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Amateur mythbuster tries to debunk a common belief about toasters

A century ago, we had old wives’ tales, but today our misinformation is shared on and legitimized by social media. You may have recently noticed this viral factoid making the rounds: There's nothing...

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Here's why you should follow 'Agent Carter' star Hayley Atwell on Twitter

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is on hiatus until March, so now it's time to turn your attention to Marvel's Agent Carter. And before you do anything else, you need to start following actress Hayley Atwell on...

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Weird Twitter's plagiarism police have a new target: Malcolm Gladwell

Weird Twitter wags @blippoblappo and @crushingbort—the anonymous pair who busted BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria for rampant and consistent plagiarism—may have just hooked their...

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I am @cromnibus: The story behind Twitter's latest obsession

Politics is serious business. Twitter is often exactly the opposite. When politics and Twitter meet, the results are unpredictable—and sometimes amazing. One of the most fascinating developments in...

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Here's a new way to get around Twitter's character count

It’s often hard to condense thoughts into 140-characters, but Twitter's limit is mandatory.  A few clever people avoid the limit by screenshotting entire paragraphs and sharing them as a photo, and...

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Twitter's Buy button is here—and it's kind of genius

The long-rumored Twitter Buy button is here—and we actually sorta like it. Today musician Amanda Palmer tweeted out a link to her new book, The Art of Asking, which is on sale through Twitter's new...

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Is Twitter censoring sex workers?

Earlier this year, Vine adopted a new policy prohibiting users from sharing porn on the app. To most Vine users, who use the app to post silly videos of babies, dogs, and hip-hop stars extolling...

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Meet Benjamin, your new favorite baby pygmy goat

The story of Benjamin—an adorable pygmy goat—could have been a sad one. Born a twin to a mother who rejected him, it seemed he would have to find his own way in the world. But the plucky kid has taken...

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Our 12 favorite Santa selfies of 2014

’Tis the season to take selfies, and as people prepare for the holidays, Santas are out in droves at malls, office parties, and SantaCons everywhere. And what’s better than a Santa selfie to get in...

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Here's what time looks like on Twitter

Your new clock is other people. Jonathan Puckey of the Dutch design studio Moniker noticed Twitter users like to tweet the time, so he’s arranged those time-stamped tweets to create All the Minutes, a...

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Can social media save NASA?

Last week, interns at NASA’s Johnson Space Center capitalized on a particularly fortuitous rhyme by turning Meghan Trainor’s mega-hit “All About That Bass” into the now-viral parody“All About That...

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Beleaguered NYPD tweets misguided reference to 'A Few Good Men'

It has not been a great year for the New York City Police Department. On top of high-profile police-brutality incidents and pervasive trust issues, the NYPD can't seem to get its social media act...

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Here's the best accidentally NSFW driver safety campaign of 2014

Bad driving will kill you all by itself, but making a high-speed mistake in a blizzard no doubt enhances the odds of death. So it’s nice that South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety thought to...

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Jeb Bush announces 2016 presidential plans on Twitter, Facebook

Former Florida governor Jeb Bush on Tuesday became the first Republican presidential hopeful to make his 2016 plans official, and he used Twitter to do it. Bush tweeted at 10am EST on Tuesday that he...

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What we learned from George Clooney's leaked Sony emails

In Hollywood, opening weekend must feel like the most gut-wrenching time of the year for a filmmaker—the culmination of all of your hard work. Sometimes filmmakers will spent over a year (if not even...

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7 better choices for Merriam-Webster's Word of the Year

Yesterday, Merriam-Webster embarrassed themselves by selecting “culture,” a stodgy old noun by all accounts, as the official word of 2014. They say the winner is determined by the site’s search data,...

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Accused of screwing over freelancers, the Toast promises change

In the early stages of a writing career, exposure is the name of the game. And any freelancer who’s done their homework knows that a byline on the Toast, a satirical feminist website that covers...

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Toronto detective relies on popularity of 'Serial' to crowdsource murder...

The first season of true crime podcast Serial wrapped up this week, leaving its audience frustrated. With months to wait until the new season began, how would they pass the time? One solution: fill...

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Edinburgh University gave a library card to a famous local cat

Scotland isn't all haggis and Irvine Welsh-like squalor. It can also be rather quaint. Seriously, if you can name a college outside Scotland that has given a library card to a local cat, we'd love to...

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Pro-NYPD protesters debut classy 'I Can Breathe' shirts

“I can’t breathe,” the last words uttered by Eric Garner, a man choked to death by the NYPD, have rightly become a rallying cry of those protesting the inherent racism of American law enforcement....

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