by Chris Bourn It’s a question that’s been asked for thousands of years and even shaped the beliefs of the Catholic Church — but the answers are still only semi-firm Behind a glass storefront, on a quiet residential street away from Reykjavik’s city-center throng, is perhaps the most penis-y place on Earth. The Icelandic Phallological Museum is a shrine to schlong that holds an impressive collection: Whale willies that look like Klan members’ hats; an elephant’s junk you could hit a home run with; a smattering of leathery human genitalia donated by their formerly very proud owners. Some exhibits are free-standing; some … Continue reading DOES YOUR DICK REALLY HAVE A MIND OF ITS OWN?

It Isn’t the Kids. It’s the Cost of Raising Them.

GARY HERSHORN / GETTY Having children makes people happier—if they can afford it. by JOE PINSKER For several decades, the work of happiness researchers has consistently pointed to an unintuitive conclusion: Having children doesn’t tend to make people happier, and might even make them less happy.“That never made any sense [to me],” says David Blanchflower, an economist at Dartmouth College. If having kids makes people less happy, why do so many people do it? Why would people have more than one child after the supposed misery brought by their first? And most puzzlingly of all, why would evolution produce a … Continue reading It Isn’t the Kids. It’s the Cost of Raising Them.

The Coconut Monk

“The Coconut Monk” by Richard Avedon | © The Richard Avedon Foundation A former soldier documents wartime Vietnam on an eccentric yogi’s Buddhist island. By John Steinbeck IV When John Steinbeck IV, the son of the iconic American author, died suddenly in 1991, he was roughly midway through writing his autobiography. His wife, Nancy, took up the task of finishing it, though it would be more accurate to say that she both filled it out and completed it with her own singular perspective. The following article, a wonderful telling of John’s encounters with the Buddhist leader of the title during his … Continue reading The Coconut Monk