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The Faces of the True American Cowboy

Imagine the classic cowboy: dusty, trail-worn, laconic. Now, picture a second man, equally familiar with squinting and equally crusted with earth. Add a third. Perhaps…

The British Guys Who LARP as American Cowboys

In the town of Deadwood, around 10 miles away from London’s Gatwick Airport, a battle to save the human race is taking place. On one…

A Browbeating Cultural History of the ‘Old Battle-Axe’

“I’ve been trapped in a loveless marriage for the past 12 years to an old battle-axe named Kim. She cursed my life with three stepchildren…

A Messy History of Egging and Toilet-Papering Houses

Around the Great Lakes area, they call it “Devil’s Night.” In Massachusetts, it’s called “Cabbage Night.” There’s also “Gate Night,” “Moving Night,” “Goosey Night” and…