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On Everything Is Broken

Reporting in from the Midwest: Everything is broken out here, too.

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 10:05 am 0

On Kids Who Like Caffeine Like Other Good Chemicals Too: Science

So...sensation-seekers are sensation-seekers?

Posted on February 5, 2014 at 2:48 pm 0

On Inside America's Ghost Tour Industry

The Hot Springs, Arkansas, ghost tour is worth the $13; the guy who does it is a totally earnest ghost-hunter, and he tells a good story.

Posted on October 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm 0

On Your Sneeze: What Does It Say About You

I definitely work with someone who is demonstrative and outgoing...and their sneezes reflect that.

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm 0

On The Artisanal Subscription Internet Has A Menstrual Tea Kettle For Everyone

omg artisanal pocket sundial—that is where we disagree.

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:09 am 0

On Toothless Woman's Toothless Children Possibly Cola-Related

So the coroner is reported to have written, "...the fact that one or more of her children were born without enamel on their teeth...should have been treated by her, and by her family, as a warning."

But (human) children aren't usually born with teeth, period. What the hell was he talking about?

Posted on February 12, 2013 at 11:08 am 1

On Debating "Dark Social": Where the Rest of the Internet Is

This is why it was so amazingly dumb for Google and AOL to mess up Gchat/AIM functionality the way they did in the name of "fixing" it.

Posted on October 19, 2012 at 12:39 pm 0

On The Killer Crush: The Horror Of Teen Girls, From Columbiners To Beliebers

Also, Leonardo DiCaprio's birthday is November 11. It seemed SO MEANINGFUL in high school when I learned he had the same birthday as a real-life crush of mine... See also: numerology and horoscope kits for high-school girls.

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 12:59 pm 0

On The Killer Crush: The Horror Of Teen Girls, From Columbiners To Beliebers

This reminds me of the "stalker theory" I came up with in college, when a lot of my friendships changed significantly, and so there were suddenly all these people I USED to be friends with who I had to come to terms with losing in some sense. When you spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about, talking about, and even writing publicly about people who you've actually once known in real life, but who perhaps you haven't been in contact with in a while, people tend to label that as "stalking" or "stalkerish behavior," even though it has almost nothing in common with actual stalking.

Wanna freak out the normals? Tell them you've been THINKING ABOUT THEM. It's a trespass to care about—or even maintain curiosity about—someone who doesn't care back.

But making it a "crush" makes it different, even if (as in the case of the Columbiners) the subject of your deliberations is a socially unacceptable mass murderer—'cause there are enough other girls doing the same thing to make a community. So you have someone you can FEEL things about, and you have people you can talk to about that. I can see where this would make some young girls very happy; it's like watching "Heathers" and crushing on a young, sociopathic Christian Slater, or watching "American Psycho" and crushing on psycho killer Christian Bale.

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 12:48 pm 0

On Infographic: Should You Cover a Piece of Tragic Breaking News?

Well said. As they say on MetaFilter: .

Posted on July 20, 2012 at 10:04 am 1