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Catch-up Wednesday: 3 midweek longreads

Get up to speed with the latest news, opinions and insights with our hand-picked indepth reads.

Melting icebergs in Antarctica
Melting icebergs in Antarctica
Image: (AP Photo/Roberto Candia/file

IT’S MIDWAY THROUGH the week and you want to get up to speed on the latest news topics and catch up on opinions and insights.

We’re here to help you do just that, with our three midweek longreads:

1. Baby feeding

Parents have fed their infants using some interesting means over the years, as Kate Dailey outlines. Terracotta pots, cows’ horns and wet nurses all played their parts.

(BBC–  5 minutes reading time, 1094 words)

The practice of suckling an animal – as the twins Romulus and Remus did in Roman mythology – was also employed. As documented in the book Milk: A Local and Global History, 15th-Century French women relied on goats to feed their infants when wet nurses were cast out of favour following a syphilis outbreak.

2. Naked in Antarctica

Would you strip off and get into a sauna at the South Pole, before going streaking? The members of the 300 Club did, and lived to tell the tale, writes Svati Kirsten Narula.

(The Atlantic –  11 minutes reading time, 2277 words)

Make no mistake: Streaking at the South Pole isn’t an activity to be taken lightly. And it’s not something you do on a whim, after one too many shots of whiskey at Club 90 South. On the contrary, getting naked in Antarctica is a hallowed tradition that requires planning and teamwork.

3. Bi-curious?

Odhrán Allen writes in Opinions and Insight about bisexuality, and the many misconceptions that surround human sexuality.

(TheJournal.ie – 3 minutes reading time, 768 words)

A frequent misconception when someone comes out as bisexual is that they’ve only stepped halfway out of closet and it’s just a matter of time before they come all the way out and say they’re really lesbian or gay. While this is true of some gay people’s coming out journey, it is surprising how many people actually don’t believe bisexuals exist and that you can only be straight or gay.

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