Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. At first, I was slightly put off that the loaned 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S was silver. It’s a really petty thing to complain about, the color of a press car—but after driving it for a weekend, I realized that the more mundane one of these wagons looks, the the more covert you actually feel about driving it. This is a good thing. (Full disclosure: Jaguar wanted us to drive the 2018 XF Sportbrake S so badly that it dropped one off at our office with a full tank of gas and let us keep it for a week.) This Jag marks the fourth wagon that Jalopnik has had since the beginning of 2018. And though I didn’t get to drive the Mercedes-Benz E400 wagon that Patrick tested, I have drive enough similar Benzes to pretty much know how it operates. And I’d wager that the Jaguar Sportbrake S is the best one of the four. Seriously. Jag’s Way Or The Highway The Jaguar XF Sportbrake S is the wagon version … [Read more...] about The 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake S Is The Best-Kept Sleeper Wagon Secret You Can Buy
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Elizabeth* is 35. She grew up in the South, currently lives in Brooklyn, and has been married for two years. After a previous miscarriage at 10 weeks, she was overjoyed to find herself pregnant for a second time. At 31 weeks, she found out that the baby boy she was carrying wouldn’t be able to breathe outside the womb and would not survive. And at 32 weeks, she flew to Colorado to get a shot that would start the process of a third-trimester abortion; she then flew back to New York to finish the delivery. We talked on the phone two weeks into her recovery. Have you always been pro-choice? Yes. I grew up in a pretty liberal family, or at least, my mom’s side of the family is liberal. My dad’s side is more conservative. They’re divorced now, and my dad’s family doesn’t know this part. I’ve had to tell the abridged version of the story to a lot of people. The abridged version being— That we lost the baby at 32 weeks. Which is true. Do … [Read more...] about Interview With a Woman Who Recently Had an Abortion at 32 Weeks
As the orange-themed display in our local grocery informs us, summer is over and autumn is in full force. After all, it’s never too early to start donning sweaters, sipping apple cider, and stocking up on Halloween candy. We found our staff staunchly divided over one perennial candy mainstay, however: candy corn. Some of us consider it a fall candy staple, others the dregs of Halloween booty that resides at the bottom of your plastic pumpkin. Candy corn evokes a visceral reaction, but we wanted to dive deeper. So we’ve tasked our debaters, as is our wont, to lay our three arguments in defense of their stance. Of course, we’d like to hear from you in the comments section below. Candy corn is a damn delight By Kate Bernot I like candy corn. Yeah, I said it. And I’ll stand by it. Usually, this preference is either met with relieved support—“Oh man, I do too!”—or snide derision. But few people stop to ask why. Why in fact do I love these … [Read more...] about Is candy corn delicious or Satan’s earwax?
Probiotics are beloved by many health-conscious folks. They fit that sweet spot between natural (always good, right?) and medical (must have health benefits). I get legit hate mail if I write anything less-than-glowing about probiotics. One charming gentleman called me “fake news” and suggested I get my head out of my “pharma fog,” as if Big Pharma and other major corporations weren’t very into selling probiotics for money. But the truth is, probiotics aren’t automatically always good. A few weeks ago we had a hint of one reason to be suspicious. More recently, in a few scientific papers and an FDA meeting, doctors and researchers are discussing some of the unknowns and potential harms of probiotics. Why Probiotics Are (Sometimes) Good Probiotics are microscopic living things that we use—typically by eating them, drinking them, or swallowing a pill—for their health benefits. Most are bacteria, but yeasts and other microbes could possibly … [Read more...] about It’s Official: Probiotics Are Not Harmless Cure-Alls
Truck Yeah The trucks are good! The 2017 Chevy Colorado ZR2 took its sweet time working up to 45 mph, so I wasn’t about to scrub my hard-earned speed for a cute little tabletop jump. The GM engineer riding shotgun was too far from the brake pedal to stop me, so we hit the lip at a canter, asscheeks puckered and 4,963 pounds of truck sailed into the sky. (Full Disclosure: General Motors flew me to Colorado, put me up in one of the nicest mountain resorts I’ve ever slept in and let me eat dinner in a helicopter hanger so I could drive the ZR2 and tell you about it.) Wincing against an imminent two-ton slap to the spine, I squinted and prepared to eat airbag as our airborne ZR2 caught gravity’s attention. But the pain never came. The ground welcomed the ZR2’s wheels with a warm embrace, not the vengeful bodyslam I was expecting. The truck briefly consumed all 8.6-inches of its front suspension travel, porpoised its nose back up and was charging ahead again at … [Read more...] about The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Can Fly