“I Can’t Be Fucked Trying to Convert Him”: When Your Family Members Are Conspiracy Theorists

Extensive “research” during lockdown revealed a terrible secret to Carlos’* uncle. “The sun is sending diseases into our atmosphere because it’s losing energy and going out.”  It seems everyone has that uncle or kuia, gong gong or tita: one moment, they’re “doing their own research,” and the next, they’re railing against Comrade Ardern and her nefarious plan to implement fully...

Nuclear Expeditions and Communist Plots: Inside the Secret Government Hunt for Uranium in Fiordland

There was a secret government expedition to Fiordland in 1944 to search for uranium for nuclear weaponry. I went down a rabbit-hole of archives, obituaries, and letters that took me from Fiordland, to Nigeria, to Norway — to find answers to the questions I had.  I was reading an article from half a century ago when I came across the shocking story of a secret expedition for uranium. The piece was from a 1971 issue of Salient...

#NoFap: Why some guys refuse to do the five finger shuffle

Masturbating, fapping, wanking, marching the penguin, or making the bald man cry. Palm Sunday is a ritual for many a dusty Dunedin dude.  Most people don’t notice any negative consequences beyond the occasional wave of soul-crushing shame. But no-fappers believe masturbation creates problems for men. Brought to wider public knowledge by the popularity of no-nut November, they have a unique and wank-free way of life. These guys band...