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07 Oct 23:39

Baby Crab Stampede Is the Cutest Nightmare You'll Ever See 

by Melissa Cronin

Lovers of crabs, look no further. We’ve got all the crabs you need, right here and right now.


07 Oct 13:53

laurenzuke: life of an artist


life of an artist

08 Oct 03:18

notsotypicalprincess: Cuz everyone needs to see cats in...


Cuz everyone needs to see cats in sweaters.

06 Oct 20:12

Ben Carson Wouldn't Meet UCC Shooting Victims' Families This Time, But "Would Go to the Next One"

by Ashley Feinberg

Earlier today, current non-Trump GOP frontrunner Ben Carson went on Fox and Friends to complain about President Obama’s “politicizing” of the Oregon shooting tragedy. And as with all of Ben Carson’s interviews—he probably would have been better off staying home.


07 Oct 15:03

School District to Pay $600,000 Over Death of Teens Who Were Hypnotized by Principal 

by Taylor Berman

Four years after one of its principals hypnotized dozens of high school students, three of whom died within days, a Florida school district has agreed to pay $600,000 to the deceased teenager’s families.


04 Oct 20:41

culturenlifestyle: Perfectly Timed Photos That Make Dogs Look...


Perfectly Timed Photos That Make Dogs Look Like Giants

h/t: thedodo

02 Oct 22:57

You Don't Pass a Pool Fencing Law After a Child Drowns, Says Jeb, Who Did Just That

by Jay Hathaway

Stuff happens ” was the dumbest and most unfortunate thing Jeb! Bush said Friday in reaction to the mass shooting at an Oregon community college one day earlier, but his fumbling attempt to clean up that mess was nearly as rife with dumbitude and non-fortune.


03 Oct 07:30

animeshittalk: steven-splatooniverse: robowolves: getintherobot: tickatocka: i want someone...






i want someone who’s never seen b99 to explain this screencap

is this live action cowboy bebop


03 Oct 07:34

beesmygod: exexunderscore: I made a pattern for hhd...



I made a pattern for hhd users



04 Oct 23:41

Top 10 sailor Moon Monster of the week

10. Screaming violin woman (093)

9. Pegasus hits the gym (143)

8. WHAT the ACTUAL HELL (151)

7. An 80s stripper who also happens to be a shoe (106)

6. Me (114)

5. The animation department had a lot of extra pink paint (174)

4. An elephant vacuum cleaner, but like in a sexy way (094)

3. My breasts are two small screaming snowmen (038)

2. Ball Family (132, 140, 146)

1. A straight-up, actual volcano (067)

28 Sep 20:00




30 Sep 12:00


01 Oct 23:40

adamthewalker: brendonbigley: Home Free: A game in which you...

01 Oct 02:23

Secret Service Leaked Private Info To Embarrass Oversight Chairman

by Chris Thompson

Here’s the scoop, via the Associate Press: dozens of grumpy Secret Service employees conspired to publicly embarrass the chairman of the House oversight committee in retaliation for his committee’s ongoing investigations into recent Secret Service fuck-ups.


30 Sep 18:24

Twitter Comedian @Fart Trolls HLN, Talks Edward Scissorhands Instead of Edward Snowden

by Taylor Berman

Early this afternoon, noted Twitter comedian Jon Hendren, aka @fart, spoke to HLN anchor Yasmin Vossoughian about the importance of Edward Snowden’s presence on Twitter. The interview went normally enough, until Vossoughiarn asked Hendren if Snowden’s actions were worth the risks he took.

“Well, you know to say he couldn’t harm someone...well, absolutely he could,” Hendren replied. “But I think to cast him out, to make him invalid in society, simply because he has scissors for hands...I mean that’s strange. People didn’t get scared until he started sculpting shrubs into dinosaur shapes and whatnot.”

Undeterred, or simply not listening, Vossoughian plowed forward with the interview, asking Hendren about Snowden’s asylum in Russia.

