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Tedium Shorties

They're too short for 3,000-word stories, but too interesting to not write about at all. Meet Tedium’s shorties—the latest quick hits of news and weirdness from Tedium.

Express Yourself

The Washington Post Express (my old stomping grounds) is back, at least temporarily, thanks to a local content and experience company that paid homage to it. (I’m happy to hear about this.)

Exploding Whale, in 4K

One of the earliest viral videos I remember, involving a somewhat successful attempt to get rid of a beached whale by blowing it up, has been remastered in 4K for its 50th anniversary, and honestly, thank God for that.

Don’t Miss the Bathtub

“And then there’s the bathtub.”

— Blogger Andy Baio, discussing the unusual house that recently went on the market in Kentucky, complete with a shockingly playable 3D tour. Yes, I said playable.

Breathe In

The world is kind of a messed-up place right now, and issues of systemic oppression are at the forefront right now. As with everything Tedium writes about, it helps to have a pop-culture lens nearby to understand this bigger issue. A surprisingly effective one? Tay Zonday’s “Chocolate Rain.” Here’s why.


SimCity gets biz-friendly. Over at The Obscuritory, Phil Salvador takes a deep dive into Maxis Business Simulations, which turned SimCity’s core product into something actual companies would use to make real decisions. A great story worth your time.

Let It Be, Complicated: Inside the Beatles' messy breakup, 50 years ago. Did Paul put the dagger in, or was it John? Read More

Announcement: Schedule Change

In a little bit of a gut check, we’re going to be publishing our second issue of the week on Friday afternoons rather than overnight between Thursday and Friday as a test of readership, starting Friday, May 1. Please don’t get mad if you don’t get an email from us Friday morning.

A Hand-Washing Pioneer: The story of Ignaz Semmelweis, the doctor who discovered the disease-fighting power of hand-washing in 1847. Read More

Long Con: Why do people believe con artists? Part of it might come down to the fact that we want to believe in something that’s too good to be true. Read More

Minimum Maximum


The amount the lowest-grossing #1 movie of all time made as it topped the charts, per The Numbers. Blame COVID-19, obviously.

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