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The Internet Before the Internet: The Bizarre Heyday of the 1-900 Number

In the mid-20th century, with a new millennium looming, some science-fiction writers and human-interest reporters began speculating wildly about what humanity’s future might look like….

A Scientific Investigation of Getting So Sucked Into Your Phone That You Don’t Realize You’re Literally Being Held at Gunpoint

It used to be that people couldn’t help but stare into the flames of a terrible car accident, or peer relentlessly into the hydrophilic chaos…

‘Trashfire Daddy’ and Other Names You’ve Been Given in Your Exes’ Phones

For a while, my friend was dating a man whose name I can’t remember. But she, and by extension I, called him Trashfire Daddy. During…

Bring Back the Ringtone

The latest iPhone might be made of surgical-grade steel and have beyond-DSLR photo specs, but if one rings in a room full of iPhones, can…