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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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Northwestern Football Players Win Union Ruling … So What Now?

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

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When Miscommunication Is the Only Way to Communicate

No, not everyone in Germany speaks English.

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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.

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You Don’t Know America

And neither do we. Introducing our latest special report.

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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.

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Is There a Global Effort to Eradicate Deaf People?

Exploring subculture in America.

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We Suck at Sorry

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Quick Studies

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014