By Erica Stratton

Erica Stratton is a DC writer who will totally build her own sci-fi armor someday. She tweets @meanderingwhale.

  1. Tumblr is absolutely crammed with food blogs, from recipes every hour to ones that only focus on pretty food. But then there's Fucking Recipes, a uniquely foul-mouthed food blog that calls its readers "TALENTED AND MAJESTIC WARRIORS." Reading Fucking Recipes is like perusing a cookbook from an alternate universe where Julia Child has been reincarnated as a benevolent Viking, urging you towards your most fabulously death-metal self. (Sample quote from a post musing…

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  2. The SCP Foundation is a wiki of purposefully disturbing stories and images. Click any (NSFW) links in this piece at your own risk! I’ve never understood why creepiness was regulated to Halloween. January, to my mind, is an infinitely more disturbing season. The sun all but disappears, and on my ever-darker walk home from work I am even more careful to avoid looking in the windows of the abandoned house on my block. Chilly spots…

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  3. Even after shedding the trappings of my childhood religion and becoming functionally atheist, certain events can still inspire religious fear or guilt. For example, not attending sunrise services on Easter will sometimes suckerpunch me with guilt -- who am I to buck 2,000 years of tradition just to sleep in? A friend of mine who was raised Jewish feels a constant tension between her actual beliefs and her familial obligations on major holidays. And then…

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  4. I think I was somewhere in the third (the third!) Iron Man movie when I finally wondered “Why am I here?”

    If you asked me who my favorite Avenger was, I’d say “Tony Stark”. But I was completely unable to articulate why I liked him. When all was said and done, there wasn’t much about him to like-- canonically, he’s an alcoholic playboy, and even the more cleaned-up version Robert Downey, Jr. plays…

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