Beating out “Bae,” “Budtender,” “Contactless,” “Indyref,” “Normcore,” and “Slacktivism,” Oxford Dictionaries’ Word Of The Year has officially been crowned! While they were all worthy contenders, this year’s pick was an obvious choice since it’s usage has more than doubled over the last year, and you’re 30 times more likely to come across the word than you were two years ago. So without further ado, the Word Of The Year is… Keep reading »
Make It Stop is a new weekly column in which Anna Goldfarb — the blogger behind Shmitten Kitten and Shlooby Kitten — tells you what’s up. Want a fresh take on a stinky dilemma? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Make It Stop.” She’ll make it all better, or at least make you laugh. Girl Scout’s honor.
First up, how to say “no” to babysitting: Keep reading »
Nowadays, America grows her own weed, and The Man eases up more and more on the pot industry every year. Last week we got the lowdown on the strange and sometimes dangerous world of legal marijuana in 2014, but if you want to know how we got here, you need to talk to somebody from back in the day. In the 1970s, there were no dispensaries in California, much less legal recreational shops. There was, however, Brian O’Dea and his merry band of pot smugglers.
We talked with Brian to find out just how he rose to become one of the continent’s leading drug importers, and how it all went cock-bendingly wrong in the end. Here’s what he had to say. Read more on Cracked…
Pot is more popular and more legal than it’s ever been. Well, at least since lawmakers first started using it as an excuse to arrest Mexicans. It’s been outright legalized in Washington, Colorado, and the city of Portland, Maine. Meanwhile, legions of legal medical growers across California and 22 other states have helped turn weed into America’s biggest cash crop. Cracked wanted the lowdown on getting high the respectable way, so we sent a “reporter” up to America’s Drug Basket: Northern California. He (or she) “researched” several legal grow operations and spoke with people at every level of the industry. The Nacho per diem alone nearly broke our budget, so we sure hope this is good. Read more on Cracked…
What is Photoshop for other than to create nonsense? At least this nonsense is for a good cause. To mark Thursday’s Great American Smoke Out, a national day to quit smoking, Ellen DeGeneres took some “Mad Men” clips, removed all references to smoking and replaced them with party blowers. Don Draper would have been a hell of a lot less mercurial with party blowers! Slightly more annoying, though. [Ellen TV]
In 2004, people figured out that if you smoke alcohol, you can get drunk almost immediately without any of the empty calories associated with that old-fashioned liquid alcohol. A product called AWOL (Alcohol Without Liquid) was quickly banned in the U.S. because inhaling alcohol straight into the bloodstream is super dangerous. But now inhaling alcohol has resurfaced with a new sketchy product that’s being sold legally in all 50 states. The Vaportini, which is sold online, gets you schwasted immediately upon inhalation. Keep reading »