- The first known depiction of a witch on a broom is from the 15th century. Updated 8h ago
- The headline you've been craving: "I accidentally joined a cult after leaving another cult."
- "Spanking Jesus" is a real, complicated, erotic, religious thing, and not the easiest way to experience God.
- Fact: The "Hillary treatment" extends to Hong Kong. Fiction: Coco Austin is the president of Croatia. Updated 5h ago
- Pussy Riot weighs in on the US presidential election with a perfectly timed ode to the ladyflower.
- Wonder Woman is now an ambassador for the United Nations, and lots of people have a problem with that.
- Dead people with ballot cards—aka, "zombie voters"—have scared American voters since the Civil War. Updated 1d ago
- FYI the American presidential election is not rigged.
- What happens if nobody wins? Role-playing a legitimate Constitutional crisis in 1980.
Turkey wants to reclaim the Ottoman Empire
Putin isn't the only one interested in restoring his nation's previous borders. Turkish President Erdogan has started playing to an irredentist flank of his nationalist base with crude maps that put Greek islands and even Mosul under Turkish control. Kemal Ataturk's willingness to cede Greek islands and other territories after the First World War, in this view, is recast from heroism into cowardice.
And yes: irredentism is real.
- The Harry Potter books were a translator's nightmare. Updated 8h ago
- When American companies try to rebrand overseas, what's the best way to translate their names?
- Why Trump’s hyperbolic speech fascinates linguists and drives foreign journalists crazy.
The Adolescent Scene
Dribbling in the Dark
What it’s like to be 14 in a new school, a new city away from home—and the wrong ethnicity in a divided country.
Where Death Lies
Each year, the Japanese government expects dozens of people to die from eating ill-prepared blowfish, and yet the dish remains a delicacy.
The 2016 Tournament of Books
Relive the action of the 12th Annual Morning News Tournament of Books—or any of the previous 11—presented by Field Notes.
- Frank Serpico says we need to break the police brotherhood. Updated 1d ago
- Police unions are frequently segregated, and frequently prefer to stay that way.
- Criminologist finds little research into police unions and their effects on societies and cities—but nearly all of the research says they're bad.
- The Dyn attack highlights the internet's surprisingly vulnerable centralization. Updated 2d ago
- Every three months, cryptography officers participate in a secret key ceremony designed to keep the web secure.
- Getting poetic about ICANN: "Each other connects to each other."