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Swallowing the Red Pill: a journey to the heart of modern misogyny

The online community hosted on Reddit is where men go to air their toxic views about women. <b>Stephen Marche</b> aims to find out if The Red Pill is perpetuating a culture of hatred – or if it’s just a place to vent<p>How shitty are men really? The question hung in the air, invisible but omnipresent, like …

Japanese university "otaku class" has strict requirements: "You must watch 20 anime per week"

Not to mention the foreign language prerequisite: “You must speak fluent <i>otaku/fujoshi.</i>“<p>When most people imagine a <b>university class about anime and</b> …

The secret connection between Cervantes and Shakespeare

As if neither man wanted to live in a world without the other, Miguel de Cervantes and William Shakespeare died on the same date in 1616.<p>Or not exactly. They didn't actually succumb on the same <i>day</i>. Shakespeare and Cervantes probably died or were buried almost a fortnight apart, mostly because …

How Do We Get Our Drinking Water In The U.S.?

Before you take a gulp of water, try to mentally trace where that water that just gushed out of your taps has been: How did it go from that weird-tasting raindrop to the clear, odorless water that is sitting in your glass now?<p>Safe drinking water is a privilege Americans often take for granted — …

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This Scientist’s Ideas Of What Testing Does To Kids Is Really, Really On Point

Lawrence Krauss here asserts here that perhaps equally important as "The Three R's" is teaching the ability to <i>think</i>.<p>To reason, to find answers after …

Crow war chief who walked 'in 2 worlds' dies at 102

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Joseph Medicine Crow walked in "two worlds" — white and Native American — and made his mark on each.<p>Medicine Crow, who died …

Hugh Howey Has No Patience for Book Lovers Who Don’t Read Books

When the topic of e-books comes up, one writer tends to get called on to speak for the new industry of books that go straight to their audiences, …

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No self-respecting adult should buy comics or watch superhero movies

Another month, another superhero movie staggers to the silver screen, lurching under the weight of its own self-importance, groaning with the expectations of fans, and burdened with a nine-figure marketing budget. I am, of course, talking about <i>Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice</i>, to give it its …

This Artist is Distributing Mini Libraries of Zines and Collages

Artist Ventral is Golden is assembling portable libraries of art, zines, and writing and leaving them around Europe.<p>Art doesn’t just improve the quality of our lives—it’s necessary to the survival of the human animal. Whether we’re telling folktales, making music together, painting murals, or …

The World's Best Whistler Explains How She Got So Good

"Always stay hydrated, and never forget your chapstick."<p>When Molly Lewis opened a string of shows for Kirin J Callinan's recent world tour, the LA-based Australian demonstrated the difference between a party trick and a hidden talent. It's the same thing every time you're at one of Lewis's shows, …

Gene Brown Is the Guy Who Finds the Rare Samples for All Your Favorite Hip-Hop Songs

Questlove, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, Just Blaze, and DJ Premier are just some of the legendary names who have turned to Gene Brown for sampling fodder.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Gene Brown</i><p>Long before Kanye West called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to help him achieve his dreams, he dialed Gene Brown.<p>Brown, a …

40 Linguipotent L-Words To Enlarge Your Vocabulary

The letter L sits just outside the top 10 most frequently used letters of the English alphabet, with statistics showing that, on average, it accounts …

This video shows what ancient Rome actually looked like

Mexico’s president says he’s still not paying for Trump's 'f*cking wall'

The former president of Mexico has a new catchphrase that's not entirely safe for television.<p>Not that it's stopping him.<p>Vicente Fox called into Fox …

The Edge of Wearables: When Will Society Take the Ultimate Leap?

<b>New wearable technology will soon have the capacity to become skin-deep, but society might not be ready to adopt it just yet.</b><p>If your socks told your …

Subcomandante Marcos — Mexico's Che Guevara — Is No Longer a Wanted Man | VICE News

He was once viewed as the internet era's answer to Che Guevara, spreading revolutionary ideals to a new global generation from the jungle canyons of Mexico's southern state of Chiapas. Now, Zapatista rebel leader Subcomandante Marcos — once the bane of the Mexican government — isn't even wanted by …

The Trippy Social Life of the Worm That Is Also a Plant

How the 'mint-sauce worm' works with algae to live life as fake seaweed.<p>As far as nature just hacking together some beneficial traits, it's hard to beat the so-called "mint-sauce worm." Said worm, which is known properly as <i>Symsagittifera roscoffensis</i> (formerly <i>Convoluta roscoffensis</i>, which will make …

