Friday 25th July 2014
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Thursday links

legos on beach

  • The rather amusing story of why Legos  keep washing up on one particular beach in Cornwall, England. (Yahoo)
  • This philanthropist—whose bipolar son was successfully treated for his condition with medication— has just donated $650 million for psychiatric research, which is desperately underfunded in this country.  “I would like to purchase that happy ending for other people,” he was quoted as saying. This makes me cry. (NY Times)
  • My mini-crush on Chris Pratt as just gone maxi. (Time)
  • Ten occasions on which The Simpsons accurately predicted the future. (The Chive)
  • And finally: it’s the first trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey. (Vulture)


Posted on July 24th, 2014 3 Comments

Tuesday links

cardiac wallpaper


  • I am digging this Art Nouveau-style cardiac wallpaper.
  • The New Yorker’s website has removed its paywall for the summer, guys—and that includes its vast archive. Happy Hunting! (New Yorker)
  • This rundown of historical figures with tattoos includes more than a few who knews—like for instance Dorothy Parker, who had a tiny star, the result of a drunken night out. (Mental Floss)
  • Silly-but-amusing slideshow of the day: Famous men with little dogs. (Pajiba)
  • A pop-cultural history of everyone’s favorite summer garment, the caftan. (Collector’s Weekly)
Posted on July 22nd, 2014 5 Comments

Monday links


  • 50 movies with feminist messages, From Nine to Five to Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains. (Flavorwire)
  • A moment of appreciation for what was Elaine Stritch’s brilliant final role: 30 Rock‘s Colleen Donaghy. (EW)
  • Just when I think I’m out, they pull me back in: Homeland, which really lost me last season, has added my House of Cards crush Corey Stoll to the cast. Here’s a first look at the action. (Vulture)
  • It’s the little things. (Laughing Squid)
  • The Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams takes on the Army’s new hairstyle regulations for its black female members, and kills it—per usual. (Altantic Wire)
Posted on July 21st, 2014 4 Comments

Friday links

elaine Stritch

  • Brassy broad for the ages and great talent Elaine Stritch has left our world. Shine on and Godspeed, lady. You were the shit. Also: This. (NY Times, Splitsider)
  • 600 years of slang words for sex. (Mental Floss)
  • OK, this is pretty clever. In a stupendously stupid way. (Laughing Squid)
  • The curious case of the missing First Daughter of Uzbekistan. (Atlantic Wire)
  • Stock photos are the gift that gives and gives. (Jezebel)
Posted on July 18th, 2014 3 Comments

Thursday links


tiki building

  • A deep dive into America’s midcentury love affair with Tiki culture. (Collector’s Weekly)
  • Beautiful pictures of very bad drugs.
  • These declassified complaints from the CIA cafeteria amuse. (Mental Floss)
  • My idea of Hell. (Slate)
  • I so totally loved reading about the real-life people who’ve been immortalized in songs. Who knew that the story behind Pink Floyd’s “Shine on You Crazy Diamond” was so poignant? (NME via Please Kill Me)



Posted on July 17th, 2014 1 Comment

Wednesday links

clash minus

  • These famous album covers—minus deceased band members—are as melancholy as they are arresting.
  • I love how much ex-Times boss Jill Abramson is enjoying her post-fired life. (NY Mag)
  • Possibly the most lunatic telephone customer service experience of all time. (Time)
  • Well, this sucks. (Poynter)
  • The writer who coined the phrase “Manic Pixie Dream Girl” has apologized for that. (Atlantic Wire)
Posted on July 16th, 2014 1 Comment

Tuesday links


  •  This slideshow featuring the 50 most iconic sunglasses of all time is an excellent waste of a minute or so. (The Cut)
  • And yet another roundup: on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, the 25 best romantic comedies since When Harry Met Sally. (Vulture)
  • I’m no expert on parenting, but I’m pretty sure this is a one-way ticket to raising a holy terror . (Jezebel)
  • Really fascinating talk TV show appearances from the old days, including—but not limited to—Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick on The Merv Griffin Show; Fidel Castro on The Ed Sullivan Show; and loopypants Ayn Rand on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. (Mental Floss)
  • Single-topic website-for-anyone-who’s-ever-had-a-father of the day: Nice One Dad. (Nice One Dad via Laughing Squid)
Posted on July 15th, 2014 1 Comment

Monday links


  • Really rather pretty pictures of clothes in laundromat dryers. (Slate)
  • Check out these photos of the biggest private plane ever, which is being sold for about a zillion dollars by the Saudi prince who commissioned it, and then never used it.
  • I think I can safely state that you will not believe what they are now saying can help prevent cancer. (Time)
  • Here are 11 health products for ladies from the 1908 Sears catalogue. I never tire of this sort of thing.
  • And then there were none: RIP Tommy Ramone. (A.V. Club)
Posted on July 14th, 2014 3 Comments

Thursday links

corrigan cover


  • I’m not on board with all 50 of these cult novels (Charles Bukowski—ucch) but it’s definitely a list worth investigating. (Flavorwire)
  • Eyeshadow, blue jeans, and other things from the land of beauty and fashion that have been around lots longer than you may think. (Mental Floss)
  • I am never using a hotel room coffee maker again, and other gross tales from the hospitality industry. (BBC)
  • The Emmy nominations were announced this morning. Here’s the skinny. (NY Mag)
  • And apropos of that: a rundown of the most serious Emmy snubs of all time. (Pajiba)
Posted on July 10th, 2014 11 Comments

Wednesday links

jaws still


Posted on July 9th, 2014 1 Comment