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Sep
19

The 5 Different 9/11s Part One

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This past weekend marked the twentieth anniversary of the september 11th terrorist attacks. I vaguely remember being 11 in sixth grade and watching as the smoke rose into lower Manhattan’s […]

Sep
14

The 2021 Football Season is Revealing How Sports Media Continues to Fail

By | Essays

Football season is officially back. With 2 full weeks of college games and the first week of NFL games in the books, it doesn’t seem like anything has changed. The […]

Sep
07

5 Great History Podcasts

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Ancient history doesn’t always get much attention in high school and college. Unless you’re a history major or deliberately take ancient history electives, you probably won’t encounter much of the […]

Sep
06

September 6 — It’s The End of The World

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Before Europeans set foot in the Americas (Vikings excepted), it was a world full of diverse civilizations. The Chico Norte civilization in modern-day Peru arose about the same time as […]

Sep
04

Dr. Phil and the Land of Oz

By | Essays

Danielle Bregoli, now known professionally as Bhad Bhabie, became internet famous back in 2016 when she (then only 13 years old) appeared on the popular daytime talk show Dr. Phil […]

Aug
31

Ted Lasso Season 2 Theory: Ted Lasso is Getting Worse

By | ReviewsTV

I promise this title isn’t clickbait. The first season of Apple TV+’s Ted Lasso was as close to perfect as a single camera sitcom can be. Ted Lasso season 2 […]

Aug
30

The Vincent Black Lightning is the Greatest Motorcycle of All Time

By | Essays

“Says Red Molly, to James, ‘Well, that’s a fine motorbike. A girl could feel special on any such a like.’ Says James to Red Molly, “My hat’s off to you. […]

Aug
24

The Entire History of Ancient Rome in 1130 Words

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Rome captured the popular imagination of the Western World almost immediately after it ceased to exist. The (Western) Roman Empire fell in 476 CE. Almost immediately after, Westerners were attempting […]

Aug
21

The Most American Beer

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Is Native American beer (tiswin) beer? By German law, beer can only consist of barley, water, hops, and yeast. There are thousands of variations on that basic recipe. The type […]

Aug
17

Billionaires Are Ruining Outer Space

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I’m going to say something I never thought I would say and that would break the heart of 12-year old me: outer space is boring. It’s really really boring. Well, […]

Aug
13

Have You Seen My Childhood Star Wars?

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Star Wars debuted in 1977 and essentially redefined the science-fiction film genre. Sci-fi books had long been serious, contemplative affairs. Frank Herbert, Isaac Asimov, Philip K Dick, and other members […]

Aug
10

I Bought These 6 Things and My Motivation Came Back

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I’ve recently come to a depressing realization. No matter how hard I try to avoid it, I am a materialist. That is not an easy thing for me to admit. […]

Aug
04

You’re Living in a Matrix and You Can Never Escape

By | Essays

We could be living in a matrix – a computer generated simulation. If we were, you would likely never know, and it would likely never matter. I don’t mean that […]

Jul
30

The Many Faces of Lois Lane

By | ListsRanking

Since Action Comics #1 in 1938, Lois Lane has been Superman’s partner. She’s changed actors plenty of times, and the characterizations all differ; however, a few things remain constant. She […]

Jul
29

Gone Home Is the Most Important Game You’ve Never Played

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The Fullbright Company’s Gone Home debuted in 2013, and while it didn’t create the walking simulator genre, it has come to define it. As noted by IGN, the walking simulators […]

Jul
27

Presidential Ranking and the Politics of Memory

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This past June, C-SPAN released an updated United States Presidential ranking. This was their 4th installment of the rankings. Beginning in 2000 and following each change of administration in 2009 […]

Jul
27

America’s Culture War Is a Religious Conflict

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A civic religion is more than just a system of beliefs that we might consider “religious,” as in, supernatural. A civic religion is a set of beliefs, customs, and symbols […]

Jul
20

Shohei Ohtani Is Doing Something the MLB Hasn’t Seen in 100 Years

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Even if you don’t care about Major League Baseball, you may want to start paying attention to the season that Shohei Ohtani is having with the Los Angeles Angels. We […]

Jul
15

The UFOs Might Not Be Aliens But Aliens Definitely Exist

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Recently, the US Department of Defense released a report on UFO sightings. The DoD calls them “unknown aerial phenomena.” In English, that means “we saw some shit flying around, and […]

Jul
13

The Three Americas: Nation, State, Idea

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On July 4, 1776 (actually a few days earlier), a delegation of British colonists codified the United States of America. There was still a war to fight, an initial government […]

Jul
13

Black Widow is a Romp, but is that Enough?

By | MoviesReviews

This weekend I returned to the theater for the first time in over a year, and no doubt that will influence my feelings toward the latest installment in the Marvel […]

Jun
28

Luke and Rey Don’t Deserve Anakin’s Lightsaber

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Throughout the nine main Star Wars films, Anakin Skywalker has three lightsabers. He builds his first lightsaber when he’s fourteen and still a padawan. He loses this lightsaber on Geonosis […]

Jun
26

Understanding Schadenfreude and When It Makes You a Bad Person

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Schadenfreude is a fun word to say. I could probably spend hours simply finding new ways to pronounce it. Sha-den-froy-duh. SHA-ten-FRAU-de. It’s endless. It is also one of my favorite […]

Jun
22

The 5 Dumbest Things to Happen This Week in History

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Human beings are dumb. They always have been and, I suspect, always will be. That means people have been committing acts of dumbassery for hundreds of thousands of years. So, […]

Jun
20

Red Summer: When White America Went to War With Black America

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World War I ended in 1919. The War to End All Wars did no such thing. The postwar era was defined by violence, upheaval, wealth inequality, economic collapse, and basically […]

