FROM Peter Rubin
A pun is not the lowest form of humor. Just ask this punslinger “A pun is the lowest form of humor,” according to the musician and humorist Oscar Levant. That’s the pun-haters version of the quote, though. Pun-lovers say the quote really goes, “A pun is the lowest form of humor when you don't think of it first.” There are actually lots of people who hold the famously low form of humor in high esteem. Case in point: there are pun competitions around the world, including the O. Henry Pun-off World Championship , which Wired senior editor Peter Rubin (fearfully) recently competed in.
Here Comes Oculus Rift The first Oculus Rift Virtual Reality systems are shipping out today, which means that in the upcoming days and weeks, consumers will be able to tune out the election by donning a headset and tune into outer space, or Pari, or any number of virtual worlds. Now that virtual reality is readily accessible to the public, where’s it headed?
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.
Trump cuts protections for ICE detainees, and Alaska saves Obamacare With the crackdown on illegal immigration, jail space is becoming harder to find. So the Trump administration is cutting back some of the regulations on immigrant detention centers. Also, when it comes to healthcare, Alaska’s insurance marketplace was on the brink of implosion until the state came up with a plan to save Obamacare.
What the shooting at North Park Elementary means for San Bernardino In San Bernardino yesterday, two people were killed after a man opened fire in a classroom for special-needs kids. What does this say about a city that saw a 41 percent increase in murders between 2015 and 2016? Also, how do kids who witness school shootings cope emotionally?
States allowed to strip federal funds from abortion clinics President Trump signed the law allowing states to block federal funding to family planning clinics that offer abortions. Critics say this could potentially devastate the health care network that low-income women rely on for birth control and other reproductive care.