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Now that the sun has gone down, we can talk about World Goth Day

For those of the Goth persuasion, today (May 22) is all about you. Here’s a collection of stories to celebrate World Goth Day.

The Adult Goth’s Guide to Doing Your Makeup While Camping (Jezebel)

It’s finally spring on the East Coast, and Jesus Christ, have we earned it. After a horrifying winter in which everyone’s toenails fell off and all our facial skin was wind-battered into ruin, it’s finally time to be outdoors. I hope to spend every free second either at the beach with a book about medical oddities or in the mountains, hiking and camping and sleeping in a damp mummy bag. I am overjoyed, I am imbued with an extremely temporary zest for life, and I am transporting my spooky, goth-inflected makeup routine into the outdoors. In honor of World Goth Day, here’s how I do it.

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Happy World Goth Day: an ode to the cybergoth dance meme (The Verge)

On September 7, 2011, the internet was blessed with a diamond in the rough: a home movie of a crew of German cybergoths gathered beneath a concrete overpass, enthusiastically demonstrating their best electro-industrial dancing skills. On this day, the 10th annual celebration of World Goth Day, we humbly thank them for their service.

This scrappy bunch of cybergoths — so-called for their intersecting passions for goth style, industrial aesthetic and EDM-raver esprit de coeur (not to be confused with Invisigoth, the hacker hero of a 1998 X-Files episode, though she probably would identify as both) — could not have known at the time, but their contribution to the creative spirit of the internet would go on to inspire one of the greatest memes online, when another lone YouTuber discovered something incredible: their masterful performance pairs with any kind of song imaginable.

Okay, so that’s not entirely true. The majority of said song has to come in somewhere around the 106 bpm tempo. But otherwise, the sky is the limit, friends. Behold the magic, and celebrate the joys of the cybergoth dancing meme.

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Some Goth Songs That We Like (The Muse)

It’s World Goth Day, and because goth is one of the greatest musical subgenres of the late 20th century, the Jezebel staff is here to honor goth with a playlist of some goth songs that we like.

Find out more here.

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