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'Vape' is your Oxford Dictionaries Word of 2014

It’s been a big year for marijuana, with victories at the polls and arrest rates plummeting, but a subculture that brings together potheads and cigarette smokers has also flourished: vape life. [Kurt...

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This 18-karat hashtag ring from Bloomingdale's costs $825

You know what they say: If you like it, then you should have put a #ring on it. Bloomingdale's apparently fancies itself a teen-friendly jewelry destination. In a bid to outdo the hordes of viral...

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Uber CEO issues hollow tweetstorm apology

Taxi replacement service and den of iniquity Uber is in hot water this week following BuzzFeed's revelation Monday night that a top executive suggested smearing journalists who criticized the company,...

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Viral text message breakup leads woman to swear off cat-owners

There are countless things to take into consideration when breaking off a romance: how to best communicate your feelings, gentleness regarding your partner’s own vulnerabilities, and, of course, the...

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Twitter search now includes any tweet ever

Twitterisn’t ephemeral—each tweet is etched into the Internet ether as soon as you send it out. But sometimes it feels like tweets disappear, thanks to Twitter’s historically awful search function....

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How Internet sleuths track Russia's movements in Ukraine

War is waged on the ground and tracked through constant communications from all sides of a conflict. But in 2014, it is also being followed online.  Fueled by a pro-European Union revolution that...

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TGI Friday's spices up the holidays with mistletoe drones

Just picture it: early December, first blizzard of the season. You’re cuddling with your soul mate in a booth at a casual dining restaurant, about to enjoy a dinner of spaghetti alfredo with chicken...

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Ubisoft found a creative way to screw with gamers who steal Far Cry 4

Generally-speaking, it’s a bad idea to yell “I totally just stole something from you!” as you’re sprinting out the door of a store, with pilfered goods. Yet people on social media are doing just that....

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Literary community cringes at 'Lemony Snicket' author's racist award show jokes

Daniel Handler, an author best known for work published under the pen name Lemony Snicket, hosted the National Book Awards last night. According to the New York Times, he proved an "edgy and...

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Baseball's plan to make the game millennial friendly

When Madison Bumgarner drove away in his Chevy truck, World Series stardom in tow, sports fans put their scorecards away marking the end of the 2014 baseball season. Not so fast. The sun, or in this...

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Advanced Twitter search unearths ancient Internet moments

Searching Twitter has never been easy, but now you can peer all the way back into the #darkages of Twitter circa 2006. In the past day, Twitter users have shared the tweets under the hashtag...

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Robots are writing erotic fanfiction about Taye Diggs as a space dinosaur

On Wednesday morning, just before sunrise, something wonderful happened on Twitter: A trio of bots teamed up to turn actor Taye Diggs into a space dinosaur. They then proceeded to write erotic...

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Why racist 'Twilight' fans can't stop harassing Robert Pattinson's girlfriend

FKA Twigs doesn’t want to be famous. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, the British indie pop singer (nee Tahliah Barnett) opened up about the harassment and abuse she’s been consistently...

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How I got People to name Charles Manson's fiancée sexiest woman alive

As the New England Patriots quickly learned last week, letting followers have control over a brand’s social media presence is rarely a good idea. Which is why when People announced that in honor of...

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Folk hero Josh Gordon is here to save the NFL

BY KEN GRIGGS How many weeks has it been? Has it been months? Is today a weekday? What is today? Sunday marks a historic moment for the 2014 fantasy football season. In an NFL campaign mired with...

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ISIS propaganda photo is actually porn, says U.S. government

The militant group Islamic State (ISIS) is guilty of many stomach-turning crimes against humanity—and now, we can count a lack of fact-checking among them.  That’s what the world learned earlier this...

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Here's why Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is resigning

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will resign from his post, marking President Barack Obama's first major staff change since the Democrats lost control of the Senate earlier this month. President...

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The strange origins of some of Twitter's favorite phrases

As of a week ago, the great unwashed masses now have access to Twitter's monstrous archive of almost half-a-trillion tweets, searchable at the click of a button. A database that gargantuan can be...

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Homeopathy fans poured remedies down the toilet to save our oceans

Lately, environmental reports on the state of the planet’s oceans have been grim, so it’s with relief that we share some good news: As of Nov. 21, 2014—the appointed date on which homeopaths around...

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Islamic State uses hashtag to mock U.S. defense secretary's resignation

Everyone uses Twitter to make every topic about him- or herself, and the terrorist group Islamic State (IS) is no exception. On Monday morning, U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that he...

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