An ambitious endangered toad was determined to get into Hopkins … or at least the sneaker of a Hopkins scientist.   The western leopard toad hitched a ride from South Africa to Baltimore in Nancy Connell’s shoe, enduring “multiple flights, train rides and shuttles, not to…

If you haven’t heard of the Netflix thriller Bird Box you’ve probably been living—well—under a box. It’s the film that birthed a thousand memes—or is it the memes that sparked 45 million views? Conspiracy theories abound that Netflix paid people to make Bird Box memes go…

It’s 4 days into January, meaning it’s time to start giving up on New Year’s resolutions. The most ubiquitous health and wealth goals have spawned a Resolution Industrial Complex that feeds off a “commodification of inadequacy” so blatant that it “might seem rude during…

We were late to the party on weighted blankets—but all it takes is one article and boom, we suddenly can’t live without one this Christmas. Long valuable in quelling symptoms of PTSD and autism, the item has become Insta-famous and is selling like heavy hotcakes. The…

Have you ever seen something—a kitten, a baby, a puppy—so adorable you just want to … punch it?   You may be among a subset of people who experience “cute aggression.”   The condition has no doubt reached pandemic levels in the era of viral animal videos. And researchers…

It’s a question that’s confounded decades of college students—what would happen if you subsisted primarily on instant ramen noodles?   Finally, someone dug deep into the science to find out. Spoiler alert—ramen’s empty calories do more damage than good. Aside from being a…

In 6 days, Americans will gather in gratitude on Thanksgiving Day.   In 7, that all goes out the window. When the clock strikes 12 on Black Friday, families will put aside their Turkey Day tenderness in the name of rampant consumerism.

Back in 2014, Vox called the pumpkin spice latte the “greatest trick capitalism ever pulled” and foolishly touted guava as the next big thing. But 4 years later, guava’s nowhere to be found, and the pumpkin spice trick is still, embarrassingly, our favorite treat.

The CDC has no stated objection to your Newfoundland dog dressing as a bee, your cat carousing as a taco, or your mare morphing into Minnie Mouse. But chicken hearts broke when reports surfaced that the agency didn’t want poultry to participate in Halloween dress-up, for…

Ahh, autumn, season of sweaters, soccer and pumpkin spice. In many parts of the world, fall is nipping at winter’s heels in the ‘most wonderful time of the year’ stakes—complete with its own seasonal gremlin. Christmas has its Grinch; autumn the infamous Jerk With the Leaf…