January 2021

HBO’s ‘Street Gang’ will make you want to revisit classic ‘Sesame Street’

Half a century in, Sesame Street has become one of the most reliable staples of childhood in America. You probably grew up with it; your parents probably did too, and your kids are probably growing up with it now. Which can make it easy to forget how radical the show seemed when it first aired. That, in part, is what Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street is here to fix.  The documentary takes… Read More »HBO’s ‘Street Gang’ will make you want to revisit classic ‘Sesame Street’

John Krasinski better watch this ‘Office’ mashup of monologue advice before ‘SNL’

John Krasinski is about to make his debut as a Saturday Night Live host, and The Office‘s YouTube channel is trying to make sure he doesn’t flub his monologue. The channel not-so-subtly referenced Krasinski’s big night by posting a video titled “How To Prepare For a Monologue,” and honestly? It’s packed with some good advice. The 13-minute mashup of scenes includes everything from Dundies prep and Dwight’s speech lead-up to Jim Halpert’s memorable Sabre Pyramid… Read More »John Krasinski better watch this ‘Office’ mashup of monologue advice before ‘SNL’

The unexpected catharsis of watching COVID-19 TV episodes

In April 2020, when it became abundantly clear that the threat posed by COVID-19 wasn’t going away any time soon I remember thinking to myself, “God, I hope television shows don’t tackle this virus.” In the early months of the pandemic, people were stress-watching Contagion, imagining how beloved characters from shows like The Office would handle COVID-19, and asking writers like Tina Fey and Mike Schur how their coronavirus episode scripts would look. That was… Read More »The unexpected catharsis of watching COVID-19 TV episodes

Scientists finally figured out why wombats poop cubes. Thank heavens.

Our long international nightmare is over: We finally know why wombats poop out cubes. The scientists did it. They really did it. Thank heavens.  Wombats’ odd poop has long been a curious and fun animal fact. And the answer behind it isn’t as simple as “square-shaped butthole.” OK, not quite that simple anyway. Basically: the Rubik’s-esque scat is formed in wombats’ intestines via muscle contractions and not at the point of exit.  Researchers from Georgia… Read More »Scientists finally figured out why wombats poop cubes. Thank heavens.

Robinhood now says you can buy one GameStop share, as a treat

Corporate benevolence has never looked so sweet. After first preventing its users from purchasing GameStop stock on Thursday, the free-trading app Robinhood reversed course. On Friday, in its ultimate wisdom and generosity, Robinhood decided to limit the number of GameStop stocks its users could purchase to one. That’s right, one single stock.  So noted the company in a blog post, which was quick to emphasize that “these are aggregate limits for each security and not… Read More »Robinhood now says you can buy one GameStop share, as a treat

The 13 best tweets of the week, including GameStop jokes, LMFAO, and Thanos

Somehow another week has passed. Days, weeks, months, it’s all the same isn’t it? Pandemics are weird.  But here we are. It’s Friday. We’re going to celebrate that fact with some good tweets. Why? Who knows. But hopefully they’ll make you laugh.  So, here they are, our 13 favorite tweets of the week.  1. But visually it is represented by a knife pic.twitter.com/dggpIWR5eB — thomas 🍌 (@perfectsweeties) January 28, 2021 2. Yes, this is a… Read More »The 13 best tweets of the week, including GameStop jokes, LMFAO, and Thanos