On Comedy: A Netflix Experiment Gives Deserving Comics Their 15 Minutes

Instead of hourlong specials, these bite-sized sets let you in on one of comedy’s biggest secrets: the funniest stand-ups are the ones you’ve never heard of.
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Is time running out on OKC’s Big Three experiment?

Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony have preached patience through the Thunder’s tumultuous start. But as OKC’s new stars prepare to face their old teams, a reunion tour has the feel of a season-defining road trip.
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A Wave of New Fiction From Nigeria, as Young Writers Experiment With New Genres

Nigeria has become a major exporter of literary talent, and now one publisher, Cassava Republic, is expanding to the United States.
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A test to combat misinformation on Facebook by promoting “fake” comments has left users frustrated.
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Hook & Albert Designs Men’s Bedding Line With Thread Experiment

Hook & Albert, a men’s accessories brand best known for its lapel pins, is getting into the home furnishings market.
The brand has teamed up with Thread Experiment to design a collection of bedding, targeted exclusively to men. The limited-edition set consists of a comforter, woven herringbone duvet and pillow sham in a navy and white color palette.
“As a brand, Hook & Albert has done a great job helping men accessorize themselves outside of the home. This partnership now allows our guy to bring that style inside the home,” said Adam Schoenberg, cochief executive officer of the label, which was founded in 2011 and acquired by Detail Provisions Co. in Dallas in mid-January.
“I became a huge fan of Hook & Albert after meeting cofounders, Adam Schoenberg and Cory Rosenberg a few years ago and hearing their story, inspirations and philosophy,” said Greg Shugar, cofounder of Thread Experiment.

The bedding will be sold on both companies’ web sites beginning on May 15. The pieces will retail separately for between $ 32 and $ 188.

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A Blockheaded Social Science Experiment. On Purpose.

The Tribeca Film Festival sent actors wearing mirrored cubes on their heads into the Village. Here’s what happened.
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Fuel Cell 10 Car and Experiment Kit

Fuel Cell 10 Car and Experiment Kit


A hands-on course in energy transfer and electricity! This Fuel Cell 10 Car and Experiment Kit from Thames and Kosmos explores energy transfer, the basics of electricity, and alternative energy technology using 10 experiments to demonstrate how vehicles can one day be built that will run on water or solar energy. This engaging science experience may become the catalyst for a life-long interest in the physical sciences. With the 64-page, full-color instruction manual, young scientists will build and power a car and: Learn how solar cells turn sunlight into electricity Experiment with a unique reversible proton exchange membrane fuel cell Discover how fuel cells work Learn how to use a multimeter†Calculate the efficiency of the different power cells Ages 10 & amp up. Adult supervision required.

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Design Experiment From The 1980s Should Inspire Artists Protesting Trump Today

This is an important and calling time for artists,” Polish artist Krzysztof Wodiczko expressed in a statement.

This sentiment has been gaining traction around the nation as artists appalled with the results of the recent presidential election turn to art as a vehicle for communication, catharsis and resistance. However, Wodiczko did not write this statement in 2016. He wrote it in 1988, during the Ronald Reagan administration.

At that time, Wodiczko was using art to address the glaring wealth disparity plaguing New York City, evidenced by the tens of thousands of homeless individuals living in abandoned buildings and on city streets each night. Many of these individuals had been thrown out of mental hospitals and halfway houses because of federal subsidy cuts, Wodiczko says, or pushed out of low-income housing by burgeoning real estate moguls like ― yes ― Donald Trump. 

Trump was only one of a large number of real estate corporations that were basically owning Manhattan.
-Krzysztof Wodiczko

“Donald Trump was, at that time, part of an aggressive real estate development process,” Wodiczko, now a professor in residence at Harvard University who spends much of his time in the U.S., explained to The Huffington Post in a phone interview this week. “Very rapid, uneven development. With the building of new housing and real estate projects for upper-middle-class residents, there was also a process of destruction of the buildings where poor people lived. Trump was only one of a large number of real estate corporations that were basically owning Manhattan. But he was special because of the visibility and upfront decor which was appealing to those who are in love with richness.”