Jun
19

An Incomplete Anti-Racist Reading List

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“In a racist society it is not enough to be non-racist. We must be anti-racist” – Angela Davis Juneteenth is now a federal holiday in celebration of the signing of […]

Jun
15

Old Saturns Are Rising In Value Faster Than Any Other Car Brand

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The global chip shortage has made getting new cars more difficult and, in turn, the used car market is shooting through the roof. While used cars getting more expensive makes […]

Jun
14

Ranked Choice Voting Was Supposed to Save Us

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In next week’s Mayoral primary, the voters of New York City will have a new process. They’ll be able to rank their top 5 candidates instead of choosing a single […]

Jun
10

Alexander the Great Dies on This Day in Ancient History, June 10, 323

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Alexander the Great of Macedon was arguably the greatest conqueror in history. By the 300s BC, the Greek city-states were beginning to wane in terms of military dominance. Rome was […]

Jun
07

The Short But Diverse Herstory of the AEW Women’s Championship

By | ListsRanking

As a professional wrestling promotion, All Elite Wrestling was founded only two short years ago in January of 2019. In that time, four different women have held their championship belt […]

Jun
06

Mare of Easttown Review & HBO’s Top 10 Sunday Night Mysteries

By | ListsRankingReviewsTV

Mare of Easttown aired its final episode in its limited run just over a week ago, but it comes from a long line of mystery miniseries in the Sunday night […]

Jun
01

An Incomplete History of Scotch Whisky, Bourbon Whiskey, and Tennessee Whiskey

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On This Day in History — June 1 — Whiskey, Whisky, and More Whiskey In most countries that import or export whiskey (or whisky), the drink is actually defined by […]

May
31

Top 5 Summer Camp Movies

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With Memorial Day here and COVID numbers subsiding, I have begun to reminisce about my days at Summer Camp. Summer Camp movies have some pretty well known tropes. The majority […]

May
29

The Best Batman, a Top 5 List

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Who Is the Best Batman? A Purely Subjective and Definitive List 5 — Adam West Adam West just barely makes the list of best Batmans (Batmen?) because he’s maybe the […]

May
25

The Constitutional Convention Saved a Flailing Young Country in 1787

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On This Day in American History — May 25, 1787 — The Constitutional Convention Begins In his Second Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln called it “a new birth of freedom.” Lyndon […]

May
24

The Four Greatest Birmingham Barons Based on Pop Culture Impact

By | ListsRanking

Minor league baseball is back and there can be only one king, the Birmingham Barons.

May
18

New Jack: Looking Back on the Life and Career of the Controversial Wrestler

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If you’ve never been a professional wrestling fan, you’ve likely never heard of “New Jack” Jerome Young. One of the most notorious names in the business, he’s been described by […]

May
18

When the Crusaders Lost Jerusalem

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Jerusalem has been a site of strife and struggle since Moses stood on the banks of the Jordan River and peered into the land “flowing with milk and honey.” Current […]

May
16

Leadership is Dead, Long Live the Memes

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You may not have noticed but our society is currently desperate for leadership. Demand has dwarfed the supply. The leadership market has been flooded with fakes, counterfeits, and phonies posing […]

May
11

4 Obvious Reasons We are in the Dumbest Timeline

By | Lists

The concept of Parallel Universes, or alternate dimensions and realities, has seeped into popular culture over the past decades. They are colloquially referred to as “bizarro” universes, first referenced in […]

May
10

Capt. Robert Smalls, The first Black Man to Command a US Navy Ship

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This. week in history, on May 13, 1862, Captain Robert Smalls became the first black person to command a United States Navy ship.  Captain Smalls was born into slavery in […]

May
08

Bianca Belair Became Only the Sixth Black WWE Women’s Champion at Wrestlemania 37

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Bianca Belair recently became only the sixth black WWE Women’s Champion in history at Wrestlemania 37. The WWE Women’s Championship has a complicated history. It’s common to hear WWE state […]

May
03

I Come to Bury Palpatine, Not to Praise Him

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Why Palpatine Was The Greatest Sith of All Time Star Wars films and television have focused exclusively, and to their detriment, on the machinations of one Sheev Palpatine. Every live-action […]

May
01

Donald Trump Was Count Dooku. The GOP Searches for its Anakin

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Emperor Palpatine (AKA Darth Sidious) is a member of an order known as the Banite Sith. Those are Sith lords in the tradition of Darth Bane. An even longer time […]

Apr
27

The Galactic Empire Was Evil but Were The Imperials?

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Throughout the live-action and animated Star Wars properties, Palpatine’s Galactic Empire has been the spectre haunting the galaxy. In the prequel trilogy, Palpatine paved the way for the Empire. In […]

Apr
27

The 93rd Annual Academy Awards Tried to Predict The Future

By | ReviewsTV

For the most part, I found this year’s Oscars to be a refreshing change up. Obviously they could not have done them in the same fashion as before, as that […]

Apr
26

Shakespeare Is Responsible For Abraham Lincoln’s Death

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First, let’s start with a series of dates.  March 15, 44 BC: A group of Roman senators stab Julius Caesar to death. One of the senators allegedly says sic semper […]

Apr
20

Everyone Hates the New Super League, Here’s Why

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On Sunday April 18th, 12 soccer clubs from England, Italy, and Spain announced the formation of a new “Super League.” In the 24 hours since the announcement, the entire Soccer […]

Apr
15

Has Anybody Seen My Old Friend Abraham?

By | Articles

On This Day in American History — April 15, 1865 — Abraham Lincoln Dies “General” Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865. This is […]

Apr
13

Every 2021 Best Picture Nomination, Ranked

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About a year ago I was having a conversation with my friend Edgar on a podcast about what the 2021 awards season, especially big categories like best picture, would even […]