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Elvis: Jewish King of Rock
As an accidental past participant in Elvis Week, the festival held each August in Memphis leading up to the anniversary of Elvis's death, I can tell you that very few Elvis fans consider The King to be a Jew. This is fair. He sang a lot of gospel tunes and famously found solace in them.
It is an overused phrase, but there was one man in the Olympic Stadium who could lay claim to genuinely making history. Oscar Pistorius, the Blade Runner, said he felt blessed after sailing through the opening round of the 400m heats and becoming the first double amputee to compete in the Olympic Games.
The Takeaway - The Case of the 'Cyclops Child'
Doctor Fredric Neuman is now the director of the Anxiety and Phobia Center at White Plains Hospital. But when he was a medical intern, he saw something no one should ever have to see. In a recent blog post for Psychology Today, Neuman detailed the birth of a "Cyclops Child."
SPAM Museum, Austin, Minnesota
Scrapple and Treet have devoted fans. Deviled ham and Salisbury steak are lunchroom staples. But SPAM is the undisputed king of mystery meat. Made of pig parts and secret spices, cooked in its own cans right on the assembly line, SPAM rolls out of its far-flung factories at a rate of 44,000 cans an hour.
Letters of Note: Oh my ass burns like fire!
When he wasn't busy composing some of the most beaufitul music ever to seduce the human ear, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart could often be found writing shockingly crude letters to his family.
How Scientology Staged the Takedown of a Texas Psychiatrist
Scott Beale/Flickr Scientology seems to be having a rough go of it lately, what with high-profile defections that include its leader's father and its founder's granddaughter. The organization also appears to be on the verge of losing Suri Cruise just as she's getting old enough to join in some of its special rituals.
The Olympic Struggle Over Sex
Even as it hopes to clarify the difference between male and female athletes, a new rule from the International Olympic Committee inadvertently stirs the waters. What is sport ultimately for? That fundamental philosophical question lies behind the debate over what to do with women athletes who were raised as girls but whose bodies seem to be unusually masculine.
Maybe We Should Stop Calling Smartphones 'Phones'
Every day, the average smartphone user spends 128 minutes actively using the device. That's just over two hours. The average user is spending those 128 minutes surfing the Internet (for nearly 25 minutes), engaging in social networking (for more than 17), listening to music (more than 15), and playing games (more than 14).
Now Begins the Real Work on Health Care Reform
ogimogi/Flickr As a physician, I am happy that as a result of the Supreme Court's decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) many Americans who currently live without insurance will gain access to health coverage and the life-saving care that comes with it.
'Having It All'? How About: 'Doing The Best I Can'?
I am a single father and a work-at-home dad. The duality of my life is always with me. It is my anchor in many senses of the word Anne-Marie Slaughter's remarkable article Why Women Still Can't Have It All clearly has meant different things to different people since it was published and posted.
Buy Your Very Own Tuscan Village (on eBay!)
The owners of a medieval town were having trouble selling their wares through traditional methods. So they turned to the Internet. Pratariccia is a medieval village that is perched on hilltops above Tuscany's Casentino Valley. It's owned, currently, by a religious order.
My Friend Nora Ephron Is Dead: The World Has Lost Someone Very Special | Serious Eats
Nora Ephron, essayist, screenwriter, novelist, playwright, director, and, yes, serious eater, died tonight. You didn't have to know her to realize what a terrible loss this is. Nora was razor-sharp, smart, funny, dignified, and generously spirited, not to mention ridiculously talented.
THE PATAGONIAN HARE: A MEMOIRby Claude Lanzmann, translated by Frank WayneFarrar, Straus and Giroux, 544 pp., $35 "I have been told a thousand times by a thousand different people that I ought to write the story of my life, that it was rich, multifaceted, and unique, and it deserved to be told.
FIX FOOD | Fix Antibiotics
Antibiotics are critical, life-saving drugs. Yet, 80% of the antibiotics sold in the U.S. go to factory farms, primarily for animals to grow faster and endure crowded, unsanitary conditions. This irresponsible use has led to the development of "" on the farm, and these antibiotic-resistant bacteria are making their way to us through the air, the water, and our food.