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07.03.15 Liam Mathews

Schenectady is a depressed-but-slowly-recovering city in upstate New York near Albany with a notoriously dysfunctional police department. Hopefully soon it will also be known for its dog mayor. A 13-year-old mutt named Diamond entered the mayoral race this week. Her candidacy was announced by her campaign manager Kathy Fitzmaurice, who filed on her behalf because […]

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04.20.15 Bucky Turco

On Saturday, renowed interventionist and public art veteran Ron English finished up his mural at the Houston Bowery Wall. It’s a patchwork American flag comprised of the many corporate parodies he has done over the past two decades as unsanctioned billboards or paintings, punctuated by a very angry-looking Hulk-like toddler. I asked him why he […]

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02.09.15 Aymann Ismail

Himanshu “Heems” Suri, who goes by moniker Deepak Choppa these days, is celebrating his first solo album since his rap group Das Racist disbanded in 2012. He kicked things off with an exhibit at New York’s Aicon Gallery titled “Eat Pray Thug” after Suri’s upcoming album of the same name. The show, which opened on […]

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12.16.14 Rhett Jones

Well, this is disheartening. Following the release of the outrageous details outlined by CIA Torture Report, The Washington Post says that a majority of Americans believe torture was justified after the World Trade Center attacks on 9/11. The post conducted a poll in conjunction with ABC News and this is what they found: By an almost 2-1 margin, […]

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11.28.14 Prachi Gupta

U.S.-borne virus Black Friday, from which infected victims experience bouts of mania and violent outbursts, has officially traveled across the pond and over to the U.K. While the U.K. has harbored the virus since at least 2010, this is the first year it’s expanded into a full blown epidemic. The BBC reports: Greater Manchester Police […]

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08.05.14 Marina Galperina

There are as many as 50,000 digital and static billboards in all 50 U.S. States that have been taken over by respected works of art on August 4th. As part of the Art Everywhere US, they’ll be up all month. Check out the map — there are a few cycling in the fluorescent ad displays of Times […]

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02.17.14 Andy Cush

Astrology has no basis in science whatsoever, yet half of our countrymen here in America believe it is either “very scientific” or “sort of scientific.” On top of that, a quarter of Americans don’t know that Earth orbits the Sun. Research conducted by the National Science Foundation uncovered those truths and more: less than half […]

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02.04.14 Andy Cush

The seeds of “America the Beautiful” were planted on a train. In the summer of 1893, Katharine Lee Bates, a 33-year-old English professor at Wellesley College, was traveling from her home in Massachusetts to Colorado, where she would be spending the summer teaching. While on her way, she took in the sights of the country […]

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01.28.14 Andy Cush

New York is expensive, New Jersey is bad, Maine is white, Louisiana is racist. Pennsylvania, for some reason, is haunted. These are the stereotypes put forth by Google’s autocomplete feature when you enter “Why is [xyz state] so…” The map below was created by @Amazing_Maps. Seriously, though: why is Nebraska so boring? […]

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11.12.13 Andy Cush

New Yorkers everywhere are breathing a collective sigh of relief: One World Trade Center, after the threat of having its intended height of 1,776 feet stripped from it earlier this year, will rise to that patriotic, freedom-lovin’ number after all. The deeply silly symbolic height was called into question in September, when the Council on Tall […]

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