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Ryan O'Hanlon

Ryan O'Hanlon
Senior Digital Editor Ryan O’Hanlon joined Pacific Standard from Outside, where he was an assistant online editor. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross, and his writing has appeared in Deadspin, Grantland, The Awl, New York, The Atlantic, and elsewhere. Follow him on Twitter @rwohan.

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The Vintage People

The latest entry in a series on subculture in America.

World Cup Week


What Does Soccer Mean Today? A Conversation With Simon Kuper

The author of Football Against the Enemy talks to us about the way the game has changed over the past 20 years, the globalization of America, and his son’s angry kindergarten teacher.

World Cup Week


Welcome to World Cup Week

Introducing our latest special report.



Pancho Villa’s Army

Exploring subculture in America.

But It's Just a Game


Northwestern Football Players Win Union Ruling … So What Now?

Appeals, more lawsuits, and maybe the NCAA looking for a compromise.

This Is Your Brain


When Miscommunication Is the Only Way to Communicate

No, not everyone in Germany speaks English.

The Rest of the World


How Putin’s Image Obsession Helps Explain the Situation in Ukraine

While the crisis in Crimea might seem anything but rational, when you look at it through the lens of Putin’s past actions, it starts to make some sense.

You Don't Know America


You Don’t Know America

And neither do we. Introducing our latest special report.

But It's Just a Game


The Politics in Your Super Bowl

While it might seem like politics have crept into Sunday’s match-up between the Broncos and the Seahawks, they’ve always been there. It just depends on whether or not we want to see them.



Is There a Global Effort to Eradicate Deaf People?

Exploring subculture in America.



We Suck at Sorry

If you need an “if” added to the end of your apology, it’s not an apology.



Jesus Christ: History’s Most Successful Meme

With their new book Who’s Bigger? Where Historical Figures Really Rank, Steven Skiena and Charles Ward try to quantify history’s most significant human beings.



Before Drones, We Used Airplanes for Home Delivery

Once upon a time, you could get all kinds of home goods delivered to your house in less than 30 minutes—as long as you lived near a golf course.



In Praise of Pumpkin Pie, the Only Reason to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Some people are trying to eliminate pumpkin pie from your Thanksgiving. These people are not to be trusted.



My Life as a Toastmaster

Meet Nadine Nofziger, a 63-year-old operations manager.



9 Adorable Cat Facts

Happy National Cat Day!



Welcome to Cheating Week

Never cheated before? Then this probably isn’t your bag—and you’re probably not human—but for everyone else, we’ll be publishing stories about bending, breaking, and totally ignoring the rules all week long.



What Do Academics Think of ‘Breaking Bad’?

A whole lot, actually.



More Guns Kill More People, Study Finds

The United States has the most guns per capita. Related: The United States has the highest rate of gun-related deaths.



How to Feel About Space and Time Maybe Not Existing

Don’t worry. Everything’s gonna be fine.



You Must Fear September the 13th, Not Friday

Why are so many Americans so scared of today, when what they should really be scared of is … today?



In Defense of Diving, Flopping, and Cheating at Sports

When people are paid to win a game with a set of arbitrary rules, people will break the rules. We’re almost always OK with that—except for one thing.



My Life as a Therian

Meet Shiro Ulv, a 19-year-old IT specialist who considers himself a wolf trapped in a human body.



The World May or May Not End Today

A man who predicted his own death and the downfall of the Russian imperial family also predicted that the world would end today.



Silicon Valley Thinks It Should Live Forever

A bunch of rich guys can’t imagine what the world would be like without them.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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