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The 100 Funniest Jokes in the History of Twitter

The best 14,000 characters you'll read today<p>Part of Our Week-Long Series Celebrating Twitter’s 10th Anniversary<p>Twitter turned 10 this week. It's been an eventful decade, packed with celebrity beefs, one-of-a-kind characters, and some weird stuff teens have been doing that we can't really explain. …

New Balance

11 Greatest Guest Jams at Grateful Dead Concerts

The word's finest jam band linked up with Bob Dylan, Neil Young and more<p>The Grateful Dead's run of final "Fare Thee Well" shows in June and July will …

Music

Download 140 Free Philosophy Courses: Develop Critical Thinking Skills & Live the Examined Life

What is “Philosophy”? Yes, we know, the word comes from the Greek <i>philosophia</i>, which means “the love of wisdom.” This rote etymological definition …

'Voices Within The Music': A Brief History Of Guitar Effects

Musicians, it seems, have always wanted to alter the sounds of their instruments. Over the course of centuries, strings have been added to guitars for a fuller sound. The composition of those strings has changed from animal gut to steel to plastic, each with their own unique sounds. Drummers have …

Dick Cheney Was Lying About Torture

The Senate report confirms it doesn’t work. As those of us on the inside knew.<p>It’s official: torture doesn’t work. Waterboarding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, did not in fact “produce the intelligence that allowed us to get Osama bin Laden," as former Vice President Dick Cheney …

Somebody Has To Be in Control

The effort behind George Clooney’s effortless charm.<p>George Clooney was at home in Los Angeles one afternoon in mid-January, a few days before he flew to Sudan in his new role as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace” (an appointment that overlooked reports of a recent public scuffle with Fabio, the …

How language can affect the way we think

Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For …

Want to be happy? Be grateful

The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And …

Paris Review - Woody Allen, The Art of Humor No. 1

Interviewed by Michiko Kakutani<p>Issue 136, Fall 1995<p>Woody Allen, ca. 1969. <i>Take the Money and Run</i><p>As New Yorkers know, Woody Allen is one of its more ubiquitous citizens—at courtside in Madison Square Garden watching the Knicks, at Michael’s Pub on Monday evenings playing the clarinet, on occasion at …

Literature

The 50 Best Documentaries Streaming on Netflix 2014

One thing Netflix is quietly doing very well is streaming some of the best documentaries of the last few years. Nearly all of our favorite …