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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.

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.

This Is Our Red

Over at ColorNames.org, we’re making the case that our tone of red (#c00c20) be forever called “Tedious Red.” Vote for it here.

Mystery Machine: The strange connection between Bobby Kennedy's death and the rise of Scooby-Doo, who represented a new kind of cartoon hero in his day. Read More

The Human Xerox: Why being copycats, something we do in settings big and small, might be key to being human. Read More

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