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Who would you rather go to for financial advice: a YouTube personality or a lottery winner? Obviously, these choices range from stupid to downright awful. You can either learn the fine art of “hitting the button to like and subscribe,” or walk away with the august knowledge to buy Powerball. Either way, you’re probably going to end up not much better off. Which brings us to the strange reality that is the year 2020: YouTube personalities and lottery winners are one and the same, and they’re called Crypto Influencers.

What are crypto influencers, you ask? They’re a diverse group of…


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If Pulp Fiction proved anything, it’s that audiences are smart. Tarantino told three different stories over seven acts, but what really kept audiences on their toes was the non-sequential chronology. The New York Times gushed that it was a “triumphant, cleverly disorienting journey,” and promptly awarded it five stars. Tarantino was neither the first nor the last storyteller to use nonlinear narrative. Which brings me to one very sensible question: Why are critics harshly objecting to the non-sequential chronology of The Witcher?

Now, don’t get me wrong, Netflix’s latest fantasy romp isn’t perfect. The plot takes a while to get…


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Tucked away in the latest season of Rick and Morty is a profound question: To what lengths will you go to poop in peace?

If you’re Rick Sanchez, the answer is setting up your own porcelain throne on the hill of an idyllic alien planet and subsequently hunting down anyone who dares to defile your sanctuary. Yeah, it’s a totally absurd premise which involves a mob shake-down and a robot uprising as Rick searches for the interloper, who turns out to be an alien office worker named Tony. But despite all its twists and turns, the episode reaches a strangely…


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As far as conspiracy theories go, you can call me pretty skeptical. The earth is round, fluoride is good for your teeth, and Mark Zuckerberg is unfortunately not a lizard-person. But there’s one conspiracy theory I hold near and dear, no matter what my smarter, cooler, and overall superior peers say. I am, according to Rotten Tomatoes, one of the only 6% of people who believe that Disney’s new show, The Mandalorian, is bad.

It’s not like I want to hate on The Mandalorian. The production value of the show is off the charts, and Boba Fett was by far…


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When the craft beer revolution came, it was swift, and it was merciless. What started as your local gas station selling six-packs of Goose Island quickly turned into aisles of IPAs and sour beers as far as the eye could see. Suddenly, you couldn’t talk to your local hipster without hearing them opine on their new favorite microbrewery. But even more shocking are the numbers coming out of this sea change. In 2008, there were 1,574 craft breweries in the United States. Just ten years later, that number has jumped 475% to 7,346 breweries. …


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Hide your kids, hide your wife — the robot apocalypse is finally here. Soon, we’ll be able to hail a driverless car thanks to our friends at Google and Uber, buy some groceries at Whole Foods without so much as going through a checkout line, and then — because why not — down some shots with the help of a robot bartender. And sure, that might all sound like an immensely convenient, if not terribly lonely, future. That is, until you realize just how much all of this automation will cost us. According to the folks at McKinsey, in ten…


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When you think of your ideal fridge, what do you imagine? Do you picture fancy temperature controls? Or maybe a built-in water filter, or easy clean shelves, or maybe even an auto-close function? Or maybe — and hear me out — you want a full-screen, integrated tablet, giving you, the lucky consumer, the ability to browse the internet or watch TV, all while pondering whether or not you should eat your partner’s leftovers and deal with the fallout. If you think that last idea seems absurd or unnecessary, then you might have to take it up with Samsung, whose line…


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Ah, Paris. The city of love, the city of lights, and — if you’re one of the handful of unlucky Japanese tourists a year — the city of mental breakdowns. First identified in 1986 by Hiroaki Ota, a Japanese psychiatrist in France, Paris Syndrome is characterized by a long list of symptoms: delusions, hallucinations, feelings of persecution, derealization, depersonalization, anxiety, dizziness, increased heart rate, vomiting, and all that jazz. But while the symptoms might be fairly black and white, the cause is a bit more… abstract.

According to French psychologist Hervé Benhamou, it all has to do with the disjunct…


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It’s official: Big Brother Facebook wants to run your love life. No longer content to destabilize democratic institutions, fork over data on millions of its users, or spam you with invites to play FarmVille, Facebook will now play Cupid and personal matchmaker.

Of course, it’s easy to don your tinfoil hat and proclaim that, with Facebook moving into your romantic life, it’s going to be the end of days. But here’s the crazy thing: Facebook’s latest push might actually be a good thing. In fact, with a slew of key features designed to fight harassment, and, more importantly, keep users…


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Millennials are ruining everything — presumably because they enjoy drinking boomer tears as a refreshing complement to their avocado toast. And while most of this disruption seems well-deserved (will the world really miss Applebee’s when it’s gone?), there are some shifts that seem like less of a cause for celebration: the rise of the gig economy, the invention of ghosting, and so on.

But despite millennials upending everything from dating to e-commerce, there’s one industry that has proved slightly more elusive: Wall Street. While Uber may be rapidly dismantling the traditional taxi industry, Amazon is putting bookstores out of business…

Thomas Ambrosini

Writer at Wisecrack.

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