In response to the changing landscape of New York City in the late ‘80s, and the many people this rapid development left behind, Wodiczko created a series of “Homeless Vehicles,” retro-futuristic objects melding art and industrial design, meant to serve the homeless population directly and immediately, while engaging others who might ordinarily look away. 

“My first instinctual response was to try to design something to help people, to ameliorate their conditions as an act of emergency help,” Wodiczko said. “I started to speak with homeless people, collecting and recording what they said. Step by step, I realized this vehicle would offer emergency help, but also have informative and symbolic functions, articulating through design all the needs of homeless people that should not exist in a civilized world.”

The vehicles ― four-wheeled metal carts topped with rounded, silver cylinders, meant to house recyclable items and other emergency supplies used and collected by homeless individuals ― feel like alien spaceships ripped from another dimension. Or high-tech weapons whose images float, untethered to actual science, in our anxious minds. They not only address homelessness but embody it, through their unheimlich ― or literally, “unhomely” ― aesthetic. 

Marked off in black and yellow safety tape, the sci-fi forms are viscerally jarring. In a society that often relegates problems such as homelessness to invisibility, these uncanny devices demand attention. Their resounding strangeness is sprinkled with echoes of familiar visions, too. The vehicle’s shape recalls the shopping carts upon which so many people experiencing homelessness rely. Plastic bottles and cans, which many homeless people collect and sell, can rest inside the carts. 

The “Homeless Vehicles” project, Wodiczko said, is therefore both symbolic and practical. In the 1990s homeless men and women would wheel them through urban city streets, highlighting their realities while serving to distribute free emergency supplies to individuals in need. The vehicles made homelessness impossible to ignore, through a design that made America’s most overlooked population resemble a squad of otherworldly adventurers. 

“It was an exposition and articulation of the unacceptable conditions of their lives,” Wodiczko explained. “People should not need this kind of equipment.The utopian vision of this kind of project was based on the hope that its very function would eventually make it obsolete. I wanted to contribute to the understanding of the unacceptability of the situation, and bring people closer to the homeless.”

Artnet’s Blake Gopnik shared an image of a Homeless Vehicle in front of Trump Tower on Monday, a reminder of just how much has changed ― and how much has not ― since 1988. In fact, Wodiczko’s artist statement is strangely profound in light of Trump’s recent election:

I commend artists moving against populism and the visual culture that promotes and perpetuates some oversimplified thinking that politicians disseminate. Populism plays on the fantasies and nostalgia of dissatisfied people who feel hopeless, proposing a neo-nationalist focus, and resorting to simplistic ‘solution’ concepts in order to mobilize the masses.

When asked his opinion on our nation’s new president-elect, Wodiczko was blunt. “I share the reaction with half of the people in this country,” he said. “It’s not necessary to even explain it. So many people have the same feeling of disappointment and fear. I can immediately see the very dangerous impact of the policies Trump is proposing for immigrants, masses of people who are part of our society and our culture, who have lived here for many years, and who contribute to the economy and culture. Now they fear being deported, their families being broken into pieces.”

Wodiczko sees a strong parallel between homeless and immigrant populations, as both are “agents who spread the visibility of the condition of democracy,” although they too often remain unseen. To counter this cultural epidemic, Wodiczko has made both populations subjects of and participants in his work. His “Immigrant Instruments” use a similarly sci-fi infused visual language to turn conceptual problems into physical interventions. 

One instrument, dubbed an “Alien Staff” in 1992, takes the shape of an adjustable staff with a video screen and speaker at the head, inspired by the look of a biblical shepherd’s rod. The staff operator mans the instrument, confronting strangers and sharing the story of her unique immigration process through a pre-recorded video which plays on the staff’s screen. A technologically mediated conversation ensues, with the staff as the third party uniting difference. Through genuine sharing, both “alien” and “stranger” are in some way rendered alien and strange, bringing people closer together.

