A woman moves to San Francisco to rescue her addict daughter, who admits to overdosing on fentanyl "at least 50 times."
Interview with a woman who has cleaned nearly 60,000 hotel rooms. “The job keeps me confident.”
An appreciation of TMN favorite artist Sophie Calle, with pictures from when she posed as a hotel maid to document rooms.
Photographs from the Yellowstone Archive of people feeding bears in the 1950s and '60s.
Think piece of the week: A common, bad question to ask in science is "does x affect y?" Because the answer is always yes.
There's mounting evidence that insects can experience a remarkable range of emotions.

Unless you’re a butcher or a sociopath it’s very intimidating to sink your knife into a piece of meat this big. It was actually more gruesome than I had imagined. 

Tammie Teclemariam acquired a salt-cured hind quarter of a pig from Costco and has been slicing it ever since.

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Dueling taco maps: One shows every business in Los Angeles that sells tacos, another shows places with "taco" in its name.
In 2021, a man used bogus suicide notes to escape the law. In 1318, a nun used a dummy crafted in her likeness.
London teenagers explain their personal fashion. "My style in three words would be lost, expressionist, and spiralling."
An overview of the shopping season's bigger trends. "The sweater-vest was one item we didn’t think we’d see back."

The phrase ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ was invented by a police psychiatrist to discredit a female hostage in a 1973 bank heist who criticised the police.

Another year in the book: 52 things Tom Whitwell learned in 2021.

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"In My Head" paintings by Alvin Ong. "They progressively became a sort of visual diary, a constellation of my life."
A thoughtful interview—particularly about acupuncture informing his work—with Alvin Armstrong, one of Artsy's Vanguard 2021.
A breakdown of procedures used to estimate the size of a political rally properly, from aerial photography to "the Jones method."

The Manhattan of the Middle Ages?

One of those "who knew?" educations experienced during morning coffee:

From Wikipedia:

Between the 12th and the 13th century, Bologna was a city full of towers. Almost all the towers were tall (the highest being 97m), defensive stone towers. Besides the towers, there are still some fortified gateways (torresotti) that correspond to the gates of the 12th-century city wall (Mura dei torresotti or Cerchia dei Mille), which itself has been almost completely destroyed. The reasons for the construction of so many towers are not clear. One hypothesis is that the richest families used them for offensive/defensive purposes during the period of the Investiture Controversy.

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"Most people think of robots as made of metals and ceramics but it's not so much what a robot is made from but what it does, which is act on its own on behalf of people."

The scientists who created the first living robots (known as xenobots) say they figured out a way for them to self-replicate.

↩︎ CNN