Trump, Russia And A Shadowy Business Partnership


An insider describes the Bayrock Group, its links to the Trump family and its mysterious access to funds. It isn't pretty.





How Letterpress Printing Came Back From The Dead


Digital methods are reinventing Gutenberg's signature press as the darling of the DIY world.





Stop Making 'Watchmen' Adaptations


With rumblings of a television adaptation on the horizon, it's a good time to revisit the shady deal DC struck with creator Alan Moore.





Microsoft Says 'No Known Ransomware' Runs On Windows 10 S — So We Tried To Hack It


We wanted to see if such a bold claim could hold up. Spoiler alert: it didn't.





Huge Whale Breaches Just Inches From Fishermen


We'd like to think we'd have something eloquent to say after this happened, but these guys' "holy shit, holy shit, holy shit" seems about right.





Bras Are Terrible


If you love taking your bra off so much, why ever put it on?





The Tragedy Of FireWire


The rise and fall of FireWire is one of the most tragic tales in the history of computer technology. The standard was forged in the fires of collaboration — and then Apple killed it.





What To Do When A Celebrity Rips You Off


Lawyer Julie Zerbo on how designers can protect themselves from copycats.





SpaceX Successfully Lands A Reused Rocket On An Ocean Barge


Reused rocket? Check. Landing on a floating barge rather than on solid ground? Check. SpaceX had itself a good day.





He Runs The VA. He Soothes Trump. He Is: The Most Interesting Doctor In The World


By most accounts, Dr. David J. Shulkin, the secretary of veterans affairs, is a reasonable man thrust into an impossible situation.





North Korea Defectors Find Unlikely Haven In London Suburb


"My big brother is currently in prison in North Korea and he's not getting released any time soon. The reason he is in prison is because of us fleeing the country."





Amazon Dreams Of Putting A Giant Drone Beehive In Your City


Patents don't mean anything right up until the moment that they mean everything, so take it as read that none of this could happen. Amazon has, however, registered a patent for a concept that it's calling a "Multi-Level Fulfillment Center for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles."





Using A Touchscreen For The First Time After Decades In Prison


Since I've been caged for over 20 years myself, I had nothing to bring to the table. The closest I'd ever come to something like this was seeing computers on TV.





The Best New Recipes From Around The Web To Cook This Weekend


This week's best recipes include green pancakes, homemade boba and a surprisingly unsweet carrot cake.





Here's Why People Are Arguing Over A Trailer For A Netflix Movie About Anorexia


The trailer for "To The Bone" has set off a disagreement about whether the film glamorizes eating disorders or sheds needed light on the reality of anorexia. Here's what to know.





Lawyer Refuses To Answer Police's Questions During Traffic Stop, Gets Arrested


The woman was let go after a police supervisor watched the dash cam footage and realized what had happened. She's now suing the police department.





It's Amazing How Prescient A 1979 Computer Store Manager Was About The Future We're Living Now


Back in 1979, a computer store manager was eerily spot-on about his thoughts on the future of technology, including how computers would make certain jobs obsolete. We're still waiting on his prediction of a three-day work week though.





What It's Like To Fly In A B-17 Flying Fortress


My father flew a B-17 Flying Fortress during WWII. Now it's my turn.





Why Is The Internet So Slow?


What if the Internet worked at the speed of light? Ignoring the technical challenges and cost of designing for that goal for the moment, let us briefly think about its implications.





The Death Of The Electric Guitar


Fifty years ago, everyone wanted to be a guitar god. But in the past decade, electric guitar sales have plummeted, from about 1.5 million sold annually to just over 1 million.





A Tokyo Full Of Spastic Rubber Bodied Humans Has Us Equal Parts Enthralled And Disconcerted


We humbly welcome the return of these strange peoples that only could only arise from our nonsensically deviant internet.





The Tsunami Warning Stones Of Japan


After the tsunami in 2011, one of the most ominous details revealed about the coast where it struck, for those of us not familiar with the region, was that a series of warning stones stand there overlooking the sea, carved with sayings such as, "Do not build your homes below this point!"





Where Are America's Real Arts Capitals?


Big coastal cities might have iconic, profitable, and well-funded scenes. But the economic impact of the cultural sector can be larger in some surprising places.





Trump Appears To Say He Made Up Tapes To Influence Comey's Testimony, And Other Trump News From Friday


Trump, the brilliant tactician, admits to Fox News that the tapes, which do not exist, were meant to force Comey to be honest in his congressional testimony, in which, according to Trump, he lied under oath.





These Smart Girls Are Here To Debunk Anti-Vaxxer Nonsense


A group of impressive 8th graders from The Nueva School's Science Rap Academy researched, wrote, sang, and shot this video that should put all anti-vaccine arguments to bed.





Using Mormon Family Trees To Uncover A Hidden Killer


By searching the church's famed family trees, scientists have tracked down a cancer-causing gene that came west with a pioneer couple — just in time to save the lives of their great-great-great-great grandchildren.





Obama's Secret Struggle To Punish Russia For Putin's Election Assault


In political terms, Russia's interference was the crime of the century, an unprecedented and largely successful destabilizing attack on American democracy.





