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Om Nom Nom: Homemade Caramel Popcorn

INGREDIENTS: 1/2 cup butter or margarine 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup corn syrup dash of vanilla pinch of salt 3/4 tsp baking soda DIRECTIONS: Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and corn syrup, stir well. ... Read More  

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The Moment Jurassic Park Lost Me

Are you old enough to remember when Jurassic Park first came out? I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time. It was the summer after 10th grade, and Kelsey and Julie-Ann and I (three of the four Sisters ... Read More  

Sisters of the Traveling Chocolate

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Chocolate

If we’re lucky, we make a friend we can say anything to. A friend who’s seen us at our worst and inexplicably loves us still. A friend who knows where the bodies are buried, because she picked the spot ... Read More  

Dr. Carmichael in scrubs

Happy Halloween!

You win digital candy if you can figure out: – what I’m dressed as – why I think it’s so hilarious, when in fact it’s mostly just sad Bonus points if you can answer the second one in a ... Read More  

arctic fox barking

No Such Thing as a Free Lunch

Domestic foxes would probably argue that in fact, they get free lunches all the time, but their cousins in the wild don’t have it so easy. Foxes in the wild not only have to find their own food, but ... Read More  

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Werewolves, Zombies, and Villains, Oh My!

Halloween is just a few days away, and I’ve got to admit, I’m a big-time party pooper this year. I won’t be decorating my house, even though I have access to a mannequin who has previously played witch, corpse, ... Read More  

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In Case World War Z Completely Freaked You Out…

…you can ensure your preparedness for the zombie apocalype at this helpful store I saw in Orlando, Florida. Alternatively, you can bunk with my Dad, whose habit of purchasing cleaning supplies at Costco ensures he’ll have the cleanest toilets ... Read More  

Living with Obesity by L.E. Carmichael - Front Cover

This Hour Takes 22 Minutes – Off Your Life

News.  Sit-Coms.  The Discovery Channel.  The latest “reality” drama.   No matter what you’re tuning in to, you might want to turn it off.  According to a 2011 study, television does more than rot your brain: it shortens your ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

What DOES the Fox Say?

At least three people have sent me this video, and since it’s been a long week full of jet lag and putting out fires, I figured I would share: In case you’re wondering, the fox says whine, pant, cackle, ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

The Internet = Embarrassing Oneself in Public

For everyone who went looking for the ebook edition of Fox Talk and couldn’t find it – first, thank you! Second, I am really sorry. The ebook was scheduled for release on October 5, but at the last minute, ... Read More  

domestic fox on a plane

Airplanes and the Eternal Question – Window or Aisle?

I love travel. I love exploring new places, eating new food, and meeting new people. I firmly believe that travel is the best means of broadening horizons, experiencing new ideas, and destroying preconceived and prejudicial notions that’s available to ... Read More  


Dear Phone Survey Company…

… when you call to inquire about my objections to offshore oil drilling in the Canadian Arctic, please do not ask me how to spell “habitat destruction.” What’s made you whip out the facepalm this week? And if this ... Read More  

Back to the Future 2

Lightning Under the Hood, Part 3 – From Cell Phones to Sports Cars

Missed the earlier instalments? Check out Part One – Riker’s Race, and Part Two – The Battery Revolution before reading today’s post.  Remember those brick-sized cell phones from movies in the 1980s? Lithium batteries are the reason we’re no longer carrying them. ... Read More  

Fox Talk: How Some Very Special Animals Helped Scientists Understand Communication by LE Carmichael Book Cover

Fox Talk – Enhanced Ebook Now Available!

Very excited to announce that Fox Talk is now available as an enhanced ebook! The ebook preserves the artwork and design of the paper edition, but comes with cool special features: – pop-up glossary definitions in the main text ... Read More  

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Six Signs Your Cat Wants a Snuggle. Now. OK, How About Now? No Really, Now.

1) She stands next to your chair crying and tapping you with her paw. For an hour. 2) She does something impossibly cute, then shoots you a glance to see if you noticed. 3) Out of all the pieces ... Read More  

Raymond Gaston Planté

Lightning Under the Hood, Part 2 – The Battery Revolution

Did you miss Part One – Riker’s Race? Check it out before you read today’s post. Every battery has the same basic components: the anode (negative electrode); the cathode (positive electrode); and the electrolyte. There’s also a separator, which ... Read More  

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Things I Love About Joss Whedon: Agents of SHIELD Edition

I love Joss Whedon’s work. I’m one of those people who’s still outraged over the cancelation of Firefly, and laughs hysterically whenever there’s a Malcom Reynolds joke on Castle. I can never be Team Edward, because I will always ... Read More