Gary Cohen

  • A Notorious Trifler

    For Ogden Nash, humor was "a shield, a weapon, a survival kit." Herewith a small selection, previously unpublished

  • The Keystone Kommandos

    Just months after Pearl Harbor the Third Reich secretly sent two small teams of would-be saboteurs to the United States. Their mission: cripple U.S. industry. But things went badly wrong. What happened is a story of confusion, low comedy, and betrayal—and the creation of a precedent for the military tribunals being proposed by the Bush Administration today.

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The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."

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What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.

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Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.

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Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.

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How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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