Ben Dreyfuss

Ben Dreyfuss

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Ben Dreyfuss is the engagement editor at Mother Jones.

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Jim Carrey Movies, Ranked

| Tue Jul. 29, 2014 4:45 PM EDT

The Mask came out on July 29 1994. It was Jim Carrey's second blockbuster. (Ace Ventura: Pet Detective had hit theaters that February.) But where does it stand in the Jim Carrey canon? Here are all the Jim Carrey films*, ranked.

1. Liar Liar
2. The Truman Show
3. Man on the Moon
4. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
5. Yes Man
6. Bruce Almighty
7. Fun With Dick And Jane
8. Dumb & Dumber
9. The Mask
10. A Christmas Carol
11. I Love You Philip Morris
12. Kick-Ass 2
13. Simon Birch
14. Me, Myself, & Irene
15. Batman Forever
16. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
17. Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
18. The Cable Guy
19. Mr. Popper’s Penguins
20. How The Grinch Stole Christmas
21. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone
22. The Number 23
23. Anchorman 2
24. Horton Hears a Who!
25. The Majestic
26. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls

(*Note: This is a ranking of "Jim Carrey movies," a la feature-length movies in which Jim Carrey appears beginning with Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Movies that feature Jim Carrey from before Ace Ventura: Pet Detective are not "Jim Carrey movies." They are just movies that Jim Carrey happened to appear in.)

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Today Is International Tiger Day

| Tue Jul. 29, 2014 7:24 AM EDT

Established in 2010International Tiger Day! aims to raise awareness of the fact that tigers are facing extinction. "A hundred years ago 100,000 tigers roamed in Asia," explains The Independent. "But now only 3,000 survive in the wild." The culprit? Poachers, mostly.

Tigers are marvelous creatures. Have a look at some of these stunning photos to celebrate.

 

A tiger cub in Chiang Mai, Thailand. lejaclyn/Flickr
 
Sumatran tiger cub at the World Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, UK. Tiny_Packages/Flickr
 
Two tiger cubs. Washington D.C. Sonderman/Flickr
 
Two Siberian tigers in the snow. Garg/Flickr
 
Mother gives cub piggy back ride. WOAW/Flickr

Two Amur tigers snuggle in Switzerland. Tambako/Flickr

A Sumatra tiger in profile. pe_ha45/Flickr

Snow snuggling in Zurich. Tambako/Flickr

A cub by its mother's side. Amnéville, Lorraine, France. Tambako/Flickr

The Best "Dear John Letter" Ever Sent

| Tue Jul. 29, 2014 1:57 AM EDT

In 1947, years before she met John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Lee Bouvier sent her high school boyfriend what is maybe my favorite Dear John letter of all time.

"I’ve always thought of being in love as being willing to do anything for the other person—starve to buy them bread and not mind living in Siberia with them—and I’ve always thought that every minute away from them would be hell—so looking at it that [way] I guess I’m not in love with you."

Jackie O. would have been 85 Monday. RIP.

Let's Watch Stephen Colbert Make Fun Of Tim Draper's Stupid Plan To Split California Into 6 States

| Thu Jul. 24, 2014 12:24 PM EDT

In 2016, Californians will vote on stupid Tim Draper's stupid initiative to turn America's greatest state into six stupid (and deeply unequal) little states. The initiative will fail, and even if it somehow passes, the state legislature will never approve it, and even if it somehow did, Congress will never agree to it. So, this whole thing is stupid. Fitting then that famed ridiculer of stupid things Stephen Colbert had Draper on his show last night.

Colbert began by introducing Draper (a "Silicon Valley billionaire and evil stepdad in a Lifetime movie") and his stupid plan to the uninitiated:

Then "the riskmaster" himself came on. Watching Draper come off like a weirdo is entertaining enough, but the real money shot is when Colbert responds to Draper's promise that he has no future in politics: "so, you're just going to set the charges, blow it apart, and then say 'not my fucking problem'?"

Watch:

(h/t Valleywag)

Be Still, My Heart: Beyoncé As Rosie the Riveter

| Tue Jul. 22, 2014 3:54 PM EDT

On Tuesday, Beyoncé, a whisper of perfection in an otherwise cruel and inhumane world, posted this photo of her as Rosie the Riveter to Instagram.

Beyoncé has become somewhat of a feminist hero recently, putting overtly feminist lyrics into her songs, and making genuinely heartfelt public statements about women's rights. In January, she wrote an essay about income inequality. On the other side of the pop star aisle there is Lana del Rey who is more interested in Tesla and "intergalactic possibilities."

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