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The Guardians and the War on Truth: For taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts, for speaking up and for speaking out, the Guardians — Jamal Khashoggi, the Capital Gazette, Maria Ressa, Wa Lone, and Kyaw Soe Oo — are TIME's Person of the Year.
posted on Dec-11-18 at 5:39 AM

The Silence Breakers. "The people who have broken their silence on sexual assault and harassment span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe. Their collective anger has spurred immediate and shocking results. For their influence on 2017, they are TIME’s Person of the Year."
posted on Dec-6-17 at 5:24 AM

"To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John and Bernie Taupin gave new filmmakers the chance to create the official music videos for three iconic Elton hits. A panel of industry renowned judges selected three winning filmmakers who went on to receive support from YouTube and top production studios to bring their ideas to life." Choosing from ideas from both around the world and across the creative spectrum, official videos have been released for Rocket Man (animation), Tiny Dancer (live action), and Bennie and the Jets (Choreography).
posted on Jun-3-17 at 3:28 PM

"For reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow’s political culture by demolishing yesterday’s, Donald Trump is Time Magazine's 2016 Person of the Year."
posted on Dec-7-16 at 6:52 AM

Star Wars: Episode IV as a single, 123-meter long infographic.
posted on May-24-16 at 10:15 AM

"JANE (late 20s) sits hunched over a microscope. She’s attractive, but too much of a professional to care about her appearance." Hollywood producer retweets actual intros for female characters in actual proposed scripts.
posted on Feb-10-16 at 9:33 AM

Merry Christmas from The Venture Bros. After a few years' hiatus, Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick return with the (formally) annual Venture Christmas song. For 2015, surgically-conjoined Guild of Calamitous Intent members Dragoon and Red Mantle revisit the Rankin-Bass classic "Miser Brothers."
posted on Dec-22-15 at 10:32 AM

"Their first tries are stillborn. The kid has drawn the curtains and mounted straw men in the windowframes, at night animating their persons with guyropes so that shades dance in the illumined curtain. Some days later he lights firebits in a scullery bowl to ape the scream of gunfire. Each time the gangsome slanks off until at last they bivouac and learn his orphanage but do not learn his taste for violence. He hears their plans. Come back tonight round nine. Kids’s afraid of the dark. They are apocalyptically stupid." -Cormac McCarthy's Home Alone
posted on Dec-16-15 at 7:03 AM

Chancellor of the Free World. "German chancellor Angela Merkel, whose leadership has helped preserve and promote an open, borderless Europe in the face of economic turmoil and an ongoing refugee crisis, is TIME’s 2015 Person of the Year."
posted on Dec-9-15 at 5:17 AM

Dumb Ways To Die in Westeros (warning: spoilers for all four GoT seasons)
posted on Apr-13-15 at 1:53 PM

Comedy Central has confirmed that Jon Stewart will announce tonight he is leaving The Daily Show later this year.
posted on Feb-10-15 at 4:36 PM

"They risked and persisted, sacrificed and saved." The Ebola Fighters are TIME Magazine's 2014 Person of the Year.
posted on Dec-10-14 at 4:56 AM

Assassin's Creed: Kittens
posted on Sep-27-14 at 5:00 PM

"He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing. The first non-European pope in 1,200 years is poised to transform a place that measures change by the century." Pope Francis, "The People’s Pope," is Time's 2013 Person of the Year.
posted on Dec-11-13 at 5:37 AM

Fox's TV show Glee has unambiguously used without attribution Jonathan Coulton's acoustic cover of the Sir Mix-a-Lot song "Baby Got Back," including keeping in modified lyrics and possibly using actual sound effects from Coulton's original piece. Coulton has confirmed that Fox never contacted him in any way about the use of his arrangement. While Coulton offers his music under Creative Commons, Fox has released several albums of Glee cast song covers for sale on iTunes, selling more than 13 million singles.
posted on Jan-18-13 at 9:11 AM

"For finding and forging a new majority, for turning weakness into opportunity and for seeking, amid great adversity, to create a more perfect union, Barack Obama is TIME’s 2012 Person of the Year." Runners-up included Malala Yousafzai, Tim Cook, Mohamed Morsi, and Fabiola Gianotti.
posted on Dec-19-12 at 5:31 AM

