The week of June 14, 2015

The Fail Issue

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.


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.

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.

Why the war on drugs was always destined to fail

By Jesse Hicks

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

The misidentification of Satoshi Nakamoto

By Kevin Collier

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


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.

3 simple ways you can debunk a viral photo

By Luke Winkie

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

How ‘American Idol’ predicted the death of TV

By Gillian Branstetter

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