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Classic first lines of novels in emojis: A quiz.

slate.com — We've translated these 12 famous first lines from novels into emojis. Can you name them? Answers: 1.) "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times ..." - Charles Dickens,A Tale of Two Cities . 2.) "As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect."
Aug 28, 2014

Beyond the France 24 Newsroom: Classic first lines of novels...in emojis. (Via @Slate) tinyurl.com/llcbr2c #books

Aug 27, 2014

RT @terrencemcd: Can you recognize these classic first lines from novels in emojis? Take the quiz: pic.twitter.com/j7MmgAGU1O slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @moorehn: This is absolutely brilliant, but also reveals why we need more emojis. Gregor Samsa did not wake up as a ladybug. slate.me/1tJIMFe

Aug 27, 2014

Clickbait for nerds and I went for it: Classic First Lines of Novels in Emojis: A Quiz: slate.com/blogs/browbeat…

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How to find out if people are reading your tweets.

slate.com — You worked so hard on that clever tweet. Did anyone actually read it? Until now you could only guess based on the number of favorites or retweets it received. That changed on Wednesday, when Twitter announced that it's opening a feature to all users that allows you to see exactly...
Aug 28, 2014

RT @TheNewsChick: Is Anyone Actually Reading Your Tweets? Here’s How to Find Out. (Best free analytics ever) slate.me/1sEonj7

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Listen to Judge Richard Posner destroy arguments against gay marriage.

slate.com — Judge Richard Posner of the 7th Circuit Court is a moderate conservative with an unapologetic bias toward reality and logic. This bias makes him an idealSlate columnist. It has also turned him into something of an iconoclast among his conservative colleagues, who frequently jettison prudence and precedent in order to achieve results that just...
Aug 28, 2014

RT @jon_bois: i really dig this use of audio/summary format. also dig it when ignoramuses are clowned on slate.com/blogs/outward/…

Aug 27, 2014

If nothing else, man, this makes being a judge seem like a lot of fucking fun. slate.com/blogs/outward/…

Aug 27, 2014

Judge Richard Posner annihilates the case against marriage equality AND sounds charmingly like @EmoPhilips: goo.gl/2P4ZIY

Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: Listen to this conservative judge brutally destroy arguments against gay marriage: slate.me/1tLmItX pic.twitter.com/miTHLWnac0

Aug 27, 2014

RT @junethomas: Judge Richard Posner is amazing in these audio clips from a gay marriage oral argument: slate.me/1lfZnQu

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The loneliest whale in the world.

slate.com — This article is excerpted from "52 Blue," the newest single from the Atavist. You can purchase the full story from the Atavist's website. It is also available on Amazon. Dec. 7, 1992: Whidbey Island, Puget Sound. The World Wars were over. The other wars were over: Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf.

David Lynch’s Ice Bucket Challenge video is very Lynchian.

slate.com — David Lynch is not like other people, and so it's no surprise that his Ice Bucket Challenge video is not like other people's either. Make sure you wait to hear his nominee. And if that wasn't Lynchian enough, here it is backwards:

Witness to 278 executions.

slate.com — Michelle Lyons currently works in public relations for a company in Houston. Her last job was as spokesperson for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, and before that she was a reporter who covered the prison system. In those capacities, she witnessed 276 men and two women executed by the...

Gorgeous display over Boulder.

slate.com — One of the things I love about living in Boulder is that in the summer we tend to get afternoon storms. It's sunny a lot here, which heats the land and evaporates water, forming clouds, and they can get a tremendous amount of energy in them. We get good downpours,...

But it uses its oil wealth in much more conservative ways.

slate.com — Americans tends to look down on most of the world's petrol states: countries that depend disproportionately on the extraction of oil and gas for industry, tax revenue, and international legitimacy. With the rare exception of Norway, where oil revenues generated from prodigious offshore oil fields have been channeled into a...

CDC conspiracy theory sweeping the social media.

slate.com — There's a conspiracy theory going around that the CDC covered up a link between autism and vaccines. From what I can tell, this conspiracy theory is on the same level as the one that NASA faked the Moon landings. And you know how I feel about that. Perhaps you've heard...
Aug 27, 2014

I'm stickin w/ @robschneider and the C List RT @Slate: No, there's *still* no connection between vaccines and autism: slate.me/1tLmHpX

Aug 27, 2014

This again? RT @Slate: No, there's *still* no connection between vaccines and autism: slate.me/1tLmHpX

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Ferguson police dog urinated on Michael Brown memorial.

slate.com — Several hours after Michael Brown was shot in Ferguson, a police dog handler let his dog urinate on a makeshift memorial that had been created on the street where Brown fell, a Mother Jones piece citing "several sources" says: The incident was related to me separately by three state and...
Aug 27, 2014

