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The Rejected Hybrid Dinosaurs of “Jurassic World”

Chaos returns to the park, courtesy of a wily, ferocious hybrid of mysterious genetic makeup called the Indominus Rex. He’s part T-Rex, part frog and all business when it comes to the chompy-chompy. ... He’s a focus group-tested product for maximum appeal.—<i>The Times.</i><p><i>The following are other hybrid</i> …

Scalia v. Spider-Man

Spider-Man has a secret identity: Peter Parker. Spidey is also a movie character played by actors—Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and, next, as Marvel announced on Tuesday, Tom Holland. And, this week, Spider-Man was revealed to have something of an acolyte in Justice Elena Kagan, of the Supreme …

Aziz Ansari’s Companionate Comedy

In 2013, I went on a date to see Aziz Ansari on tour. It was the third time I had gone out with this person, and while we got along pretty well, it seemed clear that things weren’t headed for love or marriage. But she’d been a fan of Ansari since his early days at the Upright Citizens Brigade, and …

Why You Should Not Snorkel

<b>Sharks</b><p>When you are in the ocean, you are exposing yourself to the extremely likely possibility that you will be attacked and subsequently eaten by a shark. All fish that are not brightly colored look like they could be sharks, especially against a backdrop of murky water, which is</b> …

The Real Risk Behind China’s Stock-Market Drama

On April 21st, <i>People’s Daily</i>, the newspaper that the Chinese Communist Party calls its “throat and tongue,” published an online commentary exhorting the masses to place their trust, and savings, in the stock market. Even though share prices had soared by more than eighty per cent in less than four …

Wilderness Survival Tips

<i>It’s summertime, which means one thing: backcountry camping. Here are some helpful survival tips for if you ever find yourself stranded in the wild.</i><p><b>Building a Shelter</b><p>Fortunately, it’s easy to build a lean-to. All you need are a few sticks and a tarp. It’s not like, say, building a lasting …

Parkour

When Great Chefs Swap Kitchens

On a recent summer evening, a woman seated at the bar of Mission Chinese Food, Danny Bowien’s freewheeling Chinese-American restaurant on the Lower East Side, could be heard speculating about who was cooking her dinner. She had just been handed a mojito that substituted basil for mint; a few pine …

The City Game?

On the way in from the airport, late one night, my taxi lowered into the Manhattan landscape and came to a stop at a red light at Ninety-seventh Street, just off Second Avenue. There is a playground there, and when I looked out the window I saw a man shooting a basketball by himself. The court was …

The Greatest Movie Performance by an Active Professional Basketball Player

Based on the unscientific metric of audience laugh rate during a well-attended Sunday matinee, LeBron James is the funniest person in "Trainwreck," a movie written by and starring one culture-certified comedy genius, Amy Schumer, directed by another, Judd Apatow, and featuring the likes of Bill …

Comedy

Everything I Am Afraid Might Happen If I Ask New Acquaintances to Get Coffee

They will say no.<p>They will say no and laugh at me for not having enough existing friends to get coffee with.<p>They will not answer, and I’ll be left waiting for their response for months, unable to focus on anything else because I’m totally distracted imagining how they’re going to say no.<p>They’ll say …

Coffee

Can Jet.com Take on Amazon and Win?

Until this morning, most visitors to the shopping Web site Jet.com were greeted with a large virtual timer that counted the days, hours, minutes, and seconds until its launch. Up until that point, the site’s main distinction was that it had raised two hundred and twenty-five million dollars before …

Butcher Pat LaFrieda’s Secret Custom Burger Blends for Celebrity Chefs

What separates Pat [LaFrieda] and Mark [Pastore] from their competitors is their innate understanding of the fickle and competitive nature of New York chefs ... To accommodate this, the pair devised an innovation, working with restaurants to come up with a customized “blend”—typically a variation …