Overcoming trauma with Auntie Angel, famed fellatio coach
The creator of internet's famous grapefruit technique talks about formulating creative blow job tips for women and "going through hell to bless other people."
What is the mathematical probability of getting pooped on by a pigeon in NYC?
A probability expert devises the ultimate formula to finding out the likelihood of getting pooped on any given day in New York City.
How much should you pay for a manicure in New York City?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they’re talking about. In light of the NYT expose and various rebuttals, we try to figure out the ethical price for a manicure.
Should we trust robotic surgery?
This week, MIT released a study linking surgical robotic machine failures to 144 deaths. Just because robots can be surgeons, does it mean they should be?
Augmented Reality: annotating the corner of Canal and Mulberry, NYC
First stop, the border of Chinatown and Little Italy, NYC.
Where does all the poop go?
Take a tour down the freshest and foulest sewer systems in eight cities around the world.
The life and death of community-based planning in New York
The city has approved 11 comprehensive urban plans made by communities. So why aren't they implemented? Former senior city planner Tom Angotti talks about the death of community-based urban planning.
Clone ethics: What shouldn't you do with your clone?
Do clones have souls? How about human rights? Hopes&Fears consults bioethicists, psychologists, twin specialists and theological experts on the ethics of doing stuff with/to your clone.
The rise and fall
As quinoa rivals cocaine as Bolivia’s biggest export, we break down the history, fantasy and industry of selling miracle berries and super seeds.
Why don't we just terraform Earth?
If we're planning to transform Mars' atmosphere, then why don't we do the same to combat climate change? NASA scientist and researcher Chris McKay tells us we're actually closer than we'd thought.
How much is Donald Trump's hair worth?
Mozart's locks are going up for auction at Sotheby's, making us wonder which factors make celebrity hair a worthy investment. As a barometer, we had Donald Trump's infamous hair appraised by experts.
Office Dictionary: Babeland
Every office has its own internal lingo. For Babeland… Well, we'll spare you the pun. Read on to learn why the asshole is a superhighway, and other bits of wisdom from the sex toy giants.
The last Princess of FAO Schwarz Fifth Ave on the end of a dynasty
As FAO Schwarz gets ready to move out of its 5th Ave location, we take a trip down memory lane with the FAO Princess Heather Sparx on fixing baby dolls, personal shopping and the ass-grabbing dads.
Is it ever okay to use a selfie stick?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. As Disney bans selfie sticks, we wondered if the Wild West era of stick-weilding may be drawing to a close.
If Tarkovsky made video games: inside Peter Burr's surreal, "Stalker"-inspired animation cube
We talk to artist Peter Burr about his labyrinthian GIFs, videos, and his latest collaboration with Porpentine and others.
Paradise maps, monk tabloids and monsters: 1,000 years of medieval cosmography
Hopes&Fears interviews Toby Lester, historian and scholar of medieval maps.
Is it glue? Is it plastic? Would you eat it? A food stylist explains
Hopes&Fears asks food stylist Kim Hartman for tricks of the trade: how to make a chocolate waterfall, how to keep a potato hot for 13 hours, and more mysteries of food's visual sensuousness.
Butchbaby makes maternity wear for genderqueer parents-to-be
For the expectant butch, or anybody, designers are finally making non-floral maternity wear.
China makes T-1000 liquid metal so that robots will shapeshift and kill us all
Science brings us one step closer metal that behaves "like living organisms."
"Unaffiliated" religion to be second most popular in the US by 2050
Christianity will remain the number one religion in America in 2050, but with a higher turnover rate.
Here's what people are saying about the diverse Apple emojis available today
More racially diverse smileys; still no middle finger.
What percentage of Americans have anger issues and access to firearms?
If we needed more evidence that angry people own guns, here: 9% of the US population has compulsive anger issues, and 1.5% of them carry firearms outside the home.
Art is getting bluer
A study of paintings over 200 years shows that blue is used more frequently; red remains the same.
Here's a list of California's most water-hogging food
The Los Angeles Times has put together a list of foods that use up the most water. Those are some thirsty peas.
I'm a fourth-generation funeral director
A funeral director tells us about growing up in a funeral home, postmortem cosmetics, and "wowing" families at funerals, as part of Hopes&Fears' anonymous interview series.
The internet doesn't make you wise and interesting
A new study shows that people are more confident in their own knowledge just because of their ability to use the internet.
An art museum, freed from gluten
A new Tumblr attempts to expunge all trace of gluten from art history.
Researchers: magic mushrooms and LSD are as safe as "riding a bicycle"
Researchers Teri Krebs and Pål-Ørjan Johansen compare LSD and mushrooms to "playing soccer."
New Mad Max: Fury Road trailer, even less sane
Mad Max: Fury Road comes out in a month, and we're getting really excited about that with the new trailer.
New Jurassic World trailer features psychopathic "Indominus Rex"
We now know that not only does "Indominus Rex" kills everything in its path, but it kills its siblings and other dinosaurs for no reason at all.
Tensions rise over real estate disputes on the high seas
Vietnamese foreign minister and deputy prime minister Pham Binh Minh calls for China to halt construction off the coast of Vietnam.
Why is it called a black box if it's actually orange?
Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we answer a reader's question about a mysterious piece of aircraft equipment.
Le bon toit: French roofs going green, solar
New commercial buildings will now be required to have roofs partially covered in plants or solar panels.
Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?
Hopes&Fears answers questions, with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today, we wonder if what we've always been told about breakfast is actually true.