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NFL's Benjamin Watson: Remove The Confederate Flag For The Right Reasons

Saints tight end Benjamin Watson is particularly engaged with current events—his thoughts after the decision not to bring charges in the shooting death of Michael Brown still stand up, and managed to find support from all sides. Today, he wrote about the swelling movement to take down the Confederate battle flag from… » 6/22/15 3:35pm 6/22/15 3:35pm

Ferrari Formula One Car Has A Dick Butt In UPS Logo [Update: It's Gone]

UPS opened up a can of worms when they decided to do a photo mosaic for their logo. The idea was to use fans' Facebook photos as the background. Of course, someone had Dick Butt (which is a doodle of exactly what it sounds like) as their photo. Now Dick Butt will take a glorious ride aboard the Ferrari SF15-T. … » 4/09/15 9:50pm 4/09/15 9:50pm

Wait, Did Clowntroll Blogger Chuck Johnson Shit On The Floor One Time?

If you've been online this week, you may have heard of Charles "Chuck" C. Johnson, an odious conservative blogger who has gained some fame by rolling around in the shit left in the wake of last month's Rolling Stone piece, which told the story of a University of Virginia student who claimed she was raped by seven men… » 12/09/14 4:01pm 12/09/14 4:01pm

10 Worst-Case Scenarios of Computers Controlling Your Emotions

The internet is still reeling from recent revelations that Facebook workers have been conducting weird experiments with the emotions of Facebook users. Now it's time to see what science fiction has to say about machines that control our feelings. Here are ten cautionary scenarios. » 7/01/14 5:51pm 7/01/14 5:51pm

Watch The World Converge On Brazil, Using Facebook Data

The neat video above, from Facebook, shows how many non-Brazilians travelled to various World Cup cities from June 5th through June 16th. The site's data team built out the graphic using Facebook check-ins; each arc represents 20 people traveling from their home city to a city in Brazil, and the size of the Brazilian… » 6/25/14 1:00pm 6/25/14 1:00pm

Heart of Blandness: A Walking Tour of Silicon Valley

Walking is the only pleasant form of traveling by land. You need no special equipment, training, money, e-tickets, antidepressants, or Twitter followers. Whatever clothes you're wearing will do fine; a hat and shoes are optional. When I've got a few days to spend somewhere, I spend them walking around. So I spent a… » 2/28/14 5:44pm 2/28/14 5:44pm

Who Was America Rooting For Last Night?

As it's done for the every round of the playoffs, Facebook put together a map showing where each Super Bowl team had more Facebook fans (above). The Broncos—an older, more centralized team with two NFL championships—had more national support, while Seahawks fandom was mostly contained to the Pacific Northwest. » 2/03/14 2:57pm 2/03/14 2:57pm

Facebook Data Show Just How Much Football Games Depress You

Whenever Facebook rolls out a new broad survey of its data, like a map of NFL fandom, the instinct is usually to jump right to the counterintuitive bits—Why would there be a pocket of Saints fans in the heart of Texas?—and then sussing out an answer. But here, with a look at how positive and negative words are used in… » 1/30/14 2:00pm 1/30/14 2:00pm

Robert Griffin III Has Had It With Fans Complaining About Dumb Things

The Skins QB has stayed largely silent since the end of the season—he's been around long enough to know that after a 3-13 season, you can't win no matter what you say. But on Friday he made a lengthy post on Facebook. On the face of it, it's a response to one stupid person complaining about the arm sleeve he wears.… » 1/13/14 4:05pm 1/13/14 4:05pm