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Happy Thanksgiving!

This year for Thanksgiving the People of LWON decided to offer our thanks in a slightly different format: by hand. Read our thanks (if you can read our handwriting). In addition to the thanks I mentioned there, I’m also thankful … Continue reading

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Ice Cream Essay

Transcript of actual e-mail conversation between me and another contributor to The Last Word on Nothing, a little over a week ago: Me: I’ve been particularly low on lwon ideas lately. Got anything for me? Cameron: Ooooo…. I’m low, too. … Continue reading

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Stealth Artificial Sweeteners in Soda

I have a thing against diet soda. I just think it’s creepy. And it tastes terrible. (Ok, I gather it’s an acquired taste, but not one I’ve ever taken the trouble to acquire.) The other day a can of soda … Continue reading

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Where Did Corn Come From?

All the plants and animals we eat and use came from somewhere. Chickens are related to a bird in Southeast Asia; wheat comes from some kind of middle Eastern grass. Years ago, genetic research found that corn’s closest ancestor was … Continue reading

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Eating Whale Meat in Norway

Today at Last Word on Nothing I have a little essay about eating whale meat. This spring while I was living in Sweden I had a lovely visit with my friend Veronica and her family in northern Norway. I took … Continue reading

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A Pepper With Buzz

The Szechuan pepper is a curious beast. It’s used as a seasoning in certain East Asian cuisines–most obviously food from China’s Sichuan province, but also in Japan and various other lands. It has an odd effect: a tingling on the … Continue reading

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Museum Tourist: Museu de la Xocolata

Today was International Museum Day. I tried to go to about 7 museums, all but one of which was either completely closed for renovation, mostly closed for renovation, or nonexistent. The Chocolate Museum was the one exception in my day … Continue reading

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turkey surgery

For ScienceNOW last week, I wrote a quick item about turkey surgery. Well, how to close up your stuffed turkey. If you, like me, thought, “Why would you need to close up a turkey?” I will explain. Apparently some people … Continue reading

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museum tourist: air and space reception

One of the many lovely things about living (a) in the nation’s capital and (b) near my parents is that I occasionally get taken along to evening events at Smithsonian museums for whatever kind of member my parents are. Last … Continue reading

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oreo science: edicion en español

Loyal readers may recall my shipboard foray into oreo science two years ago, in which I learned that the ship’s mini-pack oreos were way smaller than the regular oreos I’d bought on shore. A follow-up experiment with Ritz crackers showed … Continue reading

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