Conspiracy Theories

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Why Courtney Love Lawyered Up Over Kurt Cobain Doc ‘Soaked in Bleach’

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In the last year or so, Kurt Cobain’s suicide and legacy have been discussed even more than usual. Last April marked the 20th anniversary of his death, while this spring saw the release of Brett Morgen’s well-regarded Cobain documentary, Montage of Heck. Morgen’s doc was notable for its unprecedented access to Cobain’s personal archives, as well as family members including Courtney Love, Frances Bean Cobain, and his parents. Though the Love-approved Montage of Heck doesn’t always paint Courtney in the most flattering light, it does honor her relationship with Kurt as something deeply loving yet deeply complicated. It also stands in firm opposition to another recently released documentary about Kurt and Courtney, Soaked in Bleach, which Love is now trying to legally prevent from screening by claiming defamation of character.
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If “R + L = J” Blew Your Mind, Just Watch These Insane ‘Game of Thrones’ Conspiracy Theory Videos

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In the past couple of weeks, n00bs who haven’t been reading A Song of Ice and Fire (and talking about it on Internet forums) since 1997 took notice of a certain fan theory called “R+L=J.” Its thesis — that Jon Snow is actually Lyanna Stark and Rhaegar Targaryen’s kid, not Ned Stark’s — is so well-supported that the theory’s about as controversial as saying Tyrion’s your favorite character. But as we pointed out a few months ago, “R + L = J” is just a tip of the speculative iceberg. An iceberg that’s also home to YouTube user Preston Jacobs, whose theories are among the most comprehensive I’ve seen to date. They’re also completely addictive, and also a little bit batshit.
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10 Bizarre Television Conspiracy Theories

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The world is becoming a strange place for those of us who don’t watch Duck Dynasty and are only vaguely aware of its mere existence; when this viewer first heard the title, I presumed it was some new variation on the Looney Tunes universe, maybe with Daffy and some nephews? I’m now not only fully aware of what Duck Dynasty is, but of the “secret conservative message” of its protagonists’ unruly beards. Yes, we’ve now seen the true sign of the show’s cultural ubiquity: the inevitable conspiracy theories. Many shows have them (some more than others), and since we know how much you love a good pop culture fan theory, here’s a few of the kookier ones that have attached themselves to popular TV… Read More

Was Albert Camus Killed By The KGB?

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In 1960, two years after winning the Nobel prize for literature, French philosopher and author Albert Camus was killed in a freak car accident: Michel Gallimard, his friend and publisher, was driving Camus back to his home in Provence for the Christmas holiday when his car slipped on the icy and slammed into a tree.… Read More

Video of the Day: South African Hipster Runoff

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When Die Antwoord first appeared on the internet scene, the band’s underfed-kid-meets-hipster hairdos and so-dumb-it’s-believable slang set off alarm bells for the authenticity trolls among us. Were they true alt-bros? Or merely art school dropouts posing as “borderline mentally-retarded Poor Children from Ghettos covered in Generic Cheetoes Dust and Meth Crumbs”? Turns out it doesn’t matter, as the trio has been signed to Interscope Records and announced a European-American tour later this year. So very very zef. Check out the semi-demented and thoroughly entertaining video for “Zef Side” after the… Read More

Daily Dose Pick: Deb Sokolow

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Inspired by mob secrets, conspiracy theories, nefarious politicos, and shady neighbors, Deb Sokolow goes in search of truth and justice in our tricky world.

Whether in her artist books or sprawling, site-specific drawings that cover a gallery wall, Sokolow’s paranoid narrator inevitably wanders into the middle of convoluted intrigues. Two inner voices chime in, too (one scribed in red ink, the other in pencil), expressing doubts and questions as the plot thickens.
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Our Netflix Queue Conspiracy Theories

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On Sunday, the New York Times techno-wizards rolled out the latest in their series of enormously cool (and endlessly distracting) interactive features — the Netflix maps. Using data compiled from zip codes and Netflix user queues*, these maps visualize rental patterns in twelve major American cities, adjusting for popularity and critical reception, and providing a nifty way for film snobs to confirm their worst suspicions about neighbors’ movie… Read More