satire

An Oral History of Benjamin Franklin’s Essay ‘Fart Proudly’

In 1781, Ben Franklin wrote a letter about farting to Europe’s Royal Academy of Brussels. Two hundred forty years later, MEL got a reply.

Mr. Hankey Walked So the Poo Emoji Could Run

How an early ‘South Park’ favorite predicted the rise of a digital icon

Borat Is Back, but This Time We’re In on the Joke

The 2006 film was a vicious takedown of American xenophobia. But with ‘Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,’ Sacha Baron Cohen grapples with a nation that’s lost its sense of shame

The Rise of the Unhorny Man

As we’ve reached peak ‘horny on main,’ men are retiring the long-held assumption that sex is the only thing they’re capable of thinking about