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This Week in Culture: January 10, 2014

Briefings By Photo by Dan Woodger
Bring the Heat And you thought the Polar Vortex was just something CNN made up to scare you into reading the news. Nope, as it turns out, the cold is real, and very dangerous. In other strange weather news, a low pressure system in Europe caused something known as “The Black Swell“.
Revenge for Revenge Those fearing “revenge porn” — in which a jealous ex-lover posts nude pictures or videos to the internet — might consider a move to Israel, which just made the act punishable by up to five years in prison.
Einstein Walks Into a Bar… Scientists tell their favorite jokes.
A Meaty Scoop Great news! McDonald’s has vowed to only use sustainable beef by 2016. The only problem? Like the buzzwords “natural” and “organic”, “sustainable beef” has no hard definition.
Sex Pistol Here’s a strange one for you: a woman in New Mexico was arrested for aggravated assault after pulling a gun from her, ah, private parts. The strangest part? The woman is Cormac McCarthy’s ex-wife.
AMA What a week for cool people on Reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” section. Jerry Seinfeld, Sir David Attenborough and the first legal purchaser of marijuana. Humorously enough, the last post has 420 comments. If you’re too lazy to skim the Seinfeld post (we’re talking to you, 420 people), you can read a summary of it here.
Awesome-O Tickle-Me-Elmo was so 1990s. Prepare yourself for the future of awesome toys, as seen from CES.
Jewish Last Names Why are Goldsteins Goldsteins, Steins Steins and Edelmans Edelmans? Slate explains.
Interview With an Illustrator No, not Maurice Sendak. Dan Woodger. He’s up and coming. Haven’t heard of him? You will.
Troubled Bridge Over Water It reflects poorly on Chris Christie that his Deputy Chief of Staff closed a lane of the George Washington Bridge as payback against the Fort Lee mayor who didn’t endorse Christie’s campaign for reelection. But he apologized. So it’s all okay. Don’t you get it, people? He said sorry. So everyone who missed an appointment or time with their family’s should just give him the old royal pardon. Right? Right…
Buddhism and Biology. And Wilderness Women in Alaska. AND DUCK DYNASTY IS FAKE? As promised, an interesting article on Buddhism and Biology. And one about Wilderness Women in Alaska. And pictures of the Duck Dynasty cast before they became the Duck Dynasty cast. Whoa.