Awesome Slate headline: “McDonald’s, Bewildered by Modernity, Is Now Selling an ‘Artisan’ Chicken Sandwich”

Still chuckling over Jordan Weissman’s analysis of Mickey D’s desperate menu semantics, which called to mind this shot (left) I took of our local franchise awhile back. Let’s face it, the Golden Arches have been a beacon of cluelessness for a long time now. Empty calories = empty heads. Photos of McDonald’s marquee by Laura Fisher Kaiser

Thank you, Casey Trees for planting 2,104 trees in 2014 including these two Shagbark Hickories in my yard!

There are few things more thrilling on a fall day than having a couple of cheerful, hunky guys show up at your house with shovels and burlap-wrapped root balls, and then proceed to sink a couple of tree seedlings in the yard in less time than it takes me to find my gardening gloves.  A huge shout out to […]

How Betty Crocker duped generations of youngsters with the obesity-inducing breakfast of chocolate milk & “tiny doughnuts” cereal aka Cheerios.

As greenwashing describes bogus eco-friendly claims of products, is there a neologism for fake health food? For their prefab PB&J sandwiches, Smucker’s already coined Uncrustables, which are probably as barfy as they sound.  Bisquackery perhaps? Or Wonderbreading? I’ve been pondering this ever since I came across these oh-so-wrong images on my box of Wheaties. As it turns out, the clever marketing department at General […]

A conversation with “Fantastic Lab” author Arthur Allen about typhus, “thought collectives,” and his odyssey through obscure medical archives and the Nazi claptrap.

On a recent Sunday morning, I sat down with Arthur Allen over coffee at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, to talk about his latest book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl: How Two Brave Scientists Battled Typhus and Sabotaged the Nazis. (Read my brief review in Science News.) The two scientists in the […]

For Hallogeek’s Eve: Who’s who among scientists buried in The Princeton Cemetery.

While searching for the graves of long-lost relatives in the Princeton Cemetery earlier this year, I was amused to spot the epitaph of William Hahn, who is perhaps best known for these last, now oft-imitated, words. But I was even more intrigued by the postscripts on the back of two tombstones: In case you can’t make out the weathered words, his […]

Check out my three recent reviews in Science News of some pretty decent reads.

In all my spare time, I’ve managed to read a few interesting science books lately and you can catch up on my reviews in Science News. The above image, from Arthur Allen’s latest book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, is one of the lice-feeders in Rudolf Weigl’s typhus-vaccine lab in Nazi-occupied Poland. Yes, those are matchboxes strapped to her […]