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Whether through a “Homeless Vehicle” or an “Immigrant Instrument,” the artist uses his creative interventions to bring unlike populations of people into direct contact, bringing them face to face for a simple, human conversation. “To give an opportunity to those whose voice is not heard, who have no face, who think they don’t make any difference,” the artist said. 

If Wodiczko were to have the same opportunity with the new president-elect, a chance to talk to Donald Trump one on one, face to face, he would issue him a stern warning. “I would tell him to start thinking about the implication of all of the ideas that helped him become the president and all of the contradictions still hidden within them,” he said. “It’s time to reevaluate and rethink his program. Think of people, of everybody, who will be affected. Change all of this, make a program and agenda to be useful for living rather than for dying.”

Although Wodiczko likely won’t be speaking directly to Trump anytime soon, his message is urgent and universal. No longer can voices go unheard, can faces go unseen, can fear and hatred masquerade as populist rhetoric. It’s time to have difficult and honest conversations as human beings, about our wants and our needs, the same today as they were nearly 30 years ago.

It is time for artists to draw attention to those people, those voices, those wants and those needs, by any means necessary. 

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Lift, Laugh, Love: Another Helping of Tips, Tricks, and Uncomfortable Overshares from The Great Fitness Experiment

Lift, Laugh, Love: Another Helping of Tips, Tricks, and Uncomfortable Overshares from The Great Fitness Experiment


Charlotte Hilton Andersen is the author of the book The Great Fitness Experiment: One Year of Trying Everything. She runs the popular health and fitness website of the same name, where she tries out a new workout every month, specializing in exercise, body image and oversharing. She was named one of Demand Media''s top 3 bloggers for 2010, one of Fitness Magazine''s favorite fitness bloggers and a fitness expert by Experience Life Magazine''s A Revolutionary Act.On a regular basis she writes for The Huffington Post, Redbook Magazine, iVillage, Men''s Fitness, Shape Magazine and BlogHer. In addition, she has been featured on ABC''s 20/20 and Fox''s morning show and interviewed on Fox, NBC and many radio stations. Her writing has appeared in several health and fitness magazines as well as the online content of The Washington Post, USA Today, Fox News, and Livestrong among others. A former professor, her night job is grading the SAT essay where she gets to grade 500 high school essays each answering the same prompt, causing her to curse any time The Scarlet Letter is mentioned in her presence. She is a mom of five currently going crazy in Minnesota.
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Bill Nye Reading Mean Tweets Is His Greatest Experiment Yet

Bill Nye taught us a lot about chemical reactions over the years, but none of that comes close to the Science Guy’s reactions to mean tweets

Nye recently read some unflattering tweets in support of a Kickstarter campaign for a documentary about him, which, to be honest, we kind of hope just turns out to be two more hours of tweets.

Mean tweets are a staple on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” but what happens when Nye’s science and reason meet the incoherent ramblings of the Internet? You get gold, people. Pure gold. 

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The Gulag Archipelago, 19181956, Vol. 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, IIIIV

The Gulag Archipelago, 19181956, Vol. 2: An Experiment in Literary Investigation, IIIIV


Used – This second volume in Solzhenitsyn’s narrative chronicles the appalling inhumanity of the Soviets’ “destructive-labor camps” and the fate of prisoners in them–felling timber, building canals and railroads, and mining gold without equipment or adequate food and clothing, and subject always to the caprices of the camp authorities. Most tragic of all is the life of the women prisoners and the luckless children they bear. Once again, this chronicle of appalling inhumanity is made endurable b

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The Beauty Experiment

The Beauty Experiment


I looked at my reflection and despaired. As an exhausted young mother I felt ugly and saw that a new dress or face cream would never help. I was at risk of passing on a habit of feeling miserable about my looks to my baby girl-if nothing changed. Soon afterward Phoebe Baker Hyde made a vow: to give up new clothes, makeup, haircuts, and jewelry in hopes of revealing something she had always paid lip service to but never quite believed in-her inner beauty. The Beauty Experiment chronicles Hyde’s quest for self-acceptance in nothing but her own skin. In thoughtful, exquisite prose, Hyde holds up a mirror to all women and shows how perfectionism can keep us from achieving what we really want: happiness, confidence, and serenity.

