Amelia Tait, The Guardian

Amelia Tait

The Guardian

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Amelia:

Back off, sourdough! All hail the glorious return of the sliced white loaf

Rising costs have played a part, but so has natural justice: a sandwich should never be sharp, especially if it’s only masquerading as nutritious, says writer Amelia Tait → Read More

I re-read my teenage diaries hoping for a dose of nostalgia – instead I was horrified

Lust, cruelty and a desperate need for attention ... I thought my old journals would bring back warm memories – in reality they were a document of the unique misery and painful insecurities of adolescence → Read More

The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker at 20 – this under-appreciated Zelda game is also one of the best

Derided at first, in the 20 years since its launch this cartoonish high-seas adventure has claimed its rightful place as one of the best Zelda games → Read More

Meet the Gen Z brand whisperers: ‘I come in and I’m like: don’t make some weird old-ass campaign!’

Big companies are turning to young people to avoid falling foul of Gen Z’s values. One even has its own ‘ZEO’. But is it driven by principles – or profit? → Read More

Buy. Return. Repeat … What really happens when we send back unwanted clothes?

The rise and rise of online fashion stores – and their generous returns policies – has created a new industry dedicated to dealing with our unwanted clothes. But what damage is being done – to our planet and to retailers – by our boomerang shopping habits? → Read More

Taylor Swift eras deathmatch! Making the case for the superstar’s best album

As the pop juggernaut launches her Eras tour to celebrate her 10 records, our writers present the argument for each one → Read More

Medieval medicine: the return to maggots and leeches to treat ailments

The rise in global antibiotic resistance means huge sums are being invested in ground-breaking treatments. But some scientists are turning back the clock in the hunt for effective alternatives → Read More

When we happily pay £45 for a YouTuber’s energy drink, the age of the scammer is truly dead

Post-Fyre Festival, Caroline Calloway and Anna Delvey, being scammed by your idols now has currency, says journalist Amelia Tait → Read More

‘Uh oh … boom!’: TikTok is in love with simulated shipwrecks

Fans say the use of an accurate physics engine to reimagine historic shipwrecks makes it ‘difficult to look away’ → Read More

Latex, severed legs and fake erections: why is a whole new generation obsessed with DVD menus?

Games, gags, hidden treasures, extra films and clips of the director cooking aloo gobi … is it any wonder the hashtag #DVDmenu has 15m views? We look back on an explosively creative era → Read More

With the buccal fat fixation we have reached peak insecurity

This year, let’s make a resolution to accept, rather than “improve”, our bodies. → Read More

‘When you hear the four-minute warning’

The UK was once dotted with structures designed to survive nuclear conflict, from sprawling government complexes to tiny underground observation posts. How many are still in use – and what are your chances of getting a place if you need one? → Read More

‘Y’all ready for this?’ Can Britain resist America’s fast food giants?

Southern fried chicken, taco supremes and doughnuts are on the menu as US companies eye the UK’s seemingly endless appetite for cheap meals. But will our health pay the price? → Read More

Tourist trappings: why we all love a tacky souvenir fridge magnet

Miniature clogs, pretzel paperweights, tiny cathedrals… What do our kitsch holiday mementoes tell us about modern tourism – and ourselves? → Read More

Time for your medicine: unlocking the power of our body clocks

It’s long been known that certain drugs work better when taken at specific times of day. But now scientists are learning that our circadian rhythms affect everything from vaccines to meals – and even the results of exercise → Read More

‘Economists should study it’: inside Disney Dreamlight Valley, the latest game taking over TikTok

‘Disney Animal Crossing’ is all over the video platform, but is it merely an imitation of everyone’s favourite pandemic play? Or will Mickey and co have you enthralled? → Read More

True crime makes us believe we are certain about people like Adnan Syed. We should be ashamed

His release from prison has not proved his innocence or guilt – but it has highlighted how we are all guilty of pretending we know more than we do, says writer Amelia Tait → Read More

Are you a busybody, a hunter or a dancer? A new book about curiosity reveals all

Twin academics Perry Zurn and Dani S Bassett fought to forge idiosyncratic paths through academia… then put that knowledge to use in a seven-year study of how we learn → Read More

‘Barbie was my queen, Hulk Hogan a flop’: the rise and fall of novelty bubble bath bottles

Twenty years ago, bathtime wouldn’t have been much fun without Bart, Barbie and Darth Vader. The story of the golden age of bath toys is a real soap opera → Read More

‘I am, in fact, a person’: can artificial intelligence ever be sentient?

Controversy over Google’s AI program is raising questions about just how powerful it is. Is it even safe? By Amelia Tait → Read More