We reread ‘Lord of the Flies,’ and it’s way more sinister than you remember


Ahhh, the simple struggles of childhood: Why can’t you just play all the time? What happens when you argue with a friend? How do you grapple with the existential dilemma that comes with realizing the beast terrorizing humanity was us all along? 

Okay, maybe that last one is a bit extreme, but that’s the core question that the child characters must face in William Golding’s classic tale Lord of the Flies.

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The book follows a group of British school students who crash land on a deserted island, and must survive with no resources or adults, unsure if or when they will be rescued. As kids try to govern themselves, they quickly split into two factions: the orderly students focusing on being found, led by Ralph, and the brutal hunters determined to rule the island, led by Jack.  Read more…

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‘MST3K’ is getting a Twitch marathon, so you won’t see daylight for a week


We’re still basking in the glow of Netflix’s Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival, but if you’re feeling nostalgic for the old series, Twitch has just the ticket.

The social streaming site will host 38 classic episodes of MTS3K in a six-day marathon beginning  June 26 at 11 a.m. PT and ending July 3 on Shout! Factory TV’s new Twitch channel. 

Twitch notes that the six-day event is the most extensive collection of MST3K episodes ever assembled for a marathon, featuring episodes that originally aired on Comedy Central and Sci-Fi Channel from 1989 to 1997.

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A mama bear and her cub take a quick dip to cool down, and it’s adorable


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CNN sent its Supreme Court sketch artist to the off-camera White House press briefing


When life gives you off-camera White House press briefings, make your Supreme Court sketch artist draw them. 

That seems to have been CNN’s thought, anyway. 

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The network sent its Supreme Court sketch artist Bill Hennessy to visit White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s domain on Friday. While he didn’t have his easel to work with, he did a pretty decent job standing up in the back of the room.

The White House has been prohibiting cameras at some press briefings, so we sent a sketch artist https://t.co/FuKv8RjYD2 pic.twitter.com/pCPzMZas5G

— CNN (@CNN) June 23, 2017 Read more…

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The history of Pride


June is LGBTQ Pride month, and cities all over the world are celebrating their true colors with fabulous marches and parades. However, many people forget that Pride’s inception is directly associated with political unrest and violence against LGBTQ people. The history of Pride is riddled with tension and activism. Read more…

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Cartoon Network’s ‘OK K.O.!’ is a unique TV/video game collaboration


OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes is a TV show that isn’t out yet. It has a parallel universe in the form of a video game called OK K.O.! Let’s Play Heroes, which also isn’t out yet. The two are being created contemporaneously — the show by Cartoon Network and the game by Capybara Games — and both mediums are bleeding into each other in interesting ways. 

At E3, I had a chance to watch a few episodes of OK K.O.!, play a bit of the game, and talk with creators on both sides of the fence about how the collaboration between Cartoon Network and Capybara Games separates OK K.O.! from the rest of TV/video game crossovers. Read more…

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Polar bear can’t quite catch her toy ball but we’re all rooting for her


The Oregon Zoo knows you need a video of a polar bear having a blast with a boomer ball, so they pulled through just in time for the weekend.

Nora, the polar bear, became a resident of the Oregon Zoo last September and will be taking her definitely-bearable antics to the Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City come this fall.

Hopefully she’ll finally catch the ball by then. Read more…

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We found a naughty little fidget spinner that’s sure to make you blush


Just when you think every lewd thing imaginable has already been done to a fidget spinner, a new, naughtier invention comes along.

Check out this scintillating addition to the trendy toy we all know and love. These may look like fairly innocent little stick figures, but when you give it a little turn, there’s a very, um, erotic effect. 

Sadly, though, it’s not exactly a fidget spinner you can bring to school or work to keep you calm.  Read more…

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TFW when you’re bored on the train and forgot your phone


If you’re bored during your commute and have nothing to read, have no fear!

We have found a savvy train passenger that can teach you a thing or two about using the resources found in your immediate environment to stay busy during your next ride. Twitter user TropicanaMaia posted these pictures of one nosy rider shamelessly using the his fellow passengers’ phones as his own personal entertainment.

Never have I seen someone so nosy 💀 pic.twitter.com/jKIDAlOZzA

— 🤦🏾‍♀️ (@TropicanaMaia) June 21, 2017

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We have personally not seen anyone more outwardly in other people’s business before in our lives, but he is truly going for it. No matter what position the phone user places themselves in to avoid this guy’s wandering eyes, he finds a way to get in there.  Read more…

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Where Travis Kalanick and Donald Trump meet in the middle: Their supporters


They might not be perfect, but they’re winners.

In 2017, it’s a common refrain. For example: It’s how Donald Trump supporters justify supporting Donald Trump. And it’s also how Travis Kalanick supporters still justify supporting Travis Kalanick.

Let’s be clear: Kalanick is, in form and function, nothing like Trump. Kalanick is a legitimately successful entrepreneur who created a massive company out of thin air. Kalanick’s also got plenty of faults, but he hasn’t been accused of a fraction of the improprieties that Trump has (personally, and professionally). 

They share, however, in a cult of personality among their supporters—as do other tech figures (see: Elon Musk). Their supporters look at these figures and their faults, and see greatness—not just alongside these faults, but because of these faults. Read more…

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