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Meta Girlfriends Are the Most Cringe Trend in NFTs
Meta Girlfriends Are the Most Cringe Trend in NFTs

Want to pay hard cash for customizable avatars of slender, perfectly coiffed cartoon girls that you can see ‘exclusive’ nudes of? Welcome to the latest wrinkle in the bonkers world of NFTs

The Finely Pressed, Death-Defying World of Extreme Ironing
The Finely Pressed, Death-Defying World of Extreme Ironing

Domesticity has never been so dangerous, as these daredevils jump from planes, scale mountains and head to the bottom of the ocean, all in pursuit of a little excitement, a great view and perfect creases

Shedding a Tear With the Happy Crying Dads of Reddit
Shedding a Tear With the Happy Crying Dads of Reddit

At a time when male displays of emotion are still rarer than not, this tear-filled sub has become a literal watering hole for guys who need to let it out

The Smart Drug Beloved by Doctors, Nootropics Users and Anti-Vaxxers
The Smart Drug Beloved by Doctors, Nootropics Users and Anti-Vaxxers

NAC has been sold as a supplement since the 1990s, but in the face of its growing popularity, the FDA recently claimed that it’s actually a drug, leaving many worried about its accessibility in the future

An Expert Analysis of the Weird Whale Penis Chapter in ‘Moby Dick’

Given that it contains graphic scenes of a man wearing a whale’s dick skin as a ceremonial robe, I really needed to ask a few whaling, biology and literature experts what it all means

Joss Whedon Was Always the Bad Guy

The disgraced filmmaker made his name telling stories about flawed heroes. A new ‘Vulture’ profile suggests that he sees himself as one, too

Twice Burnt! The Scammers Who Scam People Who Just Got Scammed

So many people are getting swindled these days that there’s now a lucrative industry of con artists preying on those who just got conned. They’re called recovery scammers and they’re raking in the stolen cash

Recent

A Short History of Movies That Sat on the Shelf Forever

This weekend’s ‘The King’s Daughter’ was shot in 2014 but is only coming out now. Does that mean it’s good? Hollywood’s history with long-delayed releases suggests not

The Holy Grail of Garlic Is the Solo Chungus Bulb

That’s no small onion, baby, that’s an entire head of garlic fused into a single clove

Could 3D-Printed Viagra Create a New Generation of Better Dick Drugs?

3D-printed Viagra could yield stronger, longer-lasting boners with less unwanted side effects. But will consumers use it safely, or will the technology run amok?

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Fox News Convinced Them COVID Was Fake. Then They Got Sick.

‘I have no doubt that President Trump and Fox News have caused people to die.’ This is what it’s like to lose your dad twice — first to Rush Limbaugh, then to the ICU as he battles a disease he believes is a hoax

The Afterlife of the Male Model

What happens to young men when they quit the modeling industry? While some exit the business gracefully, others take a nose dive, only to find salvation at the Cheesecake Factory

The Wild Ride of America’s Most Dangerous Theme Park

Throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Action Park — unofficially known as Class Action Park, Traction Park and Accident Park — was ‘Lord of the Flies’ with a Jersey twist and a higher death count

Racial Justice

Every Plantation in the Country Should Be Turned Into a Slavery Museum

Today, they’re either tourist traps or the backdrop for weddings. But like Auschwitz and the sites of other concentration camps in Europe, they need to serve a much bigger purpose — making sure that America never forgets the horror of slavery.

Sidney Poitier Was Also ‘Not Your Negro’

The legendary actor just passed away at age 94, leaving behind an iconic body of work as an actor, director and producer — but his greatest legacy was how he lived on his own terms, without any shortage of grace or dignity

The Florida ‘Teacher of the Year’ Who Allegedly Assaulted a Student to Prove She’s Not Racist

A school in the Sunshine State recognized a teacher for her excellence as an educator, but just two days later, a Black student said she attacked her for posting about how she’d used the n-word in class

Style

Why Are Cummerbunds Worn Only with Tuxedos?

If I wear it with my pajamas, does that make me a hypebeast?

What Exactly Am I Getting from a ‘Heritage’ Brand?

Age? Quality? Luxury? The term has come to mean a lot of different things over the last couple of decades. But is it any more than marketing jargon?

What Kind of Socks Go with Every Kind of Pants?

The only thing I’m sure of is that the suit with bare ankles look isn’t for me

The Manosphere

Incels Actually Defined This New Dating Trend Correctly

‘Jestermaxxing’ is an incel term for when you stop trying to be hot and start trying to be funny, but everyday guys have co-opted it as their latest dating strategy

The State of the Manosphere in 2022: A Roundtable

Attacks from incels and the ‘manosphere’ aren’t getting any better — and we don’t have any easy answers for how to stop them either. As we enter a new year in earnest, here’s where we’re at with misogynist violence, through the eyes of three experts

France Spawned the ‘King of Incels,’ But Today’s ‘Francels’ Are Going Unseen

Incels are notoriously irascible, but they seem to be particularly so toward ‘Francels,’ who can’t quite seem to find footing among the internet’s bitterest men

Entertainment

Will Forte Was the Perfect Sad Son in ‘Nebraska’

As the veteran comic enjoys the ‘MacGruber’ renaissance and his first ‘SNL’ hosting gig, here’s a reminder that his best role was in an Alexander Payne drama about the impossibility of knowing your dad

The Hilarious Uselessness of Those Old DVD Anti-Piracy Ads

For a couple of decades, seemingly every VHS or DVD came with an inane, over-acted plea not to copy it. Did anyone actually think they’d work?

