Bwoglines: The Dress Edition

"Was this the [dress] that launch'd a thousand ships / And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?"

Either way the dress is ugly

After blowing up Tumblr late Thursday night, this dress made its way onto almost every other social media site and news outlet, quickly becoming one of the biggest topics of controversy 2015 has seen. Here’s what everyone’s saying about #TheDress:

The New York Times was of course one of the first major news sources to hop on the dress band wagon, giving us curious fashion analysts the background behind the Dressgate scandal. (New York Times)

Wired busted out it’s old copy of Photoshop to use the watercolor tool in order to let us know that the dress is in fact light blue, not white. They then offered readers “the science” behind why some people see blue and black or white and gold. (Wired)

Yahoo is turning this in to a horoscope-like feature so that readers can learn “what the dress says about them.” (Yahoo)

Finally, and arguably most importantly, Buzzfeed compiled a list of what our favorite celebrities thought the colors of the dress were. Enjoy. (Buzzfeed)

Photo courtesy of every news outlet ever

Bwoglines: Legally Dubious Edition
"La Coiffeuse", safe and sound

“La Coiffeuse”, safe and sound

According to recently released figures, Colorado marijuana dispensaries sold 17 tons of the devil’s lettuce for recreational purposes during the first year of state legality. Since the practice remains illegal on the federal level, businesses involved in the pot business are having trouble storing the mountains of cash they’re raking in. (Reuters, CNBC)

Law enforcement is itself in the hot-seat in Chicago, where several former detainees have spoken out about “black site”-style conditions at a CPD holding facility known as Homan Square. Police at the facility (which is housed inside an old warehouse, because why not) are accused of moving detainees around to keep them isolated from visitors and of refusing to allow lawyers to see their clients. (Guardian)

Customs officials in Newark have recovered a $2.5 million Picasso while it was en route from Belgium to Long Island City. The painting had been missing since sometime between 1998 and 2001, because why would you expect anyone to notice when a multimillion dollar piece of art is whisked from a secure storage facility? (NY Times)

Former students of the embattled Corinthian Colleges for-profit network are refusing to pay back student loans issued by the federal government, arguing that the Department of Education failed to appropriately scrutinize Corinthian’s business dealings and pedagogical practices. (Business Insider)

Getting tired of that cramped dorm room? Paranoid beyond belief? Look no further: the Upper West Side triplex (evidently this is a word) apartment of Prince Nawaf bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia is for sale for a paltry $48.5 million. The apartment features a well-equipped fitness center and not one, not two, but three bulletproof panic rooms. At $4,600/sq. ft., the apartment is well above the norm for others residences around 71st street, but can you really put a price on peace of mind? (WSJ)

Hairdresser via NYT

Bwoglines: Our Vices, Our Strengths Edition
I worry about us.

Clear lack of sleep? Coffee? The picture of perfect health.

In news we are going to try our best to interpret as good, a recent study reveals more than eight hours of sleep a night has been linked to a heightened risk of strokes. Let that comfort you, come your next all-nighter. (Los Angeles Times)

Then, the next morning, as you try to keep yourself up, rejoice in the latest health benefit being attributed to coffee: a lower risk of multiple sclerosis. (US News)

A young man in Brooklyn attempting to join ISIS has been thwarted by his mother, who refuses to return his passport. Helicopter parenting: not so bad after all? (New York Times)

Facebook, in an attempt to use its overwhelming influence over your life for good, is releasing a new feature for suicide prevention. (Huffington Post)

Finally, your Netflix habit is yielding exciting new research into decision paralysis, long a topic debate in science and philosophy both. (Pacific Standard)

Your Econ major future, via Shutterstock