Asa Merritt, The National Desk

Asa Merritt

The National Desk

Austin, TX, United States

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Past articles by Asa:

New York City is considering drug injection sites

They see it as a way to save lives in the midst of the deadliest drug overdose epidemic in U.S. history. → Read More

Virtual reality is helping people overcome their fear of heights

The phobia, known as Acrophobia, is the most commonly reported phobia. → Read More

Step inside the ropes to see what it takes to make it as a Lucha Libre wrestler in Mexico

Only a handful of pro wrestlers ever make to the big stage. This is how they get there. → Read More

These are the gas masks of the future

Every year air pollution kills millions of people. New mask technology could change that. → Read More

Parents play cupid at this marriage market in Shanghai

For many Chinese parents, an unwed child is their worst nightmare → Read More

Ride the longest ice slide on earth at this spectacular winter festival in China

Harbin's Ice and Snow Festival is the largest winter festival on Earth. → Read More

Ho ho ho-oh my God I ate too much at this Chinese Christmas buffet

This epic brunch buffet is as long as a football field. → Read More

If dolls freak you out, this island in Mexico will give you nightmares

These may very well be the scariest dolls in the world. → Read More

Foster the People took 'Pumped Up Kicks' off their ACL set list because of what happened in Vegas

Foster the People catapulted their career in 2010 with the release of smash hit "Pumped Up Kicks." → Read More

'Silent discos' let you dance the night away with the comfort of headphones

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2017 throws silent disco dance parties. → Read More

More than 1,000 people marched against 'Confederate pride' in Austin, Texas

Austin has recently been taking steps to remove public reminders of its history as part of the Confederacy. → Read More

This 'Game of Thrones' style estate is opening to the public for one day only

If you drive off the interstate into the country near Austin and San Antonio, Texas, many delights await. → Read More

These rescue dogs are the stars of a traveling circus

It didn't take long for the five frenetic canines in "Circus Chickendog" to learn tricks. → Read More

Video shows a UC Berkeley officer removing cash from a hot dog vendor's wallet

In the video, taken by alumnus Martin Flores, the vendor objects as the officer pulls cash from his wallet. → Read More

This teenager got famous dressing up his brother like the IT clown

What started as a fun dress-up photo shoot between brothers has now become a full-fledged viral phenomenon. → Read More

Forest fires are forcing evacuations in Oregon and Washington

Dangerous and fast-moving forest fires are racing across Oregon and Washington. → Read More

This 4-year-old saved his baby brother's life through a bone marrow transplant

Things did not look good for West Virginia infant Lucas when he was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, a rare disease with few cures. It turned out, however, that his 4-year-old brother, Leo,… → Read More

Pussy Riot is creating a show about life in Russian prison

Two members of the provocative punk rock band spent two years at a Russian labor camp. → Read More

This is what happens when you make art out of your beer habit

A Louisiana artist creates elaborate mosaics using nothing more than colored bottle caps. → Read More

Watch this car fall out of the sky

In Austin, Texas, a car in a parking garage fell multiple stories and landed nose first when restraining cables in the garage failed. Fortunately everyone will be OK, but the garage now has a track record for… → Read More