Arts & Life


Wed March 27, 2013
The Salt

Why Illinois Is Roaring Mad About Lion Meat

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 9:44 am

An Arizona restaurant sold lion meat burgers in 2010 in an attempt to drum up business during the World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Matt York AP

When we heard a few weeks ago that Illinois was considering banning lion meat, our first thought was, who's eating lion meat? And why Illinois?

Turns out, lion meat has been gaining traction among adventurous foodies who argue that the meat can be an ethical alternative to factory-farmed animals — if the meat comes from American-raised circus and zoo animals that were sent to the slaughterhouse in their old age.

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Wed March 27, 2013
The Salt

The Wonderful World Of Whisky Art

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 9:44 am

courtesy of Ernie Button

Ernie Button was putting a Scotch glass left out overnight into the dishwasher when he noticed something — a white, chalky film on the bottom of the glass. He held it up to the light and, upon closer inspection, could see a series of fine, lacy lines running along the inside of the glass.

As a hobbyist photographer whose work often focuses on showcasing the beauty of everyday objects, Button was intrigued by this discovery. "Wow, there's something to that," he recalls thinking.

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Wed March 27, 2013

Mount Vernon Visitors Can Sip History

A batch of George Washington's straight rye whiskey is being made in a reconstruction of his old distillery. Historians who have tasted it say it's very bad rye whiskey.


Wed March 27, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Fifty Shades Of Greenbacks: Random House Profits Jump

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 8:18 am


Tue March 26, 2013
Author Interviews

You're So Dumb, You Probably Think This Book Is About Getting Slapped

Originally published on Wed March 27, 2013 3:58 pm

Oxford University Press

William Irvine is a philosophy professor by day, but he has an unusual sideline: He's also a collector of insults. Irvine has gathered some of his favorite jibes into a new book called A Slap in the Face: Why Insults Hurt — And Why They Shouldn't.

Irvine tells NPR's Audie Cornish that one of his favorite masters of insult is Winston Churchill. "Nancy Astor [said] to Winston Churchill, 'if you were my husband, I would put poison in your coffee,' " Irvine says, to which Churchill replied, " 'If you were my wife, I would drink it.' "

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