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A Beginner's Guide To The Inane Supreme Court Nomination Process

This morning, after weeks of speculation, President Obama tapped Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the D.C. Court of Appeals to assume the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Scalia. But the president’s formal announcement of his choice from among many attractive, well-qualified candidates is just the…

Motorized Doping, Explained: Your Guide To The Weirdest Sports Scandal Of The Year

This weekend, Femke Van den Driessche, a 19-year-old Belgian cyclocross racer, lined up at the U-23 World Championships. She’d previously won the Euros and the Belgian championships, and she was the favorite to get herself a set of rainbow stripes. But she had a bad race, and was forced to exit with a broken chain one…

Your Guide To The Craziest Sports Scandal You Aren't Paying Attention To

I get it. You see a headline like “Real Madrid Star Karim Benzema Charged In Sextape Blackmail Case” or “Transcript: Karim Benzema Helped Facilitate Blackmail Plot Against Teammate Over Sextape” and you aren’t quite moved. Sure, words like sex tape and blackmail seem juicy, but who is Karim Benzema to you, the typical…

Let's Explore The Corrupt Town That Inspired True Detective 

How are you enjoying #TrueDetectiveSeason2 so far? It’s okay, right? I don’t know, maybe it kind of sucks. Anyway, if you’re like me, you’ve spent a good chunk of the first three episodes being a little confused by the city-corruption storyline. We’ve been told that there are a lot of “deals being done” and a lot of…

No Jokes, Period: A Polite Guy's Guide To A Girl's Time Of The Month

Sometimes the most basic piece of information is also the most helpful, and so, as we begin what I should warn you up front will be a long, intense treatise on this topic, let me tell you this: No two women's periods are alike. Our periods are as unique as we are, which, of course, makes understanding them even more…

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The Many Crimes Of Luis Suárez, Soccer's Notorious Supervillain

The beauty of the World Cup—for Americans, at least—is that it exposes so many viewers to the nuances and enjoyments of an unfamiliar sport. This tournament has awoken the typical American sports fan to jaw-dropping goals, spectacular individual displays, unbridled joy followed by crushing disappointment, and now,…

GIF Explainers Explained, In Thomas Pynchon Explained In GIFs Form

As an Internet user, you're probably seeing an increasing number of GIF explainers lately, and also probably wondering what the deal is. They're pretty confusing, after all! The sites that run them just assume that you know what an animated image of the Insane Clown Posse has to do with scientists creating a new…