In Praise of Skull Trumpet, the Internet's Spookiest Meme

Doot-doot! The internet's spookiest meme isn't really spooky at all. Start the video, and a disembodied skull holding a trumpet appears, hovering over a field of black. Without menace, it turns toward you, and the bell of its horn begins to throb. Doot-doot! Skull Trumpet's musical salvo lasts all of two notes, and… » 10/31/14 9:35am 14 minutes ago

The Life Aquatic trailer in the style of Kubrick's The Shining

It's hard to turn an optimistic movie as full of light and absurd humor as Wes Anderson's The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou into a dark horror movie that tells the story of a man turned mad-man in the style of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining—but our video magician Iván Róbert did it. Check it out: » 10/31/14 9:12am 36 minutes ago

A Child's Treasury of This Year's Most Offensive Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! If you're going out in the world tonight, there's a good chance you'll see racist idiots dressed up like racist idiots, because Halloween is racist idiot Christmas: Whether you're at a frat party, a parade, or even a family event, there's bound to be one sad soul in blackface, yellowface, Arabface,… » 10/31/14 9:00am 49 minutes ago

Senator: "White Men in Male-Only Clubs" Will Do Great When I'm President

In a recording leaked to CNN, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham made a great "joke" at an event for an organization that's exclusively made up of white guys. "I'm trying to help you with your tax status. I'm sorry the government's so fucked up. If I get to be president, white men in male-only clubs are going to do… » 10/31/14 8:47am Today 8:47am

Amanda Bynes Roams the Sunset Strip After Release From Psychiatric Hold

Amanda Bynes was released from her psychiatric hold at a Los Angeles hospital yesterday when a hearing officer ruled she was stable enough that she could not be held involuntarily. She left, wandered along Sunset Blvd., and ate diner food by herself. » 10/31/14 8:16am Today 8:16am

Man Who Beheaded His Mother Was Off Meds, Days Away from Doctor Visit

Derek Ward, the Long Island man who beheaded his college professor mother before jumping in front of a train Tuesday night, was apparently scheduled to see a psychiatrist today. His mother Patricia Ward's brother, the Rev. Robert Lubrano, told the New York Daily News that Derek had been off his medication for four… » 10/31/14 8:09am Today 8:09am

Tech Billionaires Wanna Be the Only Billionaires Playing Politics

Silicon Valley's leaders usually do a good job finding things to agree on (regulations: bad; disruption: good; workplace diversity: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯). But when it comes to campaign finance reform, the tech industry can't make up its damn mind. While Bay Area billionaires are financing super PACs focused on getting money out… » 10/30/14 8:01pm Yesterday 8:01pm

Pinterest Engineer Describes Isolation of Being Black In Silicon Valley

USA Today interviewed Justin Edmund, an early employee at Pinterest. The 24-year-old engineer first caught Silicon Valley's attention with a candid personal essay about growing up black, where he said he had "not seen a single technology leader," besides Jack Dorsey "acknowledge the crisis in Ferguson. And why would… » 10/30/14 7:01pm Yesterday 7:01pm

​Thursday Night TV Is Hot on the Trail of Those Celebrity Nude Hackers

You good? You know it's Devil's Night, or what they call Mischief Night in some places where they don't know what it's called. That's the night that you do all the things you would normally do on Hallowe'en, but twice as hard and 24 hours early, because of ADHD and a generalized unrest. If you are in a danger zone for… » 10/30/14 6:13pm Yesterday 6:13pm

Ivy League School Will Offer Class on "Wasting Time on the Internet"

Next year, at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, a group of students will screw around online. Between lectures on thinkers like John Cage and Betty Friedan, they'll be asked to browse the likes of Tumblr or Twitter and hopefully, by they end of the semester, they'll have something meaningful to say about it… » 10/30/14 6:05pm Yesterday 6:05pm

University Bans Soccer Team From Wearing PornHub Jerseys

England's University of Kent has dashed an intramural soccer team's dream of a sponsorship from PornHub, one of the biggest streaming porn sites in the many-tentacled MindGeek empire, and ordered the players to stop wearing their PornHub jerseys immediately. » 10/30/14 5:56pm Yesterday 5:56pm

What's a Manhattan Government Waiting Room Doing in a Brooklyn Garage?

Much has been made of the power of art to take its observer to magical, faraway places. In Northwestern Expansion, an installation currently on view in Park Slope, the artist Corina Reynolds takes an opposite tack, precisely replicating the mundane, fluorescent-lit waiting room of a Manhattan government building. » 10/30/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

This Could Be the Year You Quit Wasting 36,500 Minutes Behind the Wheel

Each year the average American spends 614.14 hours driving a car — almost 26 full days of getting from point A to point B. That's equivalent to watching every episode of Breaking Bad ten times (don't put it past me). As a driver, it's your duty to own this potential, and lots of car companies are already willing to… » 10/30/14 12:00pm Yesterday 12:00pm

A Child's Treasury of This Year's Most Offensive Halloween Costumes

Happy Halloween! If you're going out in the world tonight, there's a good chance you'll see racist idiots dressed up like racist idiots, because Halloween is racist idiot Christmas: Whether you're at a frat party, a parade, or even a family event, there's bound to be one sad soul in blackface, yellowface, Arabface,… » 10/31/14 9:00am 49 minutes ago