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The Guitar-Smashing 30-Year History of Rock the Vote
The Guitar-Smashing 30-Year History of Rock the Vote

This is how the influential voting organization went from a shower thought to Madonna, REM and MTV — and why the founders are laser-focused on Gen Z as the 2020 election heads to the finish line

The American Dream Is a Fraud. What Now?
The American Dream Is a Fraud. What Now?

In ‘Stakes Is High,’ Mychal Denzel Smith argues that justice begins with challenging America’s self-perception

Albert Brooks Mastered the Art of Disappointment
Albert Brooks Mastered the Art of Disappointment

Whether subverting the rules of stand-up or making movies about perpetually dissatisfied characters, the man behind ‘Modern Romance’ and ‘Lost in America’ taught us how to love the fact that life isn’t fair

The Lifelong Guilt Trip of Abstinence Pledges and Purity Balls
The Lifelong Guilt Trip of Abstinence Pledges and Purity Balls

‘It took both talk therapy and physical therapy to even be able to have sex as an adult. There was still that guilt looming over me. It was very hard to shake. I’m now married, and sex can still sometimes be difficult and painful.’

The Best Witch Movies for Every Kind of Witchy Mood

If ‘The Craft: Legacy’ and the new adaptation of ‘The Witches’ have gotten you feeling spooky, here are the movies to scratch that witch itch

I Spent 12 Hours Trying to Get High on ‘Dad Grass’

Dad Grass — low-strength cannabis — promises a mellow high without the paranoia and anxiety. But, like, does it follow through, man?

Keep Scrolling: This TikTok Is for Ladies Only

TikToks detailing traumas, or sharing tips ‘only for women,’ have sparked a voyeuristic new trend

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Best of MEL

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

Recent

Did Pepsi Have One of the World’s Largest Navies? No — But the Truth Is Mind-Boggling

What do the Space Race, Nixon, Khrushchev, Russian fast-food workers with venereal disease and the mujahideen have in common? They’re all part of this insane true story that’s been lost to history

The Vanished Beauty of Drug Dealer Home Decor

In many states, legal cannabis has made the eclectic stoner den a thing of the past

What the Trendy New Wave of Surf Wear Is Really All About

Who decides a $200 hoodie is ‘surf wear’ when real surfers wear wetsuits?

Racial Justice

‘Bad Hair’ Is About the Horror Black Women Face Navigating White Worlds

This killer-weave satire thoughtfully explores society’s restrictive views on beauty and the challenges people of color face trying to get ahead in racist workplaces

We’ve Already Defunded the Police. But Only the Ones Policing the Rich.

Worse yet, stripping the IRS, DOJ and SEC of their powers has been a completely bipartisan effort

The Ballad of Cam Newton’s COVID-Plagued Comeback

The story of Cam Newton isn’t about his fall from grace as America’s biggest athlete. It’s how he got there in the first place — despite every social barrier imaginable in his way.

Culture

How Big Naturals Conquered the World

Referring to breasts as ‘big naturals’ is a meme too huge to ignore. It speaks to a truly basic desire — and in 2020, we deserve the comfort

Pope Francis Is a Messy Bitch Who Lives for Drama

Don’t be fooled by the pope’s pro-civil union stance: There is no kindness in empty words

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Style

How Do Lids (and Other Places That Just Sell Hats) Stay Open?

The profit margins aren’t that big after all the licensing deals, but it’s still a billion-dollar industry

Your Chore Coat Isn’t Up to the Task

Today’s yupster uniform is a storied blue-collar jacket that’s neither warm nor comfortable

George Washington Hair Is the New Pandemic Vibe

Quarantine daddies are looking more and more like Founding Fathers. But if you wanna grow out your hair, you’re gonna have to rock the powdered-wig look

Entertainment

Why Old-Guy Fight Scenes Are the Best Fight Scenes in Movies

From Yoda dunking on Count Dooku to Rocky getting it up for one last round, here’s why geriatric showdowns are such a thrill

Bald Actors They Should Add to the Final ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies

The action franchise is packed with intimidating domes — but you could always have a few more

Borat Is Back, but This Time We’re In on the Joke

The 2006 film was a vicious takedown of American xenophobia. But with ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ Sacha Baron Cohen grapples with a nation that’s lost its sense of shame

LGBTQ

Why Men Love the Men Who Hurt Them

Leopold and Loeb are the model of toxic intimacy in the queer romance ‘These Violent Delights’

Why Has Disney Been Hiding Mickey Mouse’s Hot Older Sister?

Felicity Fieldmouse is an instant style icon and I want to be her. Where in Disney lore did she come from?

How Dakota Johnson’s House Built a Queer Cult Following

Limes! Limes! Limes! The ‘Fifty Shades’ star’s Hollywood home is a meme — and Gen Z can’t stop stanning

Health

Why Does the Same Virus Affect Different People in Different Ways?

