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Why are professors at Harvard, Duke, and Middlebury teaching courses on David Simon's The Wire?

Among the police officers and drug dealers and stickup men and politicians and dockworkers and human smugglers and teachers and students and junkies …

The Wire: The best TV show ever broadcast on American television.

<i>The Wire</i>, which has just begun its fourth season on HBO, is surely the best TV show ever broadcast in America. This claim isn't based on my having …

The Real Christmas Village Is in China

Stockings and fake trees aren't made by elves. They're made 150 miles southwest of Shanghai, in the city of Yiwu.<p>The Chinese city of Yiwu, about 250 kilometers from Shanghai, is often referred to as China’s “Christmas village” thanks to the massive amount of holiday-related merchandise made there. …

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Sarah Koenig Buckles Under the Pressure of Serial’s Final Episode in This Outstanding Parody

Fans are already preparing themselves to be disappointed when Serial releases its final episode tomorrow, a fact that Funny or Die has captured …

Let's Be Honest, This Is What Your Favorite Emojis Really Mean

Because we all know the salsa dancer just wants to party.<p>All "official" meanings courtesy of Emojipedia.

The 15 Best Emoji Halloween Costumes This Year

What if we told you that to get the most love on Halloween (not to mention the most taps per Instagram snaps) all you have to do is take a dip into your closet (or a trip to American Apparel) for some solid separates and stick with a signature pose or two all night? You would send us some hand clap …

Bill Hader Hosts SNL: Stefon returns to Weekend Update (VIDEO).

Per usual, the <i>Update</i>’s anxiety-ridden “city correspondent” dished on New York’s latest nightlife and tourist attractions. Also per usual, Hader …

Obamajam Is Upon Us: Avoid These Roads Today And Tomorrow

Another day, another Obamajam. President Barack Obama is making his rounds through Los Angeles on Oct. 9 and Oct. 10, and we know what that …

Seoul appeared like another Chinese city as tourists flock there for Golden Week

Myeongdong, a famous shopping district and tourist destination in Seoul, was jam-packed with Chinese tourists during the week-long national holiday. …

The Flight Of The Passenger Pigeon, Now 100 Years Extinct

The Cincinnati Zoo held a commemorative event; the London Zoo stopped the clock outside its bird house at noon. The object of their memorials: Martha, the last passenger pigeon, who died exactly a century ago at the Cincinnati Zoo.<p>Passenger pigeons were once the world's most abundant birds. Massive …

Cornel West: “He posed as a progressive and turned out to be counterfeit. We ended up with a Wall Street presidency, a drone presidency”

<b>(Albert H. Teich via Shutterstock)</b><p>Exclusive: Cornel West talks Ferguson, Hillary, MSNBC — and unloads on the failed promise of Barack Obama<p>Thomas Frank<p>August 24, 2014 11:00am (UTC)<p>Cornel West is a professor at Union Theological Seminary and one of my favorite public intellectuals, a man who deals …

The Most Powerful Liquor in the World

President Nixon and Premier Zhou took a shot during the pivotal China trip, business deals hinge on it, and billions of cases are imbibed each year. …

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit

For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until …

Photographer Documents Customers Snoozing at Ikea

Try it before you buy it.<p>Or, if you're in one of China's Ikea stores, fall fast asleep on a bed in a display room.<p>For Ikea shoppers in China, the act …

Santa's real workshop: the town in China that makes the world's Christmas decorations

Inside the ‘Christmas village’ of Yiwu, there’s no snow and no elves, just 600 factories that produce 60% of all the decorations in the world

If Economists Wrote Christmas Cards

The University of Chicago asks a group of academics about gift-giving and the holidays. Their responses will melt your heart.<p>Cash is the most efficient gift, according to economists. Cash is also a terrible gift, according to economists. By guaranteeing that the recipient can buy exactly what she …

Boston → Anywhere Flights: $107~$397

Boston to Anywhere Flights<p>Deals to United States are as low as $81 right now.<p>Best Deals from BOS<p>Discover the cheapest current deals from 105,599 …

Few More Items Knocked Off List Of Desirable Traits In Partner As Woman Turns Year Older

SANTA CLARITA, CA—After turning 29 last week, local single woman Denise Palermo reportedly took the opportunity Tuesday to reflect on her current …

Get Locked In A Room For Fun: 6 Real-Life Escape Games In Los Angeles

If you enjoy puzzles, teamwork and working under pressure, then the real-life escape rooms cropping up all over Los Angeles are going to make your …

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The biggest surprise in Serial was its perfect ending

The most popular podcast in America ended its first season with exactly what fans initially dreaded: no real conclusion, no smoking guns, no shocking twists. It was, as Slate's Mike Pesca dismally predicted last month, "a contemplation on the nature of the truth."<p>So yes — a murder that really …

Video Montage of People Opening Puppies for Christmas is Emotionally Draining

Good luck watching this clip without crying, laughing and potentially pissing your pants. Puppies bring joy to millions of people around the world …