These Men Are Now Charging People to Look at Banksy's Latest Stencil

A group of men has begun charging $5 apiece for photos of the new Banksy piece in East New York today, according to the Instagram account streetartjamz. This development is the most compelling thing about Banksy's latest work, which before had just been a stencil painting of a beaver gnawing on a felled parking sign. » 10/10/13 6:32pm 10/10/13 6:32pm

Hopey and Changey: Iran's New President and the Vatican's New Pope

A good way to routinely bum yourself out is to set "Google News" as your Internet home page. But last night, something magical happened on that usual grid of gloom: The top stories were good news: Pope Francis and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the elderly men recently chosen to lead their respective communities,… » 9/20/13 5:21pm 9/20/13 5:21pm

Here's a Glimpse Into America's "Scary" Ku Klux Klan Hovels

When I was a kid, my parents let me watch the great 1988 Hackman-Dafoe film Mississippi Burning at probably too young an age. For years afterward I was tormented by the thought that, like in the movie, there were Klansman somewhere who were stalking my interracial family and me and who would one day come to my house… » 8/15/13 10:52pm 8/15/13 10:52pm

The Washington Monument Is Temporarily Awesome Again

Most of the time, the heart of our nation's capital is a monument to monumentalism, the neoclassical ostentatiously trying to pass itself off as the eternal. But for a few years at the end of the 20th century, the architectural stasis was interrupted by something weird and charming: the Washington Monument became a… » 7/10/13 5:43pm 7/10/13 5:43pm

Gay Teen Comes Out to Parents in Graduation Speech, Shouts Out Beyonce

Before he took the stage to give his salutatorian speech at the Bell County Expo in Belton, Texas, on Thursday, Mitch Anderson had never told anyone he is gay. That had changed by Anderson's third paragraph, when, after extolling the merits of "learning how to love and celebrate yourself," he broke the news… » 6/11/13 10:46pm 6/11/13 10:46pm

Furious, Inept Spaniards Show You How to Destroy an Audi in 10 Minutes

Little is known about this video apart from the fact that its provenance is said to be Málaga's Palma-Palmilla district. One thing that is certain is that I'd like to submit this footage—with its frustration, violence, and triumphant denouement—to the Oscars as a short commentary on Spain's persistent financial woes. » 5/29/13 5:05pm 5/29/13 5:05pm

"Cat Bearding" Finally Combines Cats, Cameras and the Internet

The sudden new craze called "cat bearding" has made us realize that it's always futile to claim the Internet has hit a new low, because as soon as you make such a pronouncement, something like "cat bearding" comes along to remind you the Internet will always be more pointless and absurd and .... oh but that one cat is… » 5/23/13 2:42pm 5/23/13 2:42pm

Cicadas Are Here and They Always Were

Staten Island! Riverdale! The Brood II cicadas of the East Coast are not something to anticipate anymore; they're something crawling out of the ground and shedding their skins all over the map. Exclamation points are out on cicadamania.com and cicadas.info, while magicicada.org keeps soberly logging the sightings,… » 5/17/13 10:20am 5/17/13 10:20am