The medieval penitential "is sex sin" flowchart.
Excerpt from John Boehner's memoir describing the Republicans' turn toward craziness in 2010.
The History Blog: "The wooden lifeboat that carried the crew to safety after their ship wrecked off the western coast of Australia in 1891 has been found intact in the rafters of a hay shed."
The meter-wide, featureless, gelatinous blobs occasionally seen floating in the sea off Norway have been the subject of scrutiny and conspiracy theories for 35 years. They have now finally been identified as the egg sacs of a common squid, Illex coindetii
Many deep sea bacteria are completely invisible to the human immune system.
Interview with Pete Buttigieg about his new job as Secretary of Transportation (Washington Post)
Anger on the right: “Most people living in the United States today — certainly more than half — are not Americans in any meaningful sense of the term.”
Reaching the deepest known shipwreck.
Trying to redeem social psychology after the replication crisis.
Denver Riggelman is a former Republican Congressman who lost a primary in 2020 to a far-right character and now devotes himself to fighting QAnon and other disinformation. (New York Times)
I complained a while back that nobody knows how to move artifacts between museums with style any more. I was wrong.
Mysterious medieval seal depicting an elephant.
The booming business of selling longleaf pine needles for mulch. (Washington Post)
The toxic mess in Brooklyn's Gowanus Canal is finally being cleaned up. In a New York desperate for more housing the de Blasio administration plans to rezone the surrounding area for 8,000 apartments and condos. Residents, of course, are suing to block the plan. (New York Times)