Want to Go Viral? Just Make Up Some Bullshit About an Evil Fat Person

Some dude named Rich Wisken apparently achieved mild viral success a few years ago with a "hilarious" Craigslist ad, and, sick and tired of not being good enough at writing to get actual writing jobs, he's been chasing that dragon ever since. Unfortunately for Wisken, he recently hit upon one of virality's fundamental… » 1/08/14 9:30pm 1/08/14 9:30pm

Here's What It Feels Like to Be a Fat Person on a Plane.

On a crack-of-dawn flight from New York City to Seattle recently, I had my first ever, um, altercation with a seat mate. I'd almost missed the plane—I was that person staggering on board just before the doors closed—and I'm sure he thought he was going to have the row all to himself. I flashed him an apologetic smile… » 12/24/13 11:00am 12/24/13 11:00am

In Disney's Planes, the Guys Soar While the Girls Get Left in the Dust

I’ve blogged twice about the sexist preview for “Planes,” and after seeing the movie today, I’m afraid I’ve got to blog about this awful scene once more. The sexist scene actually opens the movie. It sets the tone for the whole film, which is the opposite of what I thought the scene was going to do. When I saw the… » 8/15/13 3:00pm 8/15/13 3:00pm

Glenn Beck Pouts About How American Airlines Was Mean to Him

Glenn Beck, the media personality who made being a recovering alcoholic his on-air shtick, used his radio show Wednesday to tell his 8 million listeners that an American Airlines flight attendant was rude to him because of his political persuasion, as if Glenn Beck was the first person ever to realize that air travel… » 9/06/12 9:30am 9/06/12 9:30am

Young Women Are Dominating At NYC's Aviation High

Despite what airline ads might lead you to believe, not every woman in the airline industry is a flight attendant. In this week's Village Voice, the female students at Aviation High in Long Island City, Queens are profiled. At Aviation, students are taught to become licensed airplane mechanics, and, not surprisingly,… » 4/10/08 12:00pm 4/10/08 12:00pm