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The UFO Hunters Hunting UFOs Since Before It Was Cool, The Dark Side of ‘Scooby Doo’ and Delicious Depop Drama

It’s officially Alien Week here at MEL, and if you’re headed off to Area 51 on Friday, bring lots of water, a GPS and plenty of bail money.

But even if you get passed the nice men with the assault weapons, don’t think for one second you’re gonna find any aliens when you get there. Plenty of good, honest people have been searching for UFOs in the last 70 years, and it’s not like you hear about all the spacemen they’ve been finding.

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Scooby Dooby Doo, You Scare the Shit out of Me

You may think of Scooby-Doo as a light-hearted Saturday morning cartoon, and for good reason: Even though there are horror elements to the series, there’s also humor and a boatload of camp. But fans have been theorizing about the darker sides of the show’s teenage paranormal investigators for half a century.

Pizza Art

Every pizza is a masterpiece in this writer’s opinion; I mean, shit, even bad pizza is pretty tasty. But don’t sleep on the art happening around your pie, specifically on the box, because though most shops get their boxes from the same small number of distributors, the sufficiently “cheesy” graphics printed on top of said boxes are often unique. *Hits bong* so how is it that they all have different art?

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Ham Block

Spam has, in the last few decades, experienced a mini-renaissance: What was once a cheap, canned protein with an abnormally long shelf-life for GIs during World War I and II is now widely found on restaurant menus. But what’s actually in that semi-gelatinous block of mystery meat?

Mmm, pork, but with ham. Makes total sense. Fact is, though Spam is delicious when fried, placed on a bed of rice and doused with gravy, it’s got a lot of not-so-good ingredients in it that will definitely have you holding the salt.

This Year’s Oscar for the Best-Dressed Sadboi Goes To…

…Theo, from The Goldfinch! We kid Theo, a boy who lost his mother in an explosion at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and, years later, wears increasingly bespoke outfits like a suit of armor against his grief. But considering he more-or-less perfects his snazzy style as he gets sadder, maybe Theo should’ve explored a different method of self-preservation, like a grief beard?

For the Best Gen Z Gossip, Enter the World of Depop Drama

All Joe Longo wanted was a damn Lorde T-shirt. But after shopping on Depop, a London-based thrifting app full of teens flogging their used wardrobes, what he got instead was a scam and some of the biting Gen Z melodrama the app has become notorious for.

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Pooped M’ Pants

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