Yeah, I think larger social networks are trying to develop these smaller spaces and channels for people to filter through. It's cool to hear how you adapt to it for your own social life. » 12/16/14 1:52pm 12/16/14 1:52pm

The Great Web 1.0 Revival

The booming size of today's mainstream social networks and the constant level of noise we have to deal with has inspired a sudden return to a time when the internet was quieter, safer, and more intimate: the Web 1.0 days. Like artisanal hipster nostalgia for a time when men were men, shoes were handmade, and everyone… » 10/28/14 1:00pm 10/28/14 1:00pm

After retiring from writing novels in 2012, Philip Roth has felt "no desire to write fiction," he says in a new interview. Having taken up swimming, music, and appreciating nature, he has "barely time left for a continuing preoccupation with aging, writing, sex, and death." It's difficult to make room for all your… » 2/05/14 12:15am 2/05/14 12:15am

Kraft Reports String-Cheese Recall, Probable Shortage

Millions of packages of Polly-O and Kraft string cheese that came from a plant in upstate New York have been recalled after complaints that the cheese was discolored and spoiled too soon—enough to cause a devastating string cheese shortage all across the U.S. » 2/04/14 11:48pm 2/04/14 11:48pm

Up to a Billion Birds Die in the U.S. Annually Crashing into Windows

A new report finds that between 365 and 988 million birds die annually from crashing into windows in the United States alone. That's 10 percent of the bird population of the entire country, according to the Washington Post. » 2/04/14 10:42pm 2/04/14 10:42pm

Bitcoin Is the Latest Plot to Save the Post Office

In an attempt to salvage its remaining relevance, the U.S. Postal Service has hit on what might be an interesting possibility: digital currency. On January 29, the organization hosted a webinar with experts discussing how it might make use of Bitcoin. Coindesk has a recap. » 2/04/14 9:46pm 2/04/14 9:46pm

​NYC Waiters Can Now Legally Give You Water Without Asking

Whether still or sparkling, if a waiter at a restaurant in New York City has ever presented you a glass of water without asking if you wanted it first, they were breaking the law—until now. » 2/04/14 8:37pm 2/04/14 8:37pm

Chili Peppers Bassist Owns Up to Faking Super Bowl Half Time

Suspicion started when viewers noticed that none of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' instruments were actually plugged in during their frenetic Super Bowl performance last Sunday. Now, the bassist Flea admits in a post on the band's blog they knew their instruments weren't on. » 2/04/14 7:12pm 2/04/14 7:12pm

Starting with "Head northwest on West 47th Street toward 7th Ave," the Berlin artist Gregor Weichbrodt has translated Jack Kerouac's On the Road into Google Maps directions. The entire route totals 17,527 miles, for those who want to follow along in Street View. » 2/04/14 6:46pm 2/04/14 6:46pm

A 24-year-old French man was caught on video hurling a defenseless ginger kitten at the side of an apartment building. The five-month-old feline, named Oscar, survived with only a broken leg, but Farid Ghilas faced two years in prison and a $40,000 fine. "I don't know whose idea it was to film it," he said. » 2/03/14 11:51pm 2/03/14 11:51pm

Which Countries Take the Most Shots Per Week?

Russians might be stereotyped as alcoholics, but according to a recent study by Euromonitor, it's actually South Koreans who drink the most. In a metric worthy of Jersey Shore, the study found that Koreans consume around 14 shots of liquor a week while Russians pound just 6. Laaaame. » 2/03/14 11:30pm 2/03/14 11:30pm

Eleven-Year-Old Attempts Suicide After Bullying Over My Little Pony

Michael Morones is an 11-year-old boy who was bullied relentlessly at school in Raleigh, North Carolina, because of his love for My Little Pony. Bullied so much that he tragically attempted suicide by hanging himself from the railing of his bunk bed. » 2/03/14 10:38pm 2/03/14 10:38pm

"Who Cares" About Diversity in Comedy, Says Jerry Seinfeld

Jerry Seinfeld, the most successful comedian in the world and maker of comedy for and about white people, isn't interested in trying to include non-white anything in his work. » 2/03/14 9:23pm 2/03/14 9:23pm

Did Emma Watson Paint This Angsty Self-Portrait?

The actress apparently painted this with her own hand. This photo originally turned up on Tumblr and Reddit user immigat discovered proof of the self-portrait's existence in a 2011 Vogue article: » 2/03/14 8:45pm 2/03/14 8:45pm

Bitcoin Zealot Mom Made Daughters Sell Cookies for Digital Currency

In January, two little entrepreneurs girls wanted to set up a stand outside their San Francisco (duh) home to sell cookies and lemonade. That business plan just wasn't disruptive enough for their mother, Holly, a tech worker in the city, who set the girls up with a "wallet" for the anonymous digital currency Bitcoin… » 2/03/14 7:54pm 2/03/14 7:54pm

This Tech Company Wants to Give You Eternal Half-Life

Human beings have always wanted to live forever—and now we can! Or at least our robot simulacra will be able to. Eterni.me is the latest annoying vaporware invented by utopian technology entrepreneurs. The company promises to distill all of your data—tweets, email, Facebook posts—into "an avatar that emulates your… » 1/31/14 6:11pm 1/31/14 6:11pm