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What’s Left to Say About Gun Violence in America?, the Lie of Citronella Candles and the Case for Womb Envy

Straight up: I’d light a citronella candle in my bedroom, if it wasn’t for, you know, the warning label on the side clearly explaining why I shouldn’t light a citronella candle in my bedroom. That lemon-y scent takes me back to those times growing up in Massachusetts in late June when I’d get my ass chewed up by our state bird, the mosquito.

But smelling good is about all those so-called bug-repellants are actually good for, because, per Ian Lecklitner’s analysis of the ingredients in a citronella candle, they aren’t repelling any actual bugs. If I’d known that sad fact growing up, I’d just as soon light some incense instead, because as good as a citronella candle smells, it doesn’t smell as good as some Nag Champa.

Probably doesn’t repel mosquitoes as well either, come to think of it.

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There Is Nothing Left To Say” 
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What’s New, You ‘Rat Bastards’?

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That’s No Moon

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The Picky Eaters That Dine Together, Fight Together

The average American couple spends around five-and-a-half days a year trying to figure out what to eat for dinner. Even couples with relatively easy-to-please palates can find it a struggle. Imagine, then, the kinds of arguments a keto woman with gluten sensitivity might have with a vegetarian guy with a nut allergy. Is it possible for two people with totally different eating habits to find happiness? Sure, but only if they’re content to live entirely separate lives.

‘We’re Pregnant,’ Literally

As much as a guy might like to think that he and his pregnant partner are “in it together,” it’s usually the woman who begins the day by violently throwing up. But in some countries, as much as 72 percent of men claim to experience Couvade Syndrome, or what’s known as a “sympathetic pregnancy,” where expectant fathers may endure morning sickness, nausea, heartburn, backache and even swollen breasts — an issue most commonly chalked up to stress. But some psychoanalysts believe what the dad-to-be is really experiencing is a case of womb envy.

Transhumanists Against Epstein

As details of Jeffrey Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring continue to trickle out, it’s becoming more and more clear that we’re only scratching the surface of the billionaire’s other perverted obsessions, like his hopes to use cryonics to freeze his head and penis for future civilizations to play with. If the latter sounds bizarrely familiar, it might be because it’s an idea that aligns somewhat with transhumanism, a philosophy that believes in a future without death. And that’s placed transhumanists squarely in the public eye — a predicament they wish they could go into cryostasis to avoid.