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Wednesday | 5.16.18
The Dress is back, in audio form!


BUSINESS


  • Whole Foods has unveiled a much-anticipated loyalty program that offers discounts to Amazon Prime members, including 10 percent off on sale items and rotating weekly specials. Only available in Florida for the moment, the benefits will spread to other stores throughout the summer. Reuters
                             


POLITICS


  • North Korea backed out of high-level talks with South Korea that had been planned for today, blaming ongoing military exercises between the South and the United States. The decision to suspend dialogue between the two countries also contained a threat to call off next month's summit between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump should the "provocative military ruckus" continue and denuclearization is insisted upon. Some analysts view North Korea's latest moves as classic posturing used to extract concessions. NPR
                             

  • Results for the primary elections held yesterday in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Nebraska, and Oregon: Vox
                             


SPORTS


  • [Basketball] The Boston Celtics continued their momentum, seizing a 2-0 series lead against the Cleveland Cavaliers despite a LeBronesque performance by... LeBron James. He had 42 points, 12 assists, and 10 rebounds, but only two other Cleveland players managed to reach double-digit scoring. Game 3 takes place on Saturday in Cleveland.

    Tonight the Houston Rockets hope to avoid a similar stumble as they face the Golden State Warriors after losing in the series opener. You can catch the game at 9 p.m. ET. Yahoo
                             
    Related: The Phoenix Suns received the first pick of the NBA draft lottery, giving them their choice of the best basketball prospects next month. Although the Suns had been expected to come out on top with a 25 percent chance, the winners of the second and third picks were a surprise as the Sacramento Kings and the Atlanta Hawks each moved up after being expected to get the seventh and fourth slots, respectively. Yahoo
                             

  • [Hockey] The Tampa Bay Lightning managed to halve their series deficit, claiming Game 3 against the Washington Capitals. The win had been sorely needed by the Lightning, who had dropped the first two games on their home ice.

    Tonight a tied series awaits the Winnipeg Jets and Vegas Golden Knights as they face-off at 9 p.m. in their own Game 3 semifinal match. ESPN
                             

  • [Baseball] Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano has been hit with an 80-game suspension after violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy. An eight-time all-star and two-time Golden Glove winner, Cano currently holds the active-player record for the most consecutive seasons playing 150 games or more — 11 straight years. SB Nation
                             


CULTURE


  • The author and journalist Tom Wolfe has passed away at the age of 88, leaving a legacy of pioneering the "New Journalism" style of writing that was marked by interior monologues and eccentric language. Also known for his signature white suits, Wolfe's notable works include "The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test", "The Right Stuff", and "The Bonfire of the Vanities". Variety
                             


TO SHARE


  • The now classic debate of what color The Dress is, which shattered more relationships than the collective history of the board game Risk, is back in audio form: Yanny or Laurel The Verge
                             

  • I enjoyed this read on the cultural shift from not "selling out" to "blowing up". Someday when The DWC is literally unreadable due to the excessive amount of sponsorships and advertisements, I'll include this link again to remind you all that it's a good thing. Kottke
                             

  • The marketing behemoth known as Deadpool 2 continues to impress as Ryan Reynolds appeared on the Korean game show King of Mask Singer, in which celebrities compete against each other while hiding their identities Digg
                             

  • Speaking of celebrities, what happens when you pose as one on Venmo? Turns out, you get a lot of random requests. CNET
                             

  • "For five years now, Matthias Rustemeyer has been on a quest to nab the world record for each individual track in Mario Kart 64. With only one record left for him to break, other Mario Kart 64 speedrunners have risen up to try to stop him."

    Putting the "petty" in "competty-tive"... that sort of worked but you get the point. I'm also thinking the above quote could have been the narrative introduction to a campy '80s sci-fi flick. Kotaku
                             

 

This excessive watermelon splitter looks like it belongs in a museum on medieval execution contraptions. Or maybe the Williams-Sonoma holiday catalog. Giphy
                         


I may have used this GIF before, but honestly it's worth a refeature given the impromptu watermelon GIF theme in today's newsletter Giphy
                         
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