Reading List for May 11, 2018

Ancient Mass Child Sacrifice May Be the World’s Largest In National Geographic, Kristen Romney writes about the discovery of 140 children and 200 young llamas, all of whom appear to have been sacrificed over the course of one terrible day.

How Witches Helped Bring Modern Drugs to Market On Smithsonian, Helen Thompson writes about the unsung contribution practitioners of folk medicine made to modern medicine in Europe.

Kidnapped by Kim Jong-il: The Man Who Directed the Socialist Godzilla In a 2003 article in The Guardian, John Gorenfeld writes about the time that the son of the Eternal President of North Korea kidnapped a South Korean director and his actress wife and forced them to make propaganda films.

Forty Names for Clouds On Peepil, Arati Kumar-Rao, writes about shepherds in an Indian desert who watch and wait for rain each year.


Nabisco’s X-Rated Scandal of 1971 On Mental Floss, Jake Rossen writes about the time a maker of model kit maker owned by Nabisco came up with a line of violent and kind of tawdry horror models for kids.

Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception The Appendix runs an excerpt from a graphic novel on magic that explains the origin of the levitation trick.

On IdPol Reductionism and Anti-Imperialism On Medium, Mond writes about the mistake of assuming that someone who’s part of an identity politics discussion by definition has a good or even informed viewpoint on it.

How America Overdosed on Drug Courts On Pacific Standard, Maia Szalavitz writes about the mushrooming of drugs courts in America and the risks they can pose for addicts when their judges don’t follow the advice of the medical community.

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