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Fashion Experiment: What Guys Really Think of Your Low-Cut Necklines

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Give me any big red carpet and I’ll give you a handful of low-cut dresses that dip so far south, it’s nearly indecent. Sunday’s Golden Globes was no exception, and while those steamy dresses look fantastic on big nights like that, have you ever wondered if they’re actually wearable in real life, or would, you know, everyone and her brother be too shocked to formulate complete sentences? An intrepid reporter at the Daily Mail took it to the streets in London where, mind you, it’s not exactly cleavage-baring weather.

“She’s showing too much flesh for the temperature, but she looks really nice, and I like her outfit,” one 27-year-old male told the paper. “A celebrity is a real woman at the end of the day; someone like Kim [Kardashian] just celebrates her body more than the next person. If a lady wants to show off her assets, she should go for it.”

“I don’t think anyone can judge her, and if you do, that says more about your character than her look,” another young guy offered (how great is he?). One of my favorite responses came from an older woman, who echoed my persistent thought that when we’re all grandmothers and approaching 80, we’ll be seriously bummed that we didn’t just wear the dang crop top and miniskirt. “She’s young, and she can get away with it,” she said. “She’s having fun!”

Do you have some low-cut numbers in your own closet? Ever feel overexposed wearing them? (Or gotten too much attention from guys?)

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How would you feel if you were treated differently simply based on the color of your skin? Jane Elliott gave ‘The Oprah Show’ audience members a chance to experience racism firsthand when she divided them into two groups: those who have blue eyes and those with brown eyes. The blue-eyes group was discriminated against while the people with brown eyes were catered to.

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A Magical Six-Week Life Experiment

I had been busy building a career for 15 years. This was the path I thought I needed to excel in to have a “successful life.” I had been collecting degrees, accolades, promotions. But last year I was feeling stuck and unfulfilled. Maybe success meant something else? I was very good at putting my work subjects through various experiments but I had never taken the time to do that with my own life. So why not design a life experiment to test my life perceptions? All I needed to do was conquer the fear of leaving my job and give myself the permission to change a few life variables.

Inspired by Arianna Huffington’s book Thrive and her journey through redefining success, I decided to leave my job, my home and my packed calendar to visit a different country every week. It was time to put up for review the very well-planned life that I was holding on to so tightly — one that was not bringing me joy. As I went through my life experiment, let’s call it my Thrive sabbatical, I noticed I was experiencing magical changes week by week.

1. I became closer with the world around me. I became more present. Of course, staring less at my cell phone really helped! I observed more, I felt more and I did less “sleep walk” living. Instead of being self-absorbed and always in my head, or on my phone, I chose to travel the world with an open heart for every person and experience I encountered. I found language was not a barrier for the heart and stories to connect. Inspired by the traditional Thai greeting, I found myself taking the time to bow to and recognize the presence of other beings. I felt closer to every life expression. I also never really felt alone.

2. I came to terms with my active mind. Taming your mind is like teaching a child to behave… a hard task. I went on two retreats, and at the beginning of each, I was resisting the experience of calming down. Apparently my mind was not OK with being still. After a few days of Yoga, meditation and silence my chatty mind surrendered to the simplicity of life. And I was happier. I was learning that mastering my own mind was more meaningful than getting another Master’s degree.

3. I stopped feeling time starved. The time famine stopped as I was experiencing the world without a set schedule. As a result, I became more generous with my time. I enjoyed simply being part of someone else’s life for a little bit. I watched the sunset every day. Believing that time was not scarce gave me more freedom and joy. I learned that time famine is something I create and a feeling I control. I can now set better priorities that include time for joy and helping others high on the list.

4. I began to let go more easily. My plans changed a few times — like with the unexpected military coup in Thailand, which affected travel. I also had to let go of my routine, expectations and old thought patterns — like negative feelings from the past. The more I did it, the easier it became. When it rained at the beach, instead of running to find shelter, I chose to stay out and enjoy the water. It actually felt warmer. When I danced with life versus trying to stop the dance, things simply flowed better.

