Why fictional hedgehogs steal apples

Spoilers: in real life, hedgehogs never run off with apples stuck to their spikes. But in pop culture in Slavic countries, they’re often shown carrying apples or other fruit on their quills. Here, at Christmas market in Poland, a herd of hedgies each  has a single red apple placed on their backs. It’s not just in... Continue Reading →

Getting the veggie option in Chernobyl

Yes, you can get a vegetarian lunch on the Chernobyl tour. And yes, it might seem strange to be asking for a meat-free meal while you’re visiting a place that is well-known for its high radiation levels. Who has time to worry about health in a radiation zone? But it’s been more than 30 years... Continue Reading →

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