05 Mar 2024

This Work Trip Is Not Sponsored By Logan Roy

Q. Work Trip. But make it Succession, The Diplomat, Emily in Paris, Suits. The bad news? You’ll be travelling with your psychopathic Dad Boss, treacherous, traumatized siblings, duplicitous husband, client-friend whose boyfriend you secretly love, or the congenitally suspicious overling who doesn’t know you faked your entire Harvard Law School

01 Mar 2024

Nuts For Peanuts

Q. Happy National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day. Are you one of the besotted? If so, are you Team Smooth (🤟🏽) or Team Crunch? Are you PB + or – J? Do you prefer your peanut butter straight-up, or happily nestled in chocolate, cookies, or pie? What are some nuggets that

28 Feb 2024

Breathe In That Vanilla

Q. To what degree are the smells we like – and deeply dislike! – culturally unique? . A. It’s a question that interested a 2022 research team from Oxford University and Karolinska Institute. Their approach? Ask 235 people from a global sample – one that included ‘four hunter-gatherer groups and

26 Feb 2024

Silence Of The Hobbits

Q. If the TV overlords were kind enough to keep their feet off the gas during movie credits, we might notice one name coming up over and over again for musical score: Howard Shore. Who is he? . A. Composer Howard Shore is responsible for scoring movies from ‘Silence of

22 Feb 2024

Slang Parents Hate

Q. Want to see a teenager cringe? Encourage Mum and/or Dad to throw in some ‘hip’ slang during carpool. “Oof. That sounds sus. He just salty because of your drip. Bet!” . 🤦🏽‍♀️ . How to rescue horrified teens from parental slangicide? . A. Perhaps the best slang words are

19 Feb 2024

Top Travel Knickknacks

Q. Many of us have specific souvenirs we are eager to bring back from specific countries. What are the most sought-after travel treasures? . A. It’s a question that the Club Med research team investigated in 2021. What did they find? . Top Souvenirs by Country Research • Antigua and

17 Feb 2024

Beautiful Old

Q. How do the words we use affect our impressions of people, places, ideas or things that are ‘old?’ . A. Kintsugi. It’s a gorgeous word used to describe the Japanese practice of repairing broken ceramics with gold-dusted tree sap lacquer. No tossing that vase because it’s broken in half.

14 Feb 2024

Lucky Clementines

Q. Happy Valentine’s Day! And prosperity, happiness, and good health to you as we usher in the Year of the Dragon. What are some signs of good fortune to mark Lunar New Year? . A. One of the most commonly offered symbols of good fortune and abundance is the orange,

13 Feb 2024

Art For The Dead

Q. It is hard to know what to make of massive cemeteries with row after row of identical, machine-polished, brown headstones. Everything is so perfectly ordered: not so many people hanging about, not so many markers to distinguish one gravestone from another. Where can we find cemeteries rich with artful mementos designed

10 Feb 2024

Got Milkshakes?

Q. What’s your favourite kind of milkshake? If you’re looking to make a deluxe version at home, you can find all sorts of ice-cream filled drink tutorials online, and they have more than 3 million views. How did we find our wise way from plain old milk to marvellous milkshakes?