Megan Garber
Megan Garber
Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering culture.
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Arch Enemies

A new company is bringing the engineering savvy of rocket science to the design of the high-heeled shoe. Can stilettos that are actually comfortable to wear change centuries’ worth of symbolism?

  • On the Origin of (Wackily Named) Species

    One detail I didn’t include in my confession that I am a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory consideration of the emotional evolution of Sheldon Cooper: Cooper, a fake scientist, has been celebrated by actual scientists. In 2012, the Brazilian biologists André Nemésio of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia and Rafael Ferrari of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais identified a new species of euglossine bee. In honor of Sheldon's favorite catchphrase, they named the creature Euglossa bazinga.

    They chose the name, the scientists explained, because “Bazinga” is the word the otherwise deadpan-happy Sheldon uses to clue others in to the fact that he’s joking about something. Since Euglossa bazinga had previously been misidentified as Euglossa ignite, a similar bee species, the biologists wanted a name, they explained, that would suggest that animal’s unconscious trickery. Hence: Bazinga.

    But Euglossa bazinga is certainly not the only animal to take its name from pop culture.

  • CBS

    The (Slow, Awkward) Love Song of Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory’s uber-nerd has transformed, over eight seasons, from a clueless misanthrope into a romantic lead—and in the process has become one of the most compelling characters on TV.

  • Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    In Praise of Emmy Losers

    Because winning really isn’t everything

  • Today in Things That Cannot Be Unseen

  • Chris O'Meara / AP

    Cosby: The Women Speak and the Power of Reality Television

    The stories in A&E’s special by now are familiar, but the fact that they continue to be told is a sign of progress.

  • Behold, the Witherspoon Principle

    Richard Shotwell / AP

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Mindy Kaling’s new memoir, Why Not Me?. What I didn’t include in the review was a passage that may well be the most succinct summary of celebrity I have ever come across. It comes, fittingly, from Reese Witherspoon.

    As Kaling describes it:

  • Chris Carlson / AP

    Why Fiorina Won

    The only female candidate on the GOP debate stage proved she could hang with the boys—but also represent “women all over this country.”

  • Sony, via Gawker

    The Best ‘I Don't Know the Answer’ Jeopardy! Answers

    A photo essay of delight and despair

  • How to Make Everything / YouTube

    What a $1,500 Sandwich Tastes Like

    A new show proves it: If your food is made from self-ground wheat and self-made cheese, there’s a good chance it will end up tasting like “a cork board dipped in lemon juice.”

  • CBS via MacWorld

    The Stealthy Humanism of Stephen Colbert

    It’s not often that a guest settles into a late-night comedy couch and starts talking about human rights.

  • Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

    Mindy Kaling Is Thirsty

    The newest book from the writer/performer/showrunner isn’t just a memoir. It’s also a defense of something that has gotten a bad name: hard work.

  • Hulu

    The Mindy Projection

    The first episode of The Mindy Project since the series moved to Hulu takes a Sliding Doors approach to romance.

  • Late-Night Comedy, in One Picture

    Vanity Fair

    This is the image from Vanity Fair’s October-issue article that explains “Why Late-Night Comedy Is Better Than Ever.” I really love it. And the more I look, the more I love it. It’s just so rare that a single photograph so perfectly captures a cultural phenomenon. There’s a simple poetry to the whole thing, don’t you think?

    So many fellas
    With suits and whiskey and smiles.
    “Better than ever.”

  • Getty

    A Brief History of ‘Thank You for Being a Friend’

    From soothing soft rock to ska to death metal (!), The Golden Girls’s theme song has traveled down the road, and back again.

  • NBC

    When the Fifth Golden Girl Was a Man Named Coco

    The pioneering sitcom about four women and their shoulder pads premiered 30 years ago today. It went on to make television better for everyone.

  • Richard Shotwell / AP

    Stephen Colbert's Writing Staff: 17 Men, 2 Women

    And all 19 of the Late Show’s writers are white. So.

  • Travis Simon / Flickr

    Enter the ‘Smarmonym’

    My friends, let us respectfully tell you how passive-aggressive language has become.

  • Basheer Tome / Flickr

    The Rise of ‘Quit Lit’

    And man created a literary genre composed entirely of humblebrags, and the world wept.

  • Richard Shotwell / AP

    Stephen Colbert Isn't the New Letterman—He's the New Charlie Rose

    The comedian sneaked politics and policy—along with Captain America and Oreos—into his CBS debut.

  • Jöshua Barnett / Flickr

    Who Decides What Makes a Poem Great?

    In the debate over whether a byline should be Yi-Fen Chou or Michael Derrick Hudson, everything is subjective.