To the shock of most sentient beings, Facts died Wednesday, April 18, after a long battle for relevancy with the 24-hour news cycle, blogs and the Internet. Though few expected Facts to pull out of its years-long downward spiral, the official cause of death was from injuries suffered last week when Florida Republican Rep. Allen West steadfastly declared that as many as 81 of his fellow members of theU.S. House of Representatives are communists.
Facts held on for several days after that assault — brought on without a scrap of evidence or reason — before expiring peacefully at its home in a high school physics book. Facts was 2,372.
A paranoid series of Tweets from Fox News anchor Heather Childers yesterday introduced much of America to the newest, shiniest Our Black President Must Be Blackly Breaking the Law conspiracy theory: according to the deluded ramblings of a birther blog, while locked in a heated primary battle with Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton became privy to information proving that he was secretly Kenyan and therefore ineligible to run for President. And in order to keep the Clintons quiet, people working for Obama told them that she better shut up about how he's a secret Kenyan, otherwise Barack Obama was going to personally murder Chelsea Clinton. It's true! It's on the inter-net!
For the most part, the Obama administration has successfully avoided bad publicity, but it's now being faced with a string of scandals at the worst possible time…
Yeah well that's certainly no coincidence. But still. Scandals are fun! All those people on TV, their voices get all high and sqeeky. They're excited! Wheee. Me too. scandals are a lot more fun than, you know, health care and stuff.
…everybody, is walking around with a great goofy grin. Suddenly it's warm and sunny, leaves are popping out everywhere, and people have figured out, finally, we have just had the warmest, least snowy winter anyone can remember and got away with it. Wooop!
WYMT-TV in Letcher County, Kentucky, reported on Tuesday that the 20-year-old gentleman who appears in this picture he posted on Facebook had been arrested and charged with theft for siphoning gas from a police car. Police were able to identify him because he had posted a picture on Facebook showing him siphoning gas from a police car.
Grammar lovers today were saddened, shocked, and mightily displeased at the news that the P.R. department of the University of Oxford has decided to drop the comma for which it is so justly famed.…
The Associated Press stylebook has for a very long time eschewed this so-called Oxford comma (it's the comma before the "and" in a series, as in "red, white, and blue" it's that comma right there after "white). But the Chicago Tribune uses the comma, or at least did use it last time looked (which was, now, quite a while ago). I asked a friend who was an editor at the Trib about that, about how they dealt with Associated Press copy, which did not have the comma referenced here (see above re: stylebook) and he said, well, we have an editor whose whole job is putting it back in.
All third-to eighth-graders in New York began Tuesday the first of three consecutive days of English Language Arts assessment, to be followed next week by three days of math tests.
And those state tests have never been longer.…
Yet fewer of the answers public school children give this year on those tests will actually count toward their final score.
State education officials and their private testing firm, Pearson, have tossed in a large number of “field test” questions for the first time - questions that don’t count in the score but make it easier to design future tests.
Ken Slentz, the state’s deputy commissioner of elementary education, declined to say exactly what portion of the tests consist of such dummy questions. Many states have been using field questions for years, Slentz noted.
But retired New York City test analyst Fred Smith claims as many as a third of the questions on this year’s tests will not count.
James Cordeiro - If a pizza has a radius 'z' and a depth 'a' that pizza's volume can be defined Pi*z*z*a.
Where is PETA now when we really need them?
Not since the 17th century have the homes of the rich been so amply fortified.
Fueled by homeowners' increasing demands for privacy and security, a new generation of elaborate security gates are being installed around the country. A far cry from the lavishly decorated, overtly showy spectacles of the past, these barriers are designed to be unobtrusive and easily overlooked. Packed within and around them, however, is a plethora of state-of-the-art technology—facial-recognition devices, Internet-connected digital cameras, remote iPad control and other features—that can drive up the cost of an entry up to $1 million or more.
Brides-to-be looking to shed that final 10, 15 or 20 pounds in order to fit into their dream wedding gown have taken a controversial approach to crash dieting that involves inserting a feeding tube into their noses…
Please, please, please make it stop.
What would Jesus do with the U.S. economy?
That's a matter of fierce debate among Christians — with conservatives promoting a small-government Jesus and liberals seeing Jesus as an advocate for the poor.
PARIS — French scientists said Monday they have found evidence proving the stereotype that people who sport tattoos and piercings are heavier drinkers.
“The dog loved it,” she said. “Once, he — we traveled all the time and he — he ate the turkey on the counter. I mean, he had the runs.”
One of the requirements for certifying a class action is "numerosity," which just means you have enough people in the alleged class (generally at least 100) that it might actually be more efficient to have a group action. Usually this is easily met. Here, though, you have to wonder how big a class could be if the definition limits it to:
- who use soap
- but can't get a date
- and decide the problem is, it's the wrong kind of soap
- then get all excited about "pheromones"
- but still can't get a date
- and are willing to admit to all the above in a publicly filed document.
