This Week in Culture: March 28, 2014

Briefings By Photo by MRSY
The Artsy Manhole Covers of Japan.
The Adventures of Samuel Clemens Before Mark Twain was Mark Twain, he was Samuel Clemens. He was also really, really poor. This is how he turned his life around.
What Up, Luda? It took a week, but FiveThirtyEight is finally putting their analytical firepower to good use. Who’s actually the fastest rapper in the game?
Oculus Rift Facebook just bought Oculus VR, makers of the groundbreaking Rift virtual reality headset, which has left a lot of people scratching their heads, and at least one large company a little miffed. “At first glance, it might not seem obvious why Oculus is partnering with Facebook, a company focused on connecting people, investing in internet access for the world and pushing an open computing platform.” Correct, Oculus. Please explain.
Drink and Be Merry Kind of like Danish versions of the Gallagher Brothers, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso (founder of Evil Twin brewing) and Mikkel Borg Bjergso (founder of Mikkeller) are two successful brothers that hate each other. A must read for anyone interested in beer, as is this critique on modern beer art.
Weird Science No way does this asteroid have a ring system. And yet, it totally does. And no way way did scientists create the first synthetic chromosome. But they totally did.
On the Road Bane of the feminist movement Cosmopolitan Magazine recently published a terrible article called, “Better Than Road Head: 14 Car Sex Tips That Won’t Get You Injured or Arrested“. So of course Jalopnik was forced to go through all 14 tips and explain why they would never actually work.
Nerd News Prepare for the new Game of Thrones with this new chapter from Winds of Winter. And prepare for the new Star Wars movies by speculating what they’re about.
Bad Hair Day We’ve been seeing a lot of rumors come out of North Korea (see false reports of a certain uncle getting fed to dogs), but this one, about a new law requiring all male university students to get the same Macklemore-like haircut as Kim Jong-un… is also a rumor. On the bright side, it inspired Kempt’s ranking of dictatorial haircuts.
C.R.E.A.M. Which one of you lucky GP readers is going to go home with the single copy of Wu-Tang’s new album?
No One Falls Into These In Japan, they decorate manhole covers.
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