We’ll have a blue moon this Halloween for the first time in decades

We’ll have a blue moon this Halloween for the first time in decades

You might not be able to celebrate Halloween in a traditional fashion this year. Trick-or-treating may not be possible, massive Halloween blowouts will almost certainly be canceled or scaled down dramatically, and haunted houses will require zombies to maintain a six-foot distance while scaring patrons. Whatever happens this October, at least one thing is for … Read more We’ll have a blue moon this Halloween for the first time in decades

Plane lands in Norway seconds after new quarantine rule takes effect

Plane lands in Norway seconds after new quarantine rule takes effect

Imagine setting off on a vacation to Norway, which you’ve been eagerly anticipating for months, only to discover upon landing that you have to quarantine for 10 days. That’s what happened to passengers on this Scandinavian Airlines flight arriving in Norway from France. Norway had just added France to its “red list” — countries whose … Read more Plane lands in Norway seconds after new quarantine rule takes effect

Two captive belugas finally released into Iceland’s open-sea sanctuary

Two captive belugas finally released into Iceland’s open-sea sanctuary

Six years ago, the conservation charity Sea Life Trust began an ambitious operation transferring two 12-year-old female beluga whales from captivity in China to the world’s first open-sea beluga sanctuary in Iceland. The two whales, named Little White and Little Grey, were born in Russia in 2008. They spent the first years of their lives … Read more Two captive belugas finally released into Iceland’s open-sea sanctuary

The most beautiful and emptiest state parks in New England

The most beautiful and emptiest state parks in New England

New England has only one national park, Acadia National Park. While beautiful and well worth a visit, Acadia is certainly not the only option if you want to get away for an afternoon or a weekend. Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont are each filled with diverse and beautiful state parks where … Read more The most beautiful and emptiest state parks in New England

TikTok loves ‘cloud bread,’ but Japanese shokupan is the better fluffy sweet bread

TikTok loves ‘cloud bread,’ but Japanese shokupan is the better fluffy sweet bread

The short-lived era of the whipped dalgona coffee craze has officially ended. Social media has moved to a new viral cooking trend: cloud bread. This fluffy confection is closer to cotton candy than it is to a starchy loaf, but it might have its roots in the many styles of East Asian bread, popular from … Read more TikTok loves ‘cloud bread,’ but Japanese shokupan is the better fluffy sweet bread

The Eurovision Song Contest is finally coming to the US

The Eurovision Song Contest is finally coming to the US

Before American Idol, there was the Eurovision Song Contest. The European singing competition has been a phenomenon since the 1950s, and now it’s finally coming to the US. “The American Song Contest” is scheduled to take place during the 2021 holiday season, but rather than pitting nations against each other, it will be representatives from … Read more The Eurovision Song Contest is finally coming to the US

Study claims odds of catching COVID-19 on a plane are very small

Study claims odds of catching COVID-19 on a plane are very small

Given the tight quarters, it might seem like airplanes would be prime locations for COVID-19 to rapidly spread. But when you look into the factors involved, and the probability of actually coming into contact with the virus given airlines’ safety measures, the odds of becoming infected are much lower than you may have thought. Arnold … Read more Study claims odds of catching COVID-19 on a plane are very small

‘Accidentally Wes Anderson, The Book’ is a nostalgic mix of colors and symmetry

‘Accidentally Wes Anderson, The Book’ is a nostalgic mix of colors and symmetry

Over a year ago, as I was traveling back to my hometown on the Atlantic coast of France, I unexpectedly found myself on one of the rare, old-fashioned regional trains that still run in the area. It was not one of the slick, bullet-shaped trains that speed down the tracks. It was a hulking and … Read more ‘Accidentally Wes Anderson, The Book’ is a nostalgic mix of colors and symmetry

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