Funbag Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? [Email the Funbag](mailto:[email protected]). Today, we’re talking about Chewbacca pooping, Trump, dinosaur fights, sneezing, and more. Your letters! Ben: I bought the scooter a few weeks ago to shorten my hellish commute. Yesterday, I was stopped at a crosswalk when a car waved for me to cross. I ‘floored’ the scooter, straight into a curb I hadn’t seen, and did a violent somersault over the handlebars, ending up flat on my back in the middle of the road. Somehow my old and decrepit 42-year-old body sustained no injuries, although my helmet got all scrapped up. I did not die (yet), but if I did die, I’m glad the headline would have been, ‘Man Dies From Unexplained Brain Embolism’ instead of ‘Man Dies In Scooter Accident Just Like His Wife Said Would Happen’. Could you rank for me the most embarrassing ways to die? There’s … [Read more...] about Down With Big Scooter
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Depending on who’s defining it, to whom, and why, SB Nation is either a popular website best-known for puckish, irreverent coverage and such whimsical projects as Jon Bois’s 17776, or a sprawling network of “team” or “fan” websites, each tightly focused on a particular topic, like the New York Mets or professional boxing. In either iteration, it is a foundational element of one of digital media’s foremost enterprises. Twelve years ago, SB Nation began as a do-it-yourself venture, by and for fans, more a community of communities than a journalistic endeavor. It has since evolved and rebranded itself and emerged as Vox Media, which was valued at $1 billion in 2015 after a $200 million round of funding from NBCUniversal. The SB Nation network itself, consisting of 319 team websites, has remained in place, a vast operation read by millions of people every month and powered by unpaid and underpaid labor. These sites are run by managers who are … [Read more...] about How SB Nation Profits Off An Army Of Exploited Workers
Poor hygiene is pretty much unacceptable in most cultures. But does insecurity lead people to disregard this rule, or does bad hygiene lead to insecurity? Jon Bradley/Getty Images Remember Pig-Pen, that lovable character from the Peanuts comics who seemed to always walk around in filthy overalls and cloud of dust and dirt? No matter how hard he tried, he simply could not -- or would not -- stay clean. He was even chosen to participate in an experiment testing how hygiene applies in zero gravity; unfortunately, grime seemed to be magnetically attracted to him. Poor hygiene is no laughing matter for some individuals. In many cultures, poor hygiene is considered unacceptable. Those with dirty clothes, unkempt hair or unpleasant body odor are often shunned, resulting in issues at school, work, and in personal relationships. It can also cause serious health problems, spreading germs that cause illness and diseases that can range from the common cold to athlete's foot. Poor oral … [Read more...] about Can insecurity cause bad hygiene?
For more than 30 years, people with serious diseases have had access to investigational drugs, vaccines, devices and biologics via the FDA's expanded access pathway. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images If you or a loved one has a serious or life-threatening illness and have exhausted all the medical options at your disposal to no avail, you're likely, as the proverb about the drowning man goes, to grasp at straws – to grab hold of anything that might save or extend yours or your loved one's life. Hope, it seems, is hard-wired into the human condition: Surely the potential benefits of an investigational modality will prove the risk worthwhile? But when it comes to experimental drugs and therapies for untreatable conditions, it may be healthier to avoid false hope and approach potential outcomes with pragmatic optimism instead. When President Donald J. Trump signed the Right to Try Act (which grants no real rights, but rather, grants permission for a patient to request an experimental … [Read more...] about FDA’s Expanded Access Pre-dates Right to Try by Decades
Some of the most motivated hypermilers draft behind other vehicles while the engine is switched off. They're basically swept along in the lead vehicle's tailwind. (WendellandCarolyn/Getty Images) Hypermiling is a dangerous practice in general, especially if the driver isn't always aware of the road conditions and surrounding traffic. But the techniques we'll discuss on this page are particularly risky because their success depends on being aware of those conditions ... and then totally flaunting them. As you'll find out, some of the most effective hypermiling strategies work only because the driver intentionally sacrifices control of the vehicle in order to use less gasoline, which should immediately raise a red flag. We'll see how these practices can work for some; but we'll also learn why they can be hazardous to everyone else on the road. To start, there are a lot of variations on coasting, each carrying its own degree of risk. But it's this coasting technique that makes up … [Read more...] about Dangerous Hypermiling Techniques