“Casting him out is just completely wrong,” @fart replied. “We’re treating him like an animal, like someone who should be quarantined and put away. Just because he was created on top of a mountain by Vincent Price, incomplete with scissors for hand and no heart. Edward Scissorhands is a complete hero to me.”

“I mean, where else is he going to go? You know?” he added. “We cast him out. We got scared when he poked a hole in a waterbed with his scissor fingers, and that was unreasonable of us.”

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30 Sep 03:00

Kim Davis' Lawyer: Pope Francis Thanked Kim "for Her Courage" in Secret D.C. Rendezvous

by Ashley Feinberg

According to a lengthy press release put out by Kim Davis’ attorney, the Pope squeezed some time into his busy schedule last week for a one-on-one meeting with everyone’s least favorite (and notably non-Catholic!) county clerk, Kim Davis. During which, the Pope reportedly thanked Kim “for her courage” and told her to “stay strong.”


30 Sep 04:10

Spiteful Yorkshire Terrier Plows Owner's Pickup Truck Into a Lake After Being Put in Timeout

by Tessa Stuart

Who’s a good boy? Definitely not the Yorkshire terrier who recently drove his owner’s pickup truck into a lake after being put in timeout.


26 Sep 20:00

girl scout badges and accomplishments




-blood tithing
-demon hosting
-bearer of the dark crystal
-antagonizing extraterrestrials
-day out on the lake of fire
-grievous injury
-self surgery
-best warcry
-chainmail fashion
-week alone in the woods of eternal night
-malevolent fungus taiming

Pleas dont lie on the internet like this

i was a girl scout for several centuries

28 Sep 18:45

Apple: Drone Strikes Are Offensive, Farts and Poop Are Cool

by Sam Biddle

Apple has for many years attempted to project its incoherent definition of decency onto iPhone users, typically when it comes to sex. But as of today, we know that news about killer drone strikes is too hot for the App Store, too.


23 Sep 20:00

Sex: The Kotaku Review

by Matthew S. Burns on Kotaku, shared by Leah Beckmann to Gawker

NSFW? Unclear, but probably not safe.

If you’re already a fan of Sex—and there are plenty of you out there—you probably don’t need this review. But if you find yourself on the fence about whether to try this much-heralded, much-argued-over activity, pull up a chair! We’ve got a lot to discuss.


24 Sep 17:22




  • Arrow — Episode 8
  • Bates Motel — Episode 2
  • Better Call Saul — Episode 4
  • Bloodline — Episode 4
  • BoJack Horseman — Episode 5
  • Breaking Bad — Episode 2
  • Dexter — Episode 3
  • Gossip Girl — Episode 3
  • Grace & Frankie — Episode 4
  • House of Cards — Episode 3
  • How I Met Your Mother — Episode 8
  • Mad Men — Episode 6
  • Marco Polo — Episode 3
  • Marvel’s Daredevil — Episode 5
  • Once Upon a Time — Episode 6
  • Orange is the New Black — Episode 3
  • Pretty Little Liars — Episode 4
  • Scandal — Episode 2
  • Sense8 — Episode 3
  • Sons of Anarchy — Episode 2
  • Suits — Episode 2
  • The Blacklist — Episode 6
  • The Killing — Episode 2
  • The Walking Dead — Episode 2
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt — Episode 4

It’s never the pilot, so… take that as you will, broadcast television.

23 Sep 16:58

powerjock: coffindude: lightbluesoldier: i fused dwayne...




i fused dwayne johnson and vin diesel (dwin johnsel) together and he looks surprisingly more innocent than his two contributors

this man could never be an action movie star

this man works at verizon

23 Sep 02:30

Federal Judge Unchains "Happy Birthday" Lyrics 

by Sophie Saint Thomas

A federal judge ruled that the lyrics to “Happy Birthday to You” are not protected by copyright, Variety reports.


