Thursday, December 22, 2016

Your Memories Aren't Real

Over the years, hundreds of people online have shared memories of a cheesy '90s movie called "Shazaam". There is no evidence that such a film was ever made. What does this tell us about the quirks of collective memory?
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PAST MAY NOT BE PROLOGUE
THE BERENSTAIN BEARS AGAIN
The Movie That Doesn't Exist And The Redditors Who Think It Does
newstatesman.com
Over the years, hundreds of people online have shared memories of a cheesy '90s movie called "Shazaam". There is no evidence that such a film was ever made. What does this tell us about the quirks of collective memory?
THE RISE AND FALL OF BABYLON
A GIF Showing The Location Of The World's Largest City Since 2000 BCE
digg.com
Unsurprisingly, things get started in in the Fertile Crescent where civilization itself began, but the map spends most of its time in China (and makes only the briefest stop in the Americas).
CLOCKING IN FOREVER
A Brief Economic History Of Time
theatlantic.com
Capitalism changed how humans perceive the passage of hours, days, and weeks. This made people more productive, but did it make them any happier?
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DARK TALES
A TRUE STORY IN 9 PARTS
The Baby In The Plastic Bag
dagbladet.no
One frosty October morning, a newborn baby boy is found inside a plastic bag in an Oslo graveyard. The baby is about to die.
THE APOCALYPSE DOESN'T CARE
From Punks To Monks: The Story Of Death To The World
theoutline.com
You're at a punk show. Someone dressed in all black hands you a bunch of black-and-white pages stapled together. "Death to the World," says the cover. When you get home and open it up, you're greeted by unrelenting doom.
SOME ANGRY TRUMP TWEETS, PROBABLY
What Would Happen In The Minutes And Hours After North Korea Nuked The United States?
vice.com
Not that they would (or could, right now), but it's good to game these things out.
A FIGHTING CHANCE
NOCLIP NO MORE
How Cheat Codes Vanished From Video Games
waypoint.vice.com
Once upon a time, cheat codes let players unlock the headiest secrets from their games.
WHOA
WATCH: This Motion-Mimicking Mech Robot Is The Coolest Thing We've Seen In A Long Time
digg.com
2016 has not been a good year. But it will be slightly better if Korean mecha robot METHOD-01 — the arms of which are controlled by its pilot's natural arm movements, a la the AMP Suits in "Avatar" or the Jaegers in "Pacific Rim" — is real.
A SERIES OF SNEAKS
Drugs, Guns, And Fake Kicks: Inside The Counterfeit Economy
complex.com
Counterfeit designer clothing is a trillion dollar business that relies on consumers' thirst for bargain shopping to line the pockets of terrorists, drug dealers, and human traffickers.
VIDEO OF THE DAY
*SWEATING INTENSIFIES*
Free Solo Climber (No Ropes, Nothin') Cruises By Another Climber On A Rock Face
digg.com
We're trying to put ourselves in the mind of this guy scampering up a rock face at 275 feet, but we're really struggling. Much easier to identify with the tethered guy watching in awe.
IN THE NEWS
North Carolina Fails To Repeal 'Bathroom Law' — During Special Session Called To Do Just That
Search Continues For Berlin Truck Attack Suspect
Uber Pulls Self-Driving Cars From San Francisco
Ikea Has Had Quite Enough Of Teens Having Sleepovers In Their Stores
Trump Names Campaign Chief Kellyanne Conway As Counselor To The President
Don't look down — you've almost reached the holidays.

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