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There's a Dating Website Just for People Who Work with Dead Bodies

Gravediggers and coroners need love too.<p><i>Carla Valentine, who runs Dead Meet, the dating website for people who work in the "death industry."</i><p>If you asked my eight-year-old self what the most romantic film moment in existence was, it'd be any scene with Gomez and Morticia in <i>The Addams Family,</i> …

Relationships

What It Was Like to Be Gay in Communist Romania

Under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu, homosexuality was outlawed and never discussed—having the wrong kind of intercourse could lead to interrogations and prison time.<p><i>Dictator Ceaușescu's on New Year’s Eve, 1976. Photo via Fototeca online a comunismului românesc. Collage: Mircea …

LGBTQI

Someone Is Beheading Animals in a London Park

A goose and a cat were both found decapitated in London's Meanwhile Gardens. What is wrong with people?<p><i>A mourning cat via Flickr user</i> <i>Jim Linwood</i><p>Hey, are you the fuckshow going around London parks beheading animals? Because somebody is, and it would be really cool if they could stop. The London …

Posters

Pope Francis Says Evolution and the Big Bang Are OK by Him

The pontiff continued his streak of saying things that make liberals swoon when he said that God wasn't a "magician with a magic wand."<p><i>Pope Francis hangs out. Photo via the Catholic Church of England and Wales's Flickr account</i><p>Yesterday, Pope Francis told the Pontifical Academy of Arts and Sciences …

Church of England

The Problem with Massive Cash Payments from Police Departments

When people win brutality cases against police departments they get paid off, which is good for them but the process erodes trust in the police and doesn't seem to prevent further abuses.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Adam Meek</i><p>In July 2010, a homeless street preacher named Marvin Booker was being processed …

Justice

Doctors Say Quarantining Medical Workers Just Makes the Ebola Epidemic Worse

Fear-based policies embraced by New York, New Jersey, and other states aren't helping.<p><i>Photo of medical workers in West Africa via the European Commission DG ECHO Flickr account</i><p><i>The New England Journal of Medicine</i> doesn't usually wade into whatever political issue is lighting up cable news, so it …

Disease

What Republicans Really Mean When They Talk About Immigration

It's easy to chalk up the GOP's hard right midterm turn on immigration to conservative fearmongering and vague doomsday panic, that's not the whole story.<p><i>An anti-immigration campaign ad for New Hampshire Republican Senate candiate Scott Brown. Screenshot via YouTube</i><p>When New Hampshire Republican …

Immigration

An Expert Describes Non-Stupid Ways to Use Ebola Quarantines

Dr. Susan McLellan told us the deceptively simple things can be done, and why those things aren't so simple in developing parts of Africa.<p><i>Photo via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Chris Christie and Andrew Cuomo recently decided to quarantine medical workers who have come in contact with Ebola, despite many …

Disease

How My Book Infected My Nightmares

My history of a tragic love affair in 19th-century Tennessee began to bleed into my dreams.<p><i>Illustrations by Sally Klann</i><p>The nightmares began shortly after I turned in the final draft of my book. My body was asleep in California, but the dream-me was standing inside the Western State Hospital for the …

Bedtime Stories

Banana Recipes for Athletes

Bananas are an athlete staple. They pack a nutritional punch with high levels of potassium, vitamin B6 and fiber and (despite common belief to the contrary) they score low on the Glycemic Index, meaning they won't spike your blood sugar. They're also versatile and can be used in everything from …

Breakfast

Brazil presidential rivals face off in debate

Brazil's presidential candidates have faced off in a heated debate just two days before their runoff election, with the focus on allegations of corruption and arguments over who could best spark a stalled economy.<p>The debate on Friday came just hours after the news magazine <i>Veja</i> published a report …