Get Roasted

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An interesting fact concerning the desert state that is California, each Almond grown requires one gallon of water.

The Worst Place on Earth

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The toxic lake at Baotou, Inner Mongolia. Home to the waste from one of the world’s largest suppliers of “rare earth” minerals.

There’s Money in Them Memes

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Copyrighting trollface

700 shekels

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The price Gaza City resident Rabie Darduna was ‘tricked’ into accepting for the door that Banksy painted in the ruins of what used to be his house. It’s about $175 US.

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De La Crowdfund

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For the first time in eleven years, De La Soul is recording a studio album. And being the independent artists that they are, De La is turning the people into the record label.

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“Who would have known that sex would lead to losing money?”

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How Slim Thug slept with his real estate agent and ended up in foreclosure.

Kissing Away The Family Creation

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John A. Hillerich IV, great-grandson of Bud Hillerich, the man who brought baseball to Hillerich & Bradsby, announced that the family company  just sold the intellectual property rights to their Louisville Slugger brand for $70 million to Amer Sports, the Finnish parent company of sporting goods giant Wilson.

Taking Design For Granted

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A Century Of Iconic Food Packaging

Inside the Powell Factory

“George Powell,” a documentary short by Stacy Peralta.

The Aggravated Pimp

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the IMF is on trial in France for allegedly organizing and recruiting high-end prostitutes for orgies at luxury hotels across the globe. In France it’s not illegal to pay for sex, but it is illegal to pimp.

“When I’m looking for something to blow people’s minds, who better than a skateboarder who talks about neuroscience and memory and stuff like that?”

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Can Rodney Mullen save Silicon Valley from itself?

Photo by J. Grant Brittain

“making $1,300/mo w/ no work”

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After falling into internet dormancy, Hipster Runoff is for now sale. Seems like the site would be a great graduation gift for some budding internet salvation.

All Business

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In August 2013, a Xiao Li fell into a coma at an internet cafe after spending close to a week straight without any sleep while he fervently researched new business ideas. In January 2015, Xiao Li woke up from his coma after smelling a crisp 100 Yuan note that doctors had crumpled under his nose.

“Innovation Strategist”

This lady has no clue what kind of job her husband has had for the last 20 years. Steve Harvey clues her in.

The Wide World of Weed

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Pot News for those Who Partake
 
Marijuana Anonymous, the rock bottom is nothing like you hear about in AA

The federal drug war has ended in states with legal pot

Pictures of Santa smoking pot are not allowed in public

Green Chips: Medical marijuana growers are trying to take weed public on Wall Street

Native American Tribes can now legally sell weed on their lands

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Bong Appetit is Vice’s new weed cooking show

 

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Printables

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When the Art Is Watching You by Ellen Gamerman

Museums are mining detailed information from visitors, raising questions about the use of Big Data in the arts

$72 Million

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The amount of money made by a 17-year old high school student from Queens who “trades stocks during his lunch break.” OR NOT. Shitty reporting from NY Mag.

“It is small-minded to focus on the university buying a $200,000 table”

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Right? Especially when you consider that this custom-made (in China), circular conference table seats 23 and features “data ports, microphones and an illuminated map of the world in a glass panel at its center.” It’s the centerpiece of the newly needed “world-class corporate meeting space” at the school. So what university would make such an extravagant purchase? Columbia? Yale? NYU? Nope. The school in question is none other than Kean University, a co-ed public school located in Northern New Jersey whose four year tuition totals something like $44,000. It’s destined to become a breeding ground for UN delegates, or at least James Bond villains.

All Dried Up

Due to one of the worst droughts on record, California’s Central Valley is becoming a dustbowl and leaving its inhabitants and workers with an uncertain future. This terrifically shot film by Matt Black tells the story.

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