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A Week on My Bike

Corbin SmithOur senior Bicycling to Nowhere in Particular Correspondent writes about what he finds (and loses) while braving Vancouver, Washington's …

A Wondrous GIF Shows the Most Popular Baby Names for Girls Since 1960

Social Security Administration data visualized in the most lovely way imaginable<p>My friend Judy used to always say that whenever she met another Judy, she knew exactly how old that Judy was—to the day.<p>Now that level of precision might be a bit of a stretch, but, as the above map wonderfully shows, …

America's Most Popular Boys' Names Since 1960, in 1 Spectacular GIF

An infographic depiction of the epic battle between "Michael" and "Jacob"<p>Call it Jacob's ladder.<p>When it comes to the most popular names for baby boys in the United States, "Michael" long held sway. For most of the 1960s, and then on throughout the '70s and '80s (and almost all of the '90s!), the …

A Gunmaker in Nigeria

Mmemme’s friends gave him his nickname, an affectionate, long-held one, which means “to boast”; they said he would show off incessantly as a boy, like a precocious rapper. <i>Mmemme</i> is an Igbo word; the Igbos are one of Nigeria’s more than two hundred and fifty ethnic groups, and are mainly found in …

Scenes from an Atrocity

I first heard about the Syrian rebel who was supposed to have eaten a heart on Monday, when a friend who lives in Beirut tweeted something cryptic about abuse videos. Against my better instincts, I opened one of the links he attached to his tweet. It showed soldiers (or was it militia members? …

DWP report accepts mistakes made on welfare sanctions by jobcentres

An internal inquiry at the Department for Work and Pensions into the covert regime of welfare targets at jobcentres says it has found no evidence of …

The six most excruciating interviews of all time

Today, Ginger Baker is probably responsible for more curled toes and tightened sphincters than anyone else alive. His Q&A with Michael Hann at the …