Pop Culture

The Middle Finger Rises and McDonald’s Continues to Fall: Links You Need to See

Now that the U.S. Treasury Department has issued licenses to two companies that plan to start a Havana-Miami ferry route, the time is more ripe than ever to read handy lists like how not to be a douchebag to Cuban-Americans (and by extension, Cubans living in Cuba). Just know before you go. And, if you’re thinking, “Nah, I don’t have a passport. I’m not going anywhere,” there’s also a handy list of how to be a human right at home… Read More

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Staff Picks: Natalie Prass, ‘Silicon Valley”s New Woman Engineer, and Will Ferrell as Harry Caray

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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Predicting the Future and Finding the Past on Wikipedia: Links You Need to See

Ten years ago, you might have imagined that in the future, we’d have flying cars or hover boards — instead of selfie sticks and a panoply of other selfie-enabling devices. If this disparity between projected future and actual future continues to baffle you, take a look at this piece examining the fact that science is just very bad — generally — at predicting the future. On the bright side, this means that perhaps we can avoid any Ex Machina-type situations. Keep moving ahead into the future with this piece on how digital storytelling is reviving the ancient practice of gossip. … Read More

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Celebrating ‘Star Wars’ and Simulating Death: Links You Need To See

You’ve most likely seen someone posting “May the 4th be with you” at some point on some form of social media today. Should you choose to embrace the “4th,” start with these videos of the Star Wars brass burst set to iconic film moments to affirm how Star Wars makes everything better. Of course, it’s hard to discuss Star Wars seriously without mentioning how bad the prequels were, but fans can look forward to the fact that at least J. J. Abrams is thinking about killing Jar Jar Binks. … Read More

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Chernobyl and Its Radiant Creative Culture Lures New Yorkers

It started with a Geiger counter. Just as the Girls tour of Greenpoint generated buzz about that secluded, environmental hazard-plagued, northern nook of Brook, the Chernobyl Diaries tour of Chernobyl has already begun generating excitement and lifting the stigma surrounding the abandoned nuclear power plant and its environs. As they may or may not say in real estate, “it was only a matter of time.” … Read More

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Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea Croon the Virtues of Being Attractive in New Track, “Pretty Girls”

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea have joined blonde forces to release “Pretty Girls,” a glitzy and bouncy new track… Read More

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Faking Your Way Through High Art: Links You Need To See

The success of the Internet has been dependent upon the fact that we all read the Internet to pretend that we know more about all the things that we actually know nothing about. It’s the same as skimming the Times for headlines or, I don’t know, looking at your 2002-era RSS feed for 175 words about something that you don’t care about but that you know will be talked about around the water cooler, or the stapler, or Stacey’s birthday cake that nobody wants to eat while other people are in the room. … Read More

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Urns, Earnings and Christina Ricci’s BQE-Adjacent Apartment: Links You Need to See

Hillary Clinton has her first real competition: Bernie Sanders just announced his candidacy for the Democratic party presidential primaries, and the 73-year-old independent senator said he’s vowed to make fighting income inequality a key tenet of his platform. “What we have seen is that while the average person is working longer hours for lower wages, we have seen a huge increase in income and wealth inequality, which is now reaching obscene levels,” Sanders said. “This is a rigged economy, which works for the rich and the powerful, and is not working for ordinary Americans…You know, this country just does not belong to a handful of billionaires.” Sure, but I wonder how Clinton and Sanders stack against each other in Bing’s #HowOldRobot? … Read More

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Coyotes Run Rampant and Shakespeare Gets Gamified: Links You Need To See

So much of what we see and react to through the screens in our hands and on our desks is based on the Real World — like, the place your feet touch the ground and everything. So, let’s talk about that. Coyotes’ feet are (again) touching the ground in the real world of New York City, believe it or not. It’s funny, the hysterics people exhibit when faced with the possibility of a — gasp! — coyote in their city. This really is the city built as a sanctuary from the real (read: natural) world, I guess. … Read More

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