Almost a year after the first COVID case, we still don’t know much about it

Will Slamming Water in the Morning Help Me Poop Better?

People believe drinking water first thing in the morning is the best way to get regular and feel better. What’s the truth?

The People Wearing Double Masks Aren’t Crazy

Until the rest of the country starts wearing a single one, the two-mask camp fears there’s no such thing as ‘too safe’

Early Aughts

Conor Oberst’s Road to Joy

With his reunion world tour on hold, the Bright Eyes frontman is riding out the pandemic at home in Nebraska. Still, after years of grief, the indie-folk wunderkind has a newfound hope for the future

What Kids Did All Day in the Year 2000

The youth of today want to know how we passed the time before smartphones

The Humbling of Dane Cook

In 2005, there was no bigger influence on guy culture than Dane Cook, the king of obnoxious bro comedy. But his hard fall from grace was anything but a failure

Relationships

Mutual Masturbation Is the Solve to Your Pandemic Sex Woes

It’s hot, it’s easy and you don’t even have to shave your taint. Why haven’t we been doing this all along?

Are You Slick Enough for the Snowflake Emoji?

It’s cuffing season, so don’t trip up: Be a ‘glacier boy’ and shoot your shot with a ❄️

With the ‘Girlfriend Buys PS5’ Meme, Simp Culture Goes Mainstream

*helping my girl film for her onlyfans so she can get me that ps5*

Life in a Pandemic

For My Sanity’s Sake, How Much Am I Allowed to Not Care?

You’re allowed to avoid checking the news for the next two weeks — in fact, your immune system will probably thank you

Is Zinc a Coronavirus Cure-All That Actually Works?

Research shows that zinc isn’t only cheap and accessible, but helpful in warding off and treating existing coronavirus infections

In Defense of (Some) Hygiene Theater

While reinforcing the basics of pandemic safety, we can also benefit from symbolic gestures

Money

Can You Have Too Many Credit Cards? The Big Myth About Your Credit Score

It all depends how you’re using them

Why Are Warranty Periods So Short (and Such BS)?

Basically, because capitalism. You might want to check your credit card perks, though.

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Mental Health

How to Stop a Bad Mood From Becoming a Bad Day

It’s easy to let a bad mood ruin your whole day, but it’s also easy to turn it around

The Gloomy Science of Doomscrolling

My last drop of serotonin dried up months ago, but my thumbs cannot be stopped

The Bonsai Bros Finding Balance With ‘Karate Kid’ Trees

Made famous by the 1984 classic, the pint-sized plants are enjoying a comeback during COVID, bringing some much-needed stress relief to our ever-tense world

The Manosphere

Is Netflix’s ‘Love, Guaranteed’ Hollywood’s First Incel Love Story?

The only thing this film guarantees is a headache. In the pandemic, though, it’s a must-see

Soy Boys Make Better Managers Than Chads

If you want to know how to be a better manager, you can start by being a better person

The Outsized Fury of the ‘Manlet’

Bodybuilder bros created a whole new kind of insecurity about being under 6 feet tall

Food

What’s in This?: Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

All seven(ish) ingredients in these nut rounds, explained (yep, even polyglycerol polyricinoleate)

Dried Fruit Is Way Less Healthy Than You Think

One or two pieces is more than enough to give you the calorie and sugar jolt your body needs

What’s the Molecular Difference Between Mountain Dew and Literal Mountain Dew?

We had a chemist break it down, because what the hell else is there to do anymore

True Crime

The Doomed Cult of Vissarion, Russia’s Cop Turned Neo-Jesus

This is the insane true story of a beat cop, painter and messiah figure who outran the law — until he ran afoul of Vladimir Putin

‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ Turns the Killing of Shanann Watts Into a Queasy Found-Footage Documentary

The Netflix film draws from text messages, Facebook posts and other media to tell the story of Watts and her daughters’ murder. Rather than providing insight, though, it becomes an uncomfortable exercise in rubbernecking.

‘The Life and Trials of Oscar Pistorius’ Grapples With a Murder Whose Motives Remain Murky

The champion South African paralympian was an international feel-good story. Then in 2013 he shot to death his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. Was it premeditated or an accident? A new ESPN documentary argues that, either way, it’s a tragedy.

Oral History

An Oral History of ‘The New Hollywood Squares’

The ’80s game show was a nightly mini-cabaret that was way weirder and more fun than ‘Jeopardy!’ or ‘Wheel of Fortune’ — and left an outsized legacy on network TV

The Oral History of the Vodka Red Bull

As told by the bartenders who first poured it — and created a monster

The Definitive Oral History of Reddit GoneWild

Before amateur porn was all the rage, horny exhibitionists created one of its most popular (and free) spaces online