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Are you a smart person? Did you study philosophy? Are you into...theory? Well, these memes are for you. They're heady. They're philosophical. And they love to name-check Foucault. While we're not expecting everyone to *get* each image macro, we love that they exist at the bizarre intersection of academia and easily digestible humor. And if you crave more? Check out Welcome to the Desert of the Meme. The page is in the process of pivoting to Instagram, but you can soak up their classics on the ol' FB. 

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why van gogh cut ear off discovered
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Everyone knows that Vincent van Gogh cut his own ear off, but until recently, no one really knew why. The mystery has been the subject of much conversation, which has been, admittedly, just so much fun to talk about and reference. Why would anyone want to spoil it?

Well, author Martin Bailey does, and he thinks that he stumbled on the inciting incident while doing research for his new book, Studio of the South: Van Gogh in Provence. He believes that on Christmas eve in 1888, after finding out that his brother Theo was getting married, Van Gogh took a razor to the head. Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, Van Gogh was livid that he would lose his closest companion, making the mystery behind this horrific act less fun than it used to be.

He was equally worried that his brother might withdraw the financial support which had enabled him to devote his life to art,” said Bailey. “All this was threatened by the unexpected appearance of a fiancée.”

There goes Bailey, ruining our fun times by uncovering the reason why one of the most important figures of all time cut his ear off. Look at this gif. Is this even fun anymore?

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This theory came about when Bailey learned of a letter from Theo to Vincent dated just days before the act of self-mutilation occurred. The letter was received on December 23, 1888. Bailey simply put two and two together.

“We don’t have that letter," Bailey told CNN. "But in another one Van Gogh sends in January, he mentions receiving money from his brother on the 23rd of December. It was fear that pulled the trigger and led to the breakdown. Fear of being abandoned in both an emotional and financial way.”

I guess that just puts an end to all the fun of why one of history’s great artist cut his own ear off. Yeesh. This is us, rn:

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All in all, the last person David Bowie followed on Twitter isn't crucial in the grand scheme of things; but hey an interesting tidbit that smells vaguely like some sort of clue, nonetheless.


In the meantime if you hopped back on board the Bowie nostalgia train check out this next level ethereal track, 'Starman' from the legend himself. The vocals will strike a soul-pleasing chord and send chills down the back your spine:

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According to a recent study by BBC Radio's statistical literacy program More or Less, the tallest stable LEGO structure would be comprised of 375,000 lego bricks and stand 3.5km (2.17 miles) high before the brick at the base of the tower finally gave in to the weight. The current world record for the tallest LEGO structure was set in 2011 by Sao Paulo's multi-colored monolith made from 500,000 bricks that is 102 feet and 3 inches tall. Hat tip goes to BoingBoing.