Posts by: Dan Weiss
Everything you know is wrong: the idea of taste zones comes from a mistranslation.
Some birds are as smart as apes (all birds are terrible though).
Today in ruin porn: never finished hotels of the Egyptian desert.
Welcome to the fine world of spite houses....more
The Prohibition Party is still out there fighting the good fight.
Never forget all the crazy ways we tried to kill Castro.
Exploring the ghosts of Contadora Island....more
So what happens if a third-party candidate keeps anyone from a majority in the electoral college (we’re living in weird times folks)?
Give a moment of your day to appreciating the humble recorder.
The question we’ve all been wondering: what books did Shackleton bring to Antarctica?
California Topiaries is your photoseries for the day.
What is up with the Forest Grove mystery noise?...more
Start your day with the sound of millions of hungry jellyfish (as one does).
Very bad news weird Chinese architecture fans....more
In the end aren’t we ALL just 43 giant presidential busts rotting in a field?
Getting harder and harder to keep this thing from being political, but in honor of JEB, Politico has a good roundup of America’s greatest political failures....more
Hey look! It’s some lost JRR Tolkien poetry.
Today in important bummers: online shopping is killing the world.
Photographing the neglected modernist estates of Paris (is a thing you could do).
But, like, where do puffins go in the winter?...more
Look, if you want to watch octopuses bone you’re going to have a LITTLE bit of cannibalism.
Not to get to Political, but it’s good time to revisit the lessons of Abe Fortas.
It’s always a good day to think about the bowerbird....more
Start your weekend with some 1930s Russian book jackets.
“But can I look at some Australian children’s books too?” Yes you can look at some Australian children’s books too.
Very important (and disappointing) mammoth meat mystery news.
Here are your 19th Century infographics for the day....more
Look I know I’m not supposed to link to this sort of thing but don’t you want to know about Bubbles the Chimp’s twilight years?
Let’s all take a moment to calculate the speed of light!...more
We’re taking the next week off here at Morning Coffee to get away while the Super Bowl destroys our city; we’ll be back on the scene next Tuesday! In the meantime:
I don’t normally link to this kind of thing, but Vulture’s list of the 100 jokes that formed modern American humor is absolutely worth your perusal....more
The important question: sup with chins tho?
If anyone lives in or near Texas, I hope you’re going to the Hyperloop competition for me this weekend.
Strange times: Chinese researchers are breeding autistic monkeys.
Yes but how do octopuses resolve fights
Here’s some 19th Century natural history platypus illustration to guide you into the weekend....more
Everything is awful: we are down to the last three Yangtze giant soft-shell turtles.
New York’s very first subway was pretty cool though.
I imagine you’d like to look through these old Modern Electrics covers....more