ART & CULTURE
Much is made of male circumcision (or sünnet) in Turkey, a ritual that many believe marks the first step of a boy becoming a man. Photographer Bradley Secker has gained access to Istanbul’s Circumcision Palace, which claims to have performed more than 100,000 of the operations since it opened in 1976.
Many children participate in reading programs over the summer. Some are promoted by libraries; some are rewards programs invented on the fly by parents desperate to get their kids off screens. Most of these programs are fairly free form, and, of course, lots of children spend the summer blissfully free of any rules or restraints on their reading.
FOOD & KITCHEN
While gender stereotype holds that men should be the main breadwinner in a household, a new study suggests they would prefer women to take some of the financial burden; researchers find the responsibility of being chief earner is likely to take a toll on men’s mental well-being and physical health.
It’s been 13.8 billion years since the Big Bang, something we’ve been able to date from a variety of lines-of-evidence. But that’s the amount of time that has passed for us since the Big Bang; since time is relative, what does that mean for observers in other parts of the Universe? Our Earth exists in our galaxy, and everything that we perceive within it is that same 13.8 billion years old. Well, almost.
THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
How do we know it’s the dog days of August in a presidential election year? Swimmers and swiftboats, that’s how. Actually until August of 2004, we used to call swiftboating by other names: whisper campaigns and smear jobs. But after the success of the slick, pre-packaged set of lies about Senator John Kerry’s war record this tactic will always be known for the boat that first made Kerry a hero and later destroyed his reputation.
Whether you love it or loathe it, aging happens to all of us. So why not meet it with a healthy dose of humor? We’ve rounded up the best tweets from mid-lifers who are taking this whole getting older thing in stride.