Category: OMG

Obama’s McCain eulogy would be banal under any other president

President Barack Obama eulogized Sen. John McCain on Saturday, setting aside their ideological differences to celebrate the Arizona senator’s civility, service, and commitment to democratic ideals and institutions. In pretty much any other moment, it would be heard as a...

/ September 1, 2018

Arizona Republicans wrestle with McCain’s criticism of Trump — and his iconic vote on health care

In Washington DC on Friday, thousands of people lined up in the sweltering heat to pay their respects to the late Sen. John McCain, whose body was lying in-state at the Capitol as part of a memorial service. McCain —...

/ September 1, 2018

Vox Sentences: Nicaragua expels the UN

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Trump cuts funding for...

/ September 1, 2018

Photos: Aretha Franklin’s funeral was absolutely fit for the Queen of Soul

The Queen of Soul has been laid to rest. Fans flocked to Detroit on Friday to pay respects to legendary singer Aretha Franklin, who died August 16 at the age of 76. The funeral service was a gathering of family...

/ August 31, 2018

Why obvious lies make great propaganda

At the height of the 2016 election, researchers at the RAND Corporation released a report documenting an unusual propaganda model dubbed the “firehose of falsehood.” The report described a strategy where a propagandist could overwhelm the public by producing a...

/ August 31, 2018

The untold truth of Adam Savage

If you know anything at all about the strained relationship between Adam Savage and co-host Jamie Hyneman, you might assume that the two incompatible personalities ended up hosting MythBusters together through some casting accident, but the truth is actually stranger...

/ August 31, 2018

Vox Sentences: Syria’s final push

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Natural-born citizens are losing...

/ August 31, 2018

Trump’s stripping of passports from some Texas Latinos, explained

The Trump administration is engaging in an immigration crackdown in South Texas — against people who have birth certificates showing they were born in the United States. According to a Washington Post report published Wednesday by Kevin Sieff, immigration lawyers...

/ August 30, 2018

The bizarre history of trick or treating

The process of going house-to-house to help save dead people's souls was given the very original name "souling." In a lot of places, it was something mostly adults did, but eventually in areas like Scotland and Ireland it became an...

/ August 30, 2018

The saddest on-screen deaths that shook us to the core

At the beginning of the 2004 relaunch of Battlestar Galactica, Anastasia "Dee" Dualla was one of the show's beacons of hope. Youthful, optimistic, and full of life, Dee weathers the many challenges the fleet experiences, eventually finding love with Lee...

/ August 30, 2018

The Little Stranger is a quietly brilliant tale of pain, grief, and possibly ghosts

From the moment in The Little Stranger that Dr. Faraday (Domhnall Gleeson) pulls up to Hundreds Hall, a big English manor home that has clearly seen better times, it’s clear that something not entirely normal is going on. Viewers with...

/ August 30, 2018

Vox Sentences: A NAFTA by any other name

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. The new deal intended...

/ August 30, 2018

10 ways Halloween is celebrated around the world

Dia de los Muertos originated in Mexico, and it's essentially one ginormous party in honor of the dead, much like Sunday nights on AMC except that Dia de los Muertos isn't losing as many fans. Like the American version of...

/ August 29, 2018

America is one of 6 countries that make up more than half of gun deaths worldwide

Out of the world’s 251,000 gun deaths every year, there’s a group of six countries that make up more than half of those deaths — and the United States is in it, according to a new study published in JAMA....

/ August 29, 2018

The creepy truth about brainwashing

People weren't always worried about brainwashing and mind control — the idea really started to grip the public consciousness with the icy hand of terror in the 1950s. The concept had been brought up in the previous decade, but in...

/ August 29, 2018

Live results for Tuesday’s Oklahoma primaries runoff

Oklahoma voters headed to the polls for runoff elections on Tuesday, in large part to pick the Republican nominee for governor. Tulsa business executive Kevin Stitt defeated Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, giving hope to Democrats who want a shot...

/ August 29, 2018

Live results for Tuesday’s Florida primaries

Florida voters picked the Democratic and Republican candidates for their state’s critical governor and Senate races in Tuesday’s primary elections, setting up two of 2018’s most important campaigns. Republicans Ron DeSantis easily won the GOP gubernatorial primary to replace Gov....

/ August 29, 2018

Pro athletes who were more successful after they retired

Vinnie Jones sounds like the name of a gangster who rips out people's teeth for fun, which pretty much describes the types of characters Jones tends to portray in movies. But the intimidating Brit wasn't a real-life gangster as far...

/ August 28, 2018

Real-life heroes who are actually pretty terrible people

Kary Mullis is an American biochemist whose work is literally saving lives. He invented polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The science behind it is very sciencey, but it has some amazing applications. It means people can be tested for genetic carriers,...

/ August 28, 2018