They Might Be Giants, the legendary Brooklyn musicians who taught us that the sun is a mass of incandescent gas and that it’s Istanbul not Constantinople, were anti-NSA-phone-surveillance before it was cool. (Remember when we thought our nation's spooks were only spying on suspected terrrorists?) And to prove it, here’s perhaps the world’s only custom ringtone that has grown more relevant since the year 2006:
Via They Might Be Giants / Video Used With Permission
TODAY IN SLATE
The Ebola Story
How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer
The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics
A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers
Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.