Krulwich Wonders...
2:32 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

You Yawn. She Doesn't Yawn Back. Uh-Oh

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 5:44 pm

You are at a table for two, sitting with your girlfriend or boyfriend, when, for no good reason (you can't help it, you didn't mean to do it), you yawn. It's a big, gaping, jaw-extending, embarrassing yawn and because you didn't cover your face, oh, God, she/he sees it. A second or two goes by, and then ... something doesn't happen. Your girlfriend/boyfriend doesn't yawn back.

Should you be alarmed?

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The Salt
11:45 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Food Giants Want 'Sustainable' Beef. But What Does That Mean?

Customers order food from a McDonald's restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The company has promised to start buying "verified sustainable beef" in 2016.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 2:07 pm

McDonald's made a big green splash a few months ago by announcing that it will start buying "verified sustainable" beef in 2016.

A chorus of voices responded, "What's 'verified sustainable' beef?"

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The Salt
6:33 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Can You Open A Bottle Of Wine With A Shoe? Yes, But It Ain't Pretty

My attempt at opening a wine bottle with a tennis shoe.
Maggie Starbard/NPR

Originally published on Wed March 26, 2014 4:31 pm

There's a rumor swirling around on the Internet: If you have a bottle of wine, but no corkscrew with which to open it, then a shoe will do the trick nicely.


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4:22 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Can Mathematics Find Missing Malaysia Jetliner?

Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 5:07 pm



The search for survivors on the missing Malaysian Airlines flight took a dark turn yesterday when Malaysia's prime minister said his government now believes the plane went down somewhere in the Indian Ocean and that all 239 people aboard are dead.


They based that on a new assessment of signals sent from the aircraft to a satellite, but they can't tell exactly where the aircraft might have gone down.

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3:16 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

A Dubious Birthday For The Exxon Valdez

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 1:59 pm



Here's a bit of what we learned when we woke up that morning, 25 years ago today.


JEAN COCHRAN: A Coast Guard spokesman in Juneau, Alaska says an oil tanker has run aground in an ice field 20 miles off Valdez. That's the terminus of...

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