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Would you have sex with a corpse?
Posted 20 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question?

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Necrophilia: Of all the philias, is it really the sexiest? Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland explore the ethics and physical logistics of having sex with a corpse in this important episode of the Important Question? Podcast.

What about you? Would you have sex with a corpse? Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland.

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A Man Minus a Necktie: A Very Brief History of Ties and a Longer History of Why I Hate Them
Posted 12 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Longform/ Meet my Father, the Internet

ManMinusANecktie-BannerAmazonKindleRead-NecktieLogoMy anti-confrontational nature began at birth. Most kids cry when ripped from the womb. I shrugged. So when, during my first post-college agency job, I was prepping for a face-to-face meeting with a client that, for lack of a more tactful way of stating this, hated my company’s fucking face, I was nervous. My palms were sweaty, my heart was pounding, and I remember feeling as though the entire universe had suddenly snapped back like it had exceeded the limit of its cosmic elasticity and was now pulling back in on itself with me at the very center, suffering the pressure of billions of years of macrocosmic expansion…you know, normal nerves stuff. But the impending firing squad paled in comparison the sudden realization, just before stepping out of the office door, that I had no idea how to tie a tie. And worse, I was in no position to ask for instructions.

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Would you take a bullet for a stranger?
Posted 6 January 2015 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question?

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Every image of a noble hero involves some sort of self-sacrifice for the sake of the greater good. But is this really desirable? Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland play devil’s advocate and explore the logic of offering your own life to save the life of another human being in this important episode of the Important Question? Podcast.

What about you? Would you take a bullet for a stranger? Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland.

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In Lieu of Emo I Listened to the Metroid Theme
Posted 28 December 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Longform/ Meet my Father, the Internet

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In Lieu of Emo Metroid KindleI came into existence like a video game, specifically the way Samus Aran, heroine of the Metroid series, came into existence. Video game creator Yoshio Sakamoto started developing 1986’s Nintendo classic Metroid with simplistic movements for the game’s protagonist already in place: “jump, run, and shoot.”[1] I imagine my father–never one to care about the gratification of others nor one to welcome responsibility–handled the experience of creating me with similar movements, though surely in a different order: shoot (cum), jump (get dressed), run (leave).

My father had a problem with cocaine. This I concluded based on a mashup of my own vague memories and slipped nuggets from my mother. I shouldn’t blame him; he was born with the infamous “Ross nose,” which is identified by nostrils big enough to store an 8-ball inside (the pool kind and the drug kind, probably simultaneously). The way I see it,  considering the awe-inspiring size of this genetic abnormality he was obligated to stick something in there, and if not hotdogs for the sake of winning a contest (that should exist, if it doesn’t) why not cocaine?

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Would you ruin a child’s Christmas on purpose?
Posted 23 December 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question?

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Even the most jolly of us get fed up with Christmas at some point. Perhaps it’s the commercialism, perhaps the forced family interactions, or perhaps even the perpetually smiling faces of children that ultimately drive us to crazy thoughts…insane thoughts…diabolical thoughts, like ruining Christmas for children.

Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland explore the concept of ruining Christmas for children and even offer a few how-tos in this special holiday episode of the Important Question? Podcast

What about you? Would you ruin Christmas for a child on purpose?  Let us know on Twitter. Caleb J. Ross can be found @calebjross and Gordon Highland can be found @gordonhighland

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Would you eat another human being?
Posted 16 December 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Important Question?

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In this very first episode of Important Question? we ask, under what circumstances would you be enticed into eating the flesh of another human being? Cannibalism isn’t common and it certainly isn’t culturally accepted in most areas of the world, but surely you could be convinced, right?

Caleb J. Ross and Gordon Highland explore possible scenarios that might support having a bite or two of a fellow human being. One part peer pressure + one part devil’s advocate = one very Important Question?

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Review of Beautiful You by Chuck Palahniuk [video]
Posted 30 November 2014 / By Caleb J. Ross / Video

Beautiful You seems to be Chuck Palahniuk’’s response to and commentary on the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey series and the proliferation of commercial erotica born from that series. But Beautiful You never rises to the deep social analysis that Palahniuk’s early stuff does. Beautiful You remains simply clever and superficial, becoming more a book belonging to the commercial erotica genre rather than a commentary on it. But still, it’s a damn fun read. Read More

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In Lieu of Emo I Listened to the Metroid Theme
It Takes a Man to Get a Vasectomy: The History of the Vasectomy and 5 Things You Probably Didn't Consider Before Getting One
Tiny People in Your Semen: The Discovery of Sperm