Drunk Curlers, Stan Lee's Roots, and Thank God for Snopes.com
Happy Tuesday! I hope your morning has so far been filled with caffeine and cozy clothes. Especially if you’re one of the members of the “Canadian curling team kicked out of tournament for being 'extremely drunk’” That’s right, an Olympic gold medalist and his teammates “were all ejected from the Red Deer Curling Classic because they were swearing and generally exhibiting "unacceptable behavior that nobody wants to watch or hear or listen to”.” Ahhhh curling, one of two sports you can play whilst having a smoke and drinking a beer.
Need to feel a wee bit sick to your stomach? Read ‘Nothing on this page is real’: How lies become truth in online America from The Washington Post. When asked “What viral insanity should we spread this morning,” one of the subjects of the piece, a 46-year-old family man who spends his days crafting and disseminating disinformation, responded “The more extreme we become, the more people believe it.” For him, it’s satire. For the millions of readers he attracts every month, it’s taken as truth. Coolcoolcoolcoolcoolcoolcool
But sometimes and always, you just gotta love Snopes.com: Michael Avenatti Was Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges, And Then Things Got Weird.
Stan Lee died last week at the bonny ol’ age of 95, and he was mourned by the millions of fans of his stories and his activism, as well his identity and politics. Over at Salon, Matthew Rozsa wrote a lovely piece entitled Stan Lee, me, and the liberal Jewish identity that binds us, lest we forget he was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City. Also, he was married to his wife Joan for 69 years. She passed away in 2017 of a stroke at the age of 95, and for some reason there are now a thousand cut onions around me, I’m not crying, YOU’RE crying. Also, fuck Bill Maher.
And finally, thank you to friend of the Missive Marc for pointing out historian Nick Kapur’s delightful overview of select images from a Japanese illustrated history of America from 1861. May we all be as badass as John Adams battling a snake.
Be kind to each other,