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Is the discontinuation of Choco Tacos just a PR stunt?

Klondike has released a statement on its website announcing that it is halting production of the Choco Taco, a taco-shaped ice cream snack that has been sold on ice-cream trucks for nearly 40 years, NBC News reports. "Over the past two years, we have experienced an unprecedented spike in demand across our portfolio and have had to make very tough decisions to ensure availability of our full… → Read More

There are 5 fewer Doritos per bag now thanks to inflation

If your bag of Doritos has seemed suspiciously skimpy on chips lately, you're not alone. Frito-Lay confirmed that it decreased the number of chips you get per bag by five whole delicious triangles in 2021 in order to account for inflation, Quartz reports. "Inflation is hitting everyone … we took just a little bit out of the bag so we can give you the same price and you can keep enjoying your… → Read More

Fighting breaks out near Chernobyl, leading to fears of nuclear contamination over Europe

Russian troops have pushed into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone — "one of the most radioactive places on Earth" — with shelling reportedly threatening buried nuclear waste storage sites, The Kyiv Independent reports based on comments by Anton Herashchenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian Interior Ministry. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed the breach, tweeting that "our defenders are… → Read More

China blames U.S. for war in Ukraine, even as it appears increasingly uncomfortable with standing by Russia

China appeared to be less than thrilled with the aggressive military actions taken in Ukraine on Thursday by President Xi Jinping's self-described "best friend," Vladimir Putin. At a briefing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying expressed that "China did not wish to see what happened in Ukraine today," and deflected allegations that Beijing was providing backing for the attack,… → Read More

The Olympics start this week — and nobody cares

In one of my characteristic moments of having no idea what day it was (a state I've lived in more or less constantly since March 2020), I got the inkling this week that the Opening Ceremony must be impending and did a requisite Google search of "Olympic first day." > Does not bode well for ratings that searching "Olympic first day" on Feb. 1 gives you the answer to … the Summer Games… → Read More

Making the SATs digital won't make them fair

College Board somehow managed to give the playing field yet another bump → Read More

2021: The year of ____

We said 2020 was the longest year ever, but 2021 somehow felt even longer. One year ago today, most of America was still in the grips of a grim, pre-vaccination winter; the Capitol had not yet been stormed, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) had not yet pulled on his little mittens, and no one could have predicted a container ship would become the main character for a week. But with the U.S. shattering… → Read More

The best headlines of 2021

The clever, the strange, and the downright bizarre → Read More

Stadium name absurdity peaks with L.A.'s Arena

You know we're living in strange times when thousands of people are suddenly nostalgic for Staples — a store I didn't even realize still existed until the Los Angeles arena that bore its name announced it will soon be known by the URL for a cryptocurrency website instead. Every time the naming rights for a stadium, arena, or field expire, there are always the diehard locals who can't stand the… → Read More

Consistent climate action wasn't on the menu at COP26

In between urging each other to "get real about climate change," world leaders and activists attending this week's COP26 climate change conference reportedly dined on a menu including venison, haggis, burgers, and farmed salmon. "It's like serving cigarettes at a lung cancer conference," Joel Scott-Halkes, a spokesperson for Animal Rebellion, told The Big Issue, which broke the story. "As long… → Read More

The scariest line in the English language

Forget jump scares. Read horror lit. → Read More

Succession's 3rd season premiere seems to think it's still 2019

A pandemic, presidential election, and failed insurrection later, the once-sharp show has no new ideas → Read More

Dune should've been less Dune-y

The Dune curse lives on in Villeneuve's replication of Herbert's mistakes → Read More

Susan Orlean recommends 6 books for animal lovers

The New Yorker staff writer recommends works by Herman Melville, Helen Macdonald, and more → Read More

Are Netflix's subtitles for Squid Game accurately translated?

Americans are finally willing to read subtitles — but what if what we're reading is wrong? → Read More

Jon Stewart is still angry. But is he still funny?

'The Problem with Jon Stewart' isn't a 'Daily Show' reboot. It may be much better. → Read More

How a pending Hollywood strike involves you — even if it never happens

Streaming services demand endless content, and film industry working conditions have deteriorated so production keeps up → Read More

The Emmys' Good Lord Bird problem

What the worst snub of the year tells us about the state of the awards show → Read More

Rolling Stone claims 'Strawberry Fields Forever' is the best Beatles song and nothing is real

And then there are the fab four. No longer is "Hey Jude" the top-ranking Beatles song in the list's #8 spot, as it was in 2004; now "Strawberry Fields Forever" is their highest-ranked track at #7, trailed in the top 50 by "A Day in the Life" at #24 and "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at #15 — both of which are way, way better songs. Now, I'm not saying "Strawberry Fields Forever" is bad. Really, were… → Read More

Christopher Nolan might save movie theaters after all

I might owe director Christopher Nolan an apology. It was May 2020, the month that the 100,000th American would die of COVID-19. Movie theaters had been closed for weeks in the nation's major markets, and Nolan — an outspoken advocate of in-person theatergoing and a respected auteur said to have "an unusual level of influence over when his movies are released" — was being celebrated as the… → Read More