Are you flushing away a fortune? It’s undeniably true that average weekly grocery bills vary widely from person to person, family to family. But after their journey through your gastrointestinal system (sorry for that image, but there’s worse to come), there’s simply no getting away from the place in which a substantial proportion of your […]
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We’re telling you now, it’s a lot. Please permit us the smallest amount of navel-gazing this week as we write this, our 100th, weekly newsletter. Yup, it was exactly 100 editions ago that we started pounding the keys to bring you what turned out to be a long and winding road through the world of […]
And why it’s bad news for potatoes, but no problem for you. Just as it has been for years, the most common last name in the US is Smith. But although over 2.3 million Americans share it, apparently only 215 also have the first name Erwin. And we’re fairly sure that few, if any, of […]
And how a less diverse diet can lead to a less diverse microbiome. Maybe it was just us, but perhaps you also took an interest in code-breaking as a kid? If so, you may recall that a useful tool in cracking ciphers is a technique called frequency analysis. When the encoding method is a simple […]
What happens to your microbiome if you eat the diet of the world’s most ancient hunter-gatherers? This week, we dive deep into a two-part BBC radio show, the first episode of which was transmitted just this Monday. The show is a fascinating episode of BBC Radio 4’s long-running Food Programme, entitled Hunting With The Hadza. […]
The strange and smelly world of a meerkat’s butt. A meerkat is neither a cat, nor is it in any sense mere. Or even meer. The name “meerkat” originated in the Afrikaans language, which has many similarities with Dutch, but the label was mistakenly attached to a creature that’s not a cat but a mongoose […]
A routine activity that’s built on euphemisms There are people who claim they can tell your fortune through the reading of tea leaves, an art known as tasseography. As for us, well, we guess you might say we can tell you a lot about yourself by reading your toilet paper. You see, this is the […]
The bug-busting potential of the vaginal microbiome. A word of warning for those with a delicate disposition. Frankly, this week’s newsletter contains more organs than a Wurlitzer showroom. And, in particular, we’re focusing on what you might term, ahem, “below the belt” body parts. Yup, vaginas specifically, although let’s not entirely leave penises out. Roughly […]
Komodo dragon blood: coming soon by prescription? In Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling wrote that Professor Dumbledore became famous for his discovery of “the twelve uses of dragon’s blood.” Consequently, when J.K. Rowling toured the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999, a nine-year-old fan asked her what those uses were. “I have […]
Oops. Mankind’s inadvertent colonizing of Mars, with bacteria from Earth. 56 years ago, in May 1961, President Kennedy famously proposed to Congress that the US should commit itself, “Before the decade is out, [to land] a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.” Eight years later – and a mere five […]
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