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With an Army of Sex Soldiers, a Thai King Makes His Great Escape

King Rama X turned his royal consorts into a militarized force and fled the country for Germany. But in the midst of a pandemic and intensifying unrest at home, how long can pleasure win out?

The Legal Loopholes That Get Guns Into Students’ Hands

How do schoolkids get access to deadly weaponry in the first place — and what can be done? Universal background checks only go so far

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.

In This Graphic Memoir, the Anxiety of OCD Is a Visual Trip

In ‘Everything Is An Emergency,’ Jason Adam Katzenstein gazes deeply into the narrative themes of his mental space

How Recently Divorced Men Reinvigorate Their Style

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

Three Architects Deconstruct ‘Jenga’

How much does ‘Jenga’ resemble actual skyscraper construction? We asked the experts.

Restaurant Food Challenges and the Brave Eaters Who Lived to Tell the Tale

No one knows exactly why some Americans feel compelled to binge-eat on a stage in front of other diners — but we can’t look away

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Why Vin Diesel’s Pop Pivot Actually Makes Total Sense

EDM bop ‘Feel Like I Do’ is peak Vin Diesel. After all, this is Hollywood’s king of geeky side projects

Don’t Let the Bad Screen Win

The blurring of our work-life boundaries requires a special attention to our tech usage

Why So Many People With Dyslexia Are Stans for Comic Sans

It got Jessica through nursing school. For Tino, it made writing assignments a cinch. What is it about the often ridiculed font that makes it surprisingly easy to read?

Culture

History’s Most Notorious Penises

An investigation into the rumors, legends and tall tales of the world’s most storied dicks

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

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Entertainment

The Terrible, Terrible Movies We Still Ride For

Take a glimpse into our secret cinematic shame

‘Ava’ and the Silly Trend of Sad Movie Assassins

Are you an expert killer in a high-octane action film? Well, as demonstrated by the new Jessica Chastain thriller, the odds are very good that, deep down, you’re a tormented, miserable cliché.

Henry Cavill Is Too Hot to Play Sherlock Holmes

Sorry, but Holmes is supposed to be a weirdo literary twink — not a caked-up muscle daddy

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

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

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

How ‘A Simple Favor’ Became a Queer Cult Classic

Now streaming, Paul Feig’s campy thriller is getting its due — two years too late

What It’s Like to Have Sex When You’re Nonbinary

A candid conversation with four nonbinary luminaries about the agony and ecstasy of seeking pleasure in a binary world

Health

Your Latest Selfie Might Show That You’re Cute and Also That You Have Heart Disease

Just what we needed right now

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 in This?: Liquid Band-Aids

All eight ingredients in this wound glue, explained (yep, even benzethonium chloride)

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

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.

We Were All Rooting for ‘America’s Next Top Model.’ Now We’re Holding It Accountable.

‘ANTM,’ but make it 2020. The backlash to the iconic show is growing louder — but don’t confuse criticism for cancellation

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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

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

Why Do We Think Simultaneous Orgasms Are the Holy Grail of Sex?

According to Hollywood and most porn, climaxing in jubilant unison is the only way to cum. But is synchronized splooging real, or just another horny myth?

Dads Are Reaching New Levels of Joy Showing Their Kids ‘Mario 64’

Wanna feel old? Millennials who grew up on the Nintendo 64 are reliving their fondest memories — teaching their kids ‘Mario 64’ on Switch

Latest on Coronavirus

The Road Warriors Who Long to Be Back on an Airplane

For most of us, the airport and being crammed into a middle seat is an inconvenience. But for these travel pros, it’s their identity.

Under Cover With the Stars of Mask and Glove Porn

No glove, no love: PPE porn is a novel breed of erotic video that’s exploded in pandemic popularity — giving adult performers a new way to spice things up

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

Money

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

Money Isn’t Real, So Start Hoarding Chuck E. Cheese Prize Tickets

The bankrupt brand is preparing to destroy 7 billion of the stubs, adding unprecedented value to the rest

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Wellness

Can Group Therapy Solve Men’s Mental Health Crisis?

As guys are more resistant to one-on-one therapy than women, camaraderie is the secret ingredient to making positive and sustainable changes in male mental health

I Wish I Loved Anything as Much as Jeremy Strong Loves the Color Brown

The Emmy-winning No. 1 boy on ‘Succession’ has a thing for Dust Bowl chic

The ‘Replika — Your A.I. Friend’ App Isn’t as Pathetic as It Seems

It’s hard to discount the value of a mental health companion, even if she’s not real

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

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?

Where Exactly Is the Line Between Soup and Stew?

It’s a much more personal question than you ever realized

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