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- Upworthy Was One Of The Hottest Sites Ever. You Won't Believe What Happened Next
After popularizing sensational headlines and taking your news feed by storm, Upworthy seemingly fell off a cliff. Its story reveals just as much about Facebook as it does about why we click. (Image credit: Jon Shapley/Getty Images for SXSW)
- The Sun Building in Washington, D.C.
The 116-foot Sun Building in Washington, D.C. doesn’t appear particularly noteworthy to contemporary audiences. The building is neither grand nor unsightly, and office workers who pass through the doorway might wonder what could possibly justify the Natio
- It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly
The extreme heat in Phoenix led to the cancellation of nearly 50 flights on Monday and Tuesday, according to the Arizona Republic. With temperatures soaring to a high of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, American Airlines said it was forced to ground dozens of plan
- A Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exist
- Artist breaks 43 stupid laws by taking photos of the crimes
In Ohio is illegal to disrobe in front of a portrait of a man. In Texas it is illegal for children to have unusual haircuts. In Nevada it is illegal to put an American flag on a bar of soap. Photographer Olivia Locher broke these laws, and 40 others just
- There’s a dark side to meditation that no one talks about
- The Man Behind Herman Munster Wrote Some Puntastic Children's Books
Fred Gwynne, who stretched an imposing 6 foot 5 when fully grown, was never destined to be normal. Born in New York City in 1926, Gwynne had one early, consuming ambition. “The thing I always wanted to be, ever since I can remember, is a portrait painter
- Meet the 2017 Mayoral Candidates
by Heidi Groover A primer on the six major hopefuls eyeing Seattle’s top seat. [ Comment on this story ] [ Subscribe to the comments on this story ]
- Inside Walt Mossberg’s gadget museum
Walt Mossberg is retiring this year — he’s already written his last column, hosted his last Code Conference, and taped the final episode of Ctrl-Walt-Delete in front of a live audience in New York. But Walt’s also assembled an impressive collection of not
- What colors do you get when you spell words in hex?
The hexidecimal color #C0FFEE (192 Red, 255 Green, 238 Blue, on a scale of 0-255) is a pleasing greenish color, while #BEADED is a kind of mauve. (more…)
- Senate Backs Down on Press Restrictions
The chairman of the Senate Rules Committee on Tuesday attributed the confusion over a possible change to the chamber rules governing media access to a discrepancy between staff on the panel and the Senate sergeant-at-arms staff. “I think
- The most accurate map for August 21’s total solar eclipse
- The Project Fi data-only SIM is my favorite deal in wireless
Project Fi is Google’s specialized wireless service designed primarily for Google’s own phones. It doesn’t get much attention because, in order to use it, your main phone pretty much has to be either a Google Pixel or a Nexus device. It hasn’t kept up wit
- Space Needle to get its biggest renovation ever: glass floor, opened views, more elevators
“We are going glass ga-ga,” said a spokeswoman. One of Seattle’s biggest attractions will get its biggest renovation ever over the next couple of years. It will cost its private owners more than $100 million.
- Can Democrats Fix the Party?
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Can Democrats Fix the Party?
- Please Make Google AMP Optional
- Scam alert: Trump's $1tn 'infrastructure plan' is a giveaway to the rich | Robert Reich
America’s infrastructure is in dire need of investment. But nothing Trump is proposing will do anything to help At a roundtable discussion with state transportation officials on Friday, Donald Trump said America’s ageing roads, bridges, railways, and wate
- America's Train Stations: An Architectural Explainer
The golden age of U.S. rail travel, stretching roughly from 1830 to 1930, has left us a submerged built legacy of fervid competition, early standardized construction and design, and some of the earliest recognizable efforts to wield architecture as explic
- First to lose Obamacare? The sickest county in the state
Obamacare is starting to crack, starting in our state’s sickest spot, Grays Harbor County. But the plan isn’t to fix it. It’s to make it dramatically worse.
- The ‘Purposefully Bad Volume Sliders’ Meme Is the Stuff of Nightmares
The infinite-monkey theorem states that if a monkey randomly taps away at a keyboard for an infinite amount of time, it’ll almost surely end up typing out a great work of literature, like William Shakespeare’s Hamlet or something. And along th
- Binky is the social media app for anti-social people
The internet is a vast wilderness full of politics and cat memes. Navigating social media requires a PhD in Facebook and an intravenous Twitter feed. It’s just flat-out overwhelming — until now. Binky is a new app that aims to rid you of the worst part of
- Nikkita Oliver: ‘I have to have friends who disagree with me’
Is Seattle too intolerant of views from the right? Our city’s been trying to sort that out since last week, when we learned about a telling moment in a Seattle City Council meeting from a column by Danny Westneat in The Seattle Times. City Councilme
- Centrist Dems Cannot Afford to Ignore the Defeat of Centrism and the Success of the Left in the UK Election
by Charles Mudede Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn at a campaign rally in Watford, UK. Matt Cardy/Getty The UK election was a huge disaster not only for the Conservative Party, which called for the snap elect
- It's Been 91 Years Since Seattle's First (and Only) Female Mayor
That could change come November. But why has it taken so long?
- Maryland's Smith Island, Home to a Vanishing Dialect and Rising Sea Levels
Tyler Tyler misses a crab pot, which is understandable. The seas are already rough this morning, and the sky-blue float marking his pot vaults up and down with the swells. With one hand on the throttle and the other on a gaffing pole, he guns the diesel o
- This Viking ‘Parliament’ Lay Hidden for Centuries in Robin Hood’s Sherwood Forest
Archaeologists have pieced together the long-lost remains of a hugely important Viking meeting site in Nottinghamshire.
- James Comey’s Intellectual History
More than three decades before the F.B.I. began investigating whether members of Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign had colluded with the Russian government, James Comey—the Bureau’s recently fired director—envisioned a Russian c
- The Brautigan Library in Vancouver, Washington
There are many places voracious readers can go to find books the publishing industry has deemed worthy of sale. Less common are places to find those it has not. One such place is the Brautigan Library. The library's inspiration, and name, came from the 1
- What To Do If the Laptop Ban Goes Global
"The U.S. is reportedly seriously considering a greatly expanded ban on laptops in airplane cabins," writes Slashdot reader mirandakatz -- sharing some advice from Dan Gillmor. If the government still allows laptops to be checked in with luggage, "the pri