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Viral ‘Hits’ and Philip K. Dick Pics: Links You Need to See

Broad City‘s second season has been alluring audiences even more than its first, exuberantly expanding the wild world in which it takes place (Gowanus, apparently, at least according to the wisdom of a giant tooth who now has his own Twitter account). This season, Abbi and Ilana have pegged, endured swamp-ass, exploited unpaid labor, cleaned up after rogue exercise balls covered in vomit, and sent perfectly innocent friends into the dangerous territory of Frozen Yogurt fortress “42 Squirts.” But despite their consistently brilliant tackling of risqué topics like fro-yo, co-creator/star Ilana Glazer says, in a new interview with The Daily Dot, “Risk-taking isn’t really on our radar when we’re creating. We just wanted to make the show something we’d want to watch and laugh out loud at.” She also reveals their dream guest-star. Read the interview here.  … Read More

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Staff Picks: Nick Jonas, Alex Calder, and Los Angeles in TV Dramedies

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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Jaw-Droppingly Intricate Crayola Mini-Sculptures of Pop Culture Characters

There aren’t that many totally universal experiences, but it seems safe to say that most of us spent a fair amount of our childhood with a crayon in our hands (or, more accurately, in our hands and our mouths. Just me?). Yet after they’re broken or melted (or eaten!), most of us just throw them away — but not Hoang Tran. This multimedia artist ingeniously carves large crayons into icons of popular culture, with carefully applied melted wax from other crayons adding color accents. It sounds far too time-consuming and delicate for an impatient clod like your correspondent, but Tran’s done a ton of these amazing mini-sculptures, so we’ve picked a few of our favorites; check out the full assortment over at his Tumblr. … Read More

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There’s No Stopping the Snow or the Kink: Links You Need To See

Would you want to know if the people you see on your way to work are kinky or not? Jimmy Kimmel went on a quest to find out about random people’s sexual preferences by asking them a simple question: are you kinky? Right there. On the street. It’s hard to believe this didn’t go horrifically wrong and elicit some form of unwanted flashing or fondling (if there were any incidents, they weren’t shown in the video). Beware: if you’re inexplicably a fan of Disneyworld’s It’s a Small World ride, one of the answers may taint your presumably non-fetishistic enjoyment (that is, unless it was already tainted by that Friends episode where Ross also claims to have had sex on the ride). It must then be asked, could this person be fabricating her story based on a very old Friends episode, or is this an actual thing that happens?  … Read More

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Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Made Coffee: A Barista Weighs In

On Friday, February 13, Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler helped lead his team to a 59-51 victory in the NBA All-Star celebrity game, scoring eight points and snagging 12 rebounds. The next day — Valentine’s Day — he popped into La Colombe Torrefaction‘s new Hudson Square location, brewed his own Haitian coffee in a Chemex, and served it to customers in small, demitasse-sized takeaway cups. As a professional barista, the juxtaposition was surreal to observe, though the results were mostly ordinary.  … Read More

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Motivational Posters From Your Favorite Depressing Philosophers

Since the Werner Herzog motivational poster project we posted earlier this month was such a hit, we figured our readers (and, indeed, the rest of the world) were in the need of more photographs of cute animals adorned with cheerful quotes from modern philosophical luminaries. So, here you go — ten posters with uplifting quotes from noted fonts of inspiration like Jean-Paul Sartre, Søren Kierkegaard, Friedrich Nietszche and more! You’re welcome. … Read More

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Disney’s ‘Cinderella’

This year, Disney’s Cinderella turns 65. The Mouse House will celebrate her birthday with an adaptation of the 1950 film, starring Lily James (Downton Abbey) in the role of the princess. But nothing beats the magic of Disney’s original film and its enchanting animation. To mark this momentous occasion, here are 20 things you might not know about the classic movie about a beautiful young woman, her wicked stepfamily, and the prince who falls in love with her. … Read More

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Like Joy Division? Buy Ian Curtis’ House: Links You Need to See

In the market for a two-bedroom house with a “well-appointed bathroom”? Looking to live on Barton Street in England’s Macclesfield, which some might call an “enviable” location? Do you also have a bicep tattoo of the cover art of Joy Division’s 1977 album, Unknown Pleasures? Has love ever “torn you apart”? Do you have $180,000? Then you should probably buy the late Ian Curtis’ old house, which is now for sale. … Read More

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Joan Didion Makes Crème Caramel and Erotica Becomes Laundry Detergent: Links You Need to See

Since it’s inevitable that this post — as is unavoidably the case with everything on the Internet today — will at some point become bound and gagged by Fifty Shades of Grey-related content, I figure it’s best to start out with something light and easy: why, this delectable crème caramel from Joan Didion’s recipe book will do! Just imagine slipping golden bite by golden bite into your mouth, noting the gooey goodness, velvety freshness, the melting coolness, the stinging astringency, the saline despair, the flavor that’s, as John Banville once wrote in the New York Times, “measured yet distraught, [like] that of a witness who has journeyed, consciously if not willingly, to the heart of private and, more momentously, public horror in order to bring us back the bad news.”  … Read More

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Sorry, Statistics Show That Kanye Was Right: Links You Need to See

These Grammy Awards sure have had some long legs this year, mostly due to Kanye West, who performed twice but did not take home a single award. (Mostly because he was barely nominated.) Anyway, part of what Kanye said about Beck winning, and part of what a lot of people said before the ceremony itself, was that the awards have become “too white.” Which seems like a knee-jerk reaction to a lack of diversity in this year’s nominations, but no: statistics show that popular music has, overall, become less diverse — or, “more white.” … Read More

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