Weekend Reading

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch dies and I wasn’t informed?!?

Are Shooting Ranges The New Bowling Alleys? from NPR.

How Owls Spin Their Heads Without Tearing Arteries from NPR.

In Order To Live With People, Canines Evolved To Love Carbs from NPR.

 Lovely Shetland Ponies Dressed in Sweaters to Promote Scotland from Bored Panda.

These Airbags For Cyclists Might Save Your Life When A Car Slams Into You from GOOD.

Melting Masterpieces: Impressive Works of Art Made from Snow and Ice from The Atlantic.

What Muscovites get up to in traffic jams  from BBC News. HINT: They knit!

Vegetarians ‘cut heart risk by 32%’ from BBC News.


Pale Blue Blobs Invade, Freeze, Then Vanish from NPR.

Matthew Allen, Missing Australian Teen, Found After Surviving 2 Months In Bush from The Huffington Post.

Sinkhole Swallows Entire Building Complex In China, 300 People Evacuated from The Huffington Post.

It Takes Planning, Caution to Avoid Being ‘It’ from The Wall Street Journal. This article is a about a group of men who have kept a game of tag going for 23 years. Delightful!

Should What Happens at Applebee’sStay at Applebee’s? from The Atlantic. This is a really interesting article about the way power dynamics are shifting due to the democratizing effects of the internet. Very thought provoking.

For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II from Smithsonian.com “In 1978, Soviet geologists prospecting in the wilds of Siberia discovered a family of six, lost in the taiga.” This is the best thing I’ve read in ages! READ THIS!


  1. Just finished the Russian story. Totally fascinating and more than a little sad. R

  2. I loved Ed Koch. I grew up in NYC and he was an excellent mayor, even when he wasn’t in office any longer. He will be missed.
    I also was upset by the Applebees article.Seems like a terrible way to have your identity stolen by posting receipt online.

    As always loved your list

  3. The article about the Russian family is crazy interesting. And to think they survived because of ONE STALK OF RYE. Incredible.

  4. I love the dictionary of Victorian slang – and I’m almost wondering about a cross-reference – how many different terms for “drunk” there are! Also interesting how many of the terms are still in use today…

  5. Susie, thanks so much for Weekend Reading!!! I spend as many Saturday’s as I can getting through your list as I enjoy my coffee and a quiet house.

    So far today my favorite is the It story!! LOVE love love.

  6. Oh my! the Russian family story, Fascinating !!!!

  7. I want to know more about that Russian family! Although, I’d rather hear from their point of few their daily lives. I think it’s sad that we infiltrate lives that didn’t necessarily need comforts of our modern world (outside of maybe some seeds and new shoes), but was happy that the youngest daughter chose to continue by herself.

  8. The tag story had me laughing SO HARD!

    The taiga story is sad! And weird!

    I think that the waitress should have blurred out the name of the pastor, but that pastor was a jerk. She was sorry that she did it, but wanted everyone fired! That doesn’t add up.

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