People ask me, “Why don’t you guys get together?” And I say, “Exactly how much would you expect me to cooperate with Michele Bachmann?” And they say, “Are you saying they’re all Michele Bachmann?” And my answer is no, they’re not all Michele Bachmann. Half of them are Michele Bachmann. The other half are afraid of losing a primary to Michele Bachmann.
This story has its beginnings in the town of Alexandria, Illinois, between 1884 and 1889, at a time when the place had a population of somewhere near ten thousand. There was about it just enough of the air of a city to relieve it of the sense of rural life. It had one street-car line, a theatre—or rather an opera house, so-called (why no one might say, for no opera was ever performed there)—two railroads, with their stations, and a business district, composed of four brisk sides to a public square. In the square were the county court-house and four newspapers.
Four newspapers. In a town of ten thousand. And that "just enough to relieve it of the sense of rural life."
It's not the Internet that's killing newspapers. Newspapers have been dying for a long, long time. At the publishers' hands.
Really. I forgot. Today is Patriot's Day. No, it's not a special holiday for the football team—although I wouldn't put it past them—it's a holiday for, you know, patriots. And not for your common, ordinary 21st Century patriots, either—I think you have to be dead for a couple hundred years to get on the list. Except 200 years from now you'll have to be dead for 400. So you just didn't get started soon enough, is all.
In other words it's one of those holidays that only counts in Massachusetts and, maybe, possibly Maine. Or somewhere like that.
It doesn't even count that the schools close for Patriot's Day because it's spring break.
In Houston, 12 diners are paying $12,000 each to eat the final first-class menu served on board the ship. The dinner at Cullen's Upscale American Grille includes round-trip transportation to a local museum featuring Titanic artifacts and a 10-course meal with wine pairings in a private dining area suspended above the main dining room.
Sink, and in 100 years you'll be a party theme.
Sara Crane is awoken by the sound of her security alarm going off. Her and her teenage daughter, Kimmy, race outside only to realize the scary incident was a false alarm.
…because, while we don't think of ourselves as grammar Nazis exactly, this is just plain bad.
Here's a practical application for your physics education: using math to successfully beat a traffic ticket in court. Dmitri Krioukov, a physicist based at the University of California San Diego, did just that to avoid paying a fee for (purportedly) running a stop sign.
BOSTON - In an exclusive interview with ABC News' Diane Sawyer, Mitt Romney revealed for the first time that he has put his longtime adviser Beth Myers in charge of the vice presidential vetting process.
Dude, I was getting so bored. But how much fun is this gonna be?
He was one of many gun owners crowded around a display of lifelike zombie paper shooting targets at the National Rifle Association's Guns and Gear exhibition on Saturday during the NRA annual conference in St. Louis. The Hollywood-inspired zombie craze - featuring blood-soaked ghouls rising from the dead to attack the living - has extended to gun enthusiasts. At the huge NRA exhibition, vendors displayed zombie targets, zombie bullets, zombie paint coating for guns and zombie patches for a shooting jacket. Firing ranges across the country are offering zombie-themed shooting events…
Sales of zombie targets are booming and are expected to grow about 30 percent to a million targets this year…
For the truly zombie-obsessed, Sovine demonstrated small packets of blood-colored liquid that can be purchased to attach to the back of the zombie target so that it bleeds when shot…
Exactly what the founding fathers had in mind. Sorta makes me want to stand up and salute.
YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — To the world's military leaders, the debate over climate change is long over. They are preparing for a new kind of Cold War in the Arctic, anticipating that rising temperatures there will open up a treasure trove of resources, long-dreamed-of sea lanes and a slew of potential conflicts.
By Arctic standards, the region is already buzzing with military activity, and experts believe that will increase significantly in the years ahead.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. economy is in a better position to deal with high gasoline prices, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Sunday, adding that unseasonably warm winter had lowered overall energy costs for consumers.
Who put this guy in charge, anyway?
For years, conservatives and centrists have argued that welfare makes women lazy and dependent. They needed to get out into the workforce and learn the value of a hard day's work. But at the same time, they fetishize the stay-at-home mother as a very difficult full-time job which must be considered a career equal to any work outside the home.
As it turns out, no.
NY Times - In the decade since the attacks on the twin towers, American visa procedures for foreign artists and performers have grown increasingly labyrinthine, expensive and arbitrary, arts presenters and immigration lawyers say, making the system a serious impediment to cultural exchanges with the rest of the world.
Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday.
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Actor and comedian Bill Cosby says the debate over the killing of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer should be focused on guns, not race.
The relationship between Cantor and Obama has been rocky, and reached a low point during last summer’s debt-ceiling negotiations, when Obama reportedly warned Cantor to not “call my bluff.”
But the strain has eased this year…
#1. “The Republicans believe in the minimum wage — the more the minimum, the better.”
Give 'em hell, Harry.
(Noted by our Midwest bureau)
At his speech to the National Rifle Association this weekend, Rick Santorum revealed that he has signed his 3-year-old daughter Bella up as a member of the pro-gun group.