The history of the aloha shirt from 1935—its exact origins are disputed—to the present day.
Why we should end restaurant tipping: Servers profile non-white patrons, non-white servers receive lower tips.
Evidence of Manafort's fraud was exposed because he doesn't know how to save out PDFs—he emailed others to do it.
Professional real-estate photos of exorbitantly priced, derelict properties in Sydney.
Apple says they must hand control of Chinese iCloud data to government-backed firm; critics say they're giving in.

School shootings are only the most public of tragedies. Others, on a smaller scale, take place across the country daily; another commonality among shooters is a history of abuse toward women.

Michael Ian Black on toxic masculinity’s effect on young men.

↩︎ The New York Times
Public radio rescues Gothamist (and LAist, DCist, DNAinfo, and more).
It's not just rate of fire: AR-15 ammo travels three times faster than a handgun's—victims and doctors are helpless.
An amateur astronomer lucks into spotting a supernova—the chances of this happening are around one in 10 million.
Over a decade since passport chips were introduced, Border Patrol still can't tell if they've been tampered with.
As a precedent for not paying student-athletes, NCAA cites a 13th Amendment loophole for unpaid prison labor.
Snap's market value loses $1.3 billion after Kylie Jenner tweets that she hasn't used Snapchat in a while.
"We’re helping people see us as heroes." Interviews with black cosplay fans embracing Black Panther.
Dozens of Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after another, eerily similar Boko Haram attack.

Based on Rachel Kolb's essay "Seeing at the Speed of Sound," a short film about the challenges of lipreading.

See also: a nice roundup of links to share with your kids, "How do birds learn to sing?"

For anyone stuck inside during a Polar Vortex, here's everything you need to know about cooking with an instant pot.

The reality about making money as a writer is you hustle the fuck out of freelance pieces like this one. Or you teach. Or you drive a bus. Or someone supports you. Or you're independently wealthy. The reality is that somehow you have money, and somehow you write.

Novelist Merritt Tierce on a rarely discussed side of literary success: for most writers, there ain’t no money.

↩︎ Marie Claire
Headline of the week? "Animals Are Losing Their Vagility, or Ability to Roam Freely."

The town of Windsor, Ontario, has lately been plagued by a mysterious, obnoxious humming sound, and it's getting worse.