A colorful primer on history’s deadliest colors

TED-Ed offers a brief guide to history’s deadliest colors, from lead white in Ancient Greece to “Paris Green” in the 18th century. Read the rest

Rare “Cyclops goat” born in Assam, India

Though animals born with one eye rarely survive into adulthood, so far this young goat is doing better than expected. Read the rest

Get ready for “the final trip” with the trailer for Orphan Black’s farewell season

It’s time for the Clone Club to say goodbye in Orphan Black's fifth and final season, which debuts on BBC America on June 10. Read the rest

An open letter to Mr. Darcy

Esther Longhurst and Jessica Messenger of the improv group Sense and Spontaneity salute Jane Austen’s number one dreamboat, Fitzwilliam Darcy. Read the rest

What if every human ever born came back to life today?

The YouTube channel RealLifeLore uses the unusual thought experiment, “What if every human ever born came back to life today?” as a springboard for examining world populations, historical life expectancy, and much, much more. Read the rest

The infuriating ways Fox News handles a Trump scandal

Vox’s Carlos Maza breaks down the ways in which Fox News spins Trump scandals and misleads millions of Americans in the process. Read the rest

Golden retriever puppy bravely takes on scary doorstop

The Instagram account GoldenRetrievers shared this adorable footage shot by GoldenLeia.

Alert, there is a DOORSTOP in this house! Tag a friend 😂 By @goldenleia

A post shared by Golden Retrievers (@goldenretrievers) on Dec 3, 2016 at 7:52am PST

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Adorable ducklings learn to jump by copying mom

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On “Kirk drift,” the strange mass cultural misremembering of Captain Kirk

In this really fantastic long-form essay published in the online magazine Strange Horizons, Erin Horáková digs into the weird way William Shatner’s James T. Kirk has been collectively misremembered by popular culture. As she writes:

There is no other way to put this: essentially everything about Popular Consciousness Kirk is bullshit. Kirk, as received through mass culture memory and reflected in its productive imaginary (and subsequent franchise output, including the reboot movies), has little or no basis in Shatner’s performance and the television show as aired. Macho, brash Kirk is a mass hallucination.

Horáková walks through the phenomenon in great detail because, as she notes, “I believe people often rewatch the text or even watch it afresh and cannot see what they are watching through the haze of bullshit that is the received idea of what they’re seeing. You ‘know’ Star Trek before you ever see Star Trek: a ‘naive’ encounter with such a culturally cathected text is almost impossible, and even if you manage it you probably also have strong ideas about that period of history, era of SF, style of television, etc to contend with.”

Horáková goes on to explore the ways in which “Kirk drift” is connected to toxic masculinity, history, culture, and so much more. For instance:

The heterosexism goggles, which derange content via chauvinist interpretive paradigms, become not just inaccurate but horrifying when we look at episodes like “The Gamesters of Triskelion.” How would you read the scene in “Gamesters” where Kirk, terrified (with some reason) Uhura will be sexually assaulted and that he’ll be able to do nothing to help her, seduces his own captor in an effort to protect Uhura and get his people out of this situation if Kirk were a woman?

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Sad (but delightful) animals facts

Artist Brooke Barker uses her Instagram to document both sad animal facts and her delightful sense of humor. You can see some of my favorites below and learn more on her Sad Animal Facts website. Read the rest

How to make Wolverine claws from popsicle sticks

All you need to make these movable Wolverine claws are 15 popsicle sticks, six rubber bands, a piece of paper, and glue. Here’s a second, slightly more terrifying version that uses actual blades:

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Wonder Woman as a symbol of progress

In this new upload, video essayist KaptainKristian explores the history of Wonder Woman as a progressive symbol. Read the rest

Tracing how languages are related to one another

In this video for Mental Floss, linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill share the keys to understanding commonalities between languages.

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Here’s why sloths are so slow

TED-Ed host Kenny Coogan and animator Anton Bogaty offer a crash course on sloth evolution. Interestingly, it turns out we might not have avocados without them. Read the rest

A giant DIY Egg McMuffin

In their quest to celebrate all things junk food, HellthyJunkFood hosts JP Lambiase and Julia Goolia construct a truly supersized Egg McMuffin. Read the rest

How do we know the universe is accelerating?

MinutePhysics explains how to chart the rate of expansion of the universe. Read the rest

The Social Network gets an Honest Trailer

“The world’s smartest film about the world’s dullest premise.” Read the rest

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