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Why Londoners Bristled at the Invitation to Chat on the Tube

Small talk isn’t universal.

Jur Oster & Vera van de Sandt

A Peek Inside Brazilian 'Love Motels'

These sanctuaries for the sex-deprived shed light on the various ways people find space for intimacy.  

Aatish Nath

Underwater With the Fisherwomen of Japan

Meet the ama keeping an ancient profession alive.

Maxi Jonas/Reuters

Why Free Museums Matter

Gratis admission is just one way museums are trying to shed their forbidding veneer.

Todd Hartman

In Defense of Embarrassing Yourself in Public

A performance series and podcast builds community around cringe-worthy moments.

Sunaina Kumar

At the Wheel With Delhi's Lone Woman Bus Driver

Riders can't help but notice Vankadarath Saritha.


New York City Slang Heads to Oxford

“Fuhgeddaboudit” snags a spot in the Oxford English Dictionary.

Rachel Zack/Flickr

5 Apps We Wish Existed to Solve Roommate Nightmares


New York Public Library

Collecting Protest in Print

A new exhibition features 16 zines that tackle social justice issues, from ecology to the Occupy movement.

Alice Austen, [Self-Portrait with Bicycle], 1897. (Courtesy of ...

Photographing Staten Island, 100 Years Apart

A new exhibition explores the interplay in pictures separated by a century.

Alan Levine/Flickr

The Quest to Save America's Dying Regional Slang

Endangered terms include bat hide, bonnyclabber, ear screw, fleech, whistle pig, and popskull.

Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

The Fight to Shush India's Booming Festival Season

The most celebratory months tend to be the loudest.

Naves Chitrakar/Reuters

Rescuing Wildlife in the Middle of Bangalore

Citizen scientists and government agencies are joining forces to save animals from the path of urbanization.

Ella Frances Sanders/Ten Speed Press

An Illustrated Guide to the World's Strangest Sayings

Now you know what “to pedal in the saurkraut” means.

Germán Poo-Caamaño/Flickr

Yes, Americans Are Really Still Buying Books

The kind wedged between two covers.

The Atlantic

Meet the Latino Drag Queens Defying North Carolina's Bathroom Bill

The Miss Hispanidad pageant is about rights, as well as the crown.

Sofía Muñoz Boullosa

Meet Pedro. And Pedro. And Pedro.

A photography project following Mexican New Yorkers who bear the same name.  

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Transforming Neo-Nazi Graffiti Into Whimsical Street Art

How a Berlin-based organization is trying to rid the city of swastikas.