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Argue with Aunt Edna about immigration reform, if you want, or talk about literally anything else. Your call! READ MORE »


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This past week was punctuated by some stark reminders  that our world still needs a lot of shaping in order to be a fair, just and loving place. I know this is a pop culture column that exists as a tongue-in-cheek internet roast, and is not an ideal platform for a civil liberties chat. But… READ MORE »


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Here’s an admission: I work for a blog that does lots of pop culture coverage, and I spend a lot of time in conversations with my coworkers about pop culture going, “What? What is that? That is over my head.” This isn’t a brag, just a description of my life: I don’t watch TV, not… READ MORE »


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So many year-end lists, so little time, so we’ve rounded up the best of 2014’s year-end roundups just for you… … READ MORE »


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I keep telling people to move to Chicago, but they keep giving me excuses not to (like having “jobs” elsewhere — whatever). Reason number 5,683,820 to move to Chicago: The George Lucas Museum of Narrative Art. San Francisco turned it down and now their mayor is all pouty about the fact that Lucas chose Chicago,… READ MORE »


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From “You got it dude” to “Bazinga!” it’s almost like TV shows have their own special language that viewers need to understand to be in on the joke. Of course that’s part of the reason we watch in the first place. Check out this supercut of some of TV’s finest catchphrases and see how many… READ MORE »


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Joe Sabia is a director and advocate for changes in copyright law. In an attempt to show just how reliant great comedy is on shared experiences and others’ intellectual property, he’s made “The Office” Time Machine. The site is organized by year and uses video clips to break down 1,300 pop culture references made throughout the… READ MORE »


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Is it just us, or does it sometimes feels like the Internet is one giant argument between Gen Yers and Gen Xers? How all this Millennial finger wagging happened is beyond us (thanks, Kevin Bacon), but it would be great if for once, we could all just agree on some stuff, be nice, and share.READ MORE »


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We have nothing against writers (much of this very website is written by them), but we can’t pretend that every iconic TV and movie character or moment is carefully crafted by expert scribes hunched over a desk. Often the writer comes up with only a vague idea (or a specific yet terrible one) and the… READ MORE »


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“The Heat,” a foul-mouthed, gun-toting, slapstick-silly film opened in theaters this weekend — and it stars two female leads. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy, two of Hollywood’s raddest women, play an FBI agent and a cop, respectively, in the movie, which has been getting some positive reviews. So, to honor this awesome female duo, we thought we’d list… READ MORE »


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It’s been a really long time since I’ve thought about the song “If You Steal My Sunshine,” the movie “Bicentennial Man” (shudder), or the Y2K scare, but this video forced me to confront all those 1999 memories–and many more–in exactly 10 minutes. Before you hit play, be warned that side effects may include involuntarily singing… READ MORE »


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I originally planned to make this a list of the best menstruation moments in pop culture, but quickly discovered that Hollywood in particular does not have a very positive track record when it comes to tackling the crimson wave in movies and TV. Books and music have done a little better, but for the most part, periods have been… READ MORE »


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For her new music video for the song “Stay,” Rihanna decided to get naked and film in my favorite place on early — the bathtub. These stills suggest to me that RiRi could use some advice on how to bathe like a rockstar. Where are the bubbles? The candles? The laptop sitting on the toilet airing the… READ MORE »


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Guys, a lot of stuff happens in a day, and sometimes important things slip through the brain cracks. There were a lot of memes we wanted to make happen this year — involving “American Horror Story,” Kanye West, soup and more — but some of them just didn’t get done. Well, before we move on… READ MORE »


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I only recently discovered the amazing phenomenon that is “Friday Night Lights,” and more specifically, the glorious perfection that is Connie Briton as Tami Taylor. I told Amelia I wanted to be Tami Taylor for Halloween and hopefully win some kind of costume party prize for Least Timely Pop Culture Reference, but then Amelia threatened… READ MORE »


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Artist Rodolfo Loaiza’s new show, “Disasterland,” features colorful paintings that throw out traditional Disney narratives and re-imagine them in ways that more accurately reflect the world we live in. For example, “heterosexual happy endings have been discarded; outdated,” and some popular heroes, princesses, and villains have been recast as same-sex lovers. Hercules and Aladdin make… READ MORE »


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The Japanese girl group AKB48 is under fire for filming a series of suggestive candy ads that some claim promote homosexuality. The group’s ads for a sugary gummy candy feature the members of the group clad in school girl uniforms passing a piece of the candy between one another using only their mouths. Watchdog groups… READ MORE »


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The best part of Valentine’s Day when I was a kid was getting all those themed Valentine’s from my classmates. That, and going buck wild with all that candy. OK, so now I know better than to pour an entire carton Sweet Tarts down my throat. But I am still into the cards. I would… READ MORE »


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