Philip Seymour Hoffman On Happiness

We will never not miss Philip Seymour Hoffman. Watch this great animated short featuring PSH on life, death and happiness.

Look back on his career highlights with our post on Hoffman’s seven greatest movie roles.

5 Unsolved Serial Killings That Will Haunt You

Unsolved Serial Killings West Mesa Memorial

A police officer visits a memorial for the West Mesa victims. Source: Albuquerque Journal

Freeway Phantom

Unsolved Serial Killings DC

Source: Wikipedia

Beginning in the spring of 1971, only a year and a half after the civil rights riots, Washington, D.C.’s Freeway Phantom haunted the metropolitan area for 16 months, brutally killing six girls, ages 10 to 18. Police know that at least three of them suffered rape and all of them were strangled. Their bodies were found along roadways and freeways between D.C. and Maryland. All victims were black and it has been suggested by victims’ family members that the case would have received more media and police coverage had the victims been white.

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10 Popular Slang Origins You Need To Know

Like it or not, you’re human. This means that at one point or another you use slang. It’s not to look cool, per se, but a sort of verbal shorthand or way to identify with a certain group. But because we use it all the time, slang constantly evolves, adapting its meanings and usage according to our tastes and needs. Many slang words you’ve likely already used today have some pretty surprising origins.

Fanboy

Slang Origins Fanboy

What a bunch of nerds!
Source: WordPress

Nowadays, if you defend your favorite comic book or sci-fi franchise on a forum with too much fervor, you are ruled a fanboy. However, geeks everywhere can rejoice knowing that this word was first used to describe their archenemies – jocks. Right at the beginning of the 20th century, the word was used to refer to sports fans, although back then it wasn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Booze

Sling Origins Booze

Here’s a shocker – humans have always loved alcohol
Source: Employee Ownership

In its strictest sense, booze is supposed to mean a potable liquid, but it is used as slang for alcohol. However, the OED again lists its usage much farther back than we would expect. It can be found in a compendium of slang words dating all the way back to the mid 19th century and it is also found in a court report from 1896 printed by the Daily Telegraph. Supposedly it is derived from the Middle Dutch word “busen” which means “to drink heavily”.

Kinky

Sling Origins Kinky

Sir, are you aware that you are driving a kinky car?
Source: Life Hacker

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Ferguson Protests Through The Eyes Of A Teenager

Throughout the Ferguson riots, we’ve heard from journalists, activists and–after some significant delays–the police. But the voices of teenagers, those whose ages render them closest to the now-deceased Mike Brown, have certainly been missing. People at Transient Pictures have followed some of these teens in the wake of the killing and riots, documenting the questions they’ve raised since, how they’ve tried to cope with such a loss and broader issues of race, security and their place in it all.

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For more photos of the riots in Missouri, check out our gallery.

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