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Cosby Rapeseed Portrait Banned from State Fair: "In America, We Call It Canola" 

Artist and programmer Nick Rindo, whose medium of choice is various plant seeds, created a portrait of accused sexual predator Bill Cosby out of canola seeds and submitted it to the Minnesota State Fair. But it didn’t take the fair organizers long to realize that the rape portrait had not fallen far from the rape… » 9/01/15 5:20pm Today 5:20pm

A Typhoon and a Hurricane Are the Same, So Why Do We Call Them Different Names?

A tropical cyclone is an iconic storm that strikes fear (or laughter) in the heart of coastal residents around the world. Most of these low pressure systems over the ocean are weak, but some can grow into monsters. If they’re all the same kind of storm, though, why do we call them different names around the world? » 9/01/15 5:08pm Today 5:08pm

Being Hillary Clinton's Private Spy Was a Full-Time Job

When journalist-turned-Clinton-shill Sidney Blumenthal was blocked by the Obama White House from a full-time job in Hillary Clinton’s State Department, he settled for the next best thing: Constantly spamming Clinton’s secret, private email account. » 9/01/15 5:00pm Today 5:00pm

Men Consume, Women Are Consumed: 15 Thoughts on the Stigma of Sex Work

Last week, federal agents arrested the founder and five staffers of male escort site Rentboy.com. Two days later, GQ published “The Real Life of a Sugar Daddy,” a feature on SeekingArrangement.com’s buyers and sellers of sex. Here, Charlotte Shane, who’s been a sex worker for 11 years and a writer under this name for… » 9/01/15 4:52pm Today 4:52pm

Bruce Springsteen Has Been Shitting on His Biggest Fan Chris Christie Since Time Immemorial

Like the narrator of the Bruce Springsteen classic “I’m Goin’ Down,” Chris Christie just can’t stop lovin’ somebody who doesn’t seem to love him back. Except in Christie’s case, it’s not the dying flame of an old relationship he wants, but the love of Bruce Springsteen himself. Recently unearthed emails show that the… » 9/01/15 4:23pm Today 4:23pm

"Your next article should just be nothing more than a quote from someone else, nothing more"

To: scocca@gawker.com

From: matt mcewen <REDACTED@gmail.com>

Subject: Hey, cool article about nothing.

“Here is an “article” I will “write” that is somebody elses opinion of an authors “writing”. I’ll maybe say a sentence or two after their opinion, and then my Gawker “article” for the day will be done and I can check…

» 9/01/15 3:52pm Today 3:52pm

500 Days of Kristin, Day 219: What Is the Nap Time Workout? 

Sixty-nine days of Kristin ago, Kristin Cavallari made a business decision regarding the Official Kristin Cavallari App for iPhone and Android: She started charging her followers $2.99—per month—to access “exclusive” content on the app. In the intervening weeks, however, she has relented slightly; she’s posted several… » 9/01/15 3:35pm Today 3:35pm

Georgia Cops Shot Homeowner and Killed Dog After Responding to Wrong House

A man who was injured after three DeKalb County police mistakenly responded to his Georgia home Monday night was shot by one of the responding officers, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a statement today. Police also killed the homeowner’s dog and may have seriously wounded a fellow officer.
» 9/01/15 1:32pm Today 1:32pm

Here Is a Good, Correct Reading of What's Bad About Jonathan Franzen

Jonathan Franzen makes it deceptively easy to criticize Jonathan Franzen. Yes, he sounds like a boob when he talks about himself, but that’s not really what’s wrong with him, or not really what’s wrong with his writing, if you are one of the people who has the feeling that there is something wrong with his writing.… » 9/01/15 1:23pm Today 1:23pm

How to Ask Your Partner for Sex So They'll Enthusiastically Say Yes

Let’s get real: couples can start getting lazy initiating sex. Who here hasn’t tried to initiate sex by clumsily groping at their partner, or blurting out, “I guess it’s been a while. Should we do it?” It might feel easier, but it can also feel wildly impersonal. Let’s talk about how to initiate sex in a way that will… » 9/01/15 1:12pm Today 1:12pm

150 High Schoolers Walk Out Over Trans Classmate Using the Girls' Locker Room

Around 150 students at Hillsboro (Mo.) High School walked out of school Monday to protest against a trans classmate using the girls’ locker room during gym class. Thirty or forty students also protested in support of Lila Perry, a Hillsboro senior who has identified as female since age 13 and came out as trans last… » 9/01/15 12:35pm Today 12:35pm