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Where Tijuana meets San Diego, beach-goers turn the militarised border wall into the world’s biggest volleyball net The post Walleyball appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Does Lady Luck exist or do you make your own luck?

In 1992, Archie Karas, then a waiter, headed out to Las Vegas. By 1995, he had turned $50 into $40 million, in what has become known as the biggest winning streak in gambling history.

Light plate

La vita è deliziosa! A pulsing, visual rumination on the tradition of pasta-making in Tuscany, from plow to hand The post Light plate appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Can performing Shakespeare help to cure mental illness?

Vitor Pordeus makes a good Hamlet. Bearded, handsome, angry at the world, he stands at the centre of his group of actors.

Japanese culture conquered the human fear of creepy-crawlies

I am standing in the cottage in the south of France where the entomologist Jean-Henri Fabre was born in 1823.

Listening to the silences

What is it like to have multiple beings inhabit your mind? Writer Roy Vincent takes us into a lifetime of hearing voices The post Listening to the silences appeared first on Aeon Magazine.


An urban cockroach traverses a hallucinatory, eat-or-be-eaten jungle. Can he escape his fate? The post Safari appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Computers are so easy that we’ve forgotten how to create

My family’s first computer was the Commodore VIC-20. Billed by its pitchman, Star Trek’s William Shatner, as the ‘wonder computer of the 1980s’, I have many fond memories of this antiquated machine.

World fair

A modernist, techno-utopia landed in New York in 1939, rocketing kids from the Depression into ‘The World of Tomorrow’ The post World fair appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Can neuroscience give my brain the plasticity of a child’s?

Five years ago, in a new city and in search of a new hobby, I decided to try playing a musical instrument for the first time.


A dive into the gritty reality of life for two blind teenagers resurfaces as a remarkable exploration of youth The post Dimmer appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

How the Scientific Revolution made an honest man of God

Anyone who has ever read the Bible knows that God can speak. Over the course of six days, God speaks the world into existence and then speaks to both Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

The mystery of flying kicks

Shoes hang from overhead wires around the world. What’s behind this urban meme – crime, sex, drugs, art, politics?

Should you fact check your grandma’s Facebook posts?

My grandma believes that the President of the United States is trying to remove ‘In God We Trust’ from US currency.

The Explorers Club

The Explorers Club was behind many of the 20th century’s greatest expeditions. What’s its role in the 21st century?

How epigenetics got hijacked by the body police

The past decade has seen an avalanche of paradigm-shattering studies in the biological, toxicological and behavioural sciences: from findings published recently in Science and in Nature showing that sperm carry the marks of a man’s trauma and undernourishment, which leads to depression and metabolic

The way of the dodo

The end of celluloid might be near, but this devoted cinephile keeps the old movie magic alive in his east London shop The post The way of the dodo appeared first on Aeon Magazine.

Why the hidden internet can’t be a libertarian paradise

The Hidden Wiki holds the keys to a secret internet. To reach it, you need a special browser that can access ‘Tor Hidden Services’ – websites that have chosen to obscure their physical location.

Edmund Burke on the sublime

Why do dangers, such as a foreboding storm on the horizon or a view from the edge of a cliff, exhilarate the human mind?

Is becoming a hermit the ultimate feminist statement?

For decades, went the story, books, candy and propane tanks had gone missing from a small community called Pine Tree on North Pond in central Maine.