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  • The Times has a fun piece about the Gen Z-ers behind the "Birds Aren't Real" conspiracy theory/joke, which they say is an "effort to thumb their nose at, fight and poke fun at misinformation."
  • The seemingly never-ending persistent symptoms of "long COVID" is ruining people's health and affecting their ability to work on a mass scale.
  • A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist has been accused of misleading over 400 artists with a shady streaming music project.
  • One of the best parts of the post-Jon Stewart Daily Show has been Jordan Klepper's field pieces—in his latest video, he butted heads with "wellness"-obsessed anti-vaxxers in SoCal.
  • Never go full-blockchain.
  • The City reports that Mayor Bill de Blasio was warned after he "violated ethics rules twice by hitting up real estate industry players for donations to a nonprofit he created to boost pet projects."
  • Hey ho, these ducks love to go visit Dee Dee Ramone's grave.
  • One of the highlights of the latest season of Curb Your Enthusiasm is how bonkers Susie's outfits have gotten.
  • New Zealand has put a butt in the sand: the country is reportedly set to ban anyone from selling or supplying cigarettes to anyone born after 2008.
  • The first teaser trailer for HBO's Lakers series Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty, looks fantastic.
  • Stereogum interviewed Carl Newman from The New Pornographers about the band's landmark debut, Mass Romantic, which still rips 21 years later.
  • Wet Leg made their late night TV debut in the U.S., performing their irresistible single "Chaise Longue" on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
  • And finally, this cat wants the baby kitty and the human baby to entertain each other: