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Away Messages
Away Messages

DMs From Beyond the Grave Are Changing How We Grieve

“When you experience those feelings and memories, it’s a little bit like losing someone all over again.”
Michael Waters
11.28.17
Culture
Culture

​The Game Theory of Thanksgiving

Gratitude can unleash epidemics of altruism. Watch out, or you might be the next to get infected...with NICENESS!
Becky Ferreira
11.21.17
It's a Feeling
It's a Feeling

How ‘Africa’ by Toto Became the Internet’s Favorite Song

Somehow, this cheesy, emotional tune, which turns 35 this year, inspires unironic, almost undivided adoration across the web.
Jessica Furseth
11.21.17
Gaming
Gaming

4 Gamers Explain Why They Make Other Players' Lives a Living Hell

It's a problem as old as video games: Gamers insult, harass and threaten other players—despite the risk of being booted from the game. Four flamers confess why they can't shake the habit.
Dominik Schott
11.16.17
Literally
Literally

How Dictionary Editors Find Meaning in the Age of Internet Speak

Is it the modern lexicographer’s job to protect the English language, or to document it?
Daniel Crown
10.3.17
Meat and Greet
Meat and Greet

Inside the World of the 'Bitcoin Carnivores'

Why a small community of Bitcoin users is eating meat exclusively.
Jordan Pearson
9.29.17
punch it
punch it

How the 'Star Trek' Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV

And yet, it's totally iconic.
Jordan Pearson
9.19.17
Nostalgia
Nostalgia

I Miss My iPod Classic More Than Anything

As Apple kills more iPods, an ode to the 'dumb' MP3 player.
Jordan Pearson
7.28.17
Memes
Memes

Surreal Memes Are the Last Escape the Internet Has

The best part is that they’re about nothing at all.
Louise Matsakis
7.1.17
amazon
amazon

Why Amazon Keeps Pissing Off Indian People

What do these skateboards, flags and vagina ashtrays have in common?
Ankita Rao
6.7.17
When the Drugs Hit
When the Drugs Hit

Stop Policing Psychedelic Science

Researchers make the case for a new, psychedelics-only controlled substance category.
Daniel Oberhaus
6.5.17
When the Drugs Hit
When the Drugs Hit

Taking Acid for the First Time? Read This Vintage Guide

Pro tips from a no-nonsense 1967 manual on what to expect when the stuff kicks in.
Daniel Oberhaus
5.31.17