Parents In Animated Children's Movies Often Die In 10 Minutes​

A study in the British Medical Journal found that characters in animated children's films die three times more often than folks in adult films. The study also found that those characters were likely to be parents, and that they were especially likely to die within the first 10 minutes of the film. » 12/18/14 2:40pm Thursday 2:40pm

Nerf Legal Warfare: 5 Tales Of Foamy Fun Gone Wrong

In late 1969, Reyn Guyer, inventor of the game Twister, did it again. He invented a foamy toy that became a classic — Nerf, "The World's First Indoor Ball." Since that first ball forty-five years ago, the Nerf brand has expanded to include many other products, including footballs and an arsenal of toy weapons. This… » 12/15/14 12:08pm Monday 12:08pm

Aaron Sorkin Doesn't Think That Racism Should Make The Newsroom

Full disclosure: If I met Aaron Sorkin in real life I would probably wet myself. I can probably recite A Few Good Men, and all four "canonical" seasons of the West Wing. I love his writing, which probably means I love his thinking. And even though he has not yet explicitly turned his insightful gaze towards the… » 12/15/14 9:34am Monday 9:34am

Does the FBI Work For Sony Now?

Have you read about the Sony hacks? Somebody tell Nick Denton that Sam Biddle is killing it. Sony sounds like a more toxic place to work than Fukushima. Hilarity is ensuing as we speak. » 12/12/14 12:00pm 12/12/14 12:00pm

How Many Bites Do Sloppy Lawyers Get At The Apple?

The antitrust suit against Apple over the iPod forcing you to buy music from the Apple Store doesn't have to be stupid. I remember when I got my first iPod and I tried to download all the stuff I stole on Napster (uhh, just kidding, authorities) and it wouldn't let me. That's not right. I want Apple to be punished. » 12/10/14 4:15pm 12/10/14 4:15pm

Will Oregon Be Academically Eligible For Rose Bowl?

On January 1st, Oregon will play — and if Vegas is to be believed, beat — Florida State in the Rose Bowl as one-half of the college football championship semifinal. This playoff thing is kind of a big deal. The school will make roughly a metric shitload and the players... well, the players will get a swag bag and a… » 12/09/14 2:24pm 12/09/14 2:24pm

Ignorance Is Worth $5.27 Billion of Bliss, Says Government​

New FDA regulations published last month affect certain retail chain establishments — including many restaurants, grocery stores, vending machine operators, movie theaters, and amusement parks — requiring them to display calorie counts next to their menu items. As part of the rule-making, the Food and Drug… » 12/08/14 2:30pm 12/08/14 2:30pm

Black Law Students Ask For Race-Based Exam Extension​

It's been a bad month for black people in America. It feels like the cops have declared open season against black males under the age of 20, and the legal system doesn't seem to care. I don't know about you, but I've been going through my days feeling like I'm carrying 400 years of racial oppression on my back. It's… » 12/08/14 11:56am 12/08/14 11:56am