"Without the dark, we'd never see the stars."
Friedrich Nietzsche once said: "we must have chaos within to give birth to a dancing star." As the chaos rages on, the Moderation Team at Vocal has continued to see an influx of creative ideas from our talented community, proving that chaos does, in fact, inspire.
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Lessons on Electoral Fraud from Benford and Brandolini
Brandolini’s Law, also known as the ‘bulls*it asymmetry principle’, says that the amount of energy needed to refute a false claim tends to be an order of magnitude greater than the energy spent producing it.
Economics student and Vocal creator Alex Hughes is an expert on "immensely tedious topics." With a philosophical flair and many helpful deconstructions of complicated ideas, Alex has earned his place as our 2020 Election Myth Buster. If you have questions about any of the conspiracies being discussed on the streets of Twitter, or if you want deeper insight into the psychology behind rumors and misinformation, we recommend checking out Alex's story.
If, however, you can't handle any more political discourse, well, our next selection will be purr-fect for you...
Need a Break from Politics? Let's Talk Pawlitics!
Another 2012 pawlitical candidate was a tuxedo cat named Tuxedo Stan, who ran for mayor in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He re-purr-esented the Tuxedo Party, a pawlitical movement aimed to improve the welfare of felines in Halifax.
A delightful palate cleansing story from Vocal newcomer Jennifer Miller, "Pawletics" is exactly what the doctor ordered this week. Jennifer reminds us that talking about politics doesn't have to be anxiety-inducing! By the way, our team rigorously fact-checked this one; it all checks out. We at Vocal stan Tuxedo Stan!
Наш дотик - Our Touch
I couldn't find my pack of cigarettes, so she offered Ukrainian cigarettes, which were a purple menthol packet; so, so, so tasty. At first I refused and mentioned that I think my cigarettes are at the bottom of my bag; at that point she took a few steps closer and looked directly into my eyes.
"Look, take a cigarette; I have plenty and it's nice to be nice" ~ while smiling at me; I couldn't help but look in her eyes and felt a smile stretch across my face.
First-time Vocal storyteller Felix Malcolm-Young met a girl at the airport, while traveling from Italy to Bulgaria, and his life was changed. Retrospectively raw, Felix's reminiscence will take you back to the summer you fell in love, and we can't wait to hear more of his story.
Missed Connection: Defecation on the Corner of 5th & 13th
I am writing in hopes that you will see this message and reach out. I want to make it clear that under no circumstance am I trying to tease or ridicule you. In truth, I may be one of the very few who know exactly what you are going through.
Blogger and creator Lindsay Rae Brown knows how to tell a story. Don't believe us? Just check out her Vocal profile. Go ahead, we'll wait.
In this gut-splitting recount of a witnessed street-side occurrence, Lindsay extends a hand of sympathy to anyone afflicted with "stomach flu, IBS, or just a spontaneous case of diarrhea." We're not sure if this traumatic incident has happened to Lindsay personally, but her invitation to the weekly support group that meets in the basement of the Taco Bell on 3rd Avenue seems telling. Don't worry, Vocal is a safe space. No judgement from us!
Hollywood Gets Hoop Dreams
However, the most successful basketball film of 1997 would not be "Air Bud" or "Double Team." It would be the Robin Williams sci-fi comedy "Flubber." Of all the events that take place in "Flubber," the part of the film that everyone remembers is when Williams's absent-minded Professor Brainard uses the sentient green goo for basketball...
With a domestic gross of $92.9 million and a worldwide gross of $177 million (from an $80 million budget), "Flubber" is the second-most successful basketball film of the 1990s after "Space Jam."
Between a golden retriever who could shoot hoops, Leo DiCaprio in one of his most forgotten roles, and a slew of missed free throws from Shaq, basketball was never more prevalent in pop culture than post-1994, following the groundbreaking documentary Hoop Dreams. Sports historian and Vocal creator Fergus Jeffs dribbled his way into our roundup this week with a riveting look at all the hits and flops of 90s sports cinema.
We began this roundup with a quote from Nietzsche. We'd like to end with an equally powerful quote; this one from Stephanie Meyer:
I like the night. Without the dark, we'd never see the stars.
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