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Sandy uncovers skeleton below oak tree

The monster storm uprooted a tree in Connecticut with something unexpected buried underneath. New Haven experienced 40 to 70 mile per hour winds durin…

Medieval Manuscript Gives Clue about Mysterious Radiation Spike

Tree ring data indicates that sometime around 774 or 775 A.D., an intense burst of radiation hit the Earth. What was its source? Scientists were uncertain, but it was probably a supernova. Unfortunately, there were no records of such event. But Jonathon Allen, a biochemistry student at University of California, Santa Cruz, realized that researchers [...]

Dietribes: I Can Haz Cheeseburger

• Various dictionaries trace the first mention of the hamburger to 1889 as a “hamburg steak.” Or was it 1884 in the Boston Journal? Maybe, according to an entry in ”American Gastronomy” written by Louis Szathmary in 1974, the hamburger’s opening performance came in 1836 on a Delmonico’s menu. Regardless, it seems that this wholly [...]

The Invasive Species Sushi

When he noticed a foreign species of Asian shore crab in his favorite beach, Bun Lai of Miya’s restaurant in New Haven, Connecticut, did what any sustainability-minded seafood chef would do: he made the [...]

The Truth About McHotDogs

Dan Lewis runs the popular daily newsletter Now I Know (“Learn Something New Every Day, By Email”). To subscribe to his daily email, click here. Fast food has its staples: hamburgers and cheeseburgers, french fries, soda, probably a chicken option such as nuggets or a grilled sandwich. More “exotic” items include onion rings, milkshakes, hash browns, [...]

Happy Obscura Day Eve!

On Saturday, the fine folks from Atlas Obscura are presenting Obscura Day, a celebration of the curious and underexplored corners of cities around the world. So many cool things are on the schedule. Peruse rare medical photography at Cleveland’s Dittrick Medical Museum. Trek out to Tesla’s Wardenclyffe Laboratory in New York. Take a tour of the [...]

Man Gets Shot Twice, Decides to Have a Sandwich Before Moseying Over to the Hospital

Miguel Soto bought a sandwich at a deli and walked home. While on his way, he was shot twice. But Soto didn’t let that problem distract him from having his meal: Police say a 25-year-old Connecticut man who was shot twice after buying a sandwich at a New Haven deli went home and ate his lunch [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Strange College Traditions

Most colleges have a campus-specific tradition or two that you simply must participate in before you graduate. Here are a few of them – be sure to leave a comment and tell us what your college or alma mater does! 1. Naked Quad Run – Tufts University, Medford, MA. I don’t need a special day to [...]