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May 2, 2012

My Cat Jeoffry

In 1757, the poet Christopher Smart was confined, alone, in a lunatic asylum in London. He would remain there for six years with only one friend for company - his cat, Jeoffry. The poem that Smart wrote about Jeoffry (part of a larger piece called "Jubilate Agno") is one of the loveliest ever written.

Artists That Saved My Life: Sigur Ros Photo

I had an amazing best friend when I was a teenager. He was the only one I knew who was interested in spiritual stuff so we'd read all these metaphysical books and spend long nights awake discussing things. He always made me eggs for breakfast and to…

Everything I Didn't Learn From Taking A Personal Genome Test

Instead of dramatic scientific breakthroughs, the most successful outgrowth has been a crop of VC-fueled personal genetics companies. The concept is simple: for a fee, they’ll tell you everything science knows about your genes. The most popular Amer…

Awesome, Powerful Pro-Gay Rap Song

"Gay is okay, the number one thing a rapper shouldn't say, I said it anyway." From Texas hip hop artist Adair (who is straight), here's a really touching song called "Ben" that calls out homophobia in the rap community and says to gay kids, "It doesn't just get better, it gets awesome, homie."

Amanda Seyfried As Linda Lovelace And Other Links

A movie about the abuse and coercion of a 70s adult film star legend never looked so sexy. Plus teenagers are eschewing summer jobs to their detriment and British spy internal investigations give up easily.

Photo: Barack Obama's New York Girlfriend

David Maraniss writes in his new biography about Barack Obama's relationship with Genevieve Cook, the daughter of an Australian diplomat, beginning in 1984, when she was 25 and he was 22. Here is a picture of a woman identified as Cook in the 1978 yearbook of Swarthmore College, which she attended.

Junior Seau Is Dead

According to a continually updating report from, former San Diego Chargers linebacker and NFL 1990s All-Decade Team member Junior Seau has been involved in a possible shooting and may be dead. Whoa.

Reuters' Occupy Turnaround

Reuters attracted quite a bit of blowback for its video calling May Day a "dud" yesterday. "A diverse set of views," social media editor de Rosa says.

The Ryan Gosling Workout

In hopes of testing out MillionShort — the search engine that removes the top million hits, leaving only the crap — I typed "Ryan Gosling" into the search bar. What I found was a totally misleading, stupid website.

16 Revelations About Young Barack Obama From His Ex-Girlfriends

The President was quite the paramour. From the Vanity Fair article excerpting the upcoming book by David Maraniss, Becoming Obama. Here are the most revealing moments from the letters and journals of two of Barack Obama's girlfriends from the early '80s, Alex McNear and Genevieve Cook, when the young Columbia grad was struggling to find his way in New York City.

Mirena And Me: Why I Broke Up With My IUD

After two chemical pregnancies, developing migraines, and enduring excruciating uterine pain, I finally parted ways with my Mirena. Who knew one little piece of plastic could do so much?

The Many Rainbows Of Singapore

Did you know that there are areas of Singapore that look like a magical land of candy and rainbows? I want to live in a world that looks like this.

Searching Like It's 1999

Million Short is a search engine with a clever trick: it skips the top million results and takes you straight to the garbage. Remember when all we had was Altavista and Yahoo? This is like that, and I love it.

Seth Meyers: "There's No One More Hilarious To Have Mad At You Than Donald Trump"

On the "Late Show" last night, Seth Meyers and Dave had a nice chat about how the Don can dish it, but can't take it. Ever since last years White House Correspondents dinner — where Seth made more than a few jokes at Donald's expense — Mr. Trump has been very bitter towards Seth. He also won't go on Letterman anymore since he made fun of him too.

History Of Whistling

These guys cover 98 years worth of whistling in about 3 minutes. I can't tell if this is super impressive or super annoying.

Jessica Simpson Gives Birth To Baby Girl

PPrego Jess Simpson finally popped! The buxom blonde supernova welcomed a little baby girl named Maxwell Drew today, and reports are that mom and baby are healthy and well. The next question fans want to know: How on earth is she going to drop that …

Why The Occupy Wall Street Movement Exists

Priscilla Grim and Tim Pool talk on citizen journalism taking over the media, Reuters journalist David Cay Johnston on corporate deals used to keep tax burdens on the poor, and our Power Panel debate the effectiveness of Tea Party protests versus Oc…

Bobby Brown: "I Didn't Get High Before I Met Whitney"

In his first interview since ex-wife Whitney Houston died, Brown says he's "not the reason she's gone." He also denied responsibility for Whitney's drug addiction — a contributing factor in her death.

Kate Upton’s Not The Only Fashion Girl Who Likes To Get Down

Kate Upton Dougied her way to viral fame and today, she’s put us all in a trance Cat Daddying in an itsy bitsy bikini for Terry TV. *Sigh* But she isn’t the only fashion player who likes to shake her rump. Turns out the fashion set loves nothing mor…

Epic Rain Delay Dance Off

The Nebraska and Cal State Bakersfield baseball teams couldn't play because of rain. But that didn't stop them from putting on a crazy, crazy show.

NFL Cheerleader Tryouts: 100 Hottest Photos

It's that time of year again! Actually, I'm not sure if "NFL cheerleader auditions" is an officially recognized time of year yet. If it wasn't before this comprehensive list of hotness, it certainly will be moving forward.

The Definitive List Of White Music Stolen By Black People

Last week, Onion A.V. Club writer Noel Murray complained about the trend of people rejecting things—food, films, music—as being “for white people.” “The ‘white people are square and bland’ gag is an old one, and for the most part, it’s both harmless…

Happy May Day And Let's Be Careful Out There

After last night's disgusting "police visits" to activists' homes (and the FBI went door-knocking too!) you can pretty much be sure today's May Day demonstrations are going to be a doozy of police overreaction and unfortunate choices. Above, a scree…

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