Minnesota State Fair’s New Foods Winners and Losers.
Battle of the Bulge: Why We’re So Fascinated by Superhero Codpieces.
Why Manafort and Cohen Thought They’d Get Away With It. White collar criminals go unpunished most of the time.
Trash, Class, and Free Cigarettes: My Life With The Jerry Springer Show. The trashy talk series lasted 27 years because people can't help staring at train wrecks.
Jackie Gleason was interested in UFOs for quite some time, although he wasn't quite a believer. In 1959, he had a home built that resembled a flying saucer, and it's now for sale. (via Strange Company)
Biddy Mason Went from Slave to Real Estate Tycoon. Then she used her clout to help others get a leg up.
Exaptation Shows That Evolution Is Not Intelligent. That's when a trait finds a new purpose through dumb luck.
Stickeen: The Story of a Dog. John Muir's account of a dangerous 1880 glacier crossing with a canine companion. (via Metafilter)
Why is it So Hard to Design a Better Paper Cup? Materials that can hold hot liquid are maddeningly hard to recycle.
A blast from the past (2009): Invasion of the Zombie Animals.