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“Nones” rise again in the U.S.

The last time I looked, the proportion of “nones”—those people who don’t describe themselves as formally affiliated with a church and don’t usually go to church—was about 15% in the U.S. Now, a new study suggests it can be as high as—wait for it—38%! I like that, for Professor Ceiling Cat long ago predicted that America was […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have not only some wildlife today, but also some astronomy, as this seemed the appropriate place to put it. Apparently there was a partial solar eclipse yesterday, and reader/photographer Ben Goren caught some nice images on his camera: Here’s the haul from today’s partial solar eclipse. First up is from a little after the […]

Sikh student allowed to bring dagger to public school as a gesture toward religious tolerance

According to custom, members of the Sikh religion wear the “five Ks,” which, according to Wikipedia, are the following: Kesh: Uncut hair, usually tied and wrapped in a Dastar [JAC: A form of turban]. Kanga: A wooden comb, usually worn under a Dastar Katchera: Cotton undergarments, historically appropriate in battle due to increased mobility when compared to a […]

Caturday felid: Bulgarian street moggies

I present for your delectation a selection of The Street Cats of Bulgaria. Which one would you take home? (I have numbered them for convenience): 1. The first cat I saw in Bulgaria—a tuxedo cat sunning itself on a ledge: 2.  An appleheaded ginger tom sunning itself in the street: 3. This cat, in Tarnovo, […]

Dinner last night

Last night I was told I’d be taken to a “BBQ” restaurant (i.e., one that serves grilled meats; these bear no resemblance to American BBQ but are delicious in their own right). Sure enough, I was, and the food was tasty and COPIOUS. First, with a Bulgarian beer, the appetizers. They included eggplant in what […]

Saturday: Hili dialogue

Today’s my last day in Sofia, with a bit of catch-up work, a bit of sightseeing, and then dinner with my friends who have promised to let me film and photograph their cat, Toncho, eating cucumber. Meanwhile in Dobrzyn, Hili is huffy about the outcome of the New Yorker cat-versus-dog debate. I let Hili down! […]

Young people today… Help them appreciate the Marx Brothers

by Matthew Cobb I have just finished teaching to the second year Animal Diversity course here at the University of Manchester – I cover the invertebrates. I closed with 10 minutes on my favourite flies, some of which we have featured here with stupendous photos by Stephen Marshall. One of them is the Groucho fly (aka […]

Tarnovo: sights, noms, cats, and other splendors

We left Tarnovo two days ago, but I’ve yet to catch up on reporting my travels (these posts take a bit of time, you know).  But here are some holiday snaps in Tarnovo and surrounding areas. Our first order of business once we parked the car (some distance from our pension) was to have lunch. […]

A creationist claims that Denmark is in moral chaos because it lacks “wholesome religion” to stave off “toxic religion” (aka Islam)

Ten days ago, the Intelligent Design promoter V. J. Torley wrote an essay at the ID site Uncommon Descent claiming that all was not well in Denmark. His piece, “Is something rotten in the state of Denmark?,” was written to refute my own claim that, despite being a largely atheistic and almost totally secular country, Denmark […]

Three amazing photos by Melvyn Yeo

by Matthew Cobb We’ve featured the arthropod macro photos of Singapore-based photographer Melvyn Yeo before. You can browse his amazing DeviantArt page. Here are two doozies I just stumbled across. The first is of a mantidfly. These are weird neuropterans that look like a cross between a mantis and a fly (they aren’t). This one […]


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