Frisky Q&A: “Daily Show” Correspondent Jessica Williams Gets Scientific

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Last week, “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams paid a visit to the NYU science labs to conduct some #EmojiScience experiments. The GE #EmojiScience campaign set out to prove that there’s science in everything by creating experiments that relate to emojis. Scientists then sent out Snapchat footage of celebrity guests like Bill Nye, Gary Vaynerchu, Baratunde Thurston and Williams conducting them. At the lab, I watched the research team light a taco on fire (scientifically, of course) in a plea for Apple to add a taco emoji and discovered beakers full of neon liquids that fizzed just like in the movies. For a person who reads and writes all day at work and thus hasn’t done a science experiment since maybe 11th grade, it was a grand adventure. I watched Williams conduct experiments that involved electric-shocking a pickle (at least, that’s what it looked like!) and making color-changing tie-dye water; but first, she sat down with me for a quick chat about science, street harassment and internet cats. Keep reading »

Michele Bachmann Interview Perfectly Exemplifies The Dunning-Kruger Effect

In 1999, David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University’s Department of Psychology began testing a theory that occurred to them after hearing a story about a man who thought — because lemon juice could be used as an “invisible ink” — that  he could douse himself in it and then go rob a bank and no one would see him.

What they proposed was that individuals who were incompetent were more likely to overestimate their own skill, and also more unlikely to recognize actual skill in others. Keep reading »

2014: The Year In Celebrities Who Inspire Love/Hate

We expect celebrities to be perfect, either in that they’re totally loveable or totally detestable — but so often, that isn’t the case. Check out our gallery of celebrities who were polarizing in 2014, but who aren’t always what they’re made out to be.

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Ashlee Simpson Is Pregnant!

  • Ashlee Simpson and her husband Evan Ross are expecting their first child together! Ashlee also has a six-year-old son, Bronx, with ex-husband Pete Wentz. [Cosmopolitan]
  • On the heels of the cancellation of “The Interview,” Paramount has pulled screenings of “Team America: World Police.” Like “The Interview,” the film features North Korea as a villain, and the Alamo Drafthouse and Cleveland Cinemas had planned to screen the film over the holiday season. Paramount hasn’t provided a specific reason for the cancellation. [The Verge]
  • Three editors at AskMen saw a screening of “The Interview” before it was pulled, and according to them, it’s actually a great movie (there’s something I never thought I’d write). [AskMen]

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2014 Was The Year Of Outrage

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  • Check out Slate’s comprehensive interactive calendar of everything that has outraged us this year, day-by-day. [Slate]
  • Sony CEO Michael Lynton apologized for claiming in a hacked e-mail that alcohol is to blame for sexual assault and that assault rates haven’t increased (they have). [Daily Dot]
  • An Uber driver has been accused of kidnapping and raping a rider in Boston. [Boston Globe]
  • A South Carolina judge decided, 70 years after the fact, to clear the name of Black 14-year-old George Stinney Jr., who was executed in 1944 for a murder without even being granted an appeal. [The State] Keep reading »

RIP Society: This Elementary School Took Away A Blind Boy’s Cane And Gave Him A Pool Noodle Instead

RIP Society: This Elementary School Took Away A Blind Boy's Cane And Replaced It With A Pool Noodle

Nothing says “Merry Christmas” quite like taking away a blind child’s cane and replacing it with a pool noodle. At least, that’s what one elementary school in Kansas City thought.

After an eight-year-old blind boy, Dakota Nafzinger, was reprimanded by his bus driver for hitting another student with his cane, the driver took away Dakota’s cane and refused to give it back to the child when it was time for him to get off the bus. To make the situation ten times worse, the school decided to KEEP THE CANE for two weeks as punishment. The assholes at Gracemor Elementary then replaced the boy’s cane with a POOL NOODLE, which does nothing to help him, except for maybe letting others know he’s a fun aquatic companion. Keep reading »

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