As many critics have noted, Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West is short on funny: The pacing is off, a talented cast is given little to do, and the jokes are too lazy and uninspired to provoke much amusement. But aside from the…

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As any historian, psychologist, sociologist, or scientist will tell you, the truth of an idea has very little to do with how fast it spreads and how well it’s believed. Twitter, Upworthy, BuzzFeed, Tumblr, and others can spread simple,…

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Has Amazon finally abandoned its commitment to extraordinary customer service? That’s the argument some critics are making about the company’s ongoing fight with the publisher Hachette; the online store has delayed delivery of Hachette titles and…

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The modern religious right formed, practically overnight, as a rapid response to the Supreme Court's landmark ruling in Roe v. Wade. Or, at least, that's how the story goes. The reality, Randall Balmer, a Dartmouth professor writing for Politico…

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If, like me, you are a fan of Game of Thrones, The Wire, and silly parlor games, you may have spent some time trying to answer a version of this question: If that Game of Thrones character was on The Wire, who would he or she be? A fair number...

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What an honor! You have been asked to appear on a panel, to keynote a conference, to advise a celebrity, to be publicly acclaimed. Perhaps you have been offered a plump check. Perhaps you’ve even been promised a prize! Of course you’re flattered. Of…

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The Republican Party has a lot of problems, and if there’s one that doesn’t get enough attention, it’s the party’s broad appeal to provocateurs, faux martyrs, and grifters. Just look at the speakers list for the Republican Leadership Conference,…

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When you get home from the grocery store, do you put produce in the refrigerator by default? You might want to stop doing that. BuzzFeed has produced a very helpful video explaining why some ingredients—tomatoes, for instance—shouldn’t be…

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While the world’s attention has been focused on the annexation of Crimea and the violence in eastern Ukraine, things seem to be falling apart in another of Russia’s controversial satellites. The president of the semi-independent state of Abkhazia…

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Until recently, I was of the naïve belief that no Harvard graduates actually responded to inquiries about their alma mater with “I went to college in Boston,” nor Yalies with “New Haven,” Princetonians with “New Jersey,” or Stanford alumni with “the…

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Our current “golden age” of television drama has largely been marked by an obsession with realness. Everything is holding a mirror to something, and that something is us, as we were and as we are. Period shows like Deadwood and Mad Men are obsessive…

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Welcome back to Ask a Homo, a judgment-free zone where the gays of Outward answer questions about LGBTQ politics, culture, etiquette, language, and other queer conundrums. This week, J. Bryan Lowder plows through a few questions about tops, bottoms,…

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“This curse will last until the end of time!” howls Angelina Jolie as Maleficent, placing a fatal hex on the baby who will one day become Sleeping Beauty—and we take her at her word. Such is Jolie’s power to command authority—with or without the…

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The transparent glass floor of the Willis Tower's 103rd-story overhanging Skydeck "Ledge" attraction appeared to crack to the point of shattering last night in front of horrified tourists, a Chicago station reports. From NBC Chicago: While he and…

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Attention urban dwellers: Introducing CityHome, quite possibly the greatest technological advancement to enter your life since Seamless. The incredible device—which would best be described as a mechanical closet with some Star Trek flair—will,…

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If you are overweight, you are not necessarily destined to be sad, says a new study from the University of Colorado–Boulder. The paper comes out today in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and it tracks the three-way relationship between…

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Shortly before Elliot Rodger set out into the streets of Isla Vista, California, on Friday night, he released an 138-page manifesto outlining his intentions to wage a “war on women” where he would “punish all females for the crime of depriving me of…

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Get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week; click here to sign up. Please send your questions for publication to prudence@slate.com. (Questions may be edited.) Got a burning question for Prudie? She'll be online at Washingtonpost.com to…

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My wife Lisa doesn’t cherish the fact that this story begins by disclosing her recent acne flare-up. But given the wider public health implications, she’s given me permission to write about the stubborn collection of pimples on her left cheek that…

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America is rushing headlong toward legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. A growing majority—54 percent as of a Pew survey released just last month—favor legalization, and an even larger majority of millennials (69 percent) feels the same…

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