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For commuters coming out of the Union Square subway station, the last thing they expected was to be greeted by volunteers in Buzzfeed-branded gloves and hats handing out newspapers. Buzzfeed went physical. From 5:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., “Buzzfeed Newsies” handed out almost 20,000 free copies of their 12-page newspaper.

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“Neon Genesis Evangelion” is an anime television series spearheaded by Studio Gainax and infamous director Hideaki Anno. Throughout its broadcast from October 1995 to March 1996, Japanese audiences were treated to a show that can be best described as psychological torment, as the show delved deeper into heavy themes of existence, loneliness, and social connection — culminating in a brutally abstract ending that shocked glued viewers into submission with its harsh and difficult-to-understand content.

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When I think of culture I think of pain — at least, for most of my life, I did. I felt this pain because the culture I was raised to appreciate, black culture, ended up being more oppressive and suppressive than understanding and progressive.

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A conventional work day for most people consists of waking up, commuting, clocking in, staying from nine to five, then punching out. Ryan Borst’s experience is a little bit different. Ryan is living a life that millions of people dream of: he is being paid to play video games for a living.

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I was only in this new place for a few minutes and I saw a man carry a laughing woman, bridal style, around a street corner and a guy singing enthusiastically while riding his bike, all from my Lyft. It was midnight. Being somewhere else was complete fiction to me until I passed by the neon sign of Wrigley Field.  

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