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A Nice Place Survives
LETTERS • NOTES ON THE February ISSUE
“Breathe for Her” • He was the last person who should have run into a burning building—he has lung disease. But that didn’t stop him.
Sign the Friendly Skies
The NORTH AMERICAN SCRABBLE CHAMPIONSHIP • JOEL SHERMAN, age 57, New York, New York
LIFE • IN THESE United States
Plan for Retirement–at Any Age • One family prepares for its financial future and provides insights for the rest of us
WE FOUND A FIX • 9 WAYS TO Improve Your Life*
You Can Prevent Many Cancers
The Doctor Is In(sane!) • Getting medical treatment is never fun, except on April 1
LAUGHTER • THE BEST Medicine
News FROM THE WORLD OF MEDICINE
ALL in a Day’s WORK
Egg A Force of Nature—and in Kitchens
HOMEMADE MAYO SIX EASY WAYS
A Wingman for Life
YOUR TRUE STORIES • IN 100 Words
UNSOLVED! • These seven baffling mysteries have obsessed detectives, scholars, and explorers for years. Are the answers out there?
A Lifeline in the Heartland • American farmers die by suicide at nearly twice the rate of the general population. One Iowa farmer-therapist is determined to help them escape the darkness.
GREAT OCEAN SECRETS • It has been nearly 150 years since the publication of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and scientists are still searching for the truth about many of the creatures and features of the deep
9 Really Practical JOKES • Some jokes just make you chuckle, and thank goodness for them. But some punch lines make you stop mid-laugh and actually think.
Bringing Down the House
THE LIBRARY: A LOVE STORY • The magic of these book-lined buildings—palaces, really—filled my childhood with delight. Parenthood helped me experience that bliss again.
Humor in UNIFORM
DEATH RATTLE • There was no warning—just a silent and deadly bite in a remote area of Yosemite. And antivenom was 100 miles away.
The True Feeling of SUCCESS • A man reexamines his life and discovers some unappreciated moments of joy
FROM OUR READERS: How Do You Define Success?
TEACH YOUR BRAIN NEW TRICKS • Exercising these four talents is a good reminder that, even on a bad day, your built-in computer is awfully powerful
WORD POWER • Americans and Brits speak the same language—or do they? Test your knowledge of the Queen’s English with this month’s quiz, which features a bevy of British words. No need to hop across the pond for the answers; just turn to page 126.
PHOTO FINISH • YOUR Funniest CAPTIONS