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“One movie cannot contain him.”
– Roger Ebert, 2001 review of Shrek

As I type this, there are men in America who dress up and perform as Shrek every night for a living.

Soliders fight overseas for these Shreks. These Shreks are taxed by their government accordingly for their Shrek-related activities. These Shreks are our fathers, our brothers, our tour guides at local museums when productions of Shrek aren’t happening. They are us, if we were Shrek.

As I type this, there is also an editor who would allow an adult writer to see Shrek: The Musical five times in a row at Wheelock Family Theatre in a mentally taxing endurance activity we’ll call #shrekweek — an action that makes it hard for me to look in the mirror. That is, until I put on my Shrek ears, which are hilarious.

So how has Shrek, a film intended as a sucker-punch to Disney fairytale juggernauts and loaded with early-aughts topical references, somehow followed us all the way into 2015?

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This Free T Day, I Tried to Cost the MBTA as Much Money as Possible
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Last Friday, the MBTA rewarded customers who suffered through a winter’s worth of cancellations and delays with a free day of service across all platforms. Coupled with T-related giveaways from local organizations and a 15% discount on all passes for the month of May, it was the MBTA’s grand gesture to build up some goodwill. More

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Hidden Gems: 10 of Dorchester’s Lesser Known Dining Spots
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What has Dorchester given us? Well, Whitey Bulger, the Wahlbergs, Herb Chambers, and Mayor Marty Walsh for starters. Take the good with the bad there, but essentially all of Boston’s royalty hails from Dot.

One thing we can all agree on is that Dorchester’s food is very, very good. The city’s largest neighborhood is diverse, which offers the opportunity to grab some great options that you can’t seem to find within such close proximity anywhere else.

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You Won’t Be Able to Look Away From the Aquarium’s New Baby Penguin
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World Penguin Day — unarguably the world’s cutest holiday — is this Saturday, and our city’s own aquarium has something extra to celebrate. A baby little blue penguin is growing bigger and stronger behind closed doors at the New England Aquarium, while it spends more time with the ‘rents and weighs in with the staff before making its exhibit debut. More

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All 18 Mike’s Pastry Cannoli, Ranked From Worst to Best
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To a Boston resident, the blue and white pastry box neatly tied with a piece of string is as familiar as the Prudential Tower or the Citgo sign. No matter where you are in the city, it’s practically impossible to escape the sight of Mike’s Pastry. Few feelings rival the excitement of untying the string that separates you from a coveted cannoli and, more importantly, that heavenly first bite.

Home to 18 cannoli flavors ranging from Hazelnut to Mint Chip, people line up in the bakery, out the door, and spill onto Hanover Street for all kinds of pastries, but let’s be honest, mostly the cannoli. And so, for the greater good, we took it upon ourselves to taste and subjectively rank all 18 Mike’s Pastry cannoli to find out which one reigns supreme. 
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The Mystery Behind Matt Damon’s Weird Email Address, Solved
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Thanks to Wikileaks creating a searchable index of the leaked Sony emails, we now know Ben Affleck asked Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates to remove mention of his slave-holding ancestor from Gates’s PBS series, Finding Your Roots.

We also know Matt Damon wrote an email to Harvard president Drew Faust advocating for a prospective student’s admission to the college, which caused some confusion among Harvard staff because it came from Damon’s personal email, an oddly named Earthlink account.

And now we’ve solved the mystery behind Damon’s email address, an inside joke between him and Casey Affleck about an obscure R&B singer from the ’80s revealed in a 2002 interview with the Boston Phoenix. But first, some background. More

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Amy Schumer Let 12 Angry Men Ridicule Her Body. It Was Brilliant.
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Amy Schumer’s Comedy Central Show Inside Amy Schumer consistently blends punchy, joke-driven sketches with thought-provoking takes on pressing social issues. But last night’s episode, a full-length episode parody of 12 Angry Men lampooning the unreasonable body images celebrities are held to, is her most ambitious work yet. More

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These Answers on Her Sex Ed Homework Got a 14-Year-Old Suspended
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In a photo posted to Imgur, 21-year-old Jordan Fridman shared her little sister Mariah’s sex ed homework. The assigned worksheet had a list of 10 common dude excuses for not using a condom.

When Mariah handed in her, um, original responses to these scenarios two years ago, the then-14-year-old was smacked with suspension from school.

Since it was first shared last week, the photo has been viewed over 2 million times. 

Having no interest in teenage pregnancy, STDs, or male excuses, Mariah didn’t mince words. 

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“It came up in my Timehop,” Jordan told Buzzfeed. “This was kind of funny, I thought, let’s post this to Imgur. Obviously, it’s kind of hilarious. We’ve been freaking out about it.”

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Explicit language aside, Mariah made some important points. Raising babies is expensive, sexually transmitted diseases are a legitimate concern, and boys will say anything to get laid. Who knows, students in her class might have learned more that year if Mariah’s responses had resulted in a discussion instead of a punishment.

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Breathtaking Photos Show Frida Kahlo’s Wardrobe at the Time of Her Death
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Many of esteemed artist Frida Kahlo’s belongings were shut away from the world following her death 1954. Her husband, Diego Rivera, locked them in a bathroom in their Mexico City home, and demanded that the items not be removed until fifteen years after his death.

It wasn’t until 2004 that the items were finally chronicled by photographer Ishiuchi Miyako. Starting May 14, the photos will be shown to the public at London’s Michael Hoppen gallery.
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He Gave His Emmy to the Daughters of Late ESPN Anchor Stuart Scott
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TNT broadcaster and Inside the NBA host Ernie Johnson won Outstanding Sports Personality — Studio Host at the 36th annual Sports Emmy Awards last night. He beat out a deserving group of nominees, including the late ESPN anchor Stuart Scott, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer. More

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