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Enjoy the story behind the wildly expensive, soon-to-be-extinct Jurassic Park ride Enjoy the story behind the wildly expensive, soon-to-be-extinct Jurassic Park ride

It costs a lot of money to bring dinosaurs back to life. From crafting the digital and practical effects that make their claws, teeth, and scaly hides believable to hiring the actors capable of reacting to green screens and puppets with professionally feigned terror, vast sums have gone into making the five Jurassic…

People on Twitter declare brief ceasefire to share their "tips for success" People on Twitter declare brief ceasefire to share their "tips for success"

Twitter typically fights among itself, users dunking on users dunking on users in an ouroboros of social-media frustration and anger. Sometimes this is justified; sometimes it isn’t. But one thing always remains true within its never-ending, tersely worded battlefield: the only way to unite Twitter—to accomplish a…

Jerry Seinfeld gets roasted, Cardi B gets praised on Between Two Ferns

It’s been a while since Zach Galifianakis has graced us with a new episode of his mock interview show, Between Two Ferns. But now, after winning an actual humanitarian award for the Funny Or Die series’ Barack Obama interview, Galifianakis is back to make fun of Jerry Seinfeld with a little help from Cardi B and Wayne…

It's 3 p.m., let's watch Aaron Paul go nuts on The Price Is Right It's 3 p.m., let's watch Aaron Paul go nuts on The Price Is Right

It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of YouTube.

Your attention, please: The Minnesota skyscraper raccoon is safe  Your attention, please: The Minnesota skyscraper raccoon is safe 

The public held its breath yesterday as news broke of the most momentous event in recent memory—one whose outcome would forever change our world. It had nothing to do with international diplomacy in Singapore, or the escalating trade war that could reshape North America’s economies. It was, instead, the story of a…

Watch a roomful of kids lose their shit over a surprise Donald Glover performance Watch a roomful of kids lose their shit over a surprise Donald Glover performance

Donald Glover may be putting his Childish Gambino alter ego on ice soon, but he’s clearly making the most of his remaining time with his acclaimed musical project. The release of “This Is America,” in particular, is a career highlight, from its fantastic music video to the song itself, which is both very good and …

Charlie Sheen embarks on new collaboration with his natural pair: Lil Pump Charlie Sheen embarks on new collaboration with his natural pair: Lil Pump

Move over Michael Douglas; take a hike Willem Dafoe; it’s over for you, Jon Cryer in your Two And A Half Men tucked-in golf shirts and khakis—Charlie Sheen has found a new artistic counterpart and it’s ... well, it’s Lil Pump.

Hot debate: Why do Jedi wear robes? Hot debate: Why do Jedi wear robes?

True to its name, Star Wars is known for getting its fans into heated battles. While many fights are started over small series details—Did the Kessel Run timing metrics make sense? (No.) Did Han shoot first? (Sure.) Was Luke drinking alien milk or alien semen in that last movie? (Depends on that day’s nipple.)—others…

Johnny Knoxville takes you on a tour of every injury of his career

Johnny Knoxville, best known as Jackass’s jackass-in-chief, is getting older. At 47, he’s still out there, knocking himself around for our amusement, but the wisdom of age has also prompted in Knoxville a nostalgic streak—like this video in which the actor/stuntman/human crash test dummy looks back over decades of the…

Hereditary is now trying to make you scared of all grandmas

The word on upcoming horror film Hereditary is that it’s one of the scariest movies in years. It’s making critics use descriptors like “traumatically terrifying.” It’s even freaking out Elijah Wood—and that guy spent years hanging out with Andy Serkis pretending to be a fantasy goblin in a mo-cap suit.

Although they clearly should not have, somebody remade "This Is America" in Fortnite

It’s been about a month since Childish Gambino released the stunning, Hiro Murai-directed music video for “This Is America.” In that time, the internet has mostly just concerned itself with trying to figure out what each element of the video means, making sense of disorienting images that, in aggregate, function like…

Here's how to tell a good fantasy language from whatever it is that Jabba does

By the h’bhor of Vaksis, fantasy languages can be a great way to bring a sense of believable mystery to fictional worlds. Whether Game of Thrones’ guttural Dothraki, The Lord of the Rings’ lilting Elvish, or the garbled throat-clearing of Star Wars’ Wookie-talk, hearing characters speak in made-up tongues helps…

Google wants to let you know just how bad your state is at spelling Google wants to let you know just how bad your state is at spelling

Google is no longer content to be one of the most successful corporations in world history. It isn’t enough, anymore, that they’ve functionally replaced the term “internet search” with its own name as a common verb. No, Google also wants to rub your hometown pride in the dirt by releasing information displaying…

It's 3 p.m., let's watch baby Keanu Reeves sell a bunch of shit It's 3 p.m., let's watch baby Keanu Reeves sell a bunch of shit

It’s 3 p.m.! Let The A.V. Club briefly make use of the waning hours of your productivity with some pop culture ephemera pulled from the depths of YouTube.

Make some room in your heart for this incredibly swole cat

The taxonomy of internet animals is ever-changing. For years, we’ve attempted an agreement over basic terms, speaking the Esperanto of “good boys,” “doggos,” and “floofs.” We’ve settled, too, on behavioral classifications involving “boops” and “borks,” “bleps” and “sploots.” No less important is our own forecast from…

Newly declassified videos reveal Steven Mnuchin's terrifying actual voice Newly declassified videos reveal Steven Mnuchin's terrifying actual voice

We’ve certainly heard a lot about Secretary of the Treasury (and King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword executive producer) Steven Mnuchin since his appointment last year. Other, non-Mnuchin sources have detailed his misuse of public funds, inner turmoil over allowing a heroic abolitionist’s face on American money, and …

Here's definitive proof that Twitter was better in 2008 Here's definitive proof that Twitter was better in 2008

Log onto Twitter now and the effect is a bit like the text version of opening the front door to find a hurricane ripping up your neighborhood. Ten years ago, though, the social media service was very different. People weren’t accustomed to the fine art of micro-blogging. Like black and white photographs of previous…

Now on Kickstarter: A terrifying Bane mask you can scream into at work

It’s important to make a good impression at the office. You wouldn’t want your co-workers hearing you take personal calls or discussing confidential information on the phone. That would be unprofessional and embarrassing. And thanks to BLOXVOX, a business-casual gimp mask you can scream into, you’ll never worry about…

Draw out the latent absurdity of the royal wedding with this bad lip reading

Royal weddings are not normal events. They may look like your average nuptials, juiced up on Old World steroids, at first glance, but think a bit more about them and the inherent absurdity of these events becomes clear. For example, and in summary: the public is invited to watch as strangers take intimate vows, their…

Björk's first TV performance in almost a decade includes flutes, masks, plants Björk's first TV performance in almost a decade includes flutes, masks, plants

Björk hasn’t performed on TV in 8 years and this, as anyone who’s seen clips of her shows will tell you, is a real shame. After biding her time for nearly a decade, perhaps spending this period fully considering the ways in which studio lights reflect off glitter paint and plumes of costume feathers, the Icelandic…

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