Researchers who deal with demarcating the line between childhood and adulthood no doubt have an abundance of scientific methods for doing so. I imagine these involve everything from running an fMRI machine to check for brain development to analyzing blood samples for markers of sexual maturity. However, I suggest alternative metric, perhaps less quantitative but redeemably simple. The transition from childhood to adulthood, I think, can be marked by the turn in attitudes toward receiving socks as a holiday gift.
As a kid, socks may well be coal without the explicit implication. Opening them feels like a thinly-veiled punishment for…
With most of the world still in varying degrees of lockdown and having personally gone no more than a few miles from my house for several months, an urge for some vicarious experience of travel got me reading up on Estonia.
With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until the summer of 2021, I got to thinking of all the hopeful Olympians confined to their living rooms and what they must be up to. Maybe some of them have taken up a quarantine hobby like baking or guitar playing, something to distract from the long, twelve month extended wait for the chance to represent their countries in front of millions.
For many top-level athletes, who devote countless hours to grueling training regimens in order to prepare to compete on the world stage, such an unexpected rescheduling must feel devastating. With the margin between…
When the Mississippi River flooded in 1927, it unleashed untold devastation. The thousands of miles system of levees constructed by the Army Corps of Engineers meant to protect against such an event, which had held up fairly well to that point, stood no match for the record hundred year flood. Waters swamped over the river’s vast flood plane and displaced roughly half a million people from Missouri to Louisiana. The monumental rebuilding task which followed, intensified by the Great Depression starting in 1929, meant it would take decades to recover a fraction of what had been lost.
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