The week of June 14, 2015

The Fail Issue
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Dreams of a Red Planet

By Ramon Ramirez

Despite an unclear plan and a lack of funding, a small group of would-be astronauts still wants a one-way ticket to Mars.

Features

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Behind the greatest Wikipedia hoax ever pulled

By Kevin Morris

A notorious director. A volatile lead actor. A mysterious disappearance. It all sounded too good to be true.

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The forgotten legacy of Tom Green, the original troll

By Dylan Love

On the fringes of Web culture, the former MTV host continues to baffle and confuse.

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Why the war on drugs was always destined to fail

By Jesse Hicks

Author Johann Hari wants to change the way we fight addiction.

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The misidentification of Satoshi Nakamoto

By Kevin Collier

A brief history of people trying to unravel the mystery of Bitcoin’s creator(s).

Opinion

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How Jeb Bush makes a mockery of American democracy

By Aaron Sankin

U.S. campaign finance laws are broken—and Bush is capitalizing on it.

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3 simple ways you can debunk a viral photo

By Luke Winkie

Shut down your aunt’s chain email once and for all.

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How ‘American Idol’ predicted the death of TV

By Gillian Branstetter

It’s the end of an era in more ways than one.