Some people are fans of the Tampa Bay Bucs. But many, many more people are NOT fans of the Tampa Bay Bucs. This 2018 Deadspin NFL team preview is for those in the latter group. Read all the previews so far here. Your team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You thinking sex now?! Your 2017 record: 5-11. FUN FACT: The Bucs have been outscored every season since 2010. And yet, I was definitely one of those people who, prior to last season, figured the Bucs were poised to explode. They brought in DeSean Jackson. They drafted O.J. Howard. I assumed they were gonna rocket straight to the top of the NFC. I was ready to welcome our new Florida trash overlords. I cannot begin to tell you how delighted I am that this did NOT end up being the case. Instead, everyone on defense contracted measles and the Bucs fell off the face of the fucking Earth, which is where they belong forever and ever and ever. Your coach: Dirk Koetter. I honestly don’t get the Bucs. They’ll fire Lovie Smith for leaving a … [Read more...] about Why Your Team Sucks 2018: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bugs that look like termites
The tide began to shift ever so gently the moment I noticed cricket flour at my neighborhood grocer. Cricket flour is exactly that—a gluten-free protein powder substitute with an earthy aftertaste made from ground crickets, which could be used to bake cookies, muffins, and the like. Insects-as-foodstuff has in recent years been upgraded from Fear Factor challenge to novelty. You still might not indulge in a “chocolate chirp cookie” (as some cricket culinarians say), but in my mind it no longer feels vulgar and bizarre. We’re still a ways off from picking up rotisserie bee larvae from the supermarket, but the fact that some restaurants have dipped its gastronomic toes into the insect waters illustrates how our minds are changing about eating bugs. (That being said, Mexican restaurants in the U.S. have been serving chapulines—grasshoppers—for years. A concession stand at Safeco Field, home of baseball’s Seattle Mariners, has been selling out of … [Read more...] about The ever-growing case for eating insects
Welcome to Shit I Bought, a column where we recap the life-changing beauty and fashion purchases of various staffers—and also just stuff we bought on a whim. Maria Sherman I have been moving, non-stop, for the last five years—from place to place in Brooklyn, once from Brooklyn to Manhattan, again to Brooklyn, then to North Philadelphia, to South Philadelphia, back to Brooklyn, and now, finally, in a home of my own. Anyone who is constantly uprooted and manages to do so cheaply will tell you the secret to a nomadic (and I’m not gonna front, pretty exciting but ultimately stressful) life is to not own anything. Now that I’m finally settling into, ya know, some semblance of stability, I’ve come to the realization that living alone in a one-bedroom with a real-ass 12-month lease means I’m going to need stuff, at least, a bare minimum of stuff, and sometimes stuff and things can actually make you feel pretty good. (Please note that if 15-year-old me … [Read more...] about 2 Adult Ladies Furnish Their New Apartments!
Bed bugs are some of the most horrifying pests out there. They suck your blood, spread from place to place easily, and are tough to kill. But do you know what they actually look like? Turns out, most people don’t. A recent study, published in the journal American Entomologist, surveyed over 2,000 travelers with a “64‐item questionnaire, of which 15 questions pertained directly to traveler awareness, experience, and attitudes toward bed bugs.” Most participants said they considered the threat of bed bugs when they stayed in hotels, and many said they worried about them on some level. But when asked to identify a bed bug based on its shape (their most telling feature), over two-thirds of the people surveyed couldn’t do it. The bed bug was part of a silhouette lineup that also featured an ant, a termite, a louse, and a tick. See if you can spot the bed bug here: If you said number four, you’re right! That’s the bed bug. According to the EPA, … [Read more...] about Everyone’s Afraid of Bed Bugs but Nobody Knows What They Look Like
Very quietly, and without any formal announcement, the Common Names Committee of the Entomological Society of America has decided to list termites in the same category as cockroaches. It seem weird to lump the two together, but it’s a move that scientists have been considering for nearly a century. If you call up the ESA’s updated Common Names of Insects Database and search for bugs under the insect order Blattodea, you’ll now see the Arid Land Subterranean Termite, the Forest Tree Termite listed alongside the American Cockroach, the Brown Cockroach, and other roaches. As reported in Science News, this reclassification, in which the longstanding termite order was obliterated and merged with the cockroach group, became official on February 15, 2018, following a vote by ESA board members. On the surface, termites and cockroaches don’t seem to have anything to do with one another. Cockroaches are solitary creatures that like to hide under discarded pizza boxes, … [Read more...] about Termites Are Finally Being Recognized for What They Really Are: Social Cockroaches