How to Watch the Oscars 2019

If you remember anything about the 1989 Oscars, it's likely because of a truly insane opening number that featured Snow White and Rob Lowe singing a parody version of "Proud Mary." (Also, if you remember anything about the 1989 Oscars, congratulations: You're officially too old to ever get a handle on TikTok.) The reason it happened? The ceremony went without a host that year—a rarity that's about to repeat itself. Yes, thanks in large part to Kevin Hart's truly staggering inability to apologize for views he claims to have left in the past, Sunday's 91st Annual Academy Awards are host-less for the first time in 30 years. That might actually work in favor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts …

While You Were Offline: Tim Cook Pwned President Trump

Another week, another avalanche of things bombarding the collective psyche. "Like what?" you ask. For starters, everyone is mourning the death of actor Luke Perry, thinking about the legacy of Michael Jackson, and wondering if Ivanka Trump is getting off too easily as the investigation net tightens around the other Trump children. Meanwhile, the economy is slowing down as the national deficit explodes and corporate tax income drops dramatically. Actually, that's a pretty quiet week by 2019 standards. Regardless, there's a lot going on. Here's just a taste. Tim Cook Pwns President Trump What Happened: Some people would be embarrassed that the leader of the free world couldn't remember their name. Some people are not Apple CEO Tim Cook. What …

Why the sleep industry is keeping us awake at night

Were told that getting eight unbroken hours of sleep will protect us from cancer and dementia, and make us happier. But are we being sold an impossible dream? Hardly a day goes by without some new story about sleep in the papers, on TV or in our news feeds. Sleep is everywhere. Were told relentlessly how much of it we need, what will happen if we dont get it, and how much the economy loses through tired workers.

Why 4-Panel Comics Now Dominate Our Screens

The aliens landed on February 4, and they landed on Reddit. Their vehicle: a four-panel comic strip. "Friends arriving soon," one large-eyed extraterrestrial said to another, checking their watch. "Let us store irregular shapes inside shapes with flat surfaces." "Your home is beautiful," two other aliens coo, appearing in the doorway. "Thank you," responds the first pair. "We own things but have hidden them." That was it. A simple strip that reframed a banal human tradition—cleaning the house in anticipation of guests, something countless people had done for the Super Bowl the day before—through the eyes of an interstellar anthropologist. Yet, Reddit welcomed its alien overlords with open arms: The strip, posted to the popular subreddit r/funny, received more than …

How to Not Fall for Viral Scares

Who knows what the kids are doing online, right? They’ve got their TikToks and their Snapchats and their flop Instagram accounts, while parents are still posting on Facebook and Twitter. The disconnect between how the olds and their children use the internet leads to parental anxiety, and in the case of this week’s resurfacing of the viral fake Momo challenge, panic and misinformation. The Momo challenge, according to breathless news reports and posts from worried parents and law enforcement, is a game circulating on social media that encourages kids to engage in increasingly harmful behavior until, eventually, they’re supposed to commit suicide and upload the video to the internet. Momo is basically every parent’s nightmare. But as multiple outlets have …

This Instagram exposes how celebrities Photoshop their selfies and it makes us feel so much better.

It used to be that when a celebrity was caught editing their Instagram photos, it made headlines. But now, with the advent of editing apps like FaceTune, edited photos are so common it’s impossible to keep track. One anonymous Instagrammer, though, is trying. The @celebface Instagram account catalogs not only egregious celebrity photoshopping, but also stars’ facial transformations through the years and close-ups of stars’ faces. For example, the below gif from HuffPost reportedly shows the difference between Kylie Jenner’s selfie on Instagram Story and the one she posted for posterity in her main feed: Kylie Jenner close-up pic.twitter.com/oYV6oU6iQm — celebface (@celebfaceINSTA) August 1, 2018 Then-and-now photos allow commenters to speculate on whether a star’s had work done. Kendall Jenner2009/2018 pic.twitter.com/xLxIVrfU4Y …

A salesman tried to dupe Twain. His response? A turn-of-the-century burn of the century.

via The Library of Congress/Wikimedia Commons Prostitution may be the “world’s oldest profession,” but quackery can’t be too far behind. In the 19th century, American medical doctors began to take a scientific approach to practicing medicine, but it didn’t stop the growing number of con artists pushing fake medical cures, elixirs, tonics, and serums across the countryside. These traveling sales people would set up tents and make fire-and-brimstone speeches touting the unbelievable benefits of their products that were said to cure everything from tuberculosis to baldness. These displays were often accompanied by confidence tricks and fake testimonials. via Carol M. Highsmith/Wikimedia commons By the time the people who bought the medicine realized it was fake, the con artists were off …