The Underground — Issue #139
Everything you need to know about in this weekly series: The rise and fall of science in Islam, Chili Klaus returns to Hot Ones to punish his mouth with hotness, a sequel to a superb film, and 7 scientific breakthroughs that happened in 2017.
At Social Underground we go beyond the mainstream stuff and see what’s underneath the surface. What should we get into, listen to, read, eat or watch? If there is something in our culture that needs attention that’s our job: Show you the underground things that you need to know about: Books, music, television, movies, comedians, art, and whatever else we can find to get you into something you never knew about. That’s The Underground.
1. The story of the rise and decline of science in Islam. If you’re a fan of history, you’ll know that science was huge in the middle east hundreds of years ago. It was kinda funny watching people in my college classes look perplexed when my history professor taught Iraq’s history in the Neo-Babylonian era.
As you can see from recent history, Islam has kinda taken a step back from scientific advances. Many countries have taken stances that put religion ahead of science, human rights, or treating women like people. That’s not a racist perception of what’s going on, but merely something that is happening. The middle east was the cradle of civilization as humanity came into its prominence. Now it’s a place where science and logic has almost become against the law. In many parts, it is against the law.
The video below shows the rise and fall of science in Islam. Remember to read some books after watching this.
2. Lovable spice lover Chili Klaus returns to Hot Ones to eat another level of hot wings. Hot Ones is arguably one of the best shows on YouTube. Sean Evans is such a good interviewer that it should make every other interviewer on any medium jealous. He’s well-spoken, researched, funny, charming, and manages to do all of that while eating wings that taste like metal and acid.
In this episode, he welcomes back Chili Klaus. This man also eats insanely hot foods. These two ate the Carolina Reaper pepper together. Why?! For entertainment. You could see the regret in their faces as the power of the reaper hit them. I’m a fan of watching people willing to eat this stuff instead of eating it myself. I’m totally cool with the hotness of a Taco Bell mild sauce.
Below you will see Evans and Klaus eat some special wings covered in some magical hot stuff that will make you run to the nearest fridge for some milk.
3. Sicario 2: Soldado looks like as extreme as its predecessor. The first movie, Sicario, was an intense, drug fueled film that kept you at the edge of your seat the entire time. The trip over the border in that movie was as atmospheric as a hurricane headed for a coastline.
When I heard a sequel was coming out… I got nervous. How can they top that? Well, it looks like they’re giving it a good try.
Premise: After discovering that drug cartels are smuggling terrorists across the US border, the CIA sends Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) and former undercover operative Alejandro Gillick (Benicio del Toro) to eliminate the problem. Along the way, Alejandro revisits his old nemesis to settle scores.
So Brolin and del Toro are going to be shooting up cartels and terrorists? I think we’re all down with that.
4. The top 7 scientific breakthroughs that happened in 2017. 2017 has been, well, a disastrous year on almost every level. However, if you look at the amazing things done by scientists, it’s been a good one. SpaceX has continued to polish its reusable rockets, we’re finding more and more exoplanets around stars we will eventually travel to, and we’re testing the possibilities of communication over vast distances.
The great people over at Futurism as created a fantastic infographic that covers 7 of the amazing things science has given us in this past year. It’s really quite impressive after you wipe your brain of everything else. Please, 2018, don’t let us down.
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