Monica Lewinsky Is the Perfect Anti-Cyberbullying Advocate 

There are few people better-equipped to advocate for people humiliated online than Monica Lewinsky, former White House intern and current queen of my heart. Best-known as the poster girl for public humiliation, Lewinsky has transformed herself into the poster girl for surviving it and examining it. » 3/24/15 1:30pm 3/24/15 1:30pm

The Anti-Vaccine Movement Should Be Ridiculed, Because Shame Works

The best way to win a debate is to present your facts in a clear, respectful way. When that doesn't work, another option is incessant ridicule. Here's why we have to use shame if we want to stop the anti-vaccine movement. » 2/06/15 1:30pm 2/06/15 1:30pm

Will the New Fleshlight Accessory Burn My Penis Off?

The lonely souls who curl up every night with their Fleshlight masturbator now have a new accessory to lust over: A rod that heats up your Fleshlight sleeve to 135 degrees, which is apparently the perfect vaginal temperature. Wait, what? » 1/19/15 3:34pm 1/19/15 3:34pm

Holy Shit I Just Spent $236 on Candy Crush, Help

I don't understand. It's just Bejeweled. With candy. What's the big deal? Innocent words from a better time. A better place. Before I'd ever made that deplorable journey to the App Store and downloaded... it. Candy Crush Saga. Now, about a month later, I've lost a little over $230, hours of battery life, and any… » 8/07/13 3:30pm 8/07/13 3:30pm

The Invention of Jaywalking Was a Massive Shaming Campaign

Before the invention of the car, jaywalking wasn't a recognized concept. Want to get across the street? Then just walk across the street—nobody's going to stop you. But the rise of the automobile posed a new problem for people of the early 20th century. While the median state-designated speed limit for American… » 7/22/13 3:22pm 7/22/13 3:22pm

What's The Internet Thing About You That You're Hoping No One Sees?

I know what you're thinking. This chatroom is dumb. Why would anyone reveal the thing they're trying to hide? First of all, you're so afraid of it precisely because you know you can't hide it. Second of all, if you just reveal it here it'll be out there on your terms and you can stop worrying about it. This is a… » 7/14/13 2:00pm 7/14/13 2:00pm

Stop Worrying, Your Internet Past Is Not Embarrassing

There's something on the internet that you desperately want to keep everyone from seeing. Something you're deeply embarrassed of. That would show all your friends how you're not actually as smart and fashionable and ironically self-aware as you pretend to be. And you really ought to get over it. » 4/26/13 5:22pm 4/26/13 5:22pm

Shame: A Harrowing Tale of Addiction, Also Sex

Shame is a dark, brooding tale of one man's crippling addiction to sex and all things sex-related. Despite critcal acclaim, you might not have gotten a chance to see it, mainly because it's rated NC-17. Yeah, there's some penis. » 8/12/12 9:00pm 8/12/12 9:00pm

1-in-3 eReading Devices Is Used for What?

We've heard of hate-reading—the kind of reading you do out of disgust or loathing or contempt for the author. Now, it seems that a new type of reading style has emerged: call it "shame-reading." » 5/25/12 10:20pm 5/25/12 10:20pm

You Really Don't Want to Drop the New Nook Simple Touch

The Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight is an excellent ereader. It's the best, actually. But it's not indestructible. And with new features like a frontlit display, there are new things that can go wrong. Like this frightful little light tunnel that popped up after I scratched the new Nook's screen all to hell. » 5/02/12 3:20pm 5/02/12 3:20pm

Everything You Need to Survive Losing Your Laptop

So I lost some laptops. Three. Three laptops. I got the last one back, but even if I hadn't, I've learned enough about the hell that that puts you through to have some advice if you end up unexpectedly computerless. » 2/10/12 6:57pm 2/10/12 6:57pm

I Lost 3 Laptops in 4 Months and This Post Is My Penance

I lost my bag on Halloween night. It had two laptops—one of which was a review unit—a bunch of notes, and all the rest of my life in it. It was one of the worst and most helpless things I've ever felt. Last night I did it again. » 2/10/12 2:00pm 2/10/12 2:00pm

Build-Your-Own Fleshlight: What, No Armpit Option?

Now, you can design your own Fleshlight to your exacting specifications. Can you only climax when making love to a see-thru coinslot in a blue tube? Welcome to Pleasure Town, weirdo! [Fleshlight] » 11/20/09 2:14pm 11/20/09 2:14pm

The Worst Proprietary Gadget Offenses

Like a predatory loan officer or an unstable partner, technology companies have an obsession with locking you down. Here are some of the worst examples of proprietary products that leave you trapped, broke and angry. » 3/12/09 2:00pm 3/12/09 2:00pm

London Clinics Begin Sending STD Test Results via Text

The National Health Service in the London Borough of Hounslow, in an effort to coax young people into getting tested, is offering free self-service STD kits, with an added bonus: text message diagnosis!. » 2/20/09 8:33am 2/20/09 8:33am

Dell's Wasteful Shipping Habits Take a Steamy Dump on the Environment

There are few practices as stupid, simple and damaging to the environment as wasteful packing. Take a look at this ludicrous box that Dell used to send a 2GB thumb drive. It's about 100 times too big, and it's not just wasteful because of the cardboard used. I, for one, am sick of seeing crap like this. » 4/21/08 4:30pm 4/21/08 4:30pm

British Protecting Local Textards by Padding Lampposts

Apparently, there's been a large number of injuries in England caused by boneheads walking and texting and then walking into solid objects. Rather than create some sort of Darwinian euthanasia program like I would if I was Duke or Lord or Bobby or whatever the leader of that country goes by, the Brits have decided to… » 3/05/08 2:10pm 3/05/08 2:10pm