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The Most Sinister Cigarette Promotion of All Time
The Most Sinister Cigarette Promotion of All Time

Inside the Marlboro Miles marketing campaign — and the dark history behind today’s popular vintage Marlboro merch

The New Wave of Tinder Bots Scamming Desperate Daters
The New Wave of Tinder Bots Scamming Desperate Daters

Millions of horny people, locked inside with nothing to do but swipe. Here’s how COVID fast-tracked the rise of dating app scams

Every Theory About the Three Seashells in ‘Demolition Man,’ Judged by the Guy Who Wrote the Movie
Every Theory About the Three Seashells in ‘Demolition Man,’ Judged by the Guy Who Wrote the Movie

Sylvester Stallone’s take is easily the most disgusting

Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Your Sperm?
Does the COVID-19 Vaccine Affect Your Sperm?

These sorts of questions are top of mind for physicians who want to quell public concerns around the vaccine

Has the Rise of Premature Ejaculation Technology Come Too Soon?

From electronic ‘taint Band-Aids’ to bossy fuck tubes, sex tech is hoping to provide solutions for premature ejaculation the way it did for ED. But maybe — just maybe — we’ve been thinking about sex and pleasure all wrong

WandaVision’s Lazy Nostalgia Isn’t as Smart as It Thinks

The MCU’s first television series wants to point out that picket-fence America isn’t as innocent as it appears. But it’s not so much an indictment of nostalgia as a cynical exploitation of it

Prostate Cancer Mentors Help Ease the Pain for Their Brothers in Recovery

Frightened, embarrassed and alone, men recovering from ‘down there’ cancer often feel they have nowhere to turn. Having a buddy to call can change all that.

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How Did We End Up With a Scottish Shrek?

From Chris Farley’s take on the character, to Mike Myers’ non-Scottish Shrek, to the ogre we all know and love, here’s how (and why) Shrek’s voice changed over time

Was Gandalf Smoking Marijuana in ‘The Lord of the Rings’?

For all we know, the dude wasn’t even a wizard — just high as the tower of Isengard

We Were All Wrong About the Post-Sex Refractory Period

Science blamed a specific hormone for our inability to get hard again — but we never had the evidence to prove it

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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

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.

‘The Nutcracker’ Is the Whitest Shit — And I Hate How Much I Love It

Being Black in America means constantly reckoning with your enjoyment of shit with a racist history. You can cancel it, but sometimes you can crack that racist shell so you get to still enjoy the good stuff

What Happens to Black Activists When Cops Write the History Books?

Tommy Oliver talks about his HBO documentary ‘40 Years a Prisoner,’ which chronicles a deadly 1978 showdown between MOVE members and local law enforcement — and the effect it’s had on racist policing today

Style

How Dupes Took Over TikTok

Amazon deals. Costco finds. TikTok has the plug for cheap sartorial alternatives

With Online Shopping, Not-So-Tall Guys Get the Short End of the Stick

As buying online becomes the norm, menswear brands need to find a way to serve the millions of customers they’re currently missing. Namely: short kings

A Penny-Sized History of the Tiny Jeans Pocket

It’s obvious that your little hip pouch was never intended for your Juul. But where did the tiny jeans pocket come from?

Entertainment

Watch ‘Tenet’ the Way Nolan Intended: On a 2005 iPod

Why not an Apple Watch, too? We can’t resist poking fun at the seriousness of big-screen purists who harp on cinema as immersive and colossal

Bruce Willis Forgot That Life Isn’t a Movie Set

The Hollywood tough guy was tossed from a Rite Aid because he wouldn’t blend in

‘Arthur’ Is the Most Stylish Show on TV

All the TikTok baddies and e-boys want what Arthur’s parents have

LGBTQ

John Tucker, You’ll Never Die

Jesse Metcalfe’s ass in a red lace thong. That’s it. That’s the piece.

‘SpongeBob’ Villain Man Ray Is a Thotty Sub and the Perfect Pandemic Hookup

Move over, Hot Squidward. Man Ray is the top hunk of Bikini Bottom

Juan Pablo Espinosa Is Your New Daddy

The Colombian actor, who recently came out as gay and now stars in ‘Half Brothers,’ wants to change how Hollywood treats Latinx actors

Health

How Nipple Tattoos Help People Feel Whole Again

No, not the ones on your roadie uncle’s bicep

Back Pain? These Mindful Masochists Recommend a Giant Bed of Spikes

Some folks with achy backs are embracing acupressure pads — a modern-day bed of nails. How exactly does this work?

