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The Trendy New Trivia Game That's Like Wordle for Straight Men


We are in the midst of an unprecedented, intergenerational phone-game renaissance. Wordle has become a pillar of the New York Times brand, newspapers everywhere are resurrecting their crossword backpage, and Words With Friends has essentially transformed into a dating app. These games are designed to be approachably mainstream--every English speaker alive can deduce a five-letter word with six chances--but unfortunately, I am a man of unconventional taste. If I'm going to entertain a daily dose of potpourri, I need something weirder, more challenging, and better suited for the precise category of useless knowledge that occupies my brain. That's why the sports-trivia game Immaculate Grid has become a fixture of my morning routine.

We Found Something Strange Under Our Son's Bed. What He's Using It For Is Even Stranger.


How to Do It is Slate's sex advice column. Send it to Stoya and Rich here. My husband and I have an awesome, intelligent 14-year-old son who identifies as bisexual. We are totally accepting and supportive of him. He has had a few short-lived crushes on different genders, though he doesn't seem to be particularly interested in dating right now. His internet search histories are pretty benign--mostly video game stuff, and the occasional search for "hot girls" and "boobs."

Duchess Sarah Ferguson's former personal assistant murdered: 'I'm shocked and saddened'

FOX News

Fox News Flash top entertainment and celebrity headlines are here. Sarah Ferguson expressed her shock and grief as she mourned the death of her former personal assistant, Jenean Chapman, who was murdered in Texas this week. The 63-year-old Duchess of York paid tribute to Chapman in an Instagram post that she shared on Thursday. "I am shocked and saddened to learn that Jenean Chapman, who worked with me as my personal assistant many years ago, has been murdered in Dallas aged just 46. A suspect is in custody," Ferguson wrote.

Meet the American who invented video games, Ralph Baer, a German Jew who fled Nazis, served US Army in WWII

FOX News

"Father of the Video Game" Ralph Baer escaped Jewish persecution in Nazi Germany as a teen and served in the U.S. Army in WWII. After coming of age in tough times, he felt driven to bring "more fun and whimsy" into the world. Ralph Baer's childhood was stolen by the Nazis. The German-born Jew gained a semblance of revenge overseas, imagining a new way for children of all ages to play. Ralph Baer invented video games.

'Fox News Sunday' on September 24, 2023

FOX News

This is a rush transcript of'Fox News Sunday' on September 24, 2023. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. The chaos at the border grows by the day, as the pressure to take greater action builds yet again on the White House. We need people from the top. HEMMER (voice-over): A border city mayor and Democrat declaring a state of emergency as thousands upon thousands of migrants flow into the country. JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Republicans in Congress and my predecessor spent four years gutting the immigration system -- under my predecessor. They continue to undermine our border security today. HEMMER: We'll get reaction from border state Democrat, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar. President Biden says he'll join the picket line in Michigan on Tuesday, just a day before Donald Trump will be there, too. Meanwhile, another presidential hopeful pushes back. TIM SCOTT (R-SC), PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: We need a president who says we are not going to subsidize unions, period. HEMMER: We'll discuss with a man whose eyes are on the White House, South Carolina Senator Tim Scott. We'll ask Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel what voters can expect to see on stage Wednesday night. JAMES LANKFORD (R-OK): It's a symbol of respect for the country when you dress respectfully when you're doing this responsibility. JOHN FETTERMAN (D-PA): I think there are more important things we should be talking about rather if -- if I dressed like a slob. The number of illegals crossing our border hit another new record. We want to show you our FOX News drone camera from Eagle Pass, Texas. We've been watching remarkable images today of a human flood that shows no sign of receding. And today, a new survey shows how displeased Americans are with the president's border policies. In a moment, we'll speak with border state Democrat, Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar, on that. But, first, to Griff Jenkins who has been in Eagle Pass for what seems like several years now. Well, there's a humanitarian crisis playing out along our southern border in places like here in Eagle Pass, Texas, where migrants have traveled thousands of miles in hopes of reaching the U.S. in numbers far greater than what border officials are able to handle. Actions include sending active duty troops to the border, increasing deportations and granting temporary protective status to nearly half a million Venezuelans, making it easier for them to find work in cities like New York, where officials are struggling to find room for them. Meanwhile, Texas Governor Greg Abbott trying to deter the migrants from entering his state, with miles of dense razor wire, Humvees manning the riverbank and guardsmen in rafts attempting to turn them back.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal Defends His Controversial Bill Regulating Social Media for Kids


