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Social life and customs

For the Longest Time

From entries in the India Book of Records, founded in 2004 by Biswaroop Roy Chowdhury, who holds the Guinness world record for constructing the largest screwdriver. Read More

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Rotten Ice

Traveling by dogsled in the melting Arctic

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Honky, Napoleon, and the Empress Wu

Memories of a South African childhood

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Poison Apples

Thirty years ago, Apple Computer launched a new product with a messianic commercial in which legions of blank-faced, coverall-clad workers march, as if in a trance, through a strange industrial…

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A Little Girl’s New York

In my seventeenth year, there suddenly appeared in Fifth Avenue a very small canary-yellow brougham with dark trimmings, drawn by a big, high-stepping bay and driven by a coachman who…

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Briefly Noted

From entries in Comic, Curious and Quirky: News Stories from Centuries Past, by Rona Levin, a collection of British newspaper articles published this month by the British Library.

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Page Turner

The time is close at hand when the scattered members of the civilized communities will be as closely united, as far as instant telephonic communication is concerned, as the various…

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Putin’s Double

By Emmanuel Carrère, from Limonov, to be published in October by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Carrère’s books include The Adversary, My Life as a Russian Novel, and Lives Other Than…

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Racial Profiling

From a list of words used least often by Latino men, relative to other men, in personal profiles on the dating website OkCupid. Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think…

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