Why Russia’s drinkers resist AA

The roots of Russia’s spe­cial rela­tion­ship with alco­hol have been the sub­ject of wide­spread spec­u­la­tion, with some chalk­ing it up to genetic pre­dis­po­si­tion and oth­ers point­ing to the sup­pos­edly essen­tial melan­choly of the Russ­ian soul.

Why Do Grandmothers Exist?

Besides being classed among the odd­i­ties of the ani­mal king­dom, post-menopausal women lack obvi­ous util­ity. They tend to be weak. They don’t have much sex appeal. They eat food work­ing peo­ple might make bet­ter use of.

Humanity takes millions of photos every day. Why are most so forgettable?

If my recent expe­ri­ence as a judge in an inter­na­tional pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion is any evi­dence, our jones for dig­i­tal pho­tog­ra­phy is – with rare excep­tions – a form of neu­rotic mas­tur­ba­tion, fuelled by an unstop­pable sense of tech­no­log­i­cal entitlement.