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The Contemporary Relevance of the 'Green Book'  The Contemporary Relevance of the 'Green Book' 

November brings the premiere of The Green Book, starring Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, about an African American pianist who hires a rough-around-edges Italian American driver for a tour of the segregated deep South. It’s a good moment to think about the real “Green Book,” a guide for black travelers from which…

Graffiti About Somebody's Pompeiian Pig-Out May Rewrite the City's History  Graffiti About Somebody's Pompeiian Pig-Out May Rewrite the City's History 

Archeologists may have just discovered that the destruction of Pompeii happened at an entirely different time than they previously thought, thanks to some graffiti about somebody eating too much.

On National Pasta Day, Eat Some Zoodles Instead 

Today is National Pasta Day, and—inspired by the example of Her Majesty the pasta-banning Queen Elizabeth II —I come to you with the zeal of the newly converted to encourage you all to eat zoodles instead.

Something Is Wrong in This House: How Bluebeard Became the Definitive Fairy Tale of Our Era Something Is Wrong in This House: How Bluebeard Became the Definitive Fairy Tale of Our Era

A door that locks without anyone touching it, rendering escape impossible. A large man who overpowers, beast-like. A man wears a mask of virtue that he removes behind closed doors. These striking and grotesque images could have sprung from fairy tales, but they didn’t—they’re from real testimonies by real women, over…

A Brief History of 'National Boss Day,' Which Somehow Really Exists  A Brief History of 'National Boss Day,' Which Somehow Really Exists 

Today is “National Boss Day,” the most ridiculous fake holiday that exists.

Pretty Sure This Koala Is an Anti-Monarchist Pretty Sure This Koala Is an Anti-Monarchist

In 1999, Australia held a referendum on whether to become a republic, deciding whether to chuck out Queen Elizabeth II as their technical head of state in favor of an elected official. It failed, but the country is chugging along toward another try. And I know how this koala will be voting!

Cracker Barrel Recalls 'Driftwood Pineapple' Due to Risk of Injury  Cracker Barrel Recalls 'Driftwood Pineapple' Due to Risk of Injury 

Did you buy a decorative pineapple made of driftwood and galvanized metal at Cracker Barrel between June 6 and August 4? If so, you have brought danger into your home. Danger!!!

This Scarf Looks Familiar, But I Just Can't Think Why  This Scarf Looks Familiar, But I Just Can't Think Why 

Something about this Fendi scarf is familiar, but I can’t place why. What could it be?

Meghan Markle Is Pregnant  Meghan Markle Is Pregnant 

Good morning! Meghan Markle is pregnant. It’s official, it’s confirmed, and they’re past the three-month mark.

It's Friday So Watch These Elephants Smash Some Pumpkins 

It’s not merely a Friday—it’s specifically a Friday in October, which means that it is pumpkin time. If you don’t have any pumpkins in or around your house, you better get some. So say these elephants, seen in this video absolutely wrecking some massive gourds.

A Brief History of Hollywood Fame, via A Star Is Born

There is nothing Hollywood loves more than working through its complex relationship to the very notion of fame. And in A Star Is Born, Hollywood tries on a theory borrowed from one of its own founding genres, the Western, rendering fame as a kind of Manifest Destiny.

Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding, Reviewed As Part of the TLC Wedding Canon  Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding, Reviewed As Part of the TLC Wedding Canon 

The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was a massive, international media event that garnered top-tier news coverage from around the world. It was a story presumed to be of general interest. The wedding of Harry’s cousin, Princess Eugenie, is a little different.

These Vintage Food Propaganda Posters Will Make You Look Differently at Your Lunch  These Vintage Food Propaganda Posters Will Make You Look Differently at Your Lunch 

The folks at AbeBooks put have together a fascinating Flickr album of vintage propaganda posters specifically related to food. It might look like a great source of images for ironic kitchen decor, but it’s really a fascinating and sometimes unsettling chronicle of how various governments tried to influence public…

Hey, Witches: John Proctor's House Is For Sale  Hey, Witches: John Proctor's House Is For Sale 

Just in time for Halloween, the home of John Proctor—who was hanged after being convicted during the infamous Salem Witch Trials, and became the protagonist of The Crucible—is up for sale.

Somebody Thinks It's a Good Idea to Reboot Mr. Mom In 2018 Ha Ha Ha 

Vudu, the streaming service owned by Walmart, is turning the 1983 comedy Mr. Mom into a digital series. Sorry, I have to go climb all the way inside a diaper pail and close the lid for a quick moment to center myself; I’ll be right back.

Another of the Famous 'Seven Sisters' of Women's Magazines Slips Out of Print  Another of the Famous 'Seven Sisters' of Women's Magazines Slips Out of Print 

As part of a big restructuring today at Hearst, the company quietly announced that after January 2019, Redbook will become an “online-only destination.” This brings the number of original “seven sisters” women’s service magazines still appearing in print down to four.

18th Century Doodle of a Pants-Wearing Chicken Proves Teens Are Eternal  18th Century Doodle of a Pants-Wearing Chicken Proves Teens Are Eternal 

More than two centuries ago, a teenaged boy, presumably very bored, doodled a chicken wearing pants in his math notebook. Sometimes the past feels so real you could almost reach out and touch it, or perhaps throw a crumbled paper ball at it behind the teacher’s back.

Rape and Murder of Bulgarian Journalist Raises Questions of Press Freedom, Violence Against Women  Rape and Murder of Bulgarian Journalist Raises Questions of Press Freedom, Violence Against Women 

Bulgarian authorities say that the rape and murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova don’t appear to be related to her work, despite international concerns about rising dangers for reporters working to uncover corruption.

Do NOT Bring Your Cell Phone to Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding  Do NOT Bring Your Cell Phone to Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding 

Guests at the royal wedding of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank will be asked to hand their phones over before entering. Also, don’t bring a gift. Why you would bring a gift to an 850-person party in the first place, I don’t know.

Fox News Movie Starring Nicole Kidman Dropped by Studio Right Before Production Fox News Movie Starring Nicole Kidman Dropped by Studio Right Before Production

A big Hollywood project about the downfall of Roger Ailes—with a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Margot Robbie has been dropped by its studio, Annapurna Pictures, just before production was set to start.

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