Reading List for Friday, February 23, 2018

In Search of William Tell In a 2004 article in Smithsonian, Robert Wernick writes about the origin story of the man who began the liberation of the Swiss cantons from tyranny which led to the establishment of Switzerland.

50 Most Disturbing Movies On Complex, Matt Barone and Jason Serafina deliver on the promise of the title.

The Last Days of Andy Kaufman BK Momchilov writes about the terminal cancer that eventually killed Andy Kaufman and the psychic surgery he underwent in the Philippines to try to beat it.


God’s Frequency is 39.17 MHz: The Investigation of Peter Popoff In a 1987 article, Al Seckel, one of the skeptics who helped James Randi expose the faith healer, Rev Peter Popoff, describes how they took him down.

The Brief 1930s Craze for Tom Thumb Golf In Smithsonian, Kat Eschener writes about the invention of miniature golf as we know it, replete as it is with goofiness, along the Tennessee-Georgia border.

Dead Wake In an article in New York magazine, James D Walsh writes about the case of Nathan Carman, a 20-something who was rescued at sea after his boat sunk, taking his mother down with it, and became a suspect in her murder as well as his grandfather’s years earlier.

What Does It Mean to Die? In the New Yorker, Rachel Aviv writes about a family with a daughter who was declared legally dead years ago, but who is still being sustained artificially and may or may not have recovered from her death at some point.


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