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  • Life

How comic books taught my immigrant mom to fly

How comic books taught my immigrant mom to fly

When my mom discovered the Great American Superheroes as a kid from Puerto Rico, her life changed. Comic books helped her rise up from the back of the class and ultimately defeat a real-life villain.

The man who taught your cab driver how to navigate NYC
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  • New York

The man who taught your cab driver how to navigate NYC

AJ Gogia runs his cab driving school like a strict headmaster. His charisma has landed him in the year's most acclaimed documentary and brought offers for a reality TV show, which he rejected.

  • Life

So this is love: Fairytale meets kink in a new, gender-bent ‘Cinderella’

So this is love: Fairytale meets kink in a new, gender-bent ‘Cinderella’

With ballet, burlesque and a touch of BDSM, director Austin McCormick uproots old ideologies with some wicked new twists.

  • Life

They’re here, get used to them: why gender-neutral pronouns are not “radical”

They’re here, get used to them: why gender-neutral pronouns are not “radical”

A majority of languages around the world have no gender distinctions in pronouns. So why is using "they" as a singular pronoun considered so politically and grammatically unconventional?

Solarpunk wants to save the world
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Solarpunk wants to save the world

Solarpunk is a literary movement, a hashtag, a flag, and a statement of intent about the future we hope to create.

Sounds that annoy people in noisy professions
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Sounds that annoy people in noisy professions

Lots of people complain about incessant ice cream truck jingles and loud construction. But what sounds annoy the people who have to work those professions?

  • Frisbee of the day

Watch this lethal Frisbee rip through cardboard and other materials

Watch this lethal Frisbee rip through cardboard and other materials

It would be the perfect gadget for James Bond if James Bond liked slacklining with his buds at the University of Vermont.

  • News

Man dies trying to fast like Jesus

Man dies trying to fast like Jesus

The Christian from Zimbabwe died after 30 days of his intended 40 day fast.

Overcoming trauma with Auntie Angel, famed fellatio coach
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Overcoming trauma with Auntie Angel, famed fellatio coach

The creator of internet's famous grapefruit technique talks about formulating creative blow job tips for women and "going through hell to bless other people."

  • Life

How to shake someone who's tailing you

How to shake someone who's tailing you

You never know when you might be followed. This is how to lose that nefarious character that's hot on your heels.

  • Map of the day

Every single county in the United States is facing an affordable housing crisis

Every single county in the United States is facing an affordable housing crisis

A new study from the Urban Institute reveals that without exception, from Alaska to Florida, not one single country in the United States has enough affordable housing units.

Uniforms of Fear: cop fashion from around the world
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Uniforms of Fear: cop fashion from around the world

Take a tour of police fashions, accessories and styles in major international cities.

  • News

'Boarding school syndrome' is real and sad

'Boarding school syndrome' is real and sad

British boarding schools produce emotionally scarred adults.

Behind the costumes: Talking with Times Square's 'Hello Kitty', 'Cookie Monster' and 'Mario'
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Behind the costumes: Talking with Times Square's 'Hello Kitty', 'Cookie Monster' and 'Mario'

Over the course of a few days, we talked to several people working in costume and photographed their daily lives behind the masks. The interviews were conducted in Spanish.

  • Number of the day

92-year-old cancer survivor Harriette Thompson just became the oldest woman to finish a marathon

92-year-old cancer survivor Harriette Thompson just became the oldest woman to finish a marathon

And she's adorable.

  • News

1 in 4 Harvard students don't have sex while in college

1 in 4 Harvard students don't have sex while in college

Among those that did report having sex, 12% of the class had over 10 sexual partners and 21% lost their virginity during their freshman year.

  • News

Walk the digital streets of old school New York

Walk the digital streets of old school New York

OldNYC places historic photos onto an interactive map of New York City.

  • News

Anti-NSA group plants tape recorders around New York and uploads conversations online

Anti-NSA group plants tape recorders around New York and uploads conversations online

Anti-NSA protestors have been hiding micro-cassette recorders under public benches and chairs around NYC and secretly taping your conversations.

  • News

Investigation reveals massive worker exploitation at NYC nail salons

Investigation reveals massive worker exploitation at NYC nail salons

According a New York Times investigation, the industry plagued with deplorable wages, discrimination, and "fetid" living conditions.

  • News

Freddie Gray's death ruled a homicide, Baltimore cops charged with murder and manslaughter

Freddie Gray's death ruled a homicide, Baltimore cops charged with murder and manslaughter

On Friday morning, the state attorney of Baltimore, Marilyn J. Mosby, announced that there was sufficient probable cause to pursue charges against the officers involved in Gray's arrest.