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The selfie stick that reminds you that you're going to die

The selfie stick that reminds you that you're going to die

We talk to artist Pablo Garcia about his new project "Memento Mori, and other Selfie Stick Add-ons" that uses anamorphic illusions of emojis and a skull by Hans Holbein.

Office Dictionary: Babeland

Office Dictionary: Babeland

Every office has its own internal lingo. For Babeland… Well, we'll spare you the pun. Read on to learn why the asshole is a superhighway, and other bits of wisdom from the sex toy giants.

Which body part gets injured the most?

Which body part gets injured the most?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. Today we're curious as to which of our bits is most injury-prone.

Pitchier, Perfecter: 
a cappella tracks that don't suck

Pitchier, Perfecter: a cappella tracks that don't suck

There's a little film making the rounds about a capella music. We haven't seen it. It might be cool. Who knows. Regardless, these a capella tracks are 100% solid.

The last Princess of FAO Schwarz Fifth Ave on the end of a dynasty

The last Princess of FAO Schwarz Fifth Ave on the end of a dynasty

As FAO Schwarz gets ready to move out of its 5th Ave location, we take a trip down memory lane with the FAO Princess Heather Sparx on fixing baby dolls, personal shopping and the ass-grabbing dads.

What is the minimum wage in cities around the world?

What is the minimum wage in cities around the world?

This week in City Index we look into the minimum wages of global cities.

Is it ever okay to use a selfie stick?

Is it ever okay to use a selfie stick?

Hopes&Fears answers questions with the help of people who know what they're talking about. As Disney bans selfie sticks, we wondered if the Wild West era of stick-weilding may be drawing to a close.

Erotica for a Better Tomorrow wants to bring misogyny to its knees

Erotica for a Better Tomorrow wants to bring misogyny to its knees

With all of the misogyny and violent themes in adult literature, a group of New York-based erotica readers set out to make smut more progressive. This is their story.

Artificial Sexuality: a roundtable discussion on screwing robots

Artificial Sexuality: a roundtable discussion on screwing robots

If true artificial intelligence is ever achieved, what role will their potential sexuality play? We asked the experts to weigh in.

The last porn theaters in the age of the internet

The last porn theaters in the age of the internet

We go on a spree through offline adult entertainment hubs to find out how they get by.

How does this "International Flag of Planet Earth" compare to those in science fiction?

How does this "International Flag of Planet Earth" compare to those in science fiction?

If our planet had an official flag, what would it look like? We compare a Swedish design student's popular proposal with fictional Earth flags.

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City

I freeze people's brains for a living

I freeze people's brains for a living

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke to a cryonics specialist.

We made bank running an indie BDSM dungeon

We made bank running an indie BDSM dungeon

In the latest installment of Hopes&Fears anonymous interview series, we spoke with a couple who ran a homegrown S&M operation out of their apartment.

Culture

Death is not the end: video games wrecked my idea of mortality

Death is not the end: video games wrecked my idea of mortality

Video Games have gradually turned death, the most (only?) influential and thought-provoking aspect of human existence, into a nearly-unexamined cliché. Let's examine it.

Blood, sweat and DVDs: owning a video store in the age of Netflix

Blood, sweat and DVDs: owning a video store in the age of Netflix

What must a video rental shop do to stay open in 2015?

Feel something real: 
The Dogme 95-inspired 
battle for the heart 
of live action 
role-playing

Feel something real: The Dogme 95-inspired battle for the heart of live action role-playing

This is not your brother's LARP group. H&F tracks down the founders of Dogme 99, an improvisatory school of live action role-playing modeled after Lars Von Trier's Dogme 95.

Future

Artificial Sexuality: a roundtable discussion on screwing robots

Artificial Sexuality: a roundtable discussion on screwing robots

If true artificial intelligence is ever achieved, what role will their potential sexuality play? We asked the experts to weigh in.

From Superman to 
the Avengers, 
how technology spawned your 
favorite superheroes

From Superman to the Avengers, how technology spawned your favorite superheroes

Your favorite superhero's powers didn't come out of thin air. Here's the technological history that birthed their origins.

The near and far future of emoji

The near and far future of emoji

We asked language technologists, developers, and digital media scholars to help us forecast the ever-changing world of emojis, our favorite little presets.

Now

We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015
We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015

We took a 1997 Lonely Planet tourist guide to New York City and tried to use it in 2015

What has changed? What has stayed the same? Is the city described in the guide the same city that exists today? We've scoured the pages and walked the maps. Here's what we found.

I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

I only spoke when spoken to for a week and became a bulldozing bitch

Hopes&Fears challenged a friend to not initiate any conversations—spoken, e-mail or text—for a week. This is her story.