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Why Recalled Cars Stay on the Road, Texas Man Is the New Florida Man and More #Mustreads

The danger of recalled cars in America and the best headlines of Texas.

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Happy Friday!

Here’s some content Re/code picked up at the Internet for you, just Venmo us what you owe:

  1. Earlier this year, General Motors recalled 2.6 million vehicles with an ignition switch defect linked to 13 deaths and 54 car crashes. Turns out hundreds of thousands of those cars are still on the road, because America is not very good at recalling defective cars, says Rachel M. Cohen in The American Prospect.
  2. Everyone knows about Netflix shows like “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black.” More people should know about “BoJack Horseman,” its animated comedy set in a world where humans and anthropomorphic animals (like the titular character) live side by side. It’s unusually culturally aware (critiques of BuzzFeed, celeb gossip and consumer culture abound), and it takes a genuinely funny and sympathetic look at the depression of its washed-up sitcom star protagonist. Netflix has already renewed it for a second season.
  3. Florida, Ohio and Texas make up the holy triumvirate of states with almost-too-crazy-to-be-believed local news stories, like the one about a guy who tried to take a bath in an inflatable pool in a Walmart somewhere. But Texas may be pulling ahead. Texas Monthly has a list of 100 percent genuine headlines from around Texas in the last 30 days. My favorite: “An unidentified person donated a human skull to a Goodwill outlet in Austin.”
  4. Flying Lotus is one of the most talented and inventive beat-makers working today. Kendrick Lamar’s last album, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City,” is perhaps the best album of the last decade. The music video for their recent collaboration, “Never Catch Me,” is heartbreaking and genius. The camera work is first rate, and the obvious chemistry between Lamar and FlyLo makes for a serious earworm. Here’s the YouTube link.
  5. Today in uncomfortable hand-me-downs from the 1960s: “Tom and Jerry” gets a racism warning on Amazon, via The AV Club.

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