsight, clicking on the email from 23andMe at 10 p.m., alone, on a particularly cold March night probably …

Molecular Biology

Why the pharmaceutical industry is giving up the search for an Alzheimer’s cure

Thanks to modern healthcare and improved living standards, life expectancy is predicted to surpass 80 years in most parts of the world by 2050. That’s the positive.<p>The negative is that will push the number of people in the world over the age of 60 to more than 2 billion, which in turn will make …

Dementia

My Bishop, Most Rev. Michael Curry, Just Changed the History of Royal Weddings—Here's Why His Sermon Matters

Months of anticipation culminated with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in Windsor on Saturday. There was much discussion regarding whether Meghan, an American-born biracial actress, would honor her African-American heritage during the festivities. It was impossible to escape …

Royal Family

Scientists Confirm Every Short Man’s Worst Fear: The Napoleon Complex Really Exists

From Napoleon to Tom Cruise short men have had to 'grow a pair' (rather than say, an inch), since the dawn of time. Although sometimes the slights …

Research

The Morphine Queen Who Defied the Nazis

Baron Heinrich von Puttkamer was dying of pneumonia. As the Prussian noble and high-ranking army officer struggled to draw his last, ragged breaths …

Morphine

Devaluation and Idealization in Borderline Personality Disorder

Devaluation and idealization are defense mechanisms that help a person manage their anxiety as well as internal or external stresses. While this …

Mindfulness

GOP Candidate Jazmina Saavedra Harassed A Trans Woman In The Bathroom & Shared Video Of It Online

On Tuesday, Republican congressional candidate Jazmina Saavedra harassed a trans woman in the bathroom at a Los Angeles Denny's and shared a video of …

16 Ways The Human Body Is Actually Unbelievable

<i>You’ve lived inside it your entire life, but did you know how amazing the human body is?</i><p><b>1. The human skeleton contains over 15 bones.</b><p><b>2. The eye can</b> …

Home Depot

Here's what happens when your dead body is left to rot (plus a few, more practical, uses for it)

We’re used to seeing bodies lie in rest on the other side of a coffin, but without six feet of soil to protect it, thing start to get very messy.<p>Left …

Gardening

What do you say to a four-year-old white supremacist?

I try to be sympathetic, although not accommodating, to the fact that entire generations of Americans were explicitly taught white skin is superior. But it’s difficult to be sympathetic when those beliefs are expressed by a four-year-old.<p>It was Friday night, 22 February 2015. My friend Nuha (a …

Religion

Man to Spanish speakers at New York restaurant: 'My next call is to ICE'

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man berated employees and customers for speaking Spanish in a New York restaurant, describing them as undocumented and threatening to call immigration officials in a rant captured on video.<p>The incident happened Tuesday at a Fresh Kitchen in Manhattan, according to Edward Suazo, who posted …

Bill de Blasio

State to defend California law allowing life-ending drugs

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Betsy Davis threw herself a party before becoming one of the first people to use a California law allowing her to take her own life in 2016.<p>Her sister and other advocates fear others won't have the same choice after a Riverside County judge threw out the law Tuesday …

Jerry Brown