Fuck The British Royal Family

His Royal Highness Prince William Arthur Philip Louis, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn, Baron Carrickfergus, Royal Knight Companion of the Most Noble Order of the Garter, Knight of the Most Ancient and Most Noble Order of the Thistle, Personal Aide-de-Camp to Her Majesty The Queen, looks like a goddamn donkey.… » 12/09/14 11:10am 12/09/14 11:10am

The American Justice System Is Not Broken

In July, New York police officer Daniel Pantaleo choked unarmed black man Eric Garner to death, in broad daylight, while a bystander caught it on video. That is what American police do. Yesterday, despite the video, despite an NYPD prohibition of exactly the sort of chokehold Pantaleo used, and despite the New York… » 12/03/14 10:08pm 12/03/14 10:08pm

America's Ugliest Accent, Round One: Boston, Baltimore, L.A., Chicago

If you're from Philadelphia, your preferred non-Yuengling beverage is wooder. If you're from New York City, your greatest enemies are the bridge-and-tunnel crowd from Lawng Island. If you're from Los Angeles, you respond to people who hop on the 405 at rush hour with a pained "Whyy-ee?" » 9/29/14 2:44pm 9/29/14 2:44pm

All This Racism Is Exhausting

I've had to be three people this week. They exist separately, in spaces that I'm better off keeping discrete for the sake of my own health. There's the guy who checks in at Kotaku and acts like nothing's wrong. There's the father who makes sure his kid is smiling and growing as much as possible. And there's the black… » 8/20/14 3:24pm 8/20/14 3:24pm

​The "Nanny From Hell" Is an American Hero

As the story of the so-called "Nanny From Hell" continues to unfold, it becomes clearer and clearer that America is a nation of cringing dupes and shameless predators, and that most of the predators are also dupes. The coverage, very much including this site's own coverage, has been dedicated to the peculiar notion… » 7/03/14 9:24am 7/03/14 9:24am

Awesome Map: The United States Of America, By Regional Sport

What sport can each state lay claim to? The map above, by Josh Levin and Jess Fink of Slate, attempts to answer this fun but fascinating question, picking 51 sports to dish out across the country. The results range from awesome (mountain climbing in Colorado) to goofy (cornhole in Ohio) to extremely specific (16-inch… » 10/08/13 1:36pm 10/08/13 1:36pm

The Sportswriter Who Wrote American Better Than Anyone Anywheres

Below is John Lardner's introduction to a 1959 edition of Ring Lardner's You Know Me Al, a fictional series of letters from professional ballplayer Jack Keefe to his friend Al. Those stories are included in the Library of America's new collection. (There was also a comic strip based on the same characters, with… » 8/28/13 6:27pm 8/28/13 6:27pm

John Daly's Pants Are Why God Continues To Bless The U.S.A.

Today we salute the sartorial choice of one John Patrick Daly, age 47, professional golfer, recreational smoker, University of Arkansas dropout, lapband surgery patient, puller of muscles, designer of golf courses, breaker of cameras, personal friend to Hootie and assorted Blowfish, Vegas whale, tosser of putters,… » 7/04/13 4:16pm 7/04/13 4:16pm

Survey: 27 Percent Of Americans Believe God Helps Decide Who Wins…

Because it's Super Bowl time, everyone has to get in on the football. The Public Religion Research Institute conducted a survey earlier this month, and asked its random sample of 1,033 adults a bunch of questions about the NFL. Most of the responses aren't surprising or interesting (Lots of people watch football! Even… » 1/30/13 2:35pm 1/30/13 2:35pm

How Many Times Have Americans Said "Awesome" or "Oh My God" In Olympic…

Ah, the post-game interview. A magical moment in sports journalism where reporters try to force a meaningful, articulate comment out of an incredibly exhilarated and emotional athlete. The Olympics are rife with opportunities for these same reporters to ask the same questions and get the same answers. And oh my God… » 8/01/12 2:53pm 8/01/12 2:53pm