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Travis Andrews

Travis M. Andrews is a journalist based in Washington, D.C., and New Orleans. He has written for Time, The Atlantic, Salon, Washingtonian Magazine and The Times-Picayune. He's a regular arts contributor for The Washington Post Express. When he was younger, he wrote on his mother's walls. She was displeased. For more about Travis, please visit

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Verdict's still out on flying and pulling robust white men in big red suits, but reindeer have recently been discovered to have a pretty cool power of sorts: they can see in UV. Well, not that they can see in UV, but that they do see the world in UV.
I've long suspected grasshoppers had a mental edge over us, and they've proven it once again. All of us urban city-dwellers have had our fair share of trouble hearing conversational tidbits from an alluring member of the opposite sex over the roaring traffic. Grasshoppers are no different, so they changed their courting songs to deal with the rumble of city life.