"Do you really think you’re better than the porn industry, beauty pageant industry? At least porn has the decency to admit it’s built on the backs of amateurs and screws everyone over. Meanwhile three-year-olds are wearing dentures so they can have that perfect smile and you make them pay for the privilege of treading your filthy middle-school auditorium stages." —Miss Delaware has been "de-throned" for doing the wrong kind of self-branding promotional videos.
“The trouble is that this signature is not unique, at least not given the amount of data that CERN has so far collected. We show that current LHC data already strongly disfavor both the dilatonic and non-dilatonic singlet imposters. On the other hand, a generic Higgs doublet and a triplet imposter give equally good fits to the measured event rates of the newly observed scalar resonance.” —A team of scientists at MIT have published a report questioning the validity of last week's announcement that scientists at the CERN Large Hadron Collider in Geneva had finally identified the elusive Higgs Boson particle. This comes as little surprise to [...]
"Odd Future is filled with tons of controversy and they're going to have a lot trouble moving forward, becoming 'mainstream.' But Tyler the Creator is going to work hard at that. And so far he has a ton of Notre Dame fans. But even haters." —Some students at the tony Los Angeles Catholic school Academy of Notre Dame de Namur love the rap group Odd Future. Others do not. Student documentarian Arman Mahramzade examines the phenomenon.
Oooh! Intriguing! A new twist in our favorite mystery from the Paleozoic era's Cambrian period. Mount Holyoke paleontologist Mark McMenamin thinks there's something fishy about his colleague James "Whitey" Hagadorn's work concerning Anomalocaris, a giant shrimp-like creature conventionally believed to have preyed upon hard-shelled trilobytes, whose broken, apparently bitten exoskeletons are a well-established part of Cambrian oceans' fossil record. "I'm a bit skeptical about Whitey Hagadorn's conclusions regarding Anomalocaris," McMenamin said, of findings Hagadorn presented at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver yesterday.
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Awl contributor and author of The Metropolis Case (Crown, 2010), Matthew Gallaway certainly pulls no punches in reassessing What Shall Be I Be When I Grow Up?…, a book he wrote in 1979, when he was 11 years old, and recently republished in its entirety, on the Internet. "Initially heralded as a 'model of gender equality and optimism,'" Gallaway writes today, "the book was later dismissed as 'derivative, unoriginal, and convoluted' and subsequently banned in most schools when an investigative reporter uncovered evidence of subliminal messaging through the use of product placement—a practice then in its infancy—and politically subversive content." Having read the book myself, I [...]
Last night Michigan's Rima Fakih became the first Arab American to be crowned Miss USA—a position so significant in our country's history that a few of her notable predecessors have included Dolley Madison, Harriet Tubman, Victoria Woodhull and Edna St. Vincent Millay. But is this Islamicist woman worthy of such an honor? Conservative pundit Daniel Pipes claims that Fakih is the beneficiary of pro-Muslim affirmative action, which is apparently rife in beauty pageants these days. Perhaps more scandalously, Fakih ONCE APPEARED IN A DETROIT MORNING SHOW'S STRIPPING CONTEST, where she won a prize without even [...]
“My plea to you is to turn from sin, turn from blasphemy, turn from unrighteousness, that you’re purporting in your music—turn to Jesus Christ and receive eternal life. It doesn’t matter how much money you get, without Jesus Christ you will be lost eternally.” —Another reason to like young Philadelphian rapper Meek Mill: a local pastor, Jomo K. Johnson, has called for a boycott of his music because he says the song "Amen" is blasphemous.
Lana Del Ray released a new video this weekend. What do you think of it? Tell us in the comments all over the internet with such inflamed vitriol and hyperbole that no one of us will ever be able to consider this person's music separate from the controversy that surrounds her image and authenticity or lack thereof again.
Wow. Judging from the trailer, Beats, Rhymes and Fights: A History of A Tribe Called Quest, which will premiere next month at the Sundance Film Festival, will be thrilling and fascinating and celebratory and very emotional. And, needless to say, it will include some of the very greatest hip-hop music ever recorded. Unfortunately, one of the principals, Q-Tip, is not at all happy with it. "I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary," he said on his Twitter account yesterday, referencing the fact that director Michael Rapaport did not honor requests the band made about the film. (I'm guessing those requests were regarding [...]
UH OH! "2010's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, which includes such beauties as Israeli supermodels Bar Refaeli and Esti Ginzburg, includes a photo of a model posing near a World War II-era fighter plane, complete with Nazi swastikas." Before you get too outraged, do note that it's an American plane, the Nazi swastikas symbolize dead Nazis, the shot is online only, and people don't even jerk off to the Swimsuit Issue anymore, but, you know, it's coming from Haaretz. I guess we can give them credit for trying.