The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal

Today’s “world music” isn’t Peruvian pan flutes or African talking drums. It’s loud guitars, growling vocals and ultrafast “blast” beats. Heavy metal has become the unlikely soundtrack of globalization.<p>Indonesia is a metal hotbed: Its president, Joko Widodo, wears Metallica and Napalm Death …

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Music you may have missed in the last three months

The past three months have been crammed with twists and turns: Kanye West finally released his punk gospel odyssey <i>The Life Of Pablo</i> via a truly chaotic public unveiling, Rihanna came back into our lives and speakers for good with sexy stoner creation <i>ANTI</i>, Beyoncé unleashed the powerful and defiant …

What makes you laugh says a lot about who you are

Humor has long been the subject of serious research among psychologists, linguists, sociologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists. There’s an entire journal devoted to the topic and, though it may be hard to believe when you’re engrossed in the latest Hangover movie, humor is so much more than …

​shine bright like a daemon: a look at diversity in fantasy

Fantasy has long been more than the sum of its clichés, but it doesn’t take a fantasist to see fantasy fiction fighting for a more transgressive landscape.<p>It is startling that even in people's most glittering fantasies things are so abundantly, incandescently white… and male… and hetero. Elves, …

University of California

Surreal Photos Reclaim The Words People Use To Insult Women

You say “arm candy” like it’s a bad thing. Enter photographer Anna Friemoth.<p><i>Sugar tits. Butter face.</i> The language we use to put down women is illustrious and plentiful, a cloying metaphor for every ingredient in a well-stocked kitchen.<p>Meanwhile, the disparaging remarks in the English language’s …

Infinite Jest at 20: still a challenge, still brilliant

Finding my way around David Foster Wallace’s monumental maze of a story has ruined my social life and made my brain hurt – but its rewards are as big as its size, writes <b>Emma-Lee Moss</b><p>The first of February saw the 20th anniversary of a work considered by many to have changed the rules of fiction: …

Meryl Streep’s Divisive Feminism: How White Feminists Silence People of Color

On Thursday morning, Meryl Streep and her fellow Berlin International Film Festival jurors fielded a series of questions about diversity in the film …

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Photographer Uses Roadside Weather Cameras for Creepy Self Portraits

Tatu Gustafsson’s self portraits are like the world’s easiest and most depressing game of Where’s Waldo?<p>Tatu Gustafsson’s four-year-long <i>Weather camera self-portraits</i> project is an exercise in relinquishing artistic control. As a photography student, he found that he “didn’t really like the control …

HERO: A Man In Spain Skipped Work For Six Years Before Anyone Noticed

George Louis Costanza, eat your heart out.<p>In a move that seems like one that only our favorite fictional, short, stocky, bald friend could have pulled off, a Spanish man who was employed at a waste treatment facility has got himself into quite a bit of trouble after it was discovered he had not …

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Those Photographs Of Bernie Sanders Are Real Despite What You've Heard

<b>The Clinton campaign's artful smear of Bernie Sanders is wrong. That is him in the photographs.</b><p>You may remember the Clinton campaign circulating a photograph of Barack Obama wearing a turban in an effort to portray him as a Muslim sympathizer. It was a little push to stoke the xenophobia and …

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This 500-Year-Old Book Revolutionized How We See Cities

The very first atlas of cities shows us how little has changed about our collective obsession with cityscapes.<p>Probably more than any other physical phenomenon, cities are a reflection of the incredible complexity of the modern world. And in the mid-1500s, as modern cities began to burgeon …

Folklore For Hipsters: Fairy Tales Before They Were Cool

Reading <i>The Tale of Tales,</i> Giambattisa Basile's 17th-century book of fairy stories, is both exhilarating and exhausting. If that sounds like a warning, it is. If that sounds like a promise, well, good news.<p>Perhaps most importantly, the book's an erstwhile history course, and for those who enjoy a …

Tokyo: the city that came out of the shadows

Daido Moriyama has spent his life obsessively photographing the dirty stairwells, neon signs and salarymen Japan’s capital in gritty black and white. Now, at 77, he’s exploding into glorious colour. Why?<p>One of Daido Moriyama’s best-known images is of a stray dog he encountered on a street in Aomori …