David Arquette Will Break Your Heart in the New ‘Scream’

The actor’s own complicated path to redemption is woven into this sequel’s emotional portrait of the beloved goofball cop Dewey, who’s now a shell of his former self

LGBTQ

The Agony and Ecstasy of Packing Underwear for Trans Guys

It can be challenging for trans guys to find a good-fitting pair of underwear that they can pack in, but a number of companies and influencers have stepped up to the plate to show them how

Gay Car Boys Is the Site Where Twinks and Toyotas Collide

The queer community has traditionally rejected the hyper-machoism of car culture, but Australian motor-fan Alan Zurvas is on a mission to change that

The Amateur Detectives Obsessed With Finding ‘Him,’ the Lost Gay Jesus Porn Film

With its crucifixion gang bangs and furiously masturbating gay priests, ‘Him‘ might just be the most sacrilegious porn ever made. Problem is, no one can seem to resurrect it

Health

Does Cooking My Vegetables Hurt Their Vegetable-ness?

I’m not gonna even ask about the pound of butter I require in order to choke them down

Is There Such a Thing as a Healthy Fruit Juice?

Until I first saw a commercial for a Jack LaLanne Power Juicer, I don’t think I took juice seriously as a mechanism for delivering anything…

How Not to Feel Smug If You Haven’t Had COVID

I’ve been lucky the past two years — and it’s messing with my head

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Relationships

When You Share Everything with Your Partner Except Your Salary

How can you love someone you can’t trust enough to see your paycheck?

‘Does This Make My Butt Look Big?’ Is Not the Question It Used to Be

Pro-ass attitudes are a major win for the body positivity movement

What’s Going on When I Cheat on My Partner in My Dreams?

Look, you probably don’t actually want to fuck your cousin’s best friend, but there are some dreams that might be worthy of deeper interrogation

Life in a Pandemic

Sniffing Out the Connection Between COVID and Yankee Candles

Nothing on this earth smells stronger than a Yankee Candle. If you can’t smell yours, you probably have COVID — er, at least that’s what a series of (literally) viral Twitter charts imply

The Year of Head Empty

If 2020 was a time of restless paranoia, 2021 was the braindead sequel

Chain Restaurants Have Always Been the Front Line in the COVID Wars

Why so much pandemic drama revolves around the Cheesecake Factory

Money

The Sweet Satisfaction of Splurging

‘Retail therapy’ is probably the last thing your therapist is going to suggest to improve your mood, but even when you have little money to spare, treating yourself can sometimes be the best medicine

The Awkward, Uncomfortable Art of Getting Someone to Pay You Back

There are no hard-and-fast rules for navigating the agony of asking someone to return the money you loaned them, but there are definitely a few good guidelines

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Mental Health

When Does My Bad Behavior Officially Become Self-Destructive?

If I keep my coping mechanisms small, does that mean I’ll never have a big problem on my hands?

‘Send Me a Dated Invoice from Your Therapist’ Is a Terrible Meme — And Relationship Advice

Actual therapists think you can do much better if you want your connection to last

The Era of Self-Deprecation Is Over. It’s God Complex Time

We’ve put ourselves down with phrases like ‘dumb bitch’ and ‘empty-headed’ for far too long. It’s time to cast our self-doubts aside and fully lean into the delusion that we’re almighty, omnipotent supreme beings

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Food

Is a Canned Vegetable a Phony Vegetable?

Do these green beans from six years ago pack any kind of nutritional punch whatsoever?

Is It Possible to Retrain My Taste Buds to Like Vegetables?

Or at the very least, vegetables on my pizza

Does an All-Veggie Pizza Hit My Daily Requirement of Vegetables?

I will pick off every last mushroom, however

True Crime

The Mad Glitter Bombers of Clearwater, Florida

Police say they left their victim’s upper torso and head covered in funfetti — and, of course, with a ton of vacuuming to do

Felonious Birds: Pigeon Spies, Cartel Lookout Parrots and Killer Subway Street Birds

A bird’s-eye view of avian adventures in crime

What Could a Death by Ransomware Mean for the Rest of Us?

Ransomware attacks have cost companies and government agencies billions — but now that they’re targeting hospitals, they could cost us our lives, too

Oral History

An Oral History of the Most Painful Move in UFC History

In March 2011, ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung shocked the MMA world by putting ‘Bad Boy’ Leonard Garcia into ‘The Twister,’ a submission hold that’s as agonizing as it is rare. Here, from Garcia and others, is the story behind the screams

And the Joker Got Away: An Oral History of ‘Christmas with the Joker’

Mark Hamill, Kevin Conroy and producer Paul Dini reflect on the Joker’s first appearance in ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ and how it set the definitive tone for the Batman vs. Joker rivalry

It’s Turbo Time: An Oral History of ‘Jingle All the Way’

Derided by critics but beloved by families and fans, the Arnold Schwarzenegger comedy has since become a Christmas classic. Here’s how it all came together