The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Josh Clark

The Saga of Twitter Bot Tay On Snopes, Brooke Binkowski writes about Microsoft's social media AI who learned too much.

Massacre on Ninth and Main On Buzzfeed, Sarah Weinman writes about a 1903 mass shooting that is arguably the first example of what most people consider a recent and modern phenomenon.

Amidst the Rubble of Bedrock City On The Awl, Amy McKeever writes about the heyday and sad decline of Bedrock City, a pair of roadside attractions based on The Flintstones.

Our Evolutionary Heritage Blasphemed On John K Stuff, John Kricfalusi writes about why executives tampering with the off-model imagery found in Bedrock City was an artistic crime.

Ghost Writer and Ghost: The Strange Case of Pearl Curran and Patience Worth On the Public Domain Review, Ed Simon writes about the talent and unusual circumstances behind the poems, novels and plays written by proclaimed medium Pearl Curran.

The Real Mason Verger: The Man Who Fed His Face to the Dogs In a 2009 presentation to the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, Vernon J Gerberth discusses the case of a man who removed his own face while under the influence of PCP. (Warning: contains an extremely graphic and disturbing photo.)

The 1936-37 Flint, Michigan Sit-Down Strike On BBC's h2g2 site, Not Banned Yet writes about a long, bloody, well-organized and ultimately successful labor strike against General Motors that established the United Auto Workers.

Top 10 Design Flaws in the Human Body On Nautilus, Chip Rowe interviews biologists about the hacks they would undo in the human body.

What Went Wrong in Flint On 538, Anna Maria Barry-Jester writes about the lead poisoning of the people of Flint, Michigan through their water supply.