Soaring above a forest on a smoke detector “sky chariot,” a dog in wind goggles yells about the risks of portable generators. It is a deeply strange image, and it only gets stranger when you realize that it was tweeted by a government agency. But the dog is just one part of a delightfully weird social media strategy aimed at keeping people safe. The account is helmed by Joseph Galbo, a social media specialist for the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), who has been bringing a wonderful, bizarre exuberance to the job since he started in 2016. In a series of graphics targeting ATV safety, for example, a helmeted character named Ted rides his ATV along the Oregon trail, while fleeing from a Tyrannosaurus rex, and he goes on a trip through a nightmarish Colorado that’s populated by enormous, glowing bighorn sheep. “He goes on all these adventures, but he does it really safely,” Galbo says. A storm approaches! #BarksMcWoofins takes to the skies on … [Read more...] about Why a government agency is spreading memes about dogs riding pigeons
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Here’s an incredible story about an unsung hero that, by simply going about its normal existence, is making the world a better place: This dog named Pilot has no idea it is single-handedly supporting nearly every conversation at this party. Absolutely beautiful. This dog may not know it, but it is actively making this awkward party bearable in a major way. Before the party even started, Pilot’s quiet heroism was already at work. A friend of the host’s friend had arrived 20 minutes before anyone else, all but guaranteeing a long, forced conversation that neither participants wanted to take part in. But luckily, Pilot didn’t hesitate to jump up on the early guest immediately, giving the host an easy segue into a reasonably natural talk about the dog’s name, age, and breed just as the panic of an incoming stilted dialogue was setting in. As the rest of the party guests arrive, this dog continues to save the day over and over again simply by walking around and … [Read more...] about Silent Hero: This Dog Has No Idea It Is Single-Handedly Supporting Nearly Every Conversation At This Party
It’s the end of 1977, and New York City is on top of the world. Subway-riding mayor elect Ed Koch is sweeping into Gracie Mansion. The Yankees are champs again, thanks to “Mr. October,” Reggie Jackson, and his three-pitch, three-homer performance in game six against those carpet-bagging bums that used to play in Brooklyn. Exciting new sounds pumping out of Lower East Side dives and Midtown discotheques are poised to reshape popular music in the city’s image. It’s the end of 1977, and New York City is still fucking ’70s New York. In August, David Berkowitz confessed to the Son of Sam killings, stating that he acted under instructions from a demon impersonating his neighbor’s dog. A month prior, the entire Consolidated Edison power system went down, plunging most of the five boroughs into bedlam for 25 hours. Certain arrangements made by legitimate businessmen have moved the sex trade off the street, but the Deuce is still a pretty good place to … [Read more...] about 1977 looks great on
Generally, when writing about or researching sex in games, I try to be as sex-positive as possible. That said, talking about sex should be like how we talk about using the bathroom: it’s totally normal to ask your housemate for more toilet paper, or to talk to your doctor about blood in your pee; but it’s not cool to go into graphic detail with your friends about stool consistency or submit your whole office to whiffy, thunderous farts. My policy is generally “let’s be more open about sex, but let’s not be totally open about everything.” A lady needs her secrets. NSFW Warning: This story contains graphic cartoon nudity and sex. And yet, I couldn’t help but feel giddy when a friend DMed me on Twitter to let me know about Quidget the Wonderwiener, a game that gleefully rolls around in its own smut like a dog in manure. Sure, we should all be more open about sex, but it’s also pretty thrilling to have to pass sexy games to each other in a … [Read more...] about Is About Boning In The Name Of Science
Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich? Welcome to **Is A Hot Dog A Sandwich?** in which The Takeout asks famous and important people to answer the most important question to ever beguile the human race. When you hear the words “supernatural teen drama,” Guy Pearce might not be the name that leaps immediately to mind. He’s the Memento guy, the L.A. Confidential guy. He’s got an Emmy (for Mildred Pierce), a Screen Actors Guild award (for his work in the ensemble of The King’s Speech), and those cheekbones that could slice you if you’re not careful. He’s Guy Pearce, for crying out loud. What’s he doing in the Twilight genre? Well, The Innocents—a new Netflix series, which dropped in full on Friday—isn’t Twilight. Like many of the best pieces of science fiction and fantasy, it uses its premise—no spoilers here, but it’s an unexpected take on a shapeshifting ability—to explore bigger issues and themes, and uses all … [Read more...] about Hey Guy Pearce, is a hot dog a sandwich?