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In the new ‘Blue MAGA’ era, blind advocacy for President Biden defies a grim reality

GameStop and the Future of Financial Shitposting
GameStop and the Future of Financial Shitposting

Wall Street doesn’t know what to make of Reddit investors who live by the meme

In ‘Redneck Foreign-Food Reviews,’ a Rural TikToker Falls in Love With the World
In ‘Redneck Foreign-Food Reviews,’ a Rural TikToker Falls in Love With the World

Ty Jones, a TikToker from rural Arkansas, discovered an Asian market in quarantine — and his world has been rocked ever since

What Happened to All Those ’90s Skate Shoe Brands?
What Happened to All Those ’90s Skate Shoe Brands?

The swift rise, hard fall and uncertain future of the ’90s skate shoe phenomenon, as told by the people who were there

Wherever You Find Him, You’ve Got a Friend in Jason Segel

Forever unthreatening on screen, the ‘How I Met Your Mother’ star projects the jovial air of a reliable sidekick, whether he’s playing David Foster Wallace or palling around with Muppets

The Truth of Hank Aaron Is Far More Powerful Than the Legend

The former home run king taught me early on that America doesn’t celebrate all its heroes, preferring to erase or mythologize its past instead

A Prison Fashion Show Jumpstarted Rashod Stanley’s Clothing Line. It Also Landed Him in Solitary.

Cultivating a business in prison isn’t illegal — but it’s often punishable. This is how prison policy effectively stifles rehabilitation

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The Balldo Is a ‘Booyah’ Fantasy Come to Life as a Sex Toy

Turning your balls into a dick? It seems like a mere novelty, but there’s nothing wrong with that

How to Come Down From the Coffee Jitters

Is there any way to make this caffeine-induced misery stop?

Your Brain Is No Match for Tiredness Because Sleep Existed Before Brains

Try as you might, you’ll never be able to escape the wearying claws of sleep

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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

Analyzing the Heat Capacity of Bernie’s Mittens

And their mildly socialist implications, too.

How Bath Mats Got So Dirty

The humble bath mat is suddenly trendy decor — commodified for the always-online crowd with horny slogans and a ‘Live, Laugh, Love’ aesthetic

The 40-Year Odyssey of the Pimple Patch

These tiny dressings are taking the world of DIY dermatology by storm. But how well do they actually work?

The Manosphere

The Disappearance of Daddy Trump and Hope for a Shadow President

MAGA and QAnon are adrift because their guy can’t post anymore

How Conspiracy Theories Took Over Pro Fighting

QAnon has entered the ring. A sizable crew of WWE and MMA pros are suddenly dabbling in antisemitic, fringe-right narratives

Understanding the Bogus Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles–QAnon Conspiracy Theory

Pizzagate extremists are pushing a bizarre Ninja Turtles link — but I won’t let them get away with it

Entertainment

Your Love of Horror Movies Probably Upped Your Pandemic Coping Skills

Slasher flicks? Zombie takeovers? Doomsday survivalists? Helpful stuff! According to a new study, horror fans may have been more psychologically resilient throughout COVID

‘Malcolm & Marie’ Takes Aim at the Myth of the Male Genius

This Netflix romantic drama, made entirely during the pandemic, can be terribly self-indulgent. But it’s smart about how insecure and needy egotistical men can be — and how their significant others can cut them down to size.

How ‘Lord of the Rings’ Shaped a Hopeless Generation

Two decades ago, our blind optimism dissolved as the real world fell into war. ‘Lord of the Rings’ became the ultimate millennial comfort viewing: a fantasy world in which the good guys actually win

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

The Psychology of Squeezing Toothpaste From the Middle

Squeezing answers out of the absolute maniacs who push out toothpaste in the least efficient way imaginable

Probiotic Coffee Is Probably Good for You, but How Does It Taste?

Somewhat predictably, sour

Understanding the Sleepless Elite Making $$$ on Very Few Zzzs

A lot of the rich and famous achieve a huge amount on a few hours of sleep. Can the rest of us get in on that?

Relationships

Climate Change May Have Given Us the Earliest Ass Men

The Stone Age was thicc

Can Abusers ‘Make It Right’ With Cash?

In the MeToo era, there’s been endless public discussion about how people who commit gender violence should be held accountable. One idea? They should literally pay up.

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

Life in a Pandemic

How the Pandemic Revitalized the Disney Star

Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ are a case study in what the new, extremely online model of teen idol looks like

COVID-19 Can Literally Be a Pain in the Balls

It’s uncommon and under-studied, but some men are reporting testicular pain as a COVID-19 symptom

The Blackest Thing About Me Is That I’ve Never Gotten the Flu Shot

…Until now. It’s a journey to trust a medical system that’s been historically detrimental to Black American health. But change is afoot — in the form of an unconventional barbershop campaign

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

It’s Therapy — But With Your Mom, Your Wife and Your Boss

Open Dialogue, which originated in Finland, is an innovative model of mental health treatment that involves everyone in your circle. Could it catch on in the U.S.?

Biden’s Big Scorpio Energy Is What the White House Needs

President Biden is a Scorpio, and that’s a good sign. The country needs stability, balance and conviction — the type of guy who will just do the work

‘What if I Lose My Sparkle?’: TikTokers Challenge the Stigma of Treating Mental Illness

Your depression doesn’t give you your ‘sparkle,’ it causes you to sleep all day and live in disarray

Food

When Did Steak Knives Become Such a Racket?

Thanks to our ignorance about different kinds of metals, pretty much from the start

What’s in Starbucks Egg Bites?

All 30+ ingredients in these breakfast orbs, explained (yep, even natamycin)

Your Morning Coffee Hydrates You Almost as Well as Water

Despite what haters say, chugging coffee isn’t drying you out

True Crime

Why Are Marvel Heroes Such a Meme for Bankrobbers?

Iron Man is on the lam in Florida. Captain America got unlucky in Kentucky. The Hulk smashes into a bank — and robs it. Don’t criminals ever wear DC masks?

How ‘MLK/FBI’ Chronicled an American Disgrace

Director Sam Pollard takes us inside his documentary about the FBI’s surveillance campaign against Martin Luther King Jr. — and the danger of putting heroes on pedestals

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

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