The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Real nice articles on secret passages, archeological surprises, and suicides attributed to the wind.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Wonderful articles on the Ermahgerd Girl and lots more stuff.

Deformed Baby Spider Brains

If you were born a baby spider, things would have turned out much differently for you. You'd have been mostly brain, for example. Researchers have long suspected that tiny spiders -- the young of which are routinely born deformed yet grow into normally proportioned adults -- are born with very large brains. Now they know it, thanks to what I imagine is research that amounted to dissecting deformed spider babies carried out by arachnid specialists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, down Panama way.

Link between Creativity and Mental Illness Discovered (Again)

Around 7:30 on the morning of Sunday, July 2, 1961, Earnest Hemingway went downstairs to the foyer of his home in Ketchum, Idaho, still clad in pajamas and robe, removed a 12-gauge shotgun from a rack near the front door, and shot himself in the head with it. Hemingway was 61 when he shot himself and he'd just been released after a two-month stint at the Mayo Clinic, where he'd been treated for severe depression. He followed in the footsteps of his father, who had shot himself at age 57.