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The curious way Facebook reported New Hampshire’s primary results

Donald Trump emerged victorious in New Hampshire’s Republican primary, but rather than simply report that result, Facebook turned Huffington Post’s take on the matter into a trending topic:

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Blown joke nicely illustrates the danger of giving Neil deGrasse Tyson his own show

Last Thursday, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore played host to (among others) Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is set to launch a brand new nightly talk show this very evening on the National Geographic Channel. I almost wish they’d let Neil take over the 11:30 Comedy Central slot from Larry Wilmore instead.

The need for Tyson’s scientific insight to reach a wider audience was nicely illustrated on March 26, when Larry hosted a four-person roundtable that included both alleged comedian J.B. Smoove and Nightly Show showrunner (and Daily Show veteran) Rory Albanese.

When the panel’s discussion turned to ISIS, Smoove joked that Isis was actually the name of a “lady who puts ice in her mouth before she gives you a blowjob.” Get it? It’s a joke about linguistics: ISIS contains, inter alia, the lone phoneme — /’aɪs/ — in “ice”.

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Anonymous Daily Show staffer subliminally injects context into the show’s Middle East coverage

Jon Stewart couldn’t get wait to get back from his 4th of July vacation and discuss the Palestinian-Israeli conflict; the unfolding debacle was featured heavily in his very first segment the Monday of his return, (500) Crazies of Summer.

You’ve probably seen the segment by now. You’ve probably even seen some of the criticism it’s attracted. You might have even stuck around long enough on Tuesday night’s The Daily Show to watch Hillary Rodham Clinton tell Jon why she thinks his understanding of the conflict is skewed (here and here).

But even if I hadn’t directed you to those pieces of criticism, you probably could have just watched the clip yourself and had no trouble arriving at the conclusion that Stewart’s analysis of the current situation was largely facile and pointless. Essentially it boiled down to this: Israel has bigger guns.

Thank you, Mr. Leibowitz, for the nuanced update.

Though I don’t agree with everything Horovitz had to say about the segment (in “some of the criticism” above), there was one paragraph fragment that stood out to me as undeniably true and to the point:

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John Oliver may have left The Daily Show, but he hasn’t really strayed very far at all

A few weeks ago, I pointed out that Jon Stewart and his Comedy Central offspring Stephen Colbert made similar and obvious jokes about Barack Obama’s decision to send 300 military advisers to Iraq (and that they both got the story substantively wrong).

Meanwhile, I’m a little behind on my viewing of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight (I’ve been taking advantage of Stewart and Colbert’s joint two-week Fourth of July slash midsummer vacation to remedy that) so I only recently noticed that John Oliver — after seven years with The Daily Show — couldn’t help himself from pointing out the obvious either:

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The Craziest F#?king Peach I’ve Ever Seen

Michael Pollan has famously* suggested avoiding “food products that contain more than five ingredients.” So he would surely love this definition of “Peaches”, from a container of Peach-flavored frozen Greek yogurt:

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BBC wonders: “Can you accidentally do a Nazi salute?” You tell me

Greek “footballer” Giorgos Katidis had a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad Sunday.

As you may or may not be aware, Giorgos Katidis was banned for life from playing for the Greek national football team after he celebrated a winning goal with a Nazi salute.

Let me back up for a moment. As you may or may not be aware, Wikipedia tells me that “football” is “a sport played between two teams of typically eleven players, though other variations in player numbers such as 5 and 7 are also played, with a spherical ball.” Presumably, scoring a “winning goal” is a good thing, but I have no idea, I don’t watch soccer.

Here’s what it looked like:

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