5. I discovered endless lifestyle choices. I met fascinating people with refreshing lifestyles — scuba instructors, teachers in foreign countries, yearlong sabbatical people, athletes, entrepreneurs, etc. This helped me lessen my fear to change things in my own life. It was a permission to redefine what success looks like. I asked myself frequently: “If my main life purpose was simply to thrive, how I would design my life?”

6. I learned that the things that really matter in life are portable. I am not my house, car or job; I am just a human being who is here to experience the world every day as it comes. We don’t really need as much as we think we do. In my case, all that I needed came along with me on this trip. My whole being, which includes my body, my soul and yes, the chatty mind I wanted to calm down is portable. And their well-being is what became most important to me. Success without a peaceful mind, a thriving body and a joyful spirit was not the kind of success I desired any longer.

These are just some of the magical lessons that I learned from simply living differently for six weeks. The benefits of this life experiment still continue: Upon my return, my feeling of being stuck went away; I was fully happy in my heart, mind and body. Strangely enough, letting go also brought me new opportunities, people and ideas that I didn’t expect. Instead of losing my job, I got promoted upon my return.

I am determined to live by these lessons and to pretend I am on a sabbatical every day. I want to be energized and more present. Give my best to others. Make meditation and watching the sunset part of my weekly routine. That is what having a thriving life means to me. And if I ever forget how to do it, I will keep going on sabbaticals to rediscover life’s magic.

What are you waiting for to design your own sabbatical life experiment? I promise it will be magical.

If you need encouragement to go on a sabbatical (yes you can do it!) or have questions tweet me @crogoll.

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Touching Mirror Experiment Proves That ‘You’re Enough Just The Way You Are’

Mirrors are devious, lying fixtures that should never be trusted to give an honest opinion.

That’s the general takeaway from “What Do Strangers Think Of You?“, a BuzzFeed video that set individuals in front of a mirror, then asked them to honestly describe themselves. At the same time, and unbeknownst to them, strangers in another room were asked to offer their opinions of the individual.

As is often the case, the people judging themselves were their harshest critics. Even more surprising: What they described as a “flaw” either went unnoticed by the stranger, or was perceived as a strength.

The video is reminiscent of the Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” campaign, which used a similar tactic to promote the tagline, “You are more beautiful than you think.”

Watch the uplifting video, above.

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The Great Starvation Experiment

The Great Starvation Experiment


What does it feel like to starve? To feel your body cry out for nourishment, to think only of food? How many fitful, hungry nights must pass before dreams of home-cooked meals metastasize into nightmares of cannibalism? Why would anyone volunteer to find out? In The Great Starvation Experiment, historian Todd Tucker tells the harrowing story of thirty-six young men who willingly and bravely faced down profound, consuming hunger. As conscientious objectors during World War II, these men were eager to help in the war effort but restricted from combat by their pacifist beliefs. So, instead, they volunteered to become guinea pigs in one of the most unusual experiments in medical history — one that required a year of systematic starvation. Dr. Ancel Keys was already famous for inventing the K ration when the War Department asked for his help with feeding the starving citizens of Europe and the Far East at the war’s end. Fascists and Communists, it was feared, could gain a foothold in war-ravaged areas. “Starved people,” Keys liked to say, “can’t be taught Democracy.” The government needed to know the best way to rehabilitate those people who had been severely underfed during the long war. To study rehabilitation, Keys first needed to create a pool of starving test subjects. Gathered in a cutting-edge lab underneath the football stadium at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Keys’ test subjects forsook most food and were monitored constantly so that Dr. Keys and his scientists could study the effects of starvation on otherwise healthy people. While the weight loss of the men followed a neat mathematical curve, the psychological deterioration was less predictable. Some men drank quarts and quarts of water to fill their empty stomachs. One man chewed as many as forty packs of gum a day. One man mutilated himself to escape the experiment. Ultimately only four of the men were expelled from the experiment for cheating — a testament to the volunteers’ determination and toug

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