Clever Art Inspired by Pop Culture’s Fictional Products

“Product Placement” is one of the most venerable series at the pop culture-loving Gallery1988 — we shared images from the very first one, five long years ago — and for good reason: if you’ve watched Idiocracy enough times (if you can stand to these days), you might wonder what a print ad for Brawndo might look […]

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ is an extravagant, hilarious, and poignant examination of Asian American and Asian cultures that revolutionizes the studio rom-com

Color Force/IMDB “Crazy Rich Asians” is an extravagant, hilarious, and poignant examination of Asian American and Asian cultures.  It is a new kind of rom-com for many reasons. The cast is wonderful, and shows that Constance Wu and Henry Golding can carry a movie with their charm and outstanding talent in both comedy and drama. […]

‘Voyageur’ Finds Varied Cultures, Stories, & Peoples On A Galactic Journey

Voyageur is about a one-way journey towards the center of the galaxy – a trip that will have you meeting varied peoples and cultures as you explore the generated planets that lie in your path. Will you collect artifacts, learn stories, and assemble allies along the way? It will be up to you what you […]

Most people point with their fingers — but cultures across the world point with their noses and lips too

Thomson Reuters When people want to draw attention to something, we instinctively extend an index finger. But pointing is not simply a matter of human nature. How we point is also a matter of culture. Other cultures have more conspicuous — and, to Western eyes, more colorful — conventions for pointing without the hands. Octopuses have […]

Imaginative Illustrations from Pop Culture’s Fake Theme Parks

From Disneyland to Universal Studios to Six Flags, movies have inspired theme parks and attractions around the world – but that equation works the other direction as well, with fictional theme parks working their way into some of our most beloved movies. And now, our friends at Gallery1988 have enlisted their stable of artists to […]

How Peer Mentorship Can Change Police Departments’ Cultures

Geoffrey Alpert has, since 1975, been researching how police conduct themselves, and one finding borne out in his work is that many police officers see themselves as “warriors” against crime. He’s seen that dynamic on display as he’s studied studied racial profiling and the use of force in some of the nation’s most controversial departments, […]

Total solar eclipses used to be terrifying events — here’s how ancient cultures explained them

Wikimedia Commons On August 21, a total solar eclipse will be visible across parts of the United States. As the Earth and moon sweep through space in their annual journey around the sun, the three bodies align in such a way that the Earth passes into the shadow of the moon. Observers then witness a […]