Voters: Just as Shallow as We Thought They Were

Ever since John F. Kennedy trounced Richard Nixon in the first-ever televised presidential debate in 1960, we’ve known that appearance plays a very large role in a political race. For a quick briefer, JFK appeared handsome and relaxed at the debate, leading people who watched the debate to claim that he had won; Nixon appeared […]

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Never Forget: The US Tried To Put A Ring Around Earth To Stop Communism

In 1961 the US government decided that the best way to to stop the rapid advance of communism was to shoot a bunch of really tiny antennas into space to make a metal ring of radio signal around the world. Because if the Soviets tried to cut off our long distance communications we could give […]

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Wikipedia Wars: The 10 Most Controversial Articles on Wikipedia

If the most controversial Wikipedia articles in every language were analyzed, what could we reveal about the world? With a workforce of over 77,000 contributors creating 22 million articles in 285 different languages, Wikipedia, the editable online encyclopedia, is a major force of knowledge. But with so many articles (4 million in English alone) edited […]

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Whatever & Ever Today: DOMA Dies, Davis Filibuster a Success, & Chimps Retire

A win for equal rights, a win for abortion rights, and a win for animal rights.

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Whatever & Ever Today: MTV Is (Kind Of) Back, Kids Would Rather Read The Hunger Games, & More Dumb Rape Remarks From Elected Officials

MTV declares independence or something, kids hate reading at appropriate age levels, and another dumb comment about rape.

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Whatever & Ever Today: Weiner Runs For Mayor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Made a Movie, and The Lonely Island’s “Semicolons”

Weiner announces a comeback, Joseph Gordon-Levitt premieres the trailer for Don Jon, and The Lonely Island try its hand at grammar-rap

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Truth or Spoof: The Pirate Bay Moves to North Korea

The Pirate Bay has been the face and voice of digital piracy since its inception in 2003, and as such the Swedish file-sharing site has faced its fair share of legal woes. Yet they survive, truly living up to their slogan as “the galaxy’s most resilient BitTorrent site” despite multitudinous arrests and raids across Sweden, […]

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What Election Predictions Really Mean

If you asked statistician, sabermetrician, psephologist, and writer Nate Silver who the next president of United States would be, he’d tell you with confidence that right now Barack Obama has an 88 percent chance of winning. His number has nothing to do with personal bias and everything to do with simple math, statistics, and predictive modeling. And it would behoove you to trust Silver, in 2008, the 34-year-old statistician predicted the voting outcome of 49 of 50 states in the presidential race and correctly called all 35 senate races.

Silver has come under fire for his statistical projections he publishes at his blog, FiveThirtyEight, under the New York Times name. His predictions favor President Obama, which conservatives don’t like to see. But most of the anger and confusion about the percentages Silver publishes stem from the general lack of understanding for what statistics actually are.

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How Sports Could Determine Our Next President

Winston Churchill famously said, “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter.” Today, that statement gains some empirical footing thanks to new research from economists who claim to have shown that victories by local football teams on the eve of elections causes an increase in votes for incumbent governors, senators, […]

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Presidential Stand-Up: The Best Romney and Obama Comedy from the Al Smith Charity Dinner

With election season coming to a spectacular end in the coming weeks, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney met on stage at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City for the 67th annual Al Smith white-tie charity dinner. The two presidential candidates took a respite from the campaign to deliver speeches that are essentially […]

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    July 12, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    If you haven’t heard, electroencephalograms (EEGs) have been getting better. Way better. Artificial limbs and even video game controllers are utilizing the non-invasive brain-wave monitoring method to guide computers by thought. Now English startup This Place has developed a way to bring the technology to Google Glass, allowing Google’s wearable to read your mind. Well, […]

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    Within the cultural centers of the world lurks a mechanical beast draped in silver spinning madly and capturing everything, sometimes even itself. In 2011 Google created the Art Project, an initiative to bring their Street View technology inside the cultural epicenters of the world. Google enlisted 17 world-class museums in short time. Institutions such as […]

  • Purple Mountunes Majesty: The Most Patriotic Playlist
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    A while ago, Paul Lamere of The Echo Nest, a music-analysis company, took to finding each state’s most distinctive, yet popular, artist in a viral article. Spotify took note, purchasing Echo Nest for their analytical talent. Together, they’ve released a blog post documenting each state’s most distinctively American song creating a patriotic playlist for the […]

  • Emojinealogy: Where the Heck Emojis Come From
    July 2, 2014 | 3:10 pm

    On June 16th, the Unicode Consortium announced that 250 new emoji would be added to the list of symbols available to people’s cellphones and computer devices. The list of the new symbols can be found on Emojipedia. And no, the list doesn’t include the much needed minority representation, but it does include your favorite (?) […]

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Mall
    June 24, 2014 | 9:07 pm

    For ages, the shopping mall was as essential to the architecture of suburbia as Levittowns and freeways. But in an era of online shopping, these epicenters of brick and mortar yesteryear are quietly being abandoned across the country. While the U.S. currently has around 1,500, the number may soon shrink, and rapidly, leading to abandoned […]

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