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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney Theme Parks

One of the Disney parks’ themed lands, Tomorrowland depicts a unique view of the future. “Tomorrow can be a wonderful age. Our scientists today are opening the doors of the Space Age to achievements that will benefit our children and generations to come,” Walt Disney once remarked. “The Tomorrowland attractions have been designed to give you an opportunity to participate in adventures that are a living blueprint of our future.” The Brad Bird-directed film adaptation of the attraction opened in theaters this weekend. A movie based on a Disney theme park attraction could only be possible due to the level of detail Walt insisted upon when building his fantasy worlds. Here are just a few fun facts about the Disney theme parks that you might not know. … Read More

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Does Tinder Make You Feel as Much Like a Slab of Meat as This Slab of Meat? Links You Need to See

“All good things must come to an end” is a truism that, of late, the film and TV industries have been proving to be a false-ism. Until each and every granule of history and previously made art is plucked from its resting place and forced into contemporary “relevance,” we won’t have to face the fearful idea of…new ideas. And, unfortunately, it’s hard not enjoy a lot of these revisitations. Earlier, we ecstatically reported on the release of new images from the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer Netflix prequel, and, on the very same day, photos of the cast from the remake of the O.J. Simpson trial (okay, that was a real-life event) — aka Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson — were released. Check out Paper‘s comparison of these images of the trial’s new cast members to those of the original cast…right, of real people.  … Read More

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Scrabble Acknowledges the Importance of Vaping: Links You Need to See

The unbelievable things that can happen in a day! First, the Boy Scouts of America have finally admitted that their longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and their national president called for change…mic drop. No, wait. Pick that mic back up — that’s not all. Second, the story of how Kimye got together is different than you think: Kim pursued Kanye. And third, that stickler for proper words, that jerk who never, ever gave you pointz for creative spelling—Scrabble—just added thousands of new words that include slang like “obvs,” “sexting,” “vape” (about which Flavorwire’s Jonathon Sturgeon wrote extensively) and “cazh” (as in “casual”). Now that mic can be dropped. … Read More

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In Praise of Narrative Ambiguity (or, Why You’ll Never “Solve” the ‘Mad Men’ Finale)

A strange thing happened on the Internet this morning: pretty much every news outlet, reputable and otherwise, that has any interest in Mad Men (so all of them, basically) reported that Matthew Weiner had explained the ending to the show’s last episode at a talk with novelist A.M. Homes last night. As an example of the perils of churnalism, it was pretty impressive, because if you watch the video of the event, Weiner does no such thing. Instead, he explains that the end of the show is as ambiguous as it appears: “People are like, ‘Which is it?’ and I’m like, ‘Well, why does it have to be one or the other?'” … Read More

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Will Memes Make Your Flights Safer? Links You Need to See

If you’re on the fence about getting a dog or becoming an organ donor, this heartbreaking PSA from Argentina will make you want to do both—because organs save lives and a dog’s loyalty doesn’t end, even if you die and your organs go to someone else. Between that and this beautiful and delicate video about the life of a honey bee cycle, you may be trying to prevent yourself from crying at your desk. As a preventative measure, watch this in-flight safety video Delta Airlines just released that brings back—wait for it—the Dramatic Chipmunk (along with 24 other memes). Maybe now at least some of us will pay enough attention to know how to inflate that vest in the event of an emergency landing. … Read More

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Staff Picks: “Carry That Weight,” Downtown Boys and Julia Roberts on ‘Letterman’

Need a great book to read, album to listen to, or TV show to get hooked on? The Flavorwire team is here to help: in this weekly feature, our editorial staffers recommend the cultural object or experience they’ve enjoyed most in the past seven days. Click through for our picks, and tell us what you’ve been loving in the comments. … Read More

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Personifying Emotions and Universalizing Flags: Links You Need to See

Perhaps it’s best to begin this roundup of cultural tidbits from around the web with the most universal bit of news imaginable: the conceptualization of an “International Flag of Planet Earth.” Such is, perhaps obviously, the idea of a graphic designer (Oskar Pernefeldt) rather than a collective agreement of all Earth’s governments, who’d likely have a harder time falling for this lovely form of idealism than pedestrian readers of the Internet like you or me. According to the project’s website, “The rings are linked to each other, which represents how everything on our planet, directly or indirectly, are linked.” It could, as The Creators Project elaborates, be used when planting a flag on a distant planet, where ideas of nationality are pretty irrelevant, or for issues on our own planet for which nations should be more unitedly active, like global warming.  … Read More

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In Defense of “Indulgent” Art

Recently, I watched Lost in Translation for the first time. (I know, I know.) Lying in my dark bedroom afterwards, flooded with emotion, I pawed through the Internet for more conversation. A couple years ago, on the tenth anniversary of the film’s release, The Daily Beast interviewed Sofia Coppola. The interviewer asked about Lost in Translation’s cult following, and Coppola — who had based the film on her own visits to Tokyo in her 20s — said, “I was just writing these little notes about stuff that happened to me, or what I thought, and I didn’t think anyone was going to be interested, so it’s really a surprise to me that that many people have seen it and that it did as well as it did. I felt like it was really indulgent, so yeah, it was a surprise. And it’s still surprising to me.”

I started thinking about that word, indulgent, which — along with self-indulgent — has come to represent something very, very bad where art is concerned. Why is it, I started to wonder, that we think indulgence, and indulgent art, are worthy of such… Read More

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Flatulent Symphonies, 3D Printed Skin, and Björk’s Crazy DJ Set: Links You Need to See

Today has been filled with musical surprises: firstly, everyone was parsing the Billboard Music Awards for things to GIF and things to grumble about. The event naturally represents music on the more accessible end of the spectrum, and while Britney and Iggy were being Pretty and Taylor’s Blood was being Bad, somewhere far away, a more experimental musical genius was deconstructing his, er, evanescent backend expulsions to show that there’s a classical symphony to just about everything. Meanwhile, Björk straddles the line of those who make off-puttingly corporeal symphonies (she did, after all, once collaborate with Matmos, whose song “California Rhinoplasty” wears its title quite literally) and the more Billboard-friendly mainstream. Last Friday, she did a DJ set at Tri-Angle’s fifth anniversary party in New York, where she played everything from Kate Bush to Death Grips to The Haxan Cloak. She uploaded her whole set earlier, and you can check it out at The Quietus.  … Read More

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Pop Culture’s Fiercest Warrior Women

From her shaved head and war rig to her mechanical arm, Charlize Theron’s Imperator Furiosa in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road has been a high point of the new film. A determined action hero who is resourceful and fierce, Miller’s surprisingly feminist post-apocalyptic tale is a welcome addition to the canon where badass female warriors reign. While Furiosa is become compared to Ellen Ripley from Alien, we’ve rounded up a few other great warrior women to appreciate. Feel free to add your favorite picks, below. … Read More

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