Yes, Virginia

There is a gender wage gap.1
There is a real world.2
There is poop in your well.3

There is hope.4
There is a G-Spot.5
There is a Bob Hope.6

Regular folks can be taught to code.7
Black love still exists.8
Macy’s stock is a good value
Even near highs.9

Native Americans do pay taxes.10
The rich pay less tax now.11
It is Bernanke’s fault.12

There is racism on the island.13
There is a Prince Harry nude video.14
There really is Modern Monetary Theory.15
There is an Oscar, and oooof! — has he got the hots for you!16

There is a magenta.17
There is an Agnes.18
There is a Madman.19

There are many devils in a devilish world,
But those kitchen sinks belong in another room,
And please keep them there.20

1 The Nation, “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Gender Wage Gap” [source]
2 Proceedings and Addresses of the American Philosophical Association, “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Real World” [source]
3 High Country News, “Yes Virginia, There Is Poop In Your Well” [source]
4 Financial Analysts Journal, “Yes, Virginia, There Is Hope: Tests of the Value Line Ranking System” [source]
5, “Fox on Sex: Yes, Virginia, There Is a G-Spot” [source]
6 Bob Hope: A Life In Comedy, William Robert Faith [source]
7 Wired, “Yes, Virginia, Regular Folks Can Be Taught to Code” [source]
8 Black World/Negro Digest, Oct 1973 [source]
9 Forbes, “Yes, Virginia, Macy’s Stock Is A Good Value Even Near Highs” [source]
10 Huffington Post, “Yes Virginia, Native Americans Do Pay Taxes” [source]
11 The New Republic, “Yes, Virginia, The Rich Pay Less Tax Now” [source]
12 Huffington Post, “Yes, Virginia, It Is Bernanke’s Fault” [source]
13 The Root, “Race in Cuba: Yes, Virginia, There Is Racism on the Island” [source]
14 Gawker, “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Prince Harry Nude Video” [source]
15 FT Alphaville, “Yes Virginia, There Really Is Modern Monetary Theory” [source]
16 Spy, “Blurb-O-Mat” [source]
17 Ars Technica, “Yes, Virginia, there is a magenta” [source]
18 Nieman Reports, “Yes Virginia, There Is an Agnes” [source]
19 Horror Films of The 1980s, John Kenneth Muir [source]
20 The New York Review of Books, “An Exchange on Post-Industrial Society” [source]

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Elon Green is a contributing editor to Longform.