Rick Burton

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Why There’s No HIV Cure Yet — NOVA Next | PBS

Over the past two years, the phrase “HIV cure” has flashed repeatedly across newspaper headlines. In March 2013, doctors from Mississippi reported …

Barbra Streisand: Dream House Interview

Don't believe anybody who tells you stars are just like us. At home in Malibu, Barbra Streisand installed a shopping mall in her basement. Click here to see all the pictures from Streisand's home.<p>Along a cobblestone-paved, antique-lantern-lit "street," a collection of turn-of-the-last-century-style …

Art Nouveau

What's Your Favorite Word?

According to James Joyce, it was <i>cuspidor</i>. Arnold Bennett liked <i>pavement</i>. The great Neil Gaiman prefers <i>ineffable</i>. <i>War Horse</i> author Michael Morpurgo likes <i>supreme</i>. And JRR Tolkien thought that cellar door was "beautiful... especially if dissociated from its sense and from its spelling." You might never …

“We have probably 160 lawyers”: HBO readies documentary on Church of Scientology

Lawrence Wright’s book “Going Clear” is being turned into a documentary for HBO<p>HBO is planning to release a documentary on the Church of Scientology, based on Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright's controversial book "Going Clear." HBO collaborated with Oscar winner Alex Gibney on the …

6 Hidden Sides of Disneyland Only Employees Get to See

Earlier this year, Cracked took you behind the scenes of Disney World with a firsthand account from a costumed cast member. Our source talked about …

Why I outed a Christian star

I’ve been called a bully for exposing gay evangelical Jonathan Merritt. Even I secretly wonder: Was I right?<p>Ever since I outed an up-and-coming evangelical leader named Jonathan Merritt on my blog on July 23, one sentence has been running through my mind: <i>I might have destroyed his life.</i><p>It’s not all …

Why I visit prostitutes

Just as sex workers are shamed by society, so are the clients who see them. It’s time to tell my side of the story<p>I am a man who regularly visits prostitutes. There are quite a few of us — according to a Business Insider article, as many as one in seven American men will visit a prostitute at some …

10 Years After Lost Premiered, Damon Lindelof Reveals Why He "Broke Down Sobbing" and Opens Up About Show's Legacy

Something really awful tends to happen when we lose someone we love—especially if the death itself didn't play out exactly the way that we might have …

Our weird robot apocalypse: How paper clips could bring about the end of the world

If you dread a robot revolt, stop worrying about killer computers, and start worrying about … paper clips?<p>Nick Bostrom is explaining to me how superintelligent AIs could destroy the human race by producing too many paper clips.<p>It's not a joke. Bostrom, the director of the Future of Humanity …

In Powerful Speech, Capt. Johnson Apologizes to Brown Family, Promises to Stand by Ferguson

In a confident and impassioned speech, Highway Patrol Captain <b>Ron Johnson</b> spoke of the need for communication, understanding, and faith at Sunday’s …

stuff I'm not paid to endorse: transcendental meditation

<i>Note: this post has been updated. I follow the “vedic style” of meditation, not the transcendental style, or TM. There isn’t a lot of difference, but</i> …

How I got licensed to carry a concealed gun in 32 states without really trying

AIDS vaccine candidate appears to completely clear virus from the body in monkeys

An HIV/AIDS vaccine candidate appears to have the ability to completely clear an AIDS-causing virus from the body. It is being tested through the use …

Does Transcendental Meditation Actually Work?

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is easily one of the most hyped forms of meditation. Since The Beatles first tried it decades ago, it's garnered the …