Why Am I Always Defending My HBCU Education to Other Black People?

I was destined to attend a historically black college or university (HBCU) once my parents met at Delaware State decades ago. Fate resulted in a childhood characterized by religious viewings of A Different World. Aside from sending me on an early quest for my real-life Denise Huxtable, the Cosby Show spinoff helped… » 3/27/15 11:30am Today 11:30am

Man Forced to Sell His New House Because Comcast Lied to Him

A software engineer living in Washington state may have no choice but to sell the home he bought last December because, despite repeatedly checking with Comcast before he even considered buying the property, the company just can't (or won't) give him internet service. » 3/27/15 11:20am Today 11:20am

Bad Frats: A Rolling Account of This Year's Fraternity Fuck-Ups


Fraternities in America have spent 2015 more or less acting as if the rules of law and decency do not apply to them. Of course, this is not without reason: for much of the last 200 or so years, our fraternities have been granted a unique pass that has treated their singular incubation of poisonous masculinity as… » 3/27/15 10:55am Today 10:55am

Did Katie Holmes Have a Secret Entrance to Whole Foods in Chelsea?

In the summer of 2012, shortly after she filed divorce papers to dissolve her marriage to Tom Cruise, the actress Katie Holmes moved into a Manhattan apartment building called the Chelsea Mercantile. The prewar building has 354 units, a private garage, and, on the street level, a Whole Foods Market, where Holmes… » 3/27/15 10:43am Today 10:43am

Americans Replace Diet Coke With Even More Unhealthy Soda Preference

Americans, who fancy themselves sophisticated nutrition experts even as they consume a diet increasingly made up of petroleum byproducts, are no longer content to drink just any swill. They now prefer to drink swill that is worse than the previous swill of choice. » 3/27/15 10:07am Today 10:07am

Eva Mendes: I've Said It Before and I'll Say It Again—Fuck Pants

As Eva Mendes desperately tries to sell the Eva Mendes for New York & Company clothing line, which is probably being pitched as "feminine" and "flirty," she must remind you: pants are bad and uncomfortable. Dresses (from the Eva Mendes for New York & Company collection) are great. But pants? No, thank you. » 3/27/15 9:54am Today 9:54am

Germanwings Co-Pilot Andreas Lubitz Was Hiding Medical Condition: Police

Police in Germany reportedly discovered documents indicating that Andreas Lubitz—the co-pilot of the Germanwings plane believed to have been intentionally crashed, killing 150 people—may have been hiding a medical condition from his employers. Investigators also claim to have found a torn up doctor's note excusing him… » 3/27/15 8:33am Today 8:33am

After three decades in Congress, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid announced today he won't be seeking re-election next year. Reid told the New York Times that he's been contemplating retiring "for months," and that his decision was not motivated by injuries sustained in a bizarre exercise accident earlier this year. » 3/27/15 8:01am Today 8:01am

I Paid a UX Expert $100 to Get Drunk and Evaluate Gizmodo's Design

It happened late on Tuesday night. Of course I was working. "Have you seen this?" my colleague Chris Mills texted. He followed up with the link to a site where a rather devilish-looking UX professional promised to get drunk and evaluate the website of your choice. Only $75! I knew I had to do it, and that Gizmodo… » 3/27/15 12:37am Today 12:37am

Don't Be A Statistic: Be Smarter About Protecting Your Passwords

It's embarrassing and a bit terrifying, but it's time to admit an Internet behavior that many are guilty of. Nobody is proud of it, but it's happening in staggering numbers: password laziness. Chances are your password choice is not enough to guard your most important financial information, your clients' documents, or… » 2/18/15 4:00pm 2/18/15 4:00pm