For a while now, Washington has been wrestling with two big forces shaping technology: social media and artificial intelligence. Who should do it--and how? Currently, Congress is considering a bill that would regulate how social media companies treat minors: the Kids Online Safety Act. Although it has bipartisan support, KOSA is not without controversy. Several critics have called it "government censorship." One group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, says it is "one of the most dangerous bills in years."

The weirdest studies of the year are revealed in the spoof 'Ig Nobel' awards - from research into the sex lives of ANCHOVIES to an experiment to explore whether there is an equal number of hairs in each nostril

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Keeping count of nostril hairs and investigating the promiscuity of anchovies may seem completely unrelated. But these studies are among 10 others to win this year's spoof'Ig Nobels', thanks to their ability to make scientists chuckle. Traditionally hosted at Harvard University, this ceremony is the 33rd of its kind, and sees genuine Nobel laureates handing out awards to lucky academics. The prize is ten trillion Zimbabwean dollars, which might sound like a huge amount, but is actually only the equivalent of 30p in the UK (40 cents in the US). MailOnline spoke with some of the wackiest prize winners of 2023.

Drew Barrymore's Newest Role: Scab

Mother Jones

The National Book Foundation has dropped Drew Barrymore as the host of its upcoming awards ceremony after the actress resumed production on her talk show, crossing the picket lines of the ongoing writers' strike. On Monday, she confirmed that the Drew Barrymore Show will begin filming its newest season without writers on staff--prompting criticism from several novelists about Barrymore's involvement in the awards show. "The National Book Awards is an evening dedicated to celebrating the power of literature, and the incomparable contributions of writers to our culture," the National Book Foundation said in a statement Tuesday, according to NPR. "In light of the announcement that'The Drew Barrymore Show' will resume production, the National Book Foundation has rescinded Ms. Barrymore's invitation to host the 74th National Book Awards Ceremony." For more than four months, the Writers' Guild of America, in a historic double strike with unionized actors, has been fighting for better working conditions, including increased pay and contractual protections related to the use of artificial intelligence. While initially Barrymore was supportive of the writers' strike, even declining to host an MTV award show in solidarity, the actress has seemingly pulled a full 180, saying in a statement that she owns "this choice" and is in "compliance with not discussing or promoting film and television that is struck of any kind."

Earthquake survivors search for loved ones in Morocco's Atlas Mountains

Al Jazeera

Tnirte, Morocco – Abdel Abed is watching the other villagers digging. When one of them gets tired, he scrambles down and takes over. It has been five days since the magnitude 6.8 earthquake ripped through the mountainous regions around Marrakesh, Morocco, and Abed's daughter, nine-year-old Shaima, is still buried under the rocks. Abed still hopes she may be alive, a family member explains, and he works with almost robotic energy as excavation efforts continue in Tnirte in the High Atlas Mountains. His wife was pulled dead from the rocks yesterday.

Will Anyone Ever Make Sense of Elon Musk?

The Atlantic - Technology

Elon Musk is "wired for war." At least, that's what Musk has told Walter Isaacson, whose thick biography of the mercurial mega-billionaire, Elon Musk, is out this week. When Musk says this, he's not talking about Ukraine, where his Starlink internet service has played a central role. Civilization, Warcraft: Orcs & Humans, The Battle of Polytopia, Elden Ring--Musk has spent much of his life in fantasy worlds. Isaacson's biography includes many astonishing details and relatively few pages focused on Musk's gaming obsession. But the video-game detail is telling. Musk doesn't seem to inhabit our reality, exactly, even as he profoundly shapes it.