22 Sep 14:25



21 Sep 18:40

Pizza Rat, Pizza Rat, I Love You

by Jordan Sargent

Rats rarely bring us joy, so let’s take the opportunity to cherish this wonderful video of a little cheesehound dragging a slice of pizza down the steps of the First Avenue L station in Manhattan.


22 Sep 17:00

The Summer of Simulacra: On Grey and Go Set a Watchman

by Andrew Hart on Gawker Review of Books, shared by Jason Parham to Gawker

The Summer of Simulacra: On Grey and Go Set a Watchman

On the day the calendar officially turns to fall, the only thing that needs to be said about the state of the novel is this: E.L. James’s Grey—from that time-honored genre of English letters, the shot-for-shot rewrite of an erotic fanfic of a series of young adult vampire novels—was the book of the summer. Which isn’t to say it’s good.

Quite the opposite; if Grey were a novelization of that movie with Liam Neeson fighting the wolves, it’d probably be a better book. And it’s not to lament the ascendance of trashy books. I understand the fascination with the source material twice removed, Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. I’m just as interested as anyone to see what happens when an impossibly handsome, wealthy, superpower-possessing immortal, who believes that a never-ending life is best spent being a cool kid in high school forever, tells a misunderstood girl that she’s his soulmate and also by the way the most important person in the universe. I have a harder time with the source material once removed, Fifty Shades of Grey, which seems to ask a much less interesting question: what if anything remotely compelling about Twilight was replaced with generic bondage fetishism? But sure, I get it, even without the supernatural element, tied-up hot vampire fanfic is sexy to some folks.

The appeal of Grey is more esoteric to me. (And not just because it asks the least interesting question yet: how does the male protagonist of Fifty Shades—who, in a wonderfully carnate transformation of his immortal counterpart’s forever-prom-king ethos, trains all of his immense wealth, power, and good looks on the vexing problem of “inventing new ways to touch a boob” —feel about touching boobs?) It seems to me that, when you tip up Twilight’s lid and take a peek inside, nothing should be in there, let alone another book, let alone another book with another book inside of it. But sure enough, there’s Grey, like a tiny poop emoji matryoshka-doll nested within two larger ones, the larval offspring of the author’s tedious sensibility and Word’s find-and-replace function, soon to grow into a fully mature pile of shit. And despite not understanding its appeal myself, I understand the forces that propelled Grey to book-of-the-summer heights.

When Grey entered the world, it met a mass audience craving media fashioned in the mode of light beer: irresistibly familiar and smooth on the way down. If you’ve got any doubt, take a look at the wildly successful summer blockbusters (three of the top six films of all time by worldwide box office gross): Furious 7, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Jurassic World. Or check out the announcements for the reboots of Full House, The X-Files, Coach, Twin Peaks, Heroes, Ducktales, The Magic School Bus, etc. Or try to avoid all those lists of pictures of Surge cans paired with Rugrats quotes in your Facebook feed. Grey simply ports the concept to the novel form. It’s a longform listicle; a 576-page-long “14 Things Only Hey Arnold! Fans Will Understand”; a breezy, regurgitative, BuzzFeed-style book, whose primary purpose is to serve as a reminder of, and trade on the emotions you felt while having, your encounter with the original.

In the summer of the simulacrum, Grey was the defining book. The simulacrum is the unreal stand-in. It’s the shadow of past experience that has taken the original’s place. It’s the evil twin who has killed off and is now masquerading as the good one. Simulacra can take the form of derivation after derivation of something that’s pure fluff to begin with. Take Coca-Cola: totally superfluous, serving no particular need, something we want only because we want it. Two levels removed from Coke, there’s its simulacrum: Caffeine-Free Coke Zero, a painstakingly accurate attempt to reproduce the taste of the original with none of its nutritional or medicinal effects. Drinking Caffeine-Free Coke Zero is “almost literally drink[ing] nothing in the guise of something,” and that “something” is itself pure fluff. Grey is the Caffeine-Free Coke Zero to Twilight’s Coke: at two steps removed, nothing masquerading as superfluous something. Grey is the perfect book of this summer.