A Special Holiday Message from your friends Lil Bub and Andrew WK.
posted on Dec-11-12 at 11:55 AM

If you're a DVD/BluRay viewer who is already annoyed by delaying, annoying animated menus or previews, get ready for 20 additional seconds of wait time. Yesterday the U.S. government announced an update to the old FBI copyright warning on home video, which will now appear in the form of two different anti-piracy warnings, each ten seconds long and both unskippable.
posted on May-10-12 at 7:30 AM

David Rees reflects on his post-Get Your War On experiences in artisanal pencil sharpening, in the wake of his newly-released book on the subject.
posted on Apr-19-12 at 2:22 PM

A group of students made a series of over-the-top ads for Vytautas, a Lithuanian brand of mineral water. Here, finally, is an English version, so you know what you've been missing. What you have been missing includes space bears.
posted on Mar-20-12 at 12:49 PM

Now later than ever: The Buffalo Beast's 50 Most Loathsome Americans of 2011.
posted on Feb-1-12 at 6:00 PM

"Surprise. I taught the Henchmen jazz." (mp3 link) Merry Christmas, once again, from Mr. and Dr. Mrs. The Monarch.
posted on Dec-22-11 at 6:01 AM

"A year after a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself ablaze, dissent has spread across the Middle East, to Europe and the US, reshaping global politics and redefining people power." The Protester is Time's 2011 Person of the Year.
posted on Dec-14-11 at 5:14 AM

Yeah so here are some kittens we made that glow in the dark something something cure for AIDS science.
posted on Sep-13-11 at 7:23 AM

Monsters of Grok. Fake band t-shirts for history's greatest minds.
posted on Aug-31-11 at 10:33 AM

Team Fortress 2 is now free. Forever.
posted on Jun-23-11 at 6:10 PM

BIRDS WITH ARMS!
posted on Jun-16-11 at 8:55 AM

"Starting in an austere room where they are made to sit quietly, symbolizing Europe, the children will pass through an obstacle course to arrive at a brightly decorated party room (the New World). Red-white-and-blue confetti will be thrown. But afterward the kids will have to clean up the confetti, learning that with freedom comes responsibility." This, and many other fun activities from The Paideia School of Tampa Bay's Tea Party Summer Camp.
posted on Jun-15-11 at 8:50 AM

"Physical Impossibilities in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic" is a student physics presentation that examines three scenes from an animated My Little Pony show and identifies the physics at work, explains (with equations!) why the scenes don't work, and offers suggestions ("dark matter!") to fix them. via BoingBoing
posted on May-26-11 at 5:56 AM

"A few years from now, an hour with a good plumber- if you can find one- is going to cost more than an hour with a good psychiatrist. At which point we'll all be in need of both." Mike Rowe addresses the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation about the rapid decline in the trade labor force.
posted on May-13-11 at 11:50 AM

Earlier this month a pair of red-tailed hawks built a nest at NYU's Bobst Library, outside the window of the office of University President John Sexton. Bobby and Violet (named after the Library and NYU's school color) have been sitting on three eggs for the last month, with a webcam running a live feed. Based on a photo taken last night and analysis from hawk experts, it is believed that at least one of the eggs has begun hatching.
posted on Apr-27-11 at 10:03 AM

Here's a bunch of kittens in bowls. Love, Japan
posted on Apr-19-11 at 10:54 AM

Yes, That Can Be My Next Tweet creates random Tweets for you based on your previous ones. MarkovFilter in 140 characters.
posted on Apr-12-11 at 12:35 PM

On August 28, 1963, Marlon Brando, James Baldwin, Harry Belafonte, Charlton Heston, Joseph Mankiewicz, and Sidney Poitier met in a TV studio to discuss the Civil Rights Movement. (SLYT)
posted on Mar-3-11 at 4:25 AM

