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Will Smith's 'Fresh Prince' reunion episode is a viral hoax

Millennials have been ultra-nostalgic for the 1990s lately with the death of actor James Avery, who played Uncle Phil on the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (and provided the voice of Shredder in...

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France wants to tax U.S. media companies for not being French enough

France’s Superior Council of Audiovisual issued a report to the government suggesting that taxing global media companies like Google, YouTube, and Facebook was within the country’s power, since France...

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How Tumblr helped an unemployed journalist get back on his feet

Craig D. Lindsey is an award-winning film critic and pop-culture columnist, but plaudits don’t pay the bills. Laid off from Raleigh, North Carolina’s News & Observer in 2011, Lindsey has struggled...

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SeaWorld's PR team has had a whale of a bad week

The Orlando Business Journal noticed something fishy when they went to tally the results of a poll Thursday afternoon. The news site had asked their readers, “Has CNN’s ‘Blackfish’ documentary changed...

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How to complain (about complaining) about a snowstorm on Twitter

If you didn’t know that the Northeastern U.S. had just been slapped by a feisty snowstorm, you certainly found out when you logged onto Twitter, where people are talking about little else. This being...

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It's Bitcoin's birthday today, and here's how the Internet is celebrating

It’s been a breakout year for Bitcoin, from wild crashes and spikes to the Silk Road saga and forward-thinking brothels, not to mention continued speculation about the identity of the cryptocurrency’s...

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The #SelfieOlympics are turning selfies into a competitive sport

It was only a matter of time before people approached selfies not as an expression of existence but as a competitive sport. 2014 is that time. Ahead of the Winter Olympics next month, the hashtag...

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'Teen Wolf' fans get a hilarious Q&A from the wrong Jeff Davis

Teen Wolf’s winter hiatus ends this week, so now seems like a pretty good time for showrunner Jeff Davis to answer some fan questions on Twitter. The only problem is, he deleted his account last year....

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The March Madness of porn tips off today

Democratic Rep. Nancy Pelosi has said, “The right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, and it must be protected and preserved.” Although the Minority Leader was addressing Congress on the 49th...

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Hospital worker tweets about gluing pubic hair to patient's face

If you’re going to glue pubes to a patient’s face, maybe don’t tweet about it. That’s the lesson learned by a hospital worker who tweeted that he was going to shave a patient’s pubic hair off and...

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Freezing-cold weather makes Vanilla Ice temporarily popular again

Plenty of people are complaining about the unprecedented cold and snow that have marked the first week of 2014, but at least one guy has found a silver lining. That man, of course, is Vanilla Ice,...

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Dudes wearing female doll masks is already 2014's weirdest fetish

To all appearances, 2013 was the year that bronies went mainstream, but casual Internet observers have already moved on to mocking a different toy-based fetish: masking. Judging by a trailer for a...

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This is what happens when Kobe Bryant gets paid $50 million to tweet

A $48.5 million, two-year contract extension usually means that you’re at the top of your game, and spending every waking hour re-perfecting the art of the effortless fadeaway jumper while locking...

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'The Bachelor' brings out the misanthropic side of Jason Biggs

New seasons of The Bachelor are always fraught with tension for viewers at home: Did you pick the right contestant to win it all in your Bachelor fantasy league? Will Juan Pablo pull a Ben and pick...

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Gilbert Gottfried crowdsourced punchlines on Twitter last night

Last night on Twitter, comedian Gilbert Gottfried engaged in a bit of crowdsourced improv. He asked followers to tweet him a set up or punchline, and he’d attempt to complete the joke. For the next 5...

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Goldman Sachs' Twitter leaker is pitching a tell-all memoir

One of the investment banking industry’s more unfortunate assumptions has been that its culture of amoral decadence and depravity, still unchecked after countless scandals and financial disasters, is...

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Now you can troll the NSA right from your browser

Sure, we’d all like to waste the NSA’s time and clog their surveillance channels by raising a bunch of false red flags, but creating a steady stream of misinformation is a lot of work.  Or was....

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The Toronto trial that could change the way we think about harassment on Twitter

Amanda Hess wrote an excellent piece this week about being a woman on Twitter, and the harassment—often in the form of rape and death threats—she and countless others deal with. It was a frustrating...

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Teju Cole's retweets create an instant work of literature

Teju Cole’s well-regarded 2012 novel Open City is built upon the thoughts and observations of a Nigerian-German psychiatrist given to the flâneur lifestyle, strolling dreamily around New York and...

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After a bumpy ride, 'Depression Quest' gets some good news

Depression Quest is an eye-opening, award-winning game that’s inspired other issue-based games in its wake. But after its creator, Zoe Quinn, became the target of repeated misogynist threats and...

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