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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week


What's Wrong With Yoko Ono, Anyway? On Dame Magazine, Margaret Wappler writes about the unfair, decades-long kicking around Yoko Ono has had to endure for supposedly breaking up the Beatles and all the subtext that's really at play.

The History of Paint-by-Numbers On Mental Floss, Zac Bissonette writes about the craze for the paint-by-numbers sets of the 1950s, one that has a sham origin pulled off by a slick Detroiter.

Why We Prefer Shameless Selfishness to Tainted Altruism On Hazlitt, Nicholas Hune-Brown covers some social psychology studies that investigate why humans disdain profiting from charity, even when rationally it makes utter sense.

The Great 1980s Dungeons & Dragons panic

Little Workers in Pretty Boxes On Slate Thomas Hachard reviews a book covering the century-long quest to develop the perfect workplace and how what makes a workplace perfect has fundamentally changed over time.

When An Explorer's Body Begins to Eat Itself In Outdoor magazine, Peter Stark describes the physiological process of starvation in humans.

The Curse of the Unlucky Mummy On Nautilus, Rose Eveleth writes about the curious story of a sarcophagus cover from the tomb of an Egyptian high priestess, how it came to be suspected of being cursed and what that belief said about British anxieties of the time.

Message in a Bottle, Found in the Baltic Sea, is 100 Years Old On Smithsonian, Rose Eveleth provides a brief history of messages in bottles and the informal competition for finding the oldest.

What It's Like to Work As A Professional Food Taster On Billfold, Mike Dang interviews a man named Matthew about his brief, intense experience tasting and rating casual frozen foods.

Drunken Monkeys: Does Alcoholism Have An Evolutionary Basis? On LiveScience, Wynne Parry covers a hypothesis of alcoholism that holds the disease is a maladaptation of an evolutionary trait that allows animals to easily locate ripe fruit.

Marijuana, Cannabis sativa L. In the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture Bureau of Plant Industry in 1983, Robert J. Hill provides a relatively brief but detailed description and history of the marijuana plant.

The Rise and Fall of a Super Freak In an excerpt from Scary Monsters and Super Freaks in 2003, Mike Sager recounts the staggeringly phenomenal life of the legendary musician (and perhaps largely misunderstood) Rick James.

The Mysterious History of 'Marijuana' On NPR's CodeSwitch blog, Matt Thompson delves into the social and botanical history of marijuana and the moral panic that led to its criminalization in the 20th century.

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