According to a report from The Smoking Gun, one Catherine L. Crump, 57, of Waukegan, Illinois has attempted to file a trademark on the phrase “I Can’t Breathe” with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the purposes of selling “hoodies and T-shirts for men, women, boys, girls, and infants” with the phrase printed on them. “I Can’t Breathe” of course, are the last words uttered by Eric Garner before he was killed by Police Officer Daniel Pantaleon. The phrase has become a rallying cry against the use of force and the killings of unarmed black men by police officers. Keep reading »
The finale of “The Colbert Report” aired last night, and it included a visit from a freakish number of celebrity guests to sing him a send-off song. That guy sure has a lot of friends! Stephen will take David Letterman’s place on the “Late Show” next year, but it’s still a bittersweet goodbye. There was nothing quite like ‘The Colbert Report,” and it’ll be missed! [Death + Taxes]
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 »
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 »
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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