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It's Always Sunny's recreation of an iconic Seinfeld scene was eerily spot-on
Once upon a time—back before the show’s dedication to documenting minor human evils was quite so widely known—fans trying to describe It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia to other people were often forced to resort to comparisons to that last great sitcom about mostly awful semi-humans living largely meaningless lives: Seinfeld. In fact, Sunny went ahead and made those comparisons part of its own text last night, when, in the middle of a very meta clip show, it included a scene lifted directly from Seinfeld’s famous “The Contest.”
Why Public Transportation Works Better Outside the U.S.
The widespread failure of American mass transit is usually blamed on cheap gas and suburban sprawl. But the full story of why other countries succeed is more complicated.
So many people have had their DNA sequenced that they've put other people's privacy in jeopardy - Los Angeles Times
A new study argues that more than half of Americans could be identified by name if all you had to start with was a sample of their DNA and a few basic facts, such as where they live and how about how old they might be.
Steve Carell Was Never In It For The Laughs
After The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Foxcatcher, is Steve Carell only now showing us what he's really capable of?
Other Countries Are Catching Up to the U.S. in Startups
China, India, Singapore, Japan, and other nations have seen substantial increases in venture-capital investment in their startup companies.
Could populism actually be good for democracy?
The long read: A wave of populist revolts has led many to lose faith in the wisdom of people power. But such eruptions are essential to the vitality of modern politics
The high-risk, high-reward world of selling stuff on Amazon
Amazon's Marketplace has drawn thousands of vendors looking to turn cheap goods into a decent living. But Amazon sets the rules, and in its drive to keep customers happy, sellers can be collateral damage.
Opinion | Silicon Valley’s Saudi Arabia Problem
Technology companies can no longer turn a blind eye to the human rights abuses of one of their largest investors.
Why you have (probably) already bought your last car
A growing number of tech analysts are predicting that in less than 20 years we'll all have stopped owning cars.
A Brain Scientist Who Studies Alzheimer's Explains How She Stays Mentally Fit
Alzheimer's prevention specialist Jessica Langbaum says that like most working people she gets plenty of mental exercise without playing crossword puzzles or brain games. She says work is the key.
Facebook Isn’t Sorry — It Just Wants Your Data
Facebook knows us well enough to know the truth: We don’t care enough about our privacy to stop using it.
Teens Are Being Bullied ‘Constantly’ on Instagram
Harassment on the platform can be uniquely cruel, and for many it feels like there’s no escape.
Ryan Gosling Knows Why the Moon Landing Couldn't Have Been Faked
In GQ's November 2018 cover story, Hollywood's leading-est man pairs with director Damien Chazelle to talk First Man, conspiracy theories, and mild concussions.
How the weird case of the missing Interpol chief got even weirder
The head of Interpol vanished in China. He’s now resigned his post and is under investigation for corruption.
Americans Strongly Dislike PC Culture
Youth isn’t a good proxy for support of political correctness, and race isn’t either.
The breach that killed Google+ wasn’t a breach at all
A bug in the rarely used Google+ network has exposed private information for as many as 500,000 users. Should Google have shared more sooner?
The Missing Parents and the Melting Glacier
What happens when climate changes quickly in a previously frozen place? The ice gives up the bodies—and the secrets—of the past.
The Internet’s keepers? “Some call us hoarders—I like to say we’re archivists”
Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham outlines the scale of everyone's favorite archive.
I’m very sorry, but you’re going to have to learn to love the blockchain
I apologize. I get it. You hear “blockchain” and you immediately think “shady get-rich-quick schemes” or “bubble of magical fake Internet money” or “libertarian enfants terribles,” and when a true believer tries to explain to you why you should care, …
Why Do Computers Use So Much Energy?
It’s possible they could be vastly more efficient, but for that to happen we need to better understand the thermodynamics of computing
Spotify vs. Apple Music: the best music streaming service
Popular music streaming services compared
The Amazing 30-Year Odyssey of a Counterfeit Saudi Prince
Investors all over the world fell for the schemes of the man who called himself Khalid bin al-Saud. But the truth turned out to be more incredible than the lie.
The Elevator-Phobes of a Vertical City
The elevator-phobic and the city.
