This Week in Links 79

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.

  • John Cena did an ad for America and it is hands fucking down the greatest thing you'll see this week. Happy birthday, America.
  • This is a charming story on the origin of the phrase "dumpster fire," and indeed on the concept of the Dumpster at all, and I'm very grateful for it leading me to the Wikipedia entry on inherently funny wordsIn British English, for example, one is more likely to hear the term "skip" to denote a large garbage receptacle, but does "skip fire" grab one as an equally startling and appealing barb to deploy on Twitter? What about "Donald Trump's presidential campaign has been a complete wheelie bin fire"? Not so much. 
  • Whoever wrote the headline "An earl in the streets and a wild man in the sheets" for this Bitch article about Tarzan and female gaze deserves a BIG raise.
  • This article/video about tagging great white sharks with cameras so we can figure out why they all congregate in the middle of the Pacific every year is pretty fun. Props to the scientist who called it shark Burning Man.
  • As always, the Rock is an extremely fun person. (What was the budget for this?)
  • Justin Trudeau referred to his friendship with Obama as "dudeplomacy." Be still my heart.
  • We lost Pat Summitt this week. (Shoutout to friend of the show Aggie for teaching me about her and her baller ways.) Holly Anderson wrote a beautiful tribute to her: We who remember her are left only to assume that she has departed this life secure in the knowledge that if we haven't picked up on what she tried to teach us by this point, we're not about to start. And she didn't go through all that for us to up and decide we're worse off now.
  • Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar. 
  • This woman Irish dancing to "Guns and Ships" from Hamilton is amaaaazing. Also, she's wearing old timey clothes in a charming cabin, so this is Irish as all get out, to my very American eyes.
  • This Toast piece -- "Things Lucy Maud Montgomery Lied To Me About" -- well, I seriously know those feels: That life would involve many, many, many more sunset vistas and clouds soaring over hills and many fewer hours spent sitting in rush-hour traffic and many fewer days spent living in apartment buildings with views of dumpsters. 
  • The Toast has ended. *crying emoji* The Washington Post and NPR both have very beautiful tributes to a weird, funny, specific website that made you feel a little less alone with your eccentricities.
  • E.B. White on the meaning of democracy.