Megan Garber
Megan Garber
Megan Garber is a staff writer at The Atlantic, covering culture.
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Arch Enemies

A new company is bringing the engineering savvy of rocket science to the design of the high-heeled shoe. Can stilettos that are actually comfortable to wear change centuries’ worth of symbolism?

  • Comedy Central

    How Edgy Can The Daily Show Be?

    Noah offense intended.

  • Warner Bros.

    Behold, the Manic Pixie Dream Grandpa

    The Intern celebrates the power of old age, while mourning the loss of the authority that used to come with it.

  • Paul VanDerWerf / Flickr

    ‘Ashokan Farewell’: The Story Behind the Tune Ken Burns Made Famous

    When the documentary The Civil War debuted 25 years ago, it gave a new life—and old history—to a gorgeous melody.

  • Comedy Central

    South Park Imagines the Trumpocalypse

    The show’s much-anticipated immigration episode presents a dystopian future in which the billionaire businessman becomes the president of … Canada.

  • daryl_mitchell / Flickr

    How Chain Restaurants Sing ‘Happy Birthday’: An Elegy

    With the classic song being ruled part of the public domain, we’re losing a little piece of Americana. And, really, a little piece of ourselves.

  • CBS

    The Colbert Trump

    The leading GOP candidate appeared as a guest on The Late Show last night. He beat Colbert at his own game.

  • The Big Bong Theory

    #puffpuffpasstuesdays wat u smokn on ?! 🌳💨 #BUSH @gpen #gslim

    A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

    What, exactly, is a “lifestyle site”? It’s not quite a news site, and not quite an e-commerce site, and not quite an advice site, and not quite a message board, and not quite a … well, not quite an anything. A lifestyle site, the “Italian seasoning” of the Internet, is an undefined hodgepodge.

    Because of that, lifestyle sites have proven especially popular as a way for celebrities—many of them, thus far, young and female—to “extend their brands.” Beyoncé, Lauren Conrad, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow: They’ve all experimented with sites that promise to provide some kind of insight into food and fashion and living and loving and otherwise styling one’s life.

    You know what they haven’t tackled, though? Pot.

    Enter Snoop Dogg.

  • On the Origin of (Wackily Named) Species

    One detail I didn’t include in my confession that I am a huge fan of The Big Bang Theory consideration of the emotional evolution of Sheldon Cooper: Cooper, a fake scientist, has been celebrated by actual scientists. In 2012, the Brazilian biologists André Nemésio of the Universidade Federal de Uberlândia and Rafael Ferrari of the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais identified a new species of euglossine bee. In honor of Sheldon's favorite catchphrase, they named the creature Euglossa bazinga.

    They chose the name, the scientists explained, because “Bazinga” is the word the otherwise deadpan-happy Sheldon uses to clue others in to the fact that he’s joking about something. Since Euglossa bazinga had previously been misidentified as Euglossa ignite, a similar bee species, the biologists wanted a name, they explained, that would suggest that animal’s unconscious trickery. Hence: Bazinga.

    But Euglossa bazinga is certainly not the only animal to take its name from pop culture.

  • CBS

    The (Slow, Awkward) Love Song of Sheldon Cooper

    The Big Bang Theory’s uber-nerd has transformed, over eight seasons, from a clueless misanthrope into a romantic lead—and in the process has become one of the most compelling characters on TV.

  • Lucy Nicholson / Reuters

    In Praise of Emmy Losers

    Because winning really isn’t everything

  • Today in Things That Cannot Be Unseen

  • Chris O'Meara / AP

    Cosby: The Women Speak and the Power of Reality Television

    The stories in A&E’s special by now are familiar, but the fact that they continue to be told is a sign of progress.

  • Behold, the Witherspoon Principle

    Richard Shotwell / AP

    Earlier this week, I wrote about Mindy Kaling’s new memoir, Why Not Me?. What I didn’t include in the review was a passage that may well be the most succinct summary of celebrity I have ever come across. It comes, fittingly, from Reese Witherspoon.

    As Kaling describes it:

  • Chris Carlson / AP

    Why Fiorina Won

    The only female candidate on the GOP debate stage proved she could hang with the boys—but also represent “women all over this country.”

  • Sony, via Gawker

    The Best ‘I Don't Know the Answer’ Jeopardy! Answers

    A photo essay of delight and despair

  • How to Make Everything / YouTube

    What a $1,500 Sandwich Tastes Like

    A new show proves it: If your food is made from self-ground wheat and self-made cheese, there’s a good chance it will end up tasting like “a cork board dipped in lemon juice.”

  • CBS via MacWorld

    The Stealthy Humanism of Stephen Colbert

    It’s not often that a guest settles into a late-night comedy couch and starts talking about human rights.

  • Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

    Mindy Kaling Is Thirsty

    The newest book from the writer/performer/showrunner isn’t just a memoir. It’s also a defense of something that has gotten a bad name: hard work.

  • Hulu

    The Mindy Projection

    The first episode of The Mindy Project since the series moved to Hulu takes a Sliding Doors approach to romance.

  • Late-Night Comedy, in One Picture

    Vanity Fair

    This is the image from Vanity Fair’s October-issue article that explains “Why Late-Night Comedy Is Better Than Ever.” I really love it. And the more I look, the more I love it. It’s just so rare that a single photograph so perfectly captures a cultural phenomenon. There’s a simple poetry to the whole thing, don’t you think?

    So many fellas
    With suits and whiskey and smiles.
    “Better than ever.”