A Democratic Kesuvah

Jason Zengerle provides us with this fascinating tidbit: Despite their very, uh, different personalities, Obama and Emanuel have one big thing in common: David Axelrod. Emanuel is one of Axelrod’s closest friends; Axelrod even signed the ketubah at Emanuel’s wedding. Assuming that Axelrod is not observant (Googling yields no indication that he is), the Kesuvah […]

Murder, Foul and Not So Foul

Daniel J. Kevles tells us that poison has been a historically popular means of murder for women1: Whether or not Lucrezia Borgia used poison, the weapon was a great equalizer. Murder required administering a poison in repeated or large doses, tasks that women could conveniently perform since they were trusted with the preparation of food […]