Arts & Life


Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Fear Of Cantaloupes and Crumpets? A 'Phobia' Rises From The Web

Originally published on Sat February 16, 2013 11:40 am

Seeds of fear? To most of us, cantaloupe and horn melon look like a healthy breakfast or snack. But the clusters of seeds can evoke anxiety, nervousness and even nausea for some trypophobes.
Daniel M. N. Turner NPR

Four years ago, my husband revealed one of his more peculiar qualities: He's freaked out by the sight of sliced cantaloupe.

The melon seeds, all clustered together, make his skin itch and his stomach churn. Then he gets obsessed and can't stop talking about it.

A bit concerned by his behavior, I started researching it on the Web. Boy, was I in for a treat. My husband was not alone.

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Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Marine Stewardship Council Responds To NPR Series On Sustainable Seafood

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 12:32 pm

Swordfish from Canada feature a label from the Marine Stewardship Council at a Whole Foods in Washington, D.C.
Margot Williams NPR

Earlier this week, NPR aired a three-part investigation of the Marine Stewardship Council on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

As Daniel Zwerdling and Margot Williams reported, the MSC certifies seafood that is supposed to be good for the environment. But some environmental groups argue that the label is misleading, and that as more retailers promise to sell only sustainable-labeled seafood, the program is certifying fisheries that don't deserve it.

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Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

Four Loko Cans Will Now Make Clear They're Loaded With Alcohol

Originally published on Fri February 15, 2013 10:32 am

Popular fruit-flavored malt liquor Four Loko
Haraz Ghanbari AP

Cans of the popular flavored malt beverage Four Loko will soon sport an "Alcohol Facts" label to make it plain they pack a potent punch.

The changes are part of a final settlement announced Tuesday between the Federal Trade Commission and Phusion Projects, whose products have been blamed for hospitalizations and deaths among young people.

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Wed February 13, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Disgraced 'New Yorker' Author Talks Plagiarism — For A $20,000 Fee

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 8:33 am

Jonah Lehrer attends a panel discussion for the World Science Festival in 2008.
Thos Robinson Getty Images


Wed February 13, 2013
The Salt

U.K. Slaughterhouses Raided As Europe's Horse meat Scandal Widens

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 7:27 am

A Tesco supermarket sign in London. The chain acknowledged that its low-cost beef lasagna had in fact been 60 percent horse.
Sang Tan AP