Inside the Mind of an Angry Drunk

Why your buddy Jekyll becomes Mr. Hyde after one too many

Early Aughts

Dashboard Confessional’s Long Road Back

Emo icon Chris Carrabba opens up about the devastating motorcycle accident that derailed his career — and a secret new album he made before the pandemic hit

Into the Heart of Darkness of Red Lobster’s Endless Crab

The infamous 2003 marketing disaster spawned a cult of all-you-can-eat crustacean — which still tortures waiters today

How Does Baby-Making Work in Whoville? An Investigation

The Whos’ procreation process is a confusing, potentially supernatural experience that bears no resemblance to anything on Earth

Relationships

For Horny Witches, Love Spells Are the Magic Touch

Some manifest cow attacks. Others dab on pussy juice to attract musicians. Witches in love know the power of a spell to redirect energy toward the bedroom

Why the Direction of Your Head Nod Means Everything

With our smiles (literally) masked, nods are all we have left to communicate — so use them wisely

Why Newly Married Guys Treat Their Wedding Rings Like Fidget Spinners

Is it an aversion to jewelry, or are modern ‘masculine’ wedding bands that laughably bulky?

Life in a Pandemic

What Happens When You’re Divorced — But Still Stuck Together in Quarantine?

Whether due to pandemic restrictions or financial hardship, divorced couples are having to learn a lot of new skills while trying to keep the peace after separating

Sex After COVID: An Investigation

The coronavirus’ wide-ranging sexual side effects are agitating couples and puzzling experts. Here’s everything we know — and what survivors can do

How a Healthy 31-Year-Old Randomly Got the COVID Vaccine at a Grocery Store

David MacMillan went out to buy groceries for curry and left the store with something he could have never imagined crossing off his shopping list — the coronavirus vaccine

Money

I’m a Bitcoin Multimillionaire. Here’s How I Got Rich.

I just wanted to buy some psychedelics and trip balls. I ended up with a pricey Bitcoin mining rig — and a fortune

Is Dodging Taxes Ever a Winning American Protest?

The tax protest movement dons MAGA hats as Trump simps grapple with an election loss. Is it effective bargaining — or an empty threat?

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Mental Health

Why 69 Is Really the Happiest Age (Nice)

Researchers studying the age when life satisfaction peaks can’t escape the allure of the horniest number

Is Past-Life Regression Therapy a Salve, a Grift… or Both?

The controversial form of hypnosis brings some people relief. But when practitioners present it as therapy, major ethical problems emerge

Mental Health Care Is Too Expensive. Can Therapy Collectives Help?

They might not be completely mainstream yet, but they’re doing their best to make sure support for depression, trauma and anxiety isn’t only for the rich and well-insured

The Manosphere

Female Incels Are Obsessed With ‘Angel vs. Witch’ Skull Shapes

The sketchy pseudoscience of ‘looksmaxing’ pulls 19th-century phrenology into the modern age

In Reddit’s ‘Female Dating Strategy,’ Women Level Up and Make Men the Prey

‘This is like Red Pill for women.’ r/FemaleDatingStrategy empowers lonely and vulnerable ‘queens’ — and vigorously challenges the sacred cows of third-wave feminism

Tendies, the ‘Anti-Incels,’ Roleplay Failed Manhood Without Shame

To be a basement-dwelling, chicken-tender-devouring ‘goodboy’ is to live a life utterly unexamined — and to be the better for it

Food

Your Mussels Are Garbage, Bro

Like, actual garbage — shellfish contains more microplastic than any other consumable sea creature

Cooking My Way Through ‘THE BIG BOLD BOOK OF MTN DEW® RECIPES’

Using Mountain Dew as a brine isn’t that weird, but how does using it in a grilled cheese fare? Our very own dirtbag chef Rax King investigates

The Men Who Eat Like Boys

Why some guys never outgrow the kids’ menu

True Crime

The Strange Case of the Man With No Name

In life, he was evasive and strange. In death, he became a 9/11 terrorist, a ghostly apparition and an internet superstar

Six Decades After a Gruesome Murder Spree, the ‘Pied Piper of Tucson’ Still Leaves His Mark

In the ’60s, he was ‘King of the Teenagers,’ adored by high schoolers and their parents. But behind Charles Schmid’s super-cool facade lay the mind of a psychopath

The Great Nazi Artifact Heists

What do thieves want with Eva Braun’s panties? As collectors secure the bag with stolen Hitler swag, the Nazi market is growing like Apple stock

Oral History

An Oral History of ‘Johnny Cakes,’ Vito’s Love Story on ‘The Sopranos’

Of all the deaths on ‘The Sopranos,’ Vito Spatafore’s was easily the most unique, and it all started with a suggestion from actor Joe Gannascoli

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