Ferguson: Police dog urinated on Michael Brown memorial. buff.ly/1AUrqsH

Aug 27, 2014

RT @forwardourmotto: Police Handler Let Dog Urinate on Michael Brown Memorial the Day He Was Killed slate.com/blogs/the_slat… via @slate

Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: Police Handler Let Dog Urinate on Michael Brown Memorial the Day He Was Killed: slate.me/1phzP6Q pic.twitter.com/wL3Jvs3y8u

Aug 27, 2014

RT @slatest: Police handler let dog urinate on Michael Brown memorial the day he was killed: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Aug 27, 2014

RT @slatest: Police handler let dog urinate on Michael Brown memorial the day he was killed: slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

Ishiuchi Miyako photographs remains of the Hiroshima atomic blast from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

slate.com — Through Ishiuchi Miyako's lens, the things we leave behind are not merely totems of ourselves, but rather objects with lives of their own. An upcoming exhibit at Andrew Roth gallery presents "Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, ひろしま/Hiroshima 1945/2007-," Ishiuchi's photos of objects in the archive of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Aug 28, 2014

RT @Slate: These photographs of artifacts from the Hiroshima atomic blast are haunting--PHOTOS: slate.me/1tLmJ0R pic.twitter.com/822UKag1mY

Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: These photographs of artifacts from the Hiroshima atomic blast are haunting--PHOTOS: slate.me/1tLmJ0R pic.twitter.com/822UKag1mY

Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: These photographs of artifacts from the Hiroshima atomic blast are haunting--PHOTOS: slate.me/1tLmJ0R pic.twitter.com/822UKag1mY

Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: These photographs of artifacts from the Hiroshima atomic blast are haunting--PHOTOS: slate.me/1tLmJ0R pic.twitter.com/822UKag1mY

Aug 27, 2014

#lvrj RT @Slate These photographs of artifacts from the Hiroshima atomic blast are haunting--PHOTOS: slate.me/1phSYp3

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A letter to a young male gamer.

slate.com — There are a lot of jerks on the Internet. I know you aren't one of them. I write to give you some credit, some advice, and some hope. I write to you about the ongoing gaming scandal that's inflamed the Internet concerning game designer Zoe Quinn and gaming journalism. To...
Aug 28, 2014

@haleyscoop I know. BTW, there's this crazy CF going on in games journalism right now. It's pretty sordid. slate.com/articles/techn…

Aug 27, 2014

Not sure who sent me this link, but I am sort of hoping it was accompanied by an exasperated sigh. slate.com/articles/techn…

Alcohol, blood type, and more reasons some people are more attractive.

slate.com — About 20 percent of the population seems to be bitten by mosquitoes more often than others. Why? Mosquitoes, it turns out, are a discriminating bunch, and several experiments have offered explanations for why some people are more enticing than others. The video above runs through the most common theories-some we...
Aug 27, 2014

You forgot: Bugs are anti-Semitic MT @Slate 20% of population bitten by mosquitoes more often than others. Here's why slate.me/1tL4mt1

NRA Tweets children shooting range story.

slate.com — No matter the size of the gun-related tragedy, the NRA doesn't normally let common decency get in the way of an opportunity to promote all things gun-related. Wednesday evening, however, NRA Women showed a new level of tastelessness, bordering on taunting, when it tweeted out this ill-timed story. The problem-aside...
Aug 28, 2014

RT @Slate: The NRA Just Tweeted Instructions for "7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range" slate.me/1pjjz5d

Aug 27, 2014

True story: The NRA Just Tweeted Instructions for “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range” slate.com/blogs/the_slat…

The dangerous term that stops us from asking hard questions about police shootings.

slate.com — Last week, roughly four miles from where Michael Brown had been killed by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer, two St. Louis officers shot and killed a 25-year-old black man who allegedly came at them brandishing a steak knife. "Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me! Shoot me now, motherfucker!" Kajieme Powell...
Aug 27, 2014

RT @Slate: Stop calling it "suicide by cop." The term is unfair to those who get shot and those who do the shooting: slate.me/1lwssI0

Aug 27, 2014

On the slippery term "suicide by cop": coined in 1983, it dangerously lets police off the hook slate.me/1lf9i93

Aug 27, 2014

RT @josh_levin: Great, persuasive piece by @JoshVoorhees on why we really need to retire the phrase "suicide by cop" slate.com/articles/news_…

Aug 27, 2014

Great, persuasive piece by @JoshVoorhees on why we really need to retire the phrase "suicide by cop" slate.com/articles/news_…