The Japanese Monks Who Spend 1,000 Days Completing One Of The Hardest Endurance Tests In The World


The monks of Mount Hiei Japan perform the seven-year pilgrimage of Kaihōgyō where they must walk endlessly. Traditionally, any monk unable to complete it must take his own life.





I Pulled 30 Years Of Weather Data To Calculate The Perfect Wedding Date


I am insufferable.





Why Are Bird Eggs Egg-Shaped?


A new study points to a surprising reason for the varied shape of bird eggs — and shows that most eggs aren’t actually egg-shaped.





Highway Road Rage Incident Escalates Extremely Quickly


Luckily, nobody suffered worse than moderate injuries after a pair of idiots got into it on the highway in Santa Clarita, California.





How To Form A Cult, And More Of The Best Long Reads Of The Week


This week's best long reads include an explanation of how cults work, a devastating account of abuse and a fascinating look at medicine in North Korea.





Google Begins Removing Private Medical Records From Search Results


Scrubbing medical records from search should help limit the damage caused by leaks, hacks and errors by medical institutions.





The Oral History Of 'Wedding Crashers'


"How does it feel having worked on this generation’s 'Animal House'?"





On a Wonderful, Beautiful, Almost Failed Sentence By Virginia Woolf


A close reading of the opening lines to an iconic essay, "On Being Ill."





Zola The Aggressively Dancing Gorilla Is The Most Delightful Thing We've Seen In A While


We can't really find the words to describe this video of Zola the gorilla dancing like a maniac at the Dallas Zoo, so just go ahead and watch.





Is Netflix's 'GLOW' Any Good? Here's What The Reviews Say


Starring Alison Brie and Marc Maron, "GLOW" aims to twist a schlocky concept into a fictionalized blend of smart humor, social commentary and ring-worthy wrestling antics. Here's what the reviews have to say.





It Took Just 81 Days For This Chip Maker To Die After Apple Dropped It


When a firm makes a living in the shadow of giants, there is always the danger of being crushed.





A College Student Accused A Powerful Man Of Rape — And Became A Suspect


When an Alabama college student told the police she was sexually assaulted, she did everything she thought she was supposed to do. She ended up killing herself.





San Francisco Is Burning


A series of strange and unsettling fires in the Mission District have people wondering: Are the city’s landlords using arson to drive out low-income tenants? And is this the deadly endgame of gentrification and tech-boom greed?





Chiropractors Aren't Real Doctors, And Other Facts


Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most important facts from the past few days. This week: North Korean propaganda machine knows Photoshop, chiropractors are bad and planes can't fly in heat.





Chiropractors Aren't Real Doctors, And Other Facts


Welcome to What We Learned This Week, a digest of the most important facts from the past few days. This week: North Korean propaganda machine knows Photoshop, chiropractors are bad and planes can't fly in heat.





Millennials Most Likely To Trade Booze For Bud


With cannabis becoming more mainstream, a growing number of people (mainly millennials) are substituting alcohol for weed.





A 1985 Video Of Skiers Hating On The New Sport Of Snowboarding


They're a buncha smart alecks they are.





The Long Death Of A Failed Ballplayer


This story originally appeared in the August, 1980 issue of Inside Sports and appears here with permission.

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Guy Comes Home To Find House Ransacked, Starts Filming The Damage... And Discovers The Burglar Sleeping In His Bed


Jeff Holbrook probably wasn't expecting to come home to find his house in shambles, and he definitely wasn't expecting to find the culprit taking a nap.





An Offensively Easy Way To Keep Your Tomatoes Fresh For Longer


All we had to do was turn them upside down? Is this some cruel joke?





Insane Footage Of A Propane Tank Explosion Throwing Firefighters On Their Backs


Police and firefighters in Maine were responding to a fire near a home when suddenly a burst of air and flame came hurtling toward them. No one was seriously injured.





Chiropractors Are Bullshit


You shouldn't trust them with your spine or any other part of your health.





The Richest Person In Every State


If you're looking to make a quick buck (or a billion), consider going into finance or starting a multinational retail super company.





The Richest Person In Every State


If you're looking to make a quick buck (or a billion), consider going into finance or starting a multinational retail super company.





The Best A/C Units You Can Buy On Amazon


If you’re (already) tired of living in the humid hellscape that is your air conditionless home, invest in an A/C unit. Because no, those extra fans are not going to cut it.





Why Your Brain Hates Other People


Humans universally make Us/Them dichotomies along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, language group, religion, age, socioeconomic status, and so on. And it’s not a pretty picture.





What Would Happen If You Never Used An Alarm Clock?


For a large majority of us, waking up to an alarm is the norm not the exception. But what if the opposite was true? What would happen if we let our bodies dictate when we wake up, and not the machines?





All The Crazy Shit I’ve Seen As A Bachelor Party Stripper


The night looks very different through a stripper’s eyes.





The 'Dog Photographer Of The Year' Contest Announced Its Winners, And They're Amazing


With categories like "Dogs at Play," "Oldies," "Puppies" and "Man's Best Friend," this might be the most wholesome and good photo contest we've ever seen.





