Ben Cost

About the Author

Ben Cost is a features reporter covering everything from shark attacks to TikTokkers with Michael Jackson phobias and a man who sued Apple for a billion dollars over an iPhone malfunction. His exclusives have included a multi-course cicada tasting menu to celebrate their return to NYC after 17 years and going fishing for 450-pound sharks amid attacks in the Big Apple. Prior to working for The Post, Ben lived in Shanghai where he served as food editor, and then eventually senior editor at Shanghaiist, one of China's largest English language blogs. Ben ran a monthly column about exotic foods, testing donkey sandwiches, live drunken shrimp and cobra hotpot. After leaving Shanghaiist, he worked as a community editor for City Weekend, a Chinese lifestyle magazine owned by Swiss media giant Ringier. Following that, he served as managing editor of Shanghai Expat, a city guide and forum for foreigners living in Shanghai. Ben's hobbies include fishing, biking, making moderately amusing puns, binging "Sopranos" and plumbing the depths of NYC's boroughs for undiscovered culinary gems.

The Archive

How to avoid ending up in the worst seat on a plane: 'I’d be super salty'

Thought being seated in the back row was bad? Some passengers have news for you.

Brave vet uses her Apple Watch to measure lion's heart rate in wild video

Wildlife veterinarians redefined "cat scan" after incredibly taking a lion's pulse using the gadget.

Sit in this seat if you don't want to get sick on a plane

Researchers have discovered the section of the aircraft where travelers are the least susceptible to germs.

Vegan influencer busts cheating boyfriend — thanks to a pepperoni pizza order

"It was like being punched," she said of the saucy discovery.

'Flight to nowhere': Passengers trapped on plane for 9 hours as it crossed Atlantic Ocean — and then turned around

By the end of the sky odyssey, the plane had flown 4,833 miles and traversed the body of water twice -- but was no closer to its intended destination.

Traveler devises ludicrous 'human suitcase' hack to avoid $60 baggage fee

This brought new meaning to arriving with only the clothes on his back.

Panda Express customer shocked that takeout container may have shrunk: ‘It's not much food’

Did they bamboo-zle him? A disappointed customer claims the California-based fast casual has succumbed to shrinkflation.

Furry 'mitten crabs' are invading and 'out-competing' other marine life: experts

Invasive Chinese mitten crabs have surfaced on Long Island, sparking fears of a crustacean invasion in New York waterways.

Secret meaning behind 'Google's name leaves internet users shocked

The title's etymology has come to light via a resurfaced post on the forum platform Quora, in which a user inquired: “Is Google an acronym?"

Don't be surprised when this fitness food staple is confiscated by TSA's explosives specialist

It makes air travel whey too complicated.

Should you wrap your luggage before flying? TSA warns about risks versus benefits

It's the end of an epic wrap battle.

Polite passenger's airplane seat swap backfires with 'gross' foot antics: 'That's disgusting'

The traveler said he obliged as he didn't "have the heart to say no," adding that the man "looked super happy about it."

Mom influencer ripped for asking for donations — after spending $17,000 in one month

Did she put the "con" in contribution?

Scientists discover real-life Star Wars 'Death Star' black holes that spin around, shoot planet-killing beams

A Death Star is born. “These Death Star black holes are swiveling around and pointing at new targets, like the fictional space station in Star Wars,” said study leader Francesco Ubertosi...

Double-decker airline seat — widely mocked in countless memes — now has a first-class version: 'Fresh hell just dropped'

The designer of the much-ridiculed double-decker airline seats — which spawned a thousand memes — has now rolled out a prototype for first class.