Why Is Hanukkah So Closely Associated With Christmas?
It's all about the Benjamins.
Are Varsity Sports Destroying Exercise and Ruining America's Schools?
Students who get a lot of exercise perform better academically. But competitive varsity sports limit the availability of rigorous activity in schools.
Why They're the Redskins: Team Mascots Are Supposed to Be Offensive
There's such a thing as going too far, but team mascots are supposed to be offensive.
Is the Gay Population a Lot Bigger Than Even Kinsey Predicted?
A new study, which attempts to correct for problems with current survey methodology (even when anonymous we don't always answer honestly), finds that 19 percent of Americans don't consider themselves heterosexual.
How We Discovered That Columbus Didn't Get to America First
And why it doesn't really matter if he was 500 years too late.
The Gun Club: On the History of Citizen Ownership of Firearms
The history of citizen ownership of firearms isn’t just about protection against tyranny; it’s also about forcing subjects to defend tyranny.
Does the President Have the Power to Convince Us of Anything?
Not really, no. So why, then, do we bother to listen to his speeches?
It’s Not Just All of the People Around You That Are Getting Fatter
Research reveals that animals are gaining weight, too.
Russia Can Try to Change Them, but the Olympics Have Always Been Gay
Russian legislators have said they will enforce new anti-gay laws during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, but the ancient athletic games started out as little more than a gigantic festival of homoerotic excess.
The End of Relationships Between College Professors and Students?
How did we come to decide that relationships between professors and students are almost always wrong?
The Future for Carlos Danger: When Do Political Scandals Go Too Far?
His place in the polls continues to drop, but is there hope yet for Anthony Weiner? Research indicates that many politicians tainted by scandal get elected anyway.
Why Pope Francis' Recent Acceptance of Gay Priests Shouldn't Surprise You
The Catholic Church changes its teachings all the time.
Is Widespread Drug Use to Thank for the Inventions of the Classical World?
At least one scholar's research indicates drug use was fairly common in ancient Greece and Rome.
Women Are More Successful When They Keep Their Last Name
Research shows that married women who don't take their husbands' names are more successful than those who do because others judge them to be more intelligent, competent, and ambitious.
What Feeds Racism: The Problem With Paula Deen and Good Southern Ladies
Research clearly shows that even “nice" people can be racist.
On the History of Superman and Clark Kent, America's Favorite Hero
Superman's story is one of America's most retold because, as this country's most famous and beloved character, he's a mirror through which we see ourselves.
How Lobster Got Fancy: The Surprising History of a Delicacy
The surprising history—from food for the poor, servants, and prisoners to a soldier's staple to everybody's idea of a delicacy—of "the cockroach of the ocean." Or, one of the most remarkable rebrandings in product history.
The Appeal of Tragedy: Recreating the Splendor of The Great Gatsby
Enthusiasm for the clothes of The Great Gatsby don’t indicate blindness toward the tragedy of the story. The tragedy is part of the appeal.