This Week in Links 27

Since we record a new show every two weeks, on off weeks we do a link roundup of things we've read and want to share. Here's what's on tap this week.

  • The American Nazi Party are also, um, grammar Nazis. (Though, Becca and I both try to save calling things/people "Nazis" for when they are literally Nazis.) I will quote Becca, when I sent her this link: "I wish they would separate. Or seperate. Whatever they prefer."
  • Arthur Chu wrote a fantastic piece about Elliot Rodger and nerd entitlement that is seriously worth a read: But the overall problem is one of a culture where instead of seeing women as, you know, people, protagonists of their own stories just like we are of ours, men are taught that women are things to “earn,” to “win.” That if we try hard enough and persist long enough, we’ll get the girl in the end. Like life is a video game and women, like money and status, are just part of the reward we get for doing well.
  • 21 Facts You Didn't Know About Pitch Perfect.
  • TIME has an oral history of the Mighty Ducks franchise. The dream is alive, people. Also, they have a great slideshow of behind-the-scenes photos. TIME accurately points out that "The Mighty Ducks arrived during what can only be called the Golden Era of children’s sports movies" which is true, people.
  • The Oxford comma is one of the most divisive issues here at TWiL HQ, and mental_floss has a great roundup of the best examples used to support both sides. As you can see, the people who believe in the Oxford comma are always correct.
  • Here's an interesting piece about Maya Angelou's influence on hip hop. That story about Angelou meeting Tupac is so great.
  • New Epic Rap Battle of History: Edgar Allan Poe vs. Stephen King.
  • Mallory Ortberg is a goddamn national treasure, and as if we needed more evidence of that, she wrote a piece called Stardate: Fuck This ShitFirst of all, I’m a fucking contract worker, which means that I get to work twice as hard as a full-time employee and get shit-all for health insurance and benefits. It’s ridiculous to me that there are exactly two jobs in the entire cold vastness of space — government drone or non-unionized pirate. 
  • I got 20 out of 21 on this HuffPo quiz about using common phrases correctly, and I'm mad I didn't get all 21.
  • The New Yorker has a really interesting article about the phenomenon of people adding untrue "facts" to Wikipedia, which then get cited in other places, which then confirms those untrue facts for Wikipedia users: Wikipedia’s rules value a multitude of independent sources over the word of an article’s subject. And so, the founder of Wikipedia could not get the Web site to reflect what is—according to Wales, at least—his actual birthday.
  • Sir Mix-a-Lot performed "Baby Got Back" with the Seattle Symphony. Two thoughts: a) that lady in the black dress and glasses can work it and b) ours is not the best universe, but it's a damn good one.