Home

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

The Vegan Competitive Eaters Biting Into the Meat Scene

The worlds of competitive eating and veganism seemingly have nothing in common — but these YouTube bros are trying to shake it all up

I’m in Love With Pumpkin Spice Manhattans. Go Ahead and Laugh.

The ‘PSM’ is not a goof or a marketing gimmick — it’s actually damn good

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 Sick Hellscape of Tortilla Chip Injuries

What happens when your chips bite back? From broken teeth to a ripped esophagus, a sharp Tostito is an oral accident waiting to happen

ASMR Videos Join the Fight for Black Lives — One Whisper at a Time

Inside the rise of the ASMR protest video

How Good Is the Actual Karate in ‘The Karate Kid’ and ‘Cobra Kai’? We Asked a Master

Sorry, but Daniel-san’s fighting stance is utter shit

Horizontal Scroll Arrow

DemocracyIsBroken.Here’sWhyI’mStillVoting.

watch!
Democracy Is Broken. Here’s Why I’m Still Voting.
+
Where Are the Black WWE Champs?
+
+
+

Recent

Donnie Darko Memes Are Getting Us Through This Lonely Hell

We asked psychologists to help us understand why

Who Knew Our Dystopia Would Be So Boring?

Entertainment never prepared us for a future as dull as it is horrific

Should You Try That Viral Hydrogen Peroxide Teeth-Whitening Hack?

If you want to damage your gums, sure!

Culture

Will the Netflix Generation Understand ‘The Boys in the Band’?

Famed Broadway director Joe Mantello tells MEL why his adaptation of the 1968 classic meets the moment in 2020

Wow, Apparently Companies Invented Everything to Make More Money

Capitalism is an even bigger scam than I realized

Article Ad

Entertainment

Which ‘Masked Singer’ Mask Is the Most COVID-Safe?

Stop with the face shields. Dress as a two-headed owl instead

‘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.

Kevin Costner Was the Biggest Star in the World. Then Madonna Cut Him Down to Size.

The ‘Dances With Wolves’ Oscar-winner made the mistake of describing her 1990 concert as “neat” in ‘Truth or Dare.’ That awkward moment came to define a way of seeing his onscreen earnestness.

Protests

Portland Exposes How Freely Police Kill Leftists — Like Black Panther Fred Hampton

Over and over, our justice system fails to actually uphold the principle that people are innocent until proven guilty

America Needs a General Strike. The NBA Just Paved the Way.

There’s a movement growing beyond pro ball. It’s worked before. Here’s what it’d look like now.

As COVID Deaths Mount, Prison Wives Are Fighting to Save the Men They Love

With the penal system as callous as ever and coronavirus ravaging California prisons, they fear they’re the only thing standing between life and death for their husbands

LGBTQ

‘The Boys in the Band’ Is a Love Story About the Dysfunctional Families We Create With Our Friends

This Netflix adaptation of the landmark 1968 play about a group of gay New York men is acidic and bruising, but underneath it’s about how communities take care of one another when the outside world shuns them.

Gay Cottagecore Is Now Mainstream. It All Started With Hozier.

In Hozier’s work, there is space for supernatural love, violent revolution and the chance to heal — all things that can seem desperately out of reach for queer youth

‘Breeder’ Jokes Are Taking Over TikTok, and I Want My Queer Slang Back

The term ‘breeder’ existed long before Zoomers on TikTok discovered it

Health

How to Clean Your Disgusting, Disgusting Video Game Controllers

How am I supposed to p0wn noobs with ‘skin, respiratory and possibly fecal species’ all over my friggin’ controller!?

The Masochists Who Smack Their Funny Bone for Pleasure

These dudes have come up with the best ways to strike their funny bones for optimal pleasure, and my brain can’t handle this shit anymore

It’s Literally Raining Plastic. How Screwed Are We?

Microplastics are carried through the rain and water cycle, winding up in rural national parks. Will our tap water stay safe to drink?

Early Aughts

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

Was Dave Chappelle Crazy, or Were We?

When the comedian vanished in 2005, he gave up superstardom and a $50 million contract. White America called him crazy. But there’s another side to his story — about race, mental health and a priceless taste of freedom — that everyone seemed to miss.

🔥Scorching-Hot Summer Takes🔥

Always Pee in the Pool

Let it go — you know you want to

Pop-Tarts Should Never Be Toasted

It’s a boxed pastry. There’s no need to get fancy with a bougie-ass char

The Water Park Is the Beach You’re Looking For

Sure, there’s a lot of piss. But there’s also a lot of fun to be had in that piss.

Relationships

Don’t Men Worry About Their Fertility, Too?

While women are socialized to fear a ‘ticking biological clock,’ their male partners have their own set of anxieties about their ability to father children — and the manhood they’ve lost if they can’t

Feast Your Eyes on the Perfect Pre-Sex Meal

The only thing worse than fucking on a full stomach is fucking on an empty one

How Recently Divorced Men Reinvigorate Their Style

In short: With unbuttoned shirts, band tees and lots of jewelry

Latest on Coronavirus

The Death of the Morning Person

The pre-pandemic world favored early risers, but we’re all now resting more than ever. Is that a sign of depression — or is it maybe a good thing?

What Am I Supposed to Do If I Need to Sneeze While Wearing a Mask?

The etiquette isn’t all that different from what it was pre-COVID

What Exactly Is an Inhalable Vaccine, and How Can I Get One?

Even if you hate flu shots, you have no excuse this year

Money

Our Very American Hatred of Taxes

Making electoral hay out of Trump’s fishy accounting is harder than it looks

Quibi’s Billion-Dollar Failure Is an American Failure

The startup squandered a pile of cash that would wipe out student lunch debt in America — with lots of change left over

Article Ad

Wellness

Are Grooming Product Expiration Dates Real, or a Greasy Con?

Admit it, you’ve never abided by — or noticed — that ‘period after opening’ symbol. So what exactly have you been putting on your face?

When You See Yourself in a Dream, Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

Yeah, it’s scary to suddenly experience your subconscious in the third person. Just remember your brain is literally just messing around

Inside the Colorful World of Rainbowcore

Becoming a human rainbow is one way to cope with our increasingly bleak world

Ultimate Summer Movie Guide

Oh No! You’re a Terrible Labor Day Movie!

‘Mulan’ and ‘Tenet’ are exciting film options for the holiday weekend, but normally this is when studios quietly bury their worst offerings

In 2004, ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ Became the Mostly Unlikely Summer Blockbuster Ever

Michael Moore didn’t want George W. Bush to win a second presidential term. So he decided to make a documentary about him. It turned into a sensation, but it failed in its mission.

‘RoboCop 2,’ ‘Cars 3’ and the Summer Sequels That Were One Too Many

Hollywood studios will keep milking their most popular franchises until audiences stop showing up. Here’s a salute to the misfires that ended up being deal-breakers.

Food

Is Prebiotic Fiber Something I Should Be Worrying About?

If you eat your fruits and veggies like you’re supposed to, then you’re probably just fine

What’s the Healthiest Yogurt? Let’s Rank Them All and Find Out

Greek? Australian? Frozen? Prepare to get gurted.

Is Multigrain Bread Actually as Good a Food for You as Everyone Thinks?

More grains = more health… right?

True Crime

‘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.