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When Exactly Did ‘Friends’ Become Cool?

In spite of being an era considered a “long nightmare of peace and prosperity,” being alive in the 1990s was not always so great: Forrest…

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….

SpongeBob SquarePants Is an Icon of Fluid Masculinity

With the sad news that SpongeBob SquarePants creator Stephen Hillenburg has passed away at age 57, fans are remembering how the cartoon defined their childhoods…

Why So Many Guys Are Obsessed With ‘My Brilliant Friend’

As “Ferrante Fever” gripped the English-speaking literary world, you might have mistaken it for a phenomenon exclusive to women readers. Elena Ferrante’s four Neapolitan Novels,…