Funbag Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:[email protected]). Before we get into the Funbag, I just wanna remind you that the Deadcast is gonna be LIVE in Chicago on Monday night. Go here for all the relevant info and then come get sloppy with us as we yammer on stage and then watch the Bears lose in sickening fashion once more. Now, your letters: Mike: What would Wilbon do if an intern on PTI swapped out a Cardinals hat with the Cubs hat that usually sits behind his right shoulder? The swap would occur when he is distracted during a commercial or something and when the intern knows he won’t be looking behind him. Would Wilbon completely blow up in front of all the crew (after filming concluded) and fire the intern on the spot once he realized what happened? Would he laugh it off and feign rage on the next episode? I see him going full blown Christian Bale on that poor kid. Nah, he … [Read more...] about Needs To Die
Disruptive technologies catching the wave
This is part of our Road Trip 2018 summer series "Taking it to Extremes," which looks at what happens when people mix everyday tech with insane situations.Nearly 50 years after a human first set foot on the moon, maybe it's time for a new challenge in space. How about finding out — in our lifetimes — if there's life on planets orbiting our nearest star neighbors?That's the goal of a project called Breakthrough Starshot — the brainchild of a Russian billionaire, a former director of NASA's Ames Research Center and a group of high-level physicists and engineers.They hope to send hundreds of tiny spacecraft to the Alpha Centauri star system, where they'll examine planets for signs of life. It's a monumental engineering challenge that will require huge leaps in technology for spacecraft design, propulsion and communication. The attempt by SpaceX and Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk to get humans to Mars looks like a neighborhood stroll by comparison. But if … [Read more...] about Are we alone? Tiny spacecraft will head to Alpha Centauri to find out
This is part of our Road Trip 2018 summer series "Taking It to Extremes," which looks at what happens when people mix everyday tech with insane situations.The trunk of my rented Camaro looks too small to fit a 5-foot-tall saguaro cactus.It's a bit after 7 in the morning, and I'm at Saguaro National Park, outside Tucson, Arizona, where the temperature's already pushing 100 degrees. I'm surrounded by cacti ranging from a few inches high to more than 40 feet tall, and wondering how anyone manages to pull off a cactus theft. Because apparently, that's a thing. You'd need shovels and a truck and definitely something like a heavy tarp to keep the needles away from your puncturable skin. People do steal cacti, though. Saguaro cacti are particularly prized on the black market, where they can fetch anywhere from $500 to $2,000 a piece. Eight years ago, rangers came across a trailer parked along a road in the park and found eight saguaro cacti inside. The rangers arrested the … [Read more...] about National parks want you to stop picking them clean
Social media, smartphones and the online world add layers of complexity to the world of politesse. Mark Bowden/Getty Images As we look back across history, we see that the rules of etiquette changed all the time. We no longer think it's OK for men to drag women around by the hair while waving a club in the air -- an admittedly extreme and cartoony example, but one that gets the point across. In general, men don't wear ties to work every day anymore, and women don't have to wear dresses and pantyhose -- either to work or to do housework --with an apron, pearls and heels, like the June Cleavers of yore. So with that said, it's no surprise that something as ubiquitous as the Internet has changed the rules of etiquette; the surprising thing would be if it hadn't. Think for a minute about what etiquette really means: customary behavior among a specific group of people. For example, sticking to etiquette in one country -- a place where people eat most often without utensils, for … [Read more...] about How has the Internet changed rules of etiquette?