Maggie Ryan Sandford

Maggie Ryan Sandford
Maggie Ryan Sandford is a science journalist, writer, broadcast media producer, and researcher at the Science Museum of Minnesota. Her work has been published in Slate, Smithsonian magazine, mental_floss, the Onion's A.V. Club,, Paper Darts, and McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals, has appeared at the Walker Art Center, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Minnesota Institute of Arts, onstage at the Guthrie Theatre, the People's Improv Theater, and with the Rock Star Storytellers, and on Minnesota Public Radio and Twin Cities Public Television. Learn more about her and dolphin science via @Mandford on twitter and

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Lawn by

“You wanna dream about cowboys?” I said, and they yeehawed at Mary while I grabbed handkerchiefs from our room, one red, one blue. When I tied them over their noses, the boys held so still they barely breathed. Then their hands turned hard and they shot up the room, rodeoed ‘til the bedsprings whined under their bucking. Last thing we saw before I switched out the light was the lipless shadow in each of their mouths as they sucked their bandanas in and out, in and out.

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The Poke by

A few weeks back, I bought myself a prosthetic penis just to see what it was like to have one. I didn’t have a plan at first—I wouldn’t use it on myself, you know, like that, even if the thing hadn’t come with a lengthy safety disclaimer written in eight languages with an inflammatory illustration […]