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Bird Poop Keeps Falling On My Head

I seem to get pooped on by birds a lot. Bird poop just finds me. It didn’t actually occur to me until this week that this happens to me more than to most people. But I checked with my Facebook … Continue reading

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DotW: Dictionaries on Another Website

I have pretty much abandoned my Dictionary of the Week feature. In fact, I’ve neglected my whole blog lately. You see, I have a full-time job now, and it’s really hard to keep up with a blog when you’re at … Continue reading

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Looking for the Great Tinamou

When I travel the world, I see a lot of birds. I don’t usually go out of my way to look for them, but I stop and look when they cross my path. Last week for The Last Word on … Continue reading

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Living With Pain

My friend and former National Geographic colleague Jenny Holland wrote a lovely guest post for The Last Word on Nothing this week. She writes clearly and honestly about her experience with nasty, chronic abdominal pain–while also being funny. (Jenny’s good … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: British Museum–Lewis Chess Set

In 1831, someone found a 78-piece chess set on a beach on the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland. The pieces are medieval, probably Norwegian, from about 1150-1200 AD. The National Museum of Scotland got a few … Continue reading

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Welcome, Phone Readers

Important development: This website now has a mobile version! Woohoo! I knew it was kind of annoying to read my website on a phone–I mean, I have a phone, I’m aware–but it didn’t occur to me until this week that … Continue reading

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Home Home I’m Home I’m Home

After five months in the wilderness–if you call Western and Northern Europe wilderness, which I probably shouldn’t–I am back in Washington, D.C., where I belong. Here are some blog posts I hope to get around to eventually: the British Museum … Continue reading

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Airport Polar Bear

After my wolverine posts, I’m considering a new series on taxidermy in transportation buildings. This polar bear welcomes visitors to Longyearbyen, the main settlement on Svalbard, in the Norwegian High Arctic. So in addition to “walking on belt is prohibited” … Continue reading

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Monetize Your Dog Walks

Look–some clever person in Kiruna, Sweden, found out a way to turn walking the dog into income. I saw this in the train station. Genius, right? You have to walk the dog anyway–why not make money while you’re at it? … Continue reading

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Wolverine, Again

There were some complaints after my blog post about a stuffed wolverine in a train station that you couldn’t actually tell the wolverine was in a train station. Fortunately, I passed through Narvik again and got to take another crack … Continue reading

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