By now, you’ve surely heard that, last night, Sarah Palin endorsed Donald Trump’s candidacy for president, sparking rumors of a possible new role as his running mate. But could you actually bring yourself to watch it? Well, so you don’t have to, we watched the full 21-minute speech. We did this because the situation alone (politician/reality TV star Sarah Palin endorses reality TV star/politician Donald Trump), as absurd as it is, belies the dark depths within. The true absurdity is in the details, so here they are—the unbelievable highlights (lowlights?) from some of the strangest, most disturbing political theater we’ve ever seen:
Muhammad Ali, perhaps the most celebrated boxer in history as well as a cultural force outside the ring, turns 74 today. Born Cassius Clay in Louisville, Kentucky, Ali developed a passion for…
Oregon-based artist and energy therapist Sara Mapelli has brought an entire new meaning to the term “queen bee.”
Americans love to declare war on abstract ideas. The War on Christmas, the War on Drugs and, declared on Jan. 8, 1964, the War on Poverty. Much like these other “wars,” President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty was, by and large, a failure.
On January 7th, 1927, the original Harlem Globetrotters played their very first game, in Hinckley, Illinois, 48 miles west of the team’s hometown, Chicago (choosing Harlem as their adopted home was a strategic decision made after the team’s founding–more on that below). A year prior, a 24-year-old businessman named Abe Saperstein created the team, known as the Savoy Big Five, named after a Chicago district.
During this time, only whites were allowed to play professional basketball, but the young businessman found a way to capitalize off of his new team of primarily black men. Saperstein designed the original Harlem Globetrotters’ first uniform with America’s red, white, and blue, and stitched “New York” across the players’ jerseys. He believed that associating the team with Harlem would trick audiences into believing the team was comprised of world-class athletes from what was, at the time, the most widely-known center of African-American culture in the U.S.