Should SeaWorld be closed down?

Tilikum, the famous orca from the 2013 documentary "Blackfish," died after 34 years in captivity. Tilikum's tragic story made headlines after he killed a SeaWorld trainer in 2010 and renewed calls to shut down SeaWorld. Animal rights activists say it's inhumane to hold sea mammals in holding tanks, forced to perform for humans. Supporters say SeaWorld runs largest rescue and rehabilitation operati…

Would you eat chicken sashimi?

Most Americans associate eating raw chicken with violent food poisoning, and the very idea of chicken sashimi makes them gag. But celebrity chef Marc Murphy took to Twitter to proclaim his love for chicken sashimi, which is only served at a few select spots in the nation. It's more widely offered in Japan, however, and many Western sushi lovers were initially horrified at the idea of eating raw fi…

Best bridge in America: Brooklyn Bridge or Golden Gate?

New York's Brooklyn Bridge and San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge are architectural jewels of America's coasts. Dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” when it was completed in 1883, History.com claims the Brooklyn Bridge "has arguably inspired more art than any other manmade structure" in the country. But Frommer's calls Golden Gate Bridge "the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bri…

Who is more evil: Voldemort or Sauron?

Sauron and Voldemort, the malevolent antagonists of "Lord of the Rings" and "Harry Potter," are two of fantasy's largest looming villains—but who is eviler? Sauron tried to enslave the entire of Middle Earth, whereas Voldemort wanted to exterminate any wizards with non-magical heritage and reign supreme. Sauron unleashed a terrifying orc army that eats human flesh—but Voldemort actually murdered H…

Which 'Harry Potter' house is the most underrated: Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff?

Of the four houses at Hogwarts, Gryffindor and Slytherin receive the most attention, perhaps because their members famously include Harry Potter and Voldemort. But Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff deserve respect too. Ravenclaw's house animal is the eagle; its members are known for intelligence, knowledge, and wit. Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fair play—and its emblem is…

Is it ever okay to spank your child?

Spanking has largely fallen out of favor among parents, but some still swear by it. Proponents of spanking say children need discipline to become well-adjusted adults and spanking should be an available tool for parents to teach respect. Spare the rod, spoil the child. But critics say spanking is ineffective and akin to child abuse. Many child behavior specialists also believe spanking erodes trus…

Should circumcision be banned?

A growing movement is pushing for male circumcision to be banned for minors. Critics argue circumcision is medically unnecessary and violates a child's rights to make decisions about their body for themselves. Others argue a ban on circumcision would discriminate against Jews and Muslims—circumcision is a sacred ritual in both religions. Besides, parents should be able to choose what's right for t…

Do we still need labor unions?

You can thank labor unions for your weekend and the fact that you work a 40-hour work week. In recent years, their influence has waned as blue collar jobs have disappeared and office workers have become the norm. Conservatives argue unions are obsolete and ineffective, and more focused on collecting dues than helping workers. They're just another barrier to work. Others argue unions are just impor…

Should the U.S. legalize marijuana?

Sen. Corey Booker introduced a bill to not only legalize marijuana but also expunge marijuana convictions. It's unlikely to pass, but still a promising first step for legalization. Proponents of marijuana legalization say the plant is entirely safe, has legitimate health benefits, and is really fun to use recreationally. Prohibitionists say marijuana legalization will harm society and is not as ha…

Are rompers for men actually cool?

RompHims polarized the Internet when the company announced its Kickstarter to deliver rompers for men in early 2017. When we first asked, 77.7 percent of you thought RompHims are just wrong. Since the company recently launched their latest line of RompHims, we thought we'd just check in again. Are rompers for men complete trash, or are they kinda cool? 😎…