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Two-Day Roundup / Open Thread

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Michael Brown: May 20, 1996 – August 9, 2014

Everything that could've been said has been said; everything that could've been done was avoided. Last night, Michael Brown was put on trial for his own murder. You will hear me repeat this a lot: what age is a black boy when he learns he's scary? Millions learned last night. READ MORE

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Weekend Roundup / Open Thread

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College application stress be damned: here is the application that any journalists wanting to cover Will & Kate's trip to the States will have to submit, along with "a scanned copy of an official media ID (as provided by an international organisation or US/UK/foreign government), or a letter from your bureau chief, on official letterhead, confirming your assignment." READ MORE

Animal Farm, But Worse

This is FAST Corp. — the acronym stands for Fiberglass Animals, Shapes, and Trademarks — one of the country’s most intriguing and entertaining niche manufacturers. FAST uses these molds to cast large fiberglass statues that have become icons of roadside Americana. If you’ve ever seen a big steer perched atop a steakhouse, a giant soft-serve cone in front of an ice cream stand, or a Bob's Big Boy statue, FAST probably made it.

Have you been haunted by the dark, glassy eyes of Bob's Big Boy, a friendly oversized cow, or LITERALLY ANY OTHER PIECE OF ROADSIDE AMERICANA, and are wondering where not to go so you can avoid them? Paul Lukas went to the Fiberglass Animal Farm for Medium and Heather McCabe took pictures, all of which you can view safely in your home and nowhere near the lifeless, nightmare-inducing statues we all know.

DO NOT GET MARRIED UNLESS YOU ASK YOUR PARTNER THESE 39 QUESTIONS

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I Love His Work

Yesterday a certain storied and prolific film actor turned 70, and I missed it. Haley has not yet fired me, but I expect the end is nigh. In order to make amends, here’s a totally-arbitrarily-thrown-together-but-indisputable-list-of-the-greatest-film-and-TV-roles of our time. READ MORE

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Adam Sternbergh at New York magazine has an incredible deep dive on emoji, the thread that is holding this country together. If you weren't already excited, the article also includes the following words: READ MORE

This is not safe for any workplace, but click through anyway: Everybody Sexts, Jenna Wortham's new project on Medium, pairs stories of specific sexts with beautiful illustrations, elevating the sext into a curated art form (though mine have always been that way).