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I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010

10 memorable moments from Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is an unapologetic, cross-promotional cheese-fest. But whether you love or hate it, you have to admit that its giant balloons are nearly as synonymous with the holiday feast as turkey, cranberries, and indigestion.
From historical to horrific to humorous, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is iconic
By ASHLEY RIGAZIO  |  November 27, 2009

Phattening Providence lyrics

The flyers appeared on coffee shop message boards and street corners. "We Phatten Rhymes," they read, and "Brown/RISD Rappers: Get Your Lyrics Doped."
Beats and Rhymes
By ABIGAIL CROCKER  |  November 13, 2009

The Big Hurt: Dare to meme

Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
Apologies in advance for the YouTube clip of 2009
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 26, 2009

VIDEO: Cartoon Network Live-Rick-Rolls Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

UPDATE: now with brief video! In case you weren't watching the Macy's Parade, the Foster's Home ...
By Carly Carioli  |  November 27, 2008

Battling Scientology

In a world wracked with uncertainty, there is at least one thing you can bet on: pick a fight with the Church of Scientology, and its leaders will fight back — always with vigor, often with a vengeance, and sometimes with litigation that can be long and
Anonymous's Gregg Housh is committed to bringing down the Church of Scientology. Is he a gadfly or a goon?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 15, 2008

Oddballs and noisemakers

Twenty years ago, the American Top 40 was nothing like Boston’s live music scene.
Looking back 20 years to the Pixies' Surfer Rosa and the beginning of the Best Music Poll
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  May 07, 2008

LOL in the family

Rick Rolling made real before our eyes? This truly was a special night.

Post-roflcon antics at the East

By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 29, 2008

Excellent Italian interview

Steve Albini is a pretty nerdy guy.
Steve Albini speaks
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 23, 2007

Welcome to Boston

You’re one of us now.
Better than a Duck Tour

Catch and ‘Release’

Soundbender’s debut full-length, Victory Mile , is not a summery affair.
Soundbender’s Victory Mile trolls for meaning
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  August 08, 2007



“It smells like a middle-school dance,” said username andysad at the LemmingTrail message-board holiday party at Great Scott last Friday.
The LemmingTrail holiday party, Great Scott, December 22, 2006
By WILL SPITZ  |  December 29, 2006