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20 of the Internet’s Best April Fools’ Day Pranks

Thanks to the limitless possibilities the Internet has given us, today’s April Fool’s jokes are a lot more sophisticated than the ones American Girl Magazine used to suggest (“Put a dime and a safety pin in a box, give it to your friend, and say you got them a diamond pin!”). Tech startups (and, of course, established companies) have become especially big players, as they have the platforms, budgets, and creative minds to make really wacky ideas come to life. Some companies go all-out, like Google, which has at least five different pranks (just in America) on its multitude of channelsOthers, like Uber and TOMS, realize they’re a match made in heaven and combine forces into something beautiful. For your entertainment — and to help you avoid falling for an embarrassing prank — here’s a roundup of the best April Fools’ jokes the Internet has to offer today. … Read More

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The Uncomfortable Gender Politics of “My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection”

Cohabitation: it’s an endless series of compromises, all supposedly worthwhile in the name of true love and cheaper rent. We don’t just share our homes and beds with our spouses and significant others — we also share a lifetime’s worth of possessions, and the obsessions that drive us to amass them. That is, perhaps, one of the basic human truths that made a Tumblr called My Husband’s Stupid Record Collection, in which a woman has set out to review each of the 1500 items in said collection, a viral hit. … Read More

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Is Trigger Warning Mania the Terrifying Future of Activism?

Do you remember what your high-school English teacher said to your class before assigning The Great Gatsby? Did she call it the Great American Novel? Did he urge you to pay attention to the green light? However your teacher introduced the book, I’m guessing it wasn’t like this: “Trigger warning: suicide, domestic abuse, graphic violence.” … Read More

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Scandalous Photos of Shameful Librarian Confessions

It’s easy for book nerds to hold librarians to some godly standard, but the truth is, the part-time superhumans of the literary universe are people just like us. Tumblr Librarian Shaming is an online confessional, which we learned about on Neatorama, that offers a safe space for library workers to dish their dirt. If you’ve always imagined that your local librarian read the classics by candlelight, then your fantasy is about to be shattered. It’s nothing but Doctor Who fanfic and vampire smut for these guilty parties. Prepare to avert your eyes from these shameful librarian confessions. … Read More

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The New Golden Age of Online Book Clubs

As publishing people never tire of repeating, Oprah is the most powerful person in the book world in terms of the sales numbers her endorsements generate. Of course, Oprah isn’t really an author, editor, or publisher, but she tells people to read books, and they listen — lots and lots of them listen. Just look at her two Oprah Book Club 2.0 picks: Cheryl Strayed’s Wild and The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Both books would have done well on their own, but here we are, well over a year after the release of Strayed’s memoir, and the paperback is still making bestseller lists. Mathis, who The New York Times called “just another promising writer” two weeks before Oprah came along and made her the book club pick, has had a similar experience thanks to the blessing of St. Oprah. … Read More

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10 Musicians You Should Be Following on Tumblr

There have been a gazillion things written about Daft Punk and Random Access Memories over the last week or so, but one of the best of them appeared this morning on the Tumblr of Montreal-based musician James Brooks, aka (formerly) as Elite Gymnastics. Brooks’ take on the record is well worth reading, and if you’re not already following him on Tumblr, you really should be. And he’s not the only musician who’s using his blog in a compelling way; here’s a selection of other music makers you should be following on Tumblr. Get to it! … Read More

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Celebrities as Media Critics: How Grimes and Jay-Z Are Dictating Their Own Mythology

If you’re a Grimes fan, you’ve probably already read her fantastic Tumblr post about how she’s tired of the way she’s portrayed in the media. If not, it’s definitely worth a look, because it’s basically everything we love about Claire Boucher — it’s articulate, intelligent, and heartfelt. Given her ambivalence about her Tumblr posts being reported as news, it’s not clear how she’ll feel about the response to the post, which is being reported everywhere. Still, it’s a pretty fine example of how today’s celebrities — for want of a better word — are using their Internet presences to push back in a meaningful manner at how they’re portrayed in the media. … Read More

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Living in a Teenage Dream: Kelley McNutt, Kitty Pryde, and Art’s New Teen-Girl Aesthetic

We are living in the era of the selfie: the average person is more aware of his or her self-presentation than ever before. Almost all of us carry around devices with cameras that will automatically flip to face us. We are constantly clicking through our photos on Facebook, deciding what to keep as part of our personal narrative and what to omit. Though the Internet and technology have made us all much more self-conscious (in the literal sense), they have probably had an even more dramatic effect on teenagers, who already feel like the world is watching their every move. Particularly for teenage girls, who are constantly being bombarded with an infinite set of ideals they are told to simultaneously achieve (be sexy but not too sexy, cool but not too cool, care but don’t care too much), the unblinking eye of the Internet must be a constant source of stress. But the effects of this aren’t all bad: a recent wave of artists, and regular girls online, are using this shift in self-awareness to take control of the narrative and expose the sometimes amazing and sometimes awful experience that is being a “teenage girl.” … Read More

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Funny, Glamorous Face Swaps of Old Hollywood Movie Stars

Even though the new year just kicked off, we’re ready to count Tumblr Old Hollywood Face Swap as one of our favorites of 2013. The website is basically what it sounds like: hilarious, nicely executed face swaps featuring the finest from Hollywood’s Golden Age in vintage, black-and-white loveliness. Once the initial laughter passes, the photos become an interesting lens to view the gender roles of the era. “I try to go for iconic pairings whether real-life, filmic, or in some cases both (Bogie/Bacall, Lucy/Desi, Powell/Loy), but I’m also interested in exploring the less expected. I think the biggest surprise was Rock Hudson and Doris Day. There are obviously many layers to that one in the first place, but I wasn’t prepared for how striking Doris Day’s face would look on his body,” the creator of OHFS tells us. We’d like to add that Marlene Dietrich makes a fabulous drag queen (duh), and Laurence Olivier looks surprisingly comfortable as a woman in his photo. See what we mean in our gallery, and visit Old Hollywood Face Swap for daily amusement. … Read More

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