But a simulacrum isn’t always the product of derivative superfluousness, of fluff all the way down; a yearning to relive a past experience felt deeply and authentically drives a more powerful form. Fossilization replaces organic material with rock, turning the original into a copy of the same dimension and shape but utterly different composition. Time and memory work a similar transformation on your most authentic experiences. “When the real is no longer what it used to be, nostalgia [becomes] its full meaning,” and the mineralized simulacrum replaces the living original; you can never get it back, no matter how hard you try.

It’s this desperate attempt to relive the authentic original that propelled the massive sales of Grey’s successor on bestseller lists: Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. The book’s failure to recapture what made To Kill a Mockingbird resonate with so many people—its failure to serve as simulacrum—is what made it so disappointing to so many people.

It’s not surprising that people would want to relive the experience of reading To Kill a Mockingbird, a book that taught millions of adolescents that homespun goodness stands a chance against crushing injustice. If you’re anything like me, you believed that, if we could all just be something like Atticus Finch, we could transcend evil. And if you’re anything like me, as you get older, what’s going on in the world makes you wonder whether that was, is, or ever will be possible.

I think that’s what’s so troubling about Atticus’s objectionable beliefs in Go Set a Watchman. Fond memories of Atticus—the near-superhero who calmly, stoically, automatically opposed racism because it was the right thing to do—are a connection with the memory of a younger version of yourself and a corresponding worldview in which simple wisdom can solve complex problems. When you’re young, it feels good to learn that Scout—a kid just like you!—can wrap her mind around an issue of such vexing adult complexity just by looking up to her dad.

With these nostalgic feelings at stake, a racist Atticus jeopardizes not just the integrity of the character, but of the place inside of yourself where you go to feel good when the world around you provides no possibility of hope or comfort. A racist Atticus drags the inner youthful idealist kicking and screaming into harsh contemporary reality, when so much is so wrong that it’s easy to question whether we’ve ever made any progress at all. If you were expecting a nostalgia-reinforcing simulacrum, a remix of the familiar feelings from To Kill a Mockingbird—and this summer, why wouldn’t you be?—the book struck a jarringly discordant note.

Thank god. To Kill a Mockingbird did not hold a mirror up to reality. It presents an adolescent fiction. As Harper Lee recognized, but her readers often sadly don’t, the simple fairness of stern fathers will not end the complex injustices of racism. The last thing we need is a simulacrum of a book allowing us a further retreat to that childlike worldview. It’s 2015! After two centuries of slavery, 90 years of Jim Crow, 60 years of separate but equal, and 35 years of racist housing policy, there’s no place for the language of children in our reckoning of this country’s compounding moral debts. It’s high time we kicked down the pillow forts in our minds where we go when we want to remember child narrators telling our child selves that everything is going to be okay. If there’s nowhere inside of ourselves left to retreat, no state of innocence to regress to, maybe we’ll finally go out into the world and figure out how to live in it.

[Image via AP]

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22 Sep 11:12

Volkswagen Admits 'Defeat Device' On 11 Million Engines Worldwide, Sets Aside $7.2B

by Máté Petrány on Jalopnik, shared by Taylor Berman to Gawker

Things just went from catastrophic to apocalyptic as Volkswagen just admitted that the emission test cheating engine management software at the center of the Dieselgate controversy is installed in 11 million Volkswagen Group cars worldwide. They also say they’ll set aside $7.2 billion in just the third quarter to cover this mess.


19 Sep 13:26

d12460n: highdio: NYARE NYARE DAZE





21 Sep 00:12


17 Sep 22:35

Cops Remove 3,714 "Bladed Weapons" From Wacky Sword Lady's Mobile Home

by Hudson Hongo

Swords: Extremely cool. More swords: Even cooler. 3,174 swords: Uh, maybe scale it back a little, actually?