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In Defense of ‘Pierre Delecto,’ The Size Queens of Spider YouTube and the TikTok Teens Twerking to Their Exes’ Voicemails

Sly Twitter troll Pierre Delecto — er, the United States Senator from the great state of Utah, Mitt Romney — had himself a morning, didn’t he? We’ve got to give Mitt some props for his decision to cosplay as man with a spine, but on the grand scale of alter egos, I’m not sure “Pierre Delecto” can really stand up to the greats like “Carlos Danger,” or  shit, even “Ron Mexico.”

Sure beats “John Barron” for ingenuity, however.

Must Read

“What Should We Make of Dan Savage’s Legacy?”
In the years since Dan Savage began writing his weekly Savage Love advice column in Seattle’s The Stranger, the gay sex columnist’s star has risen to near Dear Abby levels. But with that fame has come the inevitable backlash; these days, in fact, Savage comes off more like a defensive reactionary than the progressive who was constantly moving the ball forward on sex. So the question now becomes, what will be Savage’s legacy? READ MORE

Behind the Music

No one can quite define what “Butt Rock” is. But as Miles Klee writes, you know it when you hear it. At its most basic, Butt Rock is just “bad” rock, played by shitty alternative bands on “Nothing But Rock” radio stations. Leaving it at that, though, would be doing a disservice to the entire genre. Because there’s more to Butt Rock than that. Way more.

Stop Taking So Many Pictures

When we take cell-phone photos and videos at concerts, on vacation or with friends, we think we’re freeing up the storage space in our brains by storing the images on a separate device for later viewing. But that’s not really how it works.

Strike Survival

For union workers, opting to strike is no easy decision, because it means barely scraping by on meager union benefit checks while fighting for better wages and benefits — an outcome that’s far from certain. To survive then, they rely on the considerable help of others.

Not Quite a Noodle

If you love pasta – but you happen to be a vegan, or doing the keto thing — shirataki noodles can seem like an oasis in the spaghetti desert. But what’s actually in those slippery lil’ suckers?

Mmmm, konjac flour. What is konjac flour, and how does it so (im)perfectly mimic everyone’s favorite Italian food? Glad you asked.

Hey, Vince Carter: Do You Want to Play Forever?!?!

Vince Carter is a wonder: At 42 years old and the NBA’s elder statesman by a considerable amount, he’s still draining 3s like it’s 1998 (i.e., his first year in the league):

Which begs the question: How much longer can VC continue to play at a high level?

TikTok Does it Again

TikTok, y’all — get on it. In another sign that the Teens shall inherit the Earth, the latest and greatest trend on the burgeoning social video site is Gen Zers dancing to the unhinged voicemails of their rueful (and sometimes hateful) exes. It’s got a little bit of everything: Performance art, an unwillingness to be controlled or intimidated, and above all, a bit of humor.

Five Stories You Might Have Missed This Weekend

  1. “Five Lies You’ve Been Told About Microwaves” You know how people say “MiCroWAveS GiVE yOU cANcER”? Yeah, that’s not true at all, and probably not the only lie about microwaves you’ve been told.
  2. “I Attempted to Make Reading My Brand, But Then ‘El Camino’ Happened” You know what’s hard? Starting a new hobby. You know what’s harder? Starting a new hobby at the same time that the television event of a lifetime requires you to rewatch your favorite TV series in its entirety.
  3. “Does Weed Hit Harder on an Empty Stomach?” I dunno, man — I understand the science says one thing, but my tripping-balls brain and screeching-munchies stomach say another.
  4. “All the Strange, Sad Ways Men Fake Their Orgasms” Dudes are faking it, too. Just not very well.
  5. “How Much Homework Should an Audience Really Be Expected to Do?” HBO’s Watchmen isn’t the first TV show that asks a lot of its viewers before the show even starts. But should it be the last?