Do you miss Blockbuster?

You walk toward two automatic doors from a hot, asphalt parking lot. The doors open for you–thanks, of course, to the Jedi mind tricks you used–and you enter the perfect Friday-night paradise: Blockbuster Video. You scan the aisles, determining as you go what kind of mood you’re in. Horror, rom-com, old Disney classic–they have it all. Fast-forward from this '90s paradise to now, and those...
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Is space the tourist’s new playground?

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private passenger to travel to space, via SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket. According to Musk, the trip could happen as early as 2023, just 55 years after Apollo 8 achieved the first lunar orbit. Some are excited by the news and see this venture–albeit an expensive one–as the first step towards expanding tourism...
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Should schools be required to teach the Constitution on Constitution Day?

Per a 2004 provision passed by Congress, all federally-funded schools must teach about the Constitution on Sept. 17, Constitution Day. Despite the pleasant tune of "I'm just a Bill" ringing through locker-lined hallways across the country, the 2004 law represents a rare demonstration of power by the federal government to mandate certain educational programs–which could in fact be viewed as a...
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Should the pope resign?

The story has been percolating for just over a month. In this case, public outrage led not to sad tweets, but instead to weepy church bulletins. Priests faced their parishes with bowed heads, broken hearts, and promises of change. But for victims, parishioners, and even non-Catholics, promises are hardly enough. A papal resignation, on the other hand, might be. But are those calling for such...
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Which is the better form of cycling: Peloton or SoulCycle?

Over the past few years, indoor cycling has gone from that 6 a.m. class that you were intimidated to go to, to the a trendy, competitive workout for both fitness devotees and hopefuls. Cycling studios like Flywheel and SoulCycle have spread throughout the country, but thanks to Peloton, cyclists don't even have to leave their homes to get that killer class experience before their morning coffee....
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Should the FDA limit access to e-cigarettes?

This September, the FDA took unprecedented action to limit teens' access to e-cigarettes. The FDA argues that teen vaping has become an "epidemic," while some users argue that e-cigarettes are revolutionary for weening adults off of traditional cigarettes. The FDA must find a public health solution to encourage smokers to quit smoking, but it can't allow a new generation to become dependent on...
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Which is better: Crunchy or creamy peanut butter?

Let's settle this. There is an argument to be made for both. On one hand, the texture of crunchy peanut butter gives any snack a unique sense of heftiness that is to be cherished. On the other, creamy peanut butter has an enticing quality to it; spreading it perfectly on a piece of bread is a sort of symphony. Do peanuts corrupt peanut butter or make it exponentially better? What do you think?
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Would you trust the Apple Watch to save your life?

When the Apple Watch was first released in 2015, the world took one more step towards never having to part with technology. But after Apple's September Showcase, the company shifted focus from the convenience of the Apple Watch to its potential benefits in health and wellness. With groundbreaking FDA approval, the Apple Watch Series 4 can now monitor users' heartbeats. But given the fickle nature...
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Is it gross to eat popcorn that has been sitting on the movie theater floor?

Picture this: you're watching the newest flick at your local multiplex, bag of popcorn in hand. You think to yourself, "Hey, I think I'm pretty well done with this snack, I'm going to just lay it aside." You put the bag of buttery corn on the sticky movie theater floor. But wait! Later in the movie, you realize you're still hungry for a snack. Do you pick the popcorn back up and keep eating, even...
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Would you pay over $1000 for a new iPhone?

At Apple's annual Big Event this September, the company announced the release of three new iPhone models: the iPhones Xr, Xs and Xs Max. While some may be rejoicing at the new "Portrait Lighting" feature, most iPhone users are mourning the record-setting price points. The iPhone Xr starts at $749, a price considered affordable when compared to the iPhone Xs Max base of $1099. iPhones are now...
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