The 90s-nostalgia boomlet that blossomed last year—online, across the cable dial, and in the fashion pages—says as much about the future as it does about the decade of Seinfeld and the Starr Report, of Gingrich and grunge. And it reveals how nostalgia itself has changed.
After a great fall, what do we remember? We remember the cheating, and the lies. We remember the cult of personality that we eagerly embraced, and then felt betrayed by. But what of the man who fell? What about the work he didn’t cheat at? What about the 16 years Lance Armstrong spent building a global cancer advocacy? Did it matter? Does it still? Does it matter that Livestrong, the foundation that kicked him out, now wants him back? Do we care what happens to the great work a man has done, after a great fall?
While it sounds like a pretty cool skateboard trick, this move was actually made by one dedicated father from Virginia who went all the way to an unclaimed arid desert in Northeast Africa to plant a flag, claiming the region as his own “Kingdom of North Sudan.” The reason? He promised his 6 year-old daughter she could be an actual princess. +1, America.
Here’s a partial list of slang terms native to the D.C. area, which now has more bammas in it than ever. As noted in the comments the term “Kirkin’” was left out, it’s an amazing phrase which basically means you’re out of your mind and is derived from Captain Kirk’s propensity to flip out on things. You can also “kirk-out” on something.
Richard Magnan, an alleged member of Chicago’s 2-6 street gang accidentally shot and killed his friend over the 4th of July weekend. Magnan, who told police he “keeps a gun to protect himself from rivals” was waving a pistol around in a Walgreens parking lot when it went off, striking his fellow gang member in the stomach. Surprisingly, this won’t be Magnan’s first trip to prison, he was previously sentenced to eight years for his connection to a 2003 murder. FTW, indeed.
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