5 Queer People on How They Found Their Chosen Families

It's a fairly common tale in the LGBTQ+ community: Queer people move away from home and build new families of their own. They go to cities, find friends and partners, and form a network. Since many queer individuals are rejected (or just simply tolerated) by their families of origin, this new support network is a place where they can shine and be their authentic selves. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of Pose knows this. Yet, with the spread of social media, messages boards, and apps, the ways in which LGBTQ+ folks find each other has changed dramatically. Some still find their chosen family IRL, but others do it by popping up in someone's DMs. To mark the conclusion …

#KimOhNo: Be Grateful That Kim Kardashian Is Bad at Puns

It’s a Kimergency, y’all: Kim Kardashian has named a line of shapewear Kimono. Japanese kimonos are nothing like full-body fat flatteners. They’re imbued with cultural significance that Kardashian is ignoring for the purposes of a confusing pun. They’re no less than the sixth victim of Kim Kardashian’s kwest to kapitalize on kultures not her own. Naturally, people are pissed. You can watch the roast sizzle over at #KimOhNo, which is both a rallying cry for informed discussion about cultural appropriation and a better pun than Kim’s. Emma Grey Ellis Stop Meme-ing Taylor Swift Emma Grey Ellis MTV's 'Most Meme-Able Moment' Honors Internet Culture—Barely Emma Grey Ellis The Sad Meaning Behind the Game of Thrones Coffee Cup Meme When Kardashian announced …

Spiff Up Your Real-World Skills With Old-Timey YouTube

Early humans probably didn't survive by starting fires the cartoon way, scrubbing a stick between their palms until snap, crackle, poof! It's not that the technique doesn't work; it's just really slow and can leave you with enormous, puffy blisters across your palms. To demonstrate, John Plant, the YouTuber behind the channel Primitive Technologies, flashes his torn-up mitts for the camera, scratching at the yellow sores on his already dirty and calloused hands. Then he sits on the ground, shoeless and shirtless, and hits a rock with another rock until he bores a hole through the middle. He puts a straight stick snapped from a nearby tree through the hole and twists tree bark into twine, which he wraps around …

What the College Scandal Shallowfakes Reveal About the Rich

Photoshop played an outsize role in the odious college admissions scandal that broke earlier this year. Rick Singer, the concierge to the stars who pleaded guilty in March to money laundering and racketeering in a scheme to get rich children into luxury-brand colleges, used the software to graft the heads of teens onto the muscled bodies of elite athletes. With the Photoshopped water polo image in particular, the one that helped an undistinguished high schooler get recruited by USC, Singer seems to have created a mythological creature—a Ceto for the digital age. Call them the Collegiae: They’ve got the heads of princesses and the bodies of serpents. To mark the moment, a Twitter friend, Peter Mohan, ginned up an image …

While You Were Offline: The Saga of Trump’s Tax Returns Rages On

Hello. Yes, it's time once again for While You Were Offline, WIRED's deep dive into everything the internet has been talking about over the past week. What'd you miss? Well, apparently tensions are rising between the US and Iran, and North Korea is missile testing again. Oh, there's also the US-China trade war that's brewing. In terms of more pleasant distractions, last week the name Archie became a thing again, although to be honest, Archie's been a thing again for a while now. Oh, and the Met Gala brought camp to a mainstream audience that apparently didn't understand what camp was and maybe still doesn't understand it now. Regardless, Billy Porter and Ezra Miller looked amazing. And finally, an errant …