Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Don't mess with the penny lobby

It costs 2.4 cents to make each penny. That might be OK if the diminutive coins were useful, but for the most part, they’re not. It also costs more than a nickel to make a nickel, but there’s no movement to discontinue that coin. When pennies aren’t taking up space on people’s dressers, they’re often thrown away as garbage. “Picking up a penny from a sidewalk and putting it in your pocket pays less than the Federal minimum wage, if you take more than 4.9 seconds to do it,”

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

The Backwards Brain Bicycle

Meet the Meathead Using Science and Sarcasm to Get Grilling Right

Barbecue impresario Meathead Goldwyn can get heated on the topic of beer-can chicken. The proprietor of AmazingRibs.com says the backyard summer dish is “one of the great loves of hairy-chested barbecue grillers and a really bad idea that doesn’t work.” Then he grins. "Drink the beer and take the can out of the chicken’s ass.”


When people in the West throw their clothes away, their cast-offs often go on a journey east, across the oceans, to India’s industrial interior. In her film Unravel, Meghna Gupta traces a humanizing path through this little-known phase of the global supply chain.

The Engineer Making Meat Tastier

It was in Memphis, Tennessee, that Kit Parker first began to think about teaching a class on American barbecue at Harvard. The engineering professor was wandering through a barbecue competition, studying the smokers where entrants had marinated their meat in smoke for hours on end. And he noticed something distinctly odd. “They were the most godawful contraptions you've ever seen.” The junkyard of cobbled-together smoking chambers, of all shapes and sizes and materials, told Parker something important. No one really knew how to build a perfect one yet.

The Ultimate At-Home Mixologist Nerd Trick

Whether you sip it with friends, chug it before hitting the dance floor, or take it as a post-work pick-me-up, there's clearly nothing like a cocktail for bracing the spirit. In addition to its peculiar history as a medicinal tonic, plenty of hard science lies behind the perfect cocktail, from the relationship between taste and temperature to the all-important decision of whether to shake or stir.

Mapping the Grand Canyon's Gruesome Legacy of Death

One of America’s mightiest sights is also a mighty destroyer. Since the mid-1800s, some 770 people have died in the Grand Canyon—and due to inconsistencies in the record, the real number is probably higher.

Coil Your Extension Cords Like a Roadie with the Over-Under Method

The Fallen of World War II

Take On Me

Bare Necessities