Jacketman is the low-key superhero we need and deserve


Written by and starring Dan Carlyon, the web series The Adventures of Jacketman gives a voice to all the nerdy would-be superheroes out there. You can find all six episodes of the show's first season on the Jacketman YouTube page. Read the rest

Why you shouldn't be a grammar snob

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The case against grammar snobbery laid out by British data journalist Mona Chalabi. Read the rest

Cats watch bird, dog scares cats


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Here’s a crash course in thermodynamics


Just in case you needed one. Hosted by Dr. Shini Somara, this video is part of Hank and John Green’s Crash Course series. The channel covers not only physics, but also philosophy, literature, economics, history, astronomy, biology, and a ton of other subjects. You can find the whole collection on YouTube. Read the rest

Enjoy 50 years of NASA footage in just four minutes


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Melancholy short film 'Telton 7' explores love in the age of robotics

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My friend Brendan Scannell wrote and stars in this funny, sad, thoughtful short film about love and robots called Telton 7.

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The Captioned Adventures Of George Washington


By pairing classic pictures of George Washington with contemporary captions, the Tumblr LadyHistory turns one of our greatest Founding Fathers into an utterly relatable dude. Only Hamilton has done more to humanize our Colonial icons. Read the rest

”Sexual microaggressions” complicate our understanding of rape


In a great piece for Fusion from last month, Lux Alptraum explores the ways in which the distinctions between rape and consensual sex aren’t always so clear cut in practice. Read the rest

Cher gave the best interview back in 1996


“My mom said to me, ‘You know, sweetheart, one day you should settle down and marry a rich man.’ And I said, ‘Mom, I am a rich man.’” Read the rest

To find Hillary Clinton likable, we must learn to view women as complex beings


Whether you realize it or not, you’ve spent your entire life being trained to empathize with white men. From Odysseus to Walter White, Hamlet to Bruce Wayne, James Bond to the vast majority of biopic protagonists, our art consistently makes the argument that imperfect, even outright villainous, men have an innate core of humanity. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Good art should teach us to empathize with complex people. The problem comes not from the existence of these stories about white men, but from the lack of stories about everyone else.

That’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot during this increasingly insane presidential election season. Particularly as I try to wrap my head around the fact that Hillary Clinton is on one hand the most qualified human being to ever run for president of the United States, and, on the other, one of the most disliked presidential candidates of all time. In fact, Donald Trump is the only candidate who is more disliked than Clinton. And he’s not only overtly racist, sexist, and Islamophobic, but also unfit and unprepared for office. How can these two fundamentally dissimilar politicians possibly be considered bedfellows when it comes to popular opinion?

Gallons of digital ink have been spilled trying to figure out why Clinton struggles so much with likability. But perhaps the problem isn’t with her at all. Maybe it’s with us.

We tend to talk about likability as a black or white issue. But like the old adage, “I don’t know much about art, but I know what I like,” there’s no universal component of likability. Read the rest

A giant moon balloon briefly terrorized China


Strong typhoon winds in Fuzhou, China caused a giant inflatable moon balloon to be blown from its home outside a shopping mall. It was originally part of a Mid-Autumn Moon Festival installation. Read the rest

Finding Dory meets Toy Story: Tom Hanks and Ellen DeGeneres Pixar-Off as Woody and Dory

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This is the best "Pixar-Off" I’ve ever seen. Read the rest

"Edgar Allan Poe’s Murder Mystery Dinner Party" has murder, mayhem, and literary humor


What happens when a socially anxious Edgar Allan Poe and his sarcastic ghost companion Lenore invite their favorite authors over for a murder mystery dinner party? Real murder, of course! At least that’s the premise of Shipwrecked Comedy’s new web series Edgar Allan Poe's Murder Mystery Dinner Party. Read the rest

Watch President Obama become the first U.S. president to visit Laos

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The White House released a video of Barack Obama making history as the first U.S. president to visit Laos. Reflecting on his visit, Obama explains: Read the rest

Here’s how to make a family calendar for kids who can’t read yet


The ladies of WhatsUpMoms always have the best suggestions for parents. And in this new video, Elle Walker talks through the process of creating a family calendar that makes scheduling easy—even for kids too young to read. Read the rest

A surprising way to change the way kids think about gender and jobs


When asked to draw pictures of firefighters, surgeons, and fighter pilots, a group of British grade school children produced 61 pictures of men and only five pictures of women. But a visit from three female professionals helps shift their point of view. Read the rest

Celebrating Michael Collins, 'forgotten astronaut' of Apollo 11


Any true NASA nerd knows that Michael Collins was the third astronaut who joined Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon. But even for those who are already familiar with Collins, this video is still a lovely, poignant tribute to an unsung hero of the space race. Read the rest

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