James Franco Creeps, Cuba “Tweets,” and Lulz No More

By Hazlitt
A supercut of Veep’s Selina Meyer doing what she does best: awkwardly greeting the common folk

What if the U.S. orchestrated a fake social network to incite unrest in Cuba? What if.

Gawker’s new editor Max Read is not putting up with your strikethrough jokes, your “OMGs,” your “lulz,” or your use of the word “massive.” Ever

Be nicer to your moms, New York Times. 

“Instead of being a dude who makes the decisions he wants to make, a guy in control of his public image (which is why his Internet presence is alternately charming and mundane), he’s just a creepy dude, liable to throw a girl under the bus.” Elisabeth Donnelly on James Franco losing control of his public narrative

Infamous Human Skin Book revealed to be common Farm Animal Skin Book.

“The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became.” The state of sex-ed in Mississippi.

One unsung casualty of the ever-changing Internet? Websites aren’t fun to build anymore.

Wait a second, they put makeup … whereOn a man?! Ha ha, well, now I’ve heard of everything!

“What we’ve done is put forth a strong case for an ocean.” On Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn, is “a sea of water the size of Lake Superior,” making the moon “the most promising place to look for life elsewhere in the solar system, even more than Mars.”

Admittedly, this could be true.  


‘Rob Ford Arrests’ is a Poor Metric for Success
Deep breaths, everyone. After the Toronto Star reported yesterday the Ontario Provincial Police were walking away from their oversight of the investigation into Rob Ford, my Twitter feed was filled with wailing that ran the spectrum from outraged to outraged and horrified. By the afternoon, we were hearing reports that charges were unlikely to be laid against Ford in the Brazen 2 investigation. Then we were whipsawed again when Toronto Police were all like, nuh-uh, the investigation is still totally ongoing. So, like I said: deep breaths.


Seeing People Praised Makes Us Envy and Hate Them
Read through enough social studies experiments and your view of humanity inevitably grows more jaundiced. We all know our species has its foibles and shortcomings, but modern researchers have found ways to tease apart each shameful emotion—honing in on the specific biological mechanisms that make us jerks, cataloguing and quantifying our base nature. A tumor is awful from a distance, as a generality. Zoom in closer, perform a few studies, and you confront the cells in all their uniquely horrific, malignant glory. Take flattery. Academics define it as “lavish praise that is offered in an ingratiation setting”—a nice compliment when the person giving it may have something to gain. A closer look, though, reveals that a complex series of emotions, most of them unsightly, bubble to the surface whenever someone says a kind word about another human being.