The World is a curious place, and we mean that in more ways than one. Events around the globe always raise a lot of questions here in our Boston newsroom. Some of the questions we ask tackle a story head on - the who, what, when and where. But other questions, usually the why, can lead down less traveled, more interesting roads. And that's where Sideways Glance comes in. One of us finds a global story that hits us where we live – that makes us do a double, or even triple take, and then we dig in to learn more. The result? You can often find out more about a person, place or thing by taking a Sideways Glance than by looking at it straight on. The World's Clark Boyd serves as curator of our Sideways Glance segment.
"Coward. Chicken. Yellow-belly." Those were insults the French used against the gunmen who carried out the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January. Cowardice, in fact, is currently enjoying a bit of global resurgence as a put-down. So much so that Boston University professor Chris Walsh decided it was time to write a book about the subject. The first hurdle? Finding source material.
You've probably never heard of featherbowling, even if you're from Belgium, the country where the now-obscure sport originated. But in Detroit, a league of die-hard featherbowlers keeps the tradition alive.
William Mangels was the stereotypical German: meticulous, perfectionist and not that much fun. But when he came to New York, he discovered a talent for inventing iconic amusement park rides that soon made him the "King of Coney Island."
English singer-songwriter Morrissey has a staunchly loyal and maybe obsessive fan base. His shows are defined by audience members throwing themselves on stage, clamoring to hug him. But Morrissey's most loyal disciples come from a seemingly unexpected group — young Mexican Americans.
If you've ever wanted Vladimir Putin propaganda plastered across your chest as you walk the streets of New York, here's your chance. A pop-up store recently opened in the city, selling shirts showing the Russian president as Superman and other heroes.
It wasn't that long ago that the American beer landscape was a wasteland of watery lagers. But now more than 3,000 breweries and craft brewers like Sean Lewis are churning out world-class beers that influence brewers and beer lovers worldwide.
Since 1991, the Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, tongue firmly in cheek, to researchers whose work "first makes you laugh, then makes you think." The theme of this year's Ig Nobel ceremony? Food. And with that, we have this review of the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.
Bluegrass covers of pop and rock music abound abound. But none have quite the back story of The Henhouse Prowlers' version of "Chop My Money,"a cover of a Nigerian hip-hop mega-hit that created a frenzy in the country when the band toured there this summer.
The latest trend in tourism doesn't look like tourism at all. With the help of some adventurous tour guides, young urbanites are seeking out the world's most unusual, gross and often dangerous locales.