Secret Amazon brands are quietly taking over Amazon.com
Arabella. Lark & Roe. Mae. NuPro. Small Parts.
The untold story of Stripe, the secretive $20bn startup driving Apple, Amazon and Facebook
Patrick and John Collison have democratised online payments – and reshaped the digital economy in the process
A philosopher explains how our addiction to stories keeps us from understanding history
How History Gets Things Wrong
‘Almost Geek Cool’: Visiting With Huell Howser’s Superfans
It’s a hot Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles, but I can barely see my hand in front of my face. It’s dark inside La Cita, the famous ranchero bar in Bunker Hill, but I’m not here for the cumbia. Instead, I make my way down the long bar, past many Stetson-wearing dancers, and back out into the sunlight
Albin Johnson and the Power of Fandom | Our Star Wars Stories
Jordan travels to Columbia, South Carolina to talk with Albin Johnson, founder of the 501st Legion fan group. Albin’s story is one of creativity and determin...
Raised by YouTube
The platform’s entertainment for children is weirder—and more globalized—than adults could have expected.
I Found Trump’s Biggest Fan
Lynette Villano’s grandson doesn’t speak to her because of it, but she’s still one of the president’s most die-hard supporters. Are there enough Lynettes for Trump to win in 2020?
The Future of War Will Be 'Liked'
In the social media age, what you share is deciding what happens on the battlefield.
The appealing myth of the frugal billionaire
People love stories about supposedly penny-pinching billionaires like Warren Buffett and Mark Zuckerberg — even if they aren’t entirely true.
A Rare Look at a Bobcat Family
Learn how a wildlife photographer formed an unusual connection with a bobcat family in Texas.
The War on Terror is All Around Us
Capturing the mundane reality of the world's most secretive places.
Preserving Their Identity as Fukushima Samurai
In the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi power plant meltdown, Noriko Takasugi documented how a festival celebration allowed participants to balance the traditions of the past with the uncertainty of the present.
The Strange, Stark Imagery of the N.R.A. Convention
Photographs of the event capture the many contradictory facets of firearm-loving culture.
Why One Photographer Spent Years Recording the Lives of Interned Japanese Americans
With a deep personal connection, Paul Kitagaki, Jr., set out to document the people interned during World War II.
The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid
Orchids were once considered the world’s most difficult and exotic flowers. So why can you buy one for $12.99 at Trader Joe’s?
Opinion | In Praise of Mediocrity
The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure.
No Cash Needed At This Cafe. Students Pay The Tab With Their Personal Data
For free coffee, students can provide their names, phone numbers, email, majors and interests. This information is then provided to corporate sponsors who want to "diversify students' career choices."
Voice Phishing Scams Are Getting More Clever
David Boies Is a Longtime Liberal Hero. Did He Also Enable Harvey Weinstein?
Was David Boies just doing right by Harvey Weinstein? Or did he cross an ethical line?
The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods
A new data tool finds a strong correlation between where people grew up and their chances of climbing the economic ladder. Charlotte, N.C., hopes to use it to improve residents' economic mobility.
Is Social Media Addiction in the NBA Out of Control?
No league has embraced Twitter, Instagram and Facebook like the NBA. But the obsessive posting and commenting may not be so healthy for the players.
The first “social network” of brains lets three people transmit thoughts to each other’s heads
BrainNet allows collaborative problem-solving using direct brain-to-brain communication.
Watch Scientists' Hilarious Reaction to Bizarre Deep-Sea Fish
The strange fish was found nearly a mile beneath the surface.
Watch: How Mountain Lion Mothers Care for Their Kittens
A new study reveals insights into mountain lion family life, and also recommends delaying cougar-hunting season to reduce the number of orphaned kittens.
TIE Fighter Remastered - Star Wars Anime Short Film
Took the amazing video from Otaking77077 and remastered the sound with crisp SFX from Star wars: Battlefront and Star Wars music from Star Wars: Rogue One AL...
In 2005, an 83 year-old World War II pilot is surprised to see 16mm footage of his 1944 Spitfire crash for the first time. SPITFIRE 944 was put on YouTube as...
The Problem With ‘Hey Guys’
A broad coalition of English speakers—teachers, retail workers, ice-cream scoopers, and plenty of others—is grasping for a more inclusive greeting.