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is refusing to talk to Senate Democrats in (or rather currently not in) his state. He is, however, apparently willing to talk to David Koch, because that's who The Buffalo Beast's Ian Murphy pretended to be when he got on the phone with Walker and recorded a 20-minute conversation about breaking unions, tricking the Democrats into coming back to pass legislation, the hotness of Mika Brzezinski, and how Walker would love to be "shown a good time" next time he visits Koch in California.
posted on Feb-23-11 at 8:03 AM

Despite the recent outrage over Congressional attempts to "redefine rape" for the purpose of abortion funding, South Dakota's legislature has stepped the controversy up even further: a party-line panel has sent to the floor for a full vote HB 1171 - "An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children." Mother Jones considers the legal potential: "This could make it legal to kill doctors who perform abortions."
posted on Feb-15-11 at 6:00 AM

Merry Christmas from Shallow Gravy (aka Hank Venture and best friend-slash-spoiler alert Dermott) and most of the cast of The Venture Bros. that Doc Hammer and Jackson Publick could assemble without calling anyone else.
posted on Dec-24-10 at 9:57 PM

The final data for the 2010 Census has just been released, showing the last decade's trends in population, growth and diversity.
posted on Dec-21-10 at 9:31 AM

"For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives, Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is TIME's 2010 Person of the Year."
posted on Dec-15-10 at 7:44 AM

A comic strip has caused a political uproar by making a bold, controversial statement on Veteran's Day, considered by some to be an insult to our nation's fighting men and women. The strip that has spit on the work of our country's bravest veterans is, as you would expect, that anti-American bastion of subversive vitriolic societal commentary, Garfield.
posted on Nov-11-10 at 12:00 PM

Here is the live crab vending machine you have been asking for all this time. Love, China.
posted on Oct-22-10 at 8:12 AM

"Anybody that's not in the city of South Fulton, it's a service we offer, either they accept it or they don't." In Obion County, Tennessee, the services of the South Fulton Fire Department are provided only to those customers who wish to pay their $75 annual fee. If you don't feel like subscribing, and your house catches fire, the firefighters will at least keep you company as you watch it burn to the ground.
posted on Oct-4-10 at 7:40 AM

James O'Keefe, the right-wing activist whose previous escapades include fraudulently posing as a pimp to facilitate the shutdown of ACORN and getting arrested for allegedly trying to phone tap a Senator's office, has apparently been caught in the setup of yet another scam expose. According to forwarded emails and testimony from a would-be accomplice, O'Keefe had created a plan to lure CNN correspondent Abbie Boudreau "onto a boat filled with sexually explicit props and then record the session."
posted on Sep-29-10 at 7:48 AM

The Room: The Game.
posted on Sep-8-10 at 8:40 PM

JetBlue flight attendant gets fed up with passenger, curses him out over PA system, quits job and leaves airplane via emergency chute.
posted on Aug-10-10 at 7:01 AM

THEY ARE ON A TEAM. Beginning today and for the next two weeks, Chris Hastings' Dr. McNinja (prev.) and Ethan and Malachai Nicolle's Axe Cop (prev.) will share a single story line, with half of the story appearing on each webcartoonists' site.
posted on Jul-26-10 at 2:11 PM

It's Christmas, which means the most important tradition of all: the cast of The Venture Bros. changing your memory of a holiday classic forever. Merry Christmas from Alvin, Simon, and Theodore Tim-Tom, Kevin, and Henchman 21.
posted on Dec-25-09 at 6:49 AM

"The story of the year was a weak economy that could have been much, much weaker. Thank the man who runs the Federal Reserve, our mild-mannered economic overlord." Ben Bernanke is Time's 2009 Person of the Year. Runners-up include General Stanley McChrystal, Nancy Pelosi, and Neda Agha-Soltan.
posted on Dec-16-09 at 5:52 AM

Whether or not you agree with the platform and views of Mr. George Hutchins, candidate for the 4th Congressional District of North Carolina, you must bask in the glory of the most awesome candidate website ever created.
posted on Nov-24-09 at 1:36 PM

Muppet blooper reels: Muppets Tonight. Muppet Christmas Carol. Emmett Otter's Jugband Christmas.
posted on Nov-4-09 at 8:10 AM

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