Barefoot Shoes, Shirtless Shirts, and Commando Undies

If you hadn’t heard of Barefoot Shoes™ before reading this sentence, now, having read it, you have heard of them. But Barefoot Shoes™ were just a beginning, or only—as one used to say before the invention of the abominable term prequel—a prelude to better things. Last Tuesday, to nearly universal acclaim, Barefoot Shoes Inc. introduced […]

The Famous Tay Whale

‘Twas in the month of December, and in the year 1883, That a monster whale came to Dundee, Resolved for a few days to sport and play, And devour the small fishes in the silvery Tay. So the monster whale did sport and play Among the innocent little fishes in the beautiful Tay, Until he […]

George has Four Mommies

Public domain image from a manuscript of the Bhagavata Purana, available at

Protests Erupt over Children’s Book! When Robert Benton wrote George has Four Mommies, he wasn’t intending to start a controversy. He simply wanted to write a book so that children in polygamous families would have stories about families more like theirs. But when the Librarians’ Association of America featured George has Four Mommies as Inclusive […]

Frankenfood Comes Alive

Photo based on "4 tomates en formes fractales" by Copyleft, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons. Eye from "Frog eye closeup" by Ren West - Licensed under CC-BY-2.0,/a> via Wikimedia Commons.

Environmentalists have long been concerned about genetically engineered food, sometimes called “Frankenfoods.” Genetically modified corn, soybeans, and cotton are among the most common GM plants, but until now, the resemblance to “Frankenstein’s Monster” has been conceptual rather than literal: GM foods have behaved themselves, and shown no tendency to start moving on their own. Tuesday […]