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The Story of the DuckTales Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of | Vanity Fair

The Story of the <i>DuckTales</i> Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of Music<p>The Story of the <i>DuckTales</i> Theme, History’s Catchiest Single Minute of MusicA woo-hoo heard around the world.<p>From Everett Collection.<p>A woo-hoo heard around the world.<p>August 9, 2017 11:15 AM<p>In the spring of 1986, in the …

Disney Animation

In Wreckage of the Fyre Festival, Fury, Lawsuits and an Inquiry

A few days after the spectacular collapse of the Fyre Festival, just as federal investigators began to circle the wreckage, the event’s would-be mastermind, Billy McFarland, was still making promises.<p>His failed event was sold on social media by the likes of Kendall Jenner as an ultraluxurious …

The Startup That Went Down Under: The Rise And Fall Of 1-Page

1-Page cofounder Joanna Riley took her San Francisco company public on the Australian Stock Exchange. Less than three years later, her board forced her out of the company. (Illustration by Bailey Brautigan/Forbes)<p>In November 2015, Joanna Riley stood in front of an audience at a Dublin technology …

Stock Markets

'SNL's' Yuuuge Year: 20 Insiders Reveal Alec Baldwin's Future as Trump, "Spicey" Secrets and Lorne Michaels' Election Pep Talk

Everyone from Kate McKinnon to Chris Rock gives THR backstage access to a historic season as they reveal how Melissa McCarthy became Sean Spicer …

Comedy

Eric Thames and the Transformative Power of Boredom

PITTSBURGH – Baseball players are often late risers, working second-shift hours. As such, Eric Thames typically began his days in Changwon, South …

Eric Thames

Is Your City Being Sold Off to Global Elites?

"See the little pair of shoes?" Kerry Starchuk brings her minivan to a halt before a sprawling manse with antebellum columns and a cast-iron fence …

Real Estate

The NBA's Secret Addiction

ESPN exclusive! How one performance-enhancing sandwich has spread through the NBA.<p>TRUEHOOP PRESENTS<p>by<p>03/21/17<p><i>This story appears in ESPN The</i> …

This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half

It wields sea anemones like boxing gloves; if it loses one, it makes another by bisecting the remaining one.<p>The American novelist S. E. Hinton once said, “If you have two friends in your lifetime, you’re lucky. If you have one good friend, you’re more than lucky.” By that logic, boxer crabs are the …

Biological Species

The Vigilantes of China’s Bike Sharing Economy

Shared-bike enthusiasts have made a game of scouring the city streets to find and report improperly parked bicycles.

Sharing Economy

Forty-one years ago, the US took a big gamble on Vietnamese refugees

Any number of things could have gone wrong.<p>It was March 1975, and my father had been in the US for 10 months. He had a scholarship to get his master’s in applied math at then University of Missouri-Rolla, but he found it impossible to focus. The war at home in Vietnam was getting worse, and his …

Refugees

The true, correct story of what happened at Donald Trump’s inauguration

<i>I apologize to Donald Trump. As Sean Spicer so wisely said at his first news conference on Monday (It was the first. The one that happened on Saturday did not happen at all, and I recognize that!), it is unfair to be so mean and negative all the time.</i><p><i>Here is the fair and unbiased story about the</i> …

Donald Trump

Why Trump's Staff Is Lying

It's both a loyalty test and a proclamation of power.<p>One of the most striking features of the early Trump administration has been its political uses of lying. The big weekend story was the obviously false claim of Donald Trump’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, that Trump pulled in the largest …

Donald Trump

There used to be 4 billion American chestnut trees, but they all disappeared

The kings of the Eastern forest now die as shrubs<p>American chestnut trees once blanketed the east coast, with an estimated 4 billion trees spreading …

Boy Scouts

The Unexpectedly High-Stakes World of Neo Geo Collecting

Seven years ago, Shawn McCleskey, a dealer of rare video games, trading cards, and vintage machine guns in Memphis, Tennessee, made one of the biggest sales of his career. It unfolded like a Robert Ludlum novel. A man calling himself Wolf wired McCleskey fifty-five thousand dollars, then showed up …

What happens to my children’s identity now?

The day after Donald Trump won the presidential election, my 5-year-old daughter was identified by a classmate as having black skin. “Trump doesn’t like black people,” the little girl told her, “so you lose.” My daughter said the girl went around pointing out the other “black” children — they were …

Parenting

How I Got My Attention Back

Technology is commanding our attention in infinite, insurmountable loops. A country trip off-grid helped me escape.<p><i>There are a thousand beautiful</i> …

Mind

The Death of the Tunnel Tree

Early last Monday morning, a friend of mine sent news that a tree we knew, a sequoia, had collapsed in a winter mountain storm. I was in New York, where two inches of hard snow sat on cars and tree branches that themselves looked like death. He was in Northern California, near the place where we …

The medal detective

By Vibeke Venema<br>21 December 2016<p>Few things mean as much to soldiers as their medals. But if the medals get lost, how do they find their way home? That’s where Major Zachariah Fike comes in.<p>When Zachariah Fike returned from Iraq in 2006, he needed a hobby to stop his mind wandering back to the …

Good News

Just how smart is an octopus?

<i>Callum Roberts is a professor of marine conservation at the University of York in Britain and the author of “The Ocean of Life: The Fate of Man and the Sea.”</i><p>“<i>The two of you look at each other. This one is small, about the size of a tennis ball. You reach forward a hand and stretch out one finger,</i> …

Biological Species

Ted Chiang’s Soulful Science Fiction

With just fourteen short stories and a novella, the author behind the recent film “Arrival” has gained a rapturous following within the genre and beyond.<p>In the early nineteen-nineties, a few occurrences sparked something in Ted Chiang’s mind. He attended a one-man show in Seattle, where he lives, …

Brilliance by design: LeBron James' bounce pass to nowhere

CLEVELAND -- Midway through the second quarter of the Cleveland Cavaliers' third game of the season -- an Oct. 29 affair against the visiting Orlando …

Tyrus Wong, ‘Bambi’ Artist Thwarted by Racial Bias, Dies at 106

When Walt Disney’s “Bambi” opened in 1942, critics praised its spare, haunting visual style, vastly different from anything Disney had done before.<p>But what they did not know was that the film’s striking appearance had been created by a Chinese immigrant artist, who took as his inspiration the …

Understand the Energy Department Before Closing It

It was designed to consolidate scattershot programs and make government more efficient.<p>When you hear the name “Rick Perry,” you might recall that time during the 2012 Republican presidential primary race where he forgot the name of a government agency he wanted to eliminate. After saying he wanted …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

The movie that doesn’t exist and the Redditors who think it does

Over the years, hundreds of people online have shared memories of a cheesy Nineties movie called “Shazaam”. There is no evidence that such a film was …

Neil deGrasse Tyson

An oral history of 'Get a Mac,' Part 1

In September 2005, Steve Jobs gave his advertising agency, TBWA\Chiat\Day, an assignment: Come up with a campaign that clearly demonstrates the Mac's …

Advertising

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a …

The Brain

Scientists Make Discovery About World’s Silt Deposits But Understand If You Aren’t Interested In That

BOULDER, CO—A team of geologists from the University of Colorado announced at a press conference Wednesday that they had made a significant discovery …

Humor