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Conjoined Twins in Pop Culture

Earlier this week, actress Sarah Paulson teased a photo of her character for the upcoming carnival-set installment of American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show. She’ll star as conjoined twin sisters Bette and Dot in the series. Set in Jupiter, Florida at one of the last remaining freak shows of the 1950s, the struggling outsiders are forced to contend with the “evil forces” who do not understand them. It’s fantastic news for fans of the outrageous series (but somewhat bitter for those who wish Daniel Knauf’s Carnivàle was still on the air). Twins of all types have fascinated audiences for centuries, from the mythological figures of history to the vaudeville acts of the 1920s. But there’s something about conjoined twins that remains mysterious and potent for pop culture narratives. Their bodies are meshed, but their stories are unique. Here are eight instances of conjoined twins in pop culture that mesmerized and entertained. … Read More

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14 Awesome Bill Murray Moments

You never know when Bill Murray will randomly show up at your next party. The actor has a penchant for playfully interrupting the social gatherings of strangers before vanishing like the mythical creature of cool that he is. There’s even a website tracking his whereabouts and spoofing his stunts, all of which seem to end with Murray telling a group of shocked strangers, “No one will ever believe you.” There are endless stories about the wryly jovial screen star surprising fans and being awesome, but we’ve gathered 14 of the best Murray moments for your enjoyment. … Read More

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What Growing Up Without Gay Role Models Taught Me About Empathy

I wish I could remember the first gay person I was aware of. My own realization didn’t start to form until I was a teenager, and as someone born in the early ‘80s, there weren’t many gay people on my radar in terms of movie and TV characters. Sure, as an adult I can look back at some of the movies I loved as a kid and see some fairly queer characters, although they’re mostly Disney villains. One doesn’t automatically relate to a fey, evil, slightly British tiger, after all. … Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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Is Someone Purchasing Vice? Links You Need to See

Everyone’s been awed by Vice’s evolution into a legitimate media outlet, and their next potential move may solidify their move towards joining the ranks of the Media Establishment. Find out the details in today’s links: … Read More

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Lil Kim Gave Birth: Links You Need to See

Orange is the New Black cheered up many a person’s weekend, and hopefully today’s links will cheer up a few people’s evenings. Enjoy! … Read More

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Those Love Locks You Adore Might Cause a Bridge to Collapse

Out of the 39 bridges crossing the River Seine in Paris, the Pont des Arts is one of the most striking: steel arches crisscross back and forth, creating a sturdy base for one of Paris’ most iconic pedestrian bridges, a famously romantic location to watch the sunset, have a picnic, or just make out. It has been a pedestrian bridge since 1804, linking the Louvre and the French Institute on each side. … Read More

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Taye Diggs Probably Follows You on Twitter: Links You Need to See

We made it through another week, and how will you be spending the weekend? Seeing that new Tom Cruise blockbuster, eating fast-food Mexican fusion, or DMing with Taye Diggs? … Read More

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The 15 Essential Works About Post-Grad Life

The speeches have been made and the mortarboards thrown in the air, so what now? May is traditionally a month for graduation celebrations, but with the parties over and the starter apartments vacated, we thought we’d put together a list of works that deal with life after frat parties. These movies, books, and comics may not hold the key to navigating your 20s. Still, they’re a nice reminder that people have been struggling with the transition to the real world — and coming out more or less OK — for… Read More

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Staff Picks: Flavorwire’s Favorite Cultural Things This Week

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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