Why You Shouldn't Run Your Car Low On Gas


Sometimes it’s tempting to try to eke out as many miles from your tank of gas as possible. But you shouldn’t do it.





A Spectacular Photo Of The Curiosity Rover Taken From The Mars Orbiter


While we've seen seen selfies taken by the rover, we've never seen something like this.





This Military-Grade Tactical Flashlight May Be the Last Light You'll Ever Need


A powerful, rugged flashlight for an unbeatable price.





The Ways Kermit Washington Was Made And Unmade


This piece originally appeared in the December 1981 issue of Inside Sports. It also appeared in The Breaks Of The Game, and it reprinted here with permission.

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Earl Manigault Flew High And Fell Hard


This feature first appeared in Sport magazine and appears here with the author’s permission.

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Carl Yastrzemski's Silent Summer


This piece was originally published in the October 30, 1978 of the New Times. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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What Broke Donnie Moore?


This piece was originally published in the February, 1990 issue of GQ. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.

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Marvin Gaye's Abiding Unrest


This piece was first published in May 8, 1984 issue of the The Village Voice. It is also included in Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z, edited by Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar.

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Claressa Shields Is The Real Million Dollar Baby 


From the new anthology, Bittersweet Science, edited by Carlo Rotella and Michael Ezra.

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Yes, Please


This looks like a movie for us. 

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Richard Price’s Third Act


This piece originally appeared in the June 1992 issue of Vanity Fair. It is republished here with the author’s permission.

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The Day The War Came For Muhammad Ali


The following is excerpted from Leigh Montville’s new book, Sting Like a Bee: Muhammad Ali vs. The United States of America, 1966-71.

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“Hello, This is Madonna. May I Speak to Steve?”


I love anthologies of magazine journalism but you don’t see them published much these days and that’s a damn shame. Safe to say everyone around these parts is grateful to the university presses for keeping the fine tradition alive. We have Mercer University Press to thank for A Man’s World, an entertaining new…

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Herschel Walker Doesn’t Tap Out 


This article was originally published in the December 2011 issue of Playboy and is featured in Oney’s new anthology, A Man’s World. It appears here with the author’s permission. 

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The End Of Pete Maravich, A Prisoner Of His Own Skills


This article originally appeared in the premiere issue of Inside Sports (April, 1980) and appears here with permission from the author’s estate.

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Cool Old Movie Review: Pauline Kael On Tampopo


This review originally appeared in the New Yorker and appears here with permission from the author’s estate. And be sure to cop the new Blu-ray edition of Tampopo from the Criterion Collection.   

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The Coach I Never Forgot


Sheik Caputo never saw Paris or the Pyramids, but he did make it to New York for the 1956 World Series, and that was as far as he ever wanted to travel. The Series was one of those sustaining events, like outrunning his son when 50 was on the horizon and the kid could fly. It gave him faith even though he was about as…

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Charles Barkley Was Always A Pundit


Originally published in the November, 1994 issue of GQ, this story appears here with the author’s permission.

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The Gospel According To Bill Hicks 


Originally published as “The Gospel According to Hicks” in the September, 1994 issue of GQ, this profile appears here with the author’s permission.

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An Opening Day Medley Of Great Baseball Stories


To celebrate Opening Day, dig into our trove of profiles of some of the game’s most enduring characters—from Ty Cobb and Pete Reiser to Doc Ellis and Steve Carlton.

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I Called Him Morgan 


....Is not to be missed.

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There Was No Escaping Ted Williams


This piece, originally published as “The World’s Richest Problem Child” in Newsweek, is featured in The John Lardner Reader: A Press Box Legend’s Classic Sportswriting, and appears here with permission from the author’s estate.

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James Baldwin Was An Honest Man And A Good Writer


This article was originally featured in the August 1988 issue of GQ and appears here with the author’s permission.

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If You Have A WordPress Website, You Should Read This


Digital readers have thimble-sized attention spans. So, if your website is running at anything less than a full sprint, kiss your traffic (and revenue) goodbye. Here are 15 tips to make sure your WordPress site is running as fast as possible.





The Gifts Jimmy Breslin Gave Me


It is hard to realize just how far away New York is by every conceivable measure unless you are in Salt Lake City when you are introduced to the world Jimmy Breslin populated with characters, con men and crusaders. I felt the sense of distance for the first time more than half a century ago, and it came back to me in…

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Jimmy Breslin Was New York City


Legendary New York City newspaper columnist Jimmy Breslin died on Sunday at the age of 88. This profile originally appeared in the November, 1987 issue of GQ and appears here with permission from the author.

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J.B. Number One 


Jimmy Breslin is dead at the age of 88. Dan Barry has a fine obituary in the Times:

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Hunter S. Thompson's Kentucky Derby Classic Makes An Awesome Poster


The Kentucky Derby is this Saturday, so it's about time for an annual re-read of Hunter S. Thompson's The Kentucky Derby is Decadent and Depraved. And to go with it, this wonderful print, portraying characters, locations, and even nebulous concepts, all as jockey silks. Do want.

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