"Putin suggested that while handing over intelligence might have been a fair trade for Russia’s provision of asylum, Snowden ‘is not our agent, and gave up no secrets.’"
"William Rozelle, 30, of North Chicago, even allegedly handed bank tellers his driver’s license before making off with $87,000 in cash from a TCF Bank in Waukegan on Wednesday."
"Coming to a circumpolar constellation near you: An all-new, never-before-seen, awkwardly named meteor shower that just might knock your astronomical socks off."
"The site that scored the highest was Apple."
"The heart-stopping dish is by Chicken Charlie's, a staple of county fairs across California, which describes itself as 'home to creative culinary concoctions and all things deep fried.' That includes fried Oreos, Klondike Bars, Twinkies … and avocados."
"DETROIT, May 20 (Reuters) - General Motors Co said on Tuesday it is recalling another 2.6 million vehicles globally, raising the number of vehicles it has recalled so far this year to almost 15.4 million.
"The latest actions cover possible faulty seat belts, transmissions, air bags and fire issues, and mostly affected vehicles sold in the United States.
"GM is also under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice, Congress, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and several states…"
"The ancients thought that treatments such as phlebotomy, exercise, or bloodletting could ‘cure’ an individual of love. But modern neuroscience and emerging developments in psychopharmacology open up a range of possible interventions that might actually work."
"Earlier this year, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered two parallel nuclear reviews, still underway, to address his concern that these lapses could erode public trust in the security of the nation's nuclear weapons."
"At Harvard’s first commencement in 1642, every single member of the graduating class gave an address in Greek, Hebrew or Latin. "
"Osaka's Kinki University is named for its home region in south-central Japan. But school officials say the name is distracting; they note that foreigners who attend conferences there often make jokes about their visit to the Kinki school."
[And we didn’t even know they were missing.]
"There is mounting evidence that Hispanics are succeeding in American society at a pace similar to that of prior waves of European immigrants."
If the world becomes sane, what’ll be left to bitch about?
"‘This raises our concern that radicalized individuals with extremist contacts and battlefield experience could return to their home countries to commit violence on their own initiative or participate in al Qaeda-directed plots aimed at Western targets outside of Syria…’ "
"'Once at the ATM, Mr. Hutton pulled down his pants and underwear exposing his genitals, Mr. Hutton then attempted to have sexual intercourse with the ATM.'"
"Asked whether American Idol or politics is harder, Aiken didn’t miss a beat with his response: ‘Politics.’"
" ‘While political and security agendas may by necessity induce collateral damage, we as a society set boundaries on these damages, and we believe this sham vaccination campaign exceeded those damages,’ the educators’ letter said."
"When his former teammate Andy Pafko died last year, Merullo became the last surviving player from the 1945 Cubs. By virtue of the team’s futility, he is the only living ballplayer to have worn a Cubs uniform in the World Series…"
And for extra points (and a lot less work):
"'If you thought the net neutrality folks were angry before, this is really gonna set them off.'"
"Whisper is one of a growing group of social networks designed to let its users post anonymous messages for the world to read. "
When did “social” become “anonymous”? Or vice versa. You can be one (fine) or you can be the other (swell), but how can you be both?
Also, why do I feel so old?
(Sometimes I’m happy I can’t spell.)
"At the 25 public universities with the highest-paid presidents, both student debt and the use of part-time adjunct faculty grew far faster than at the average state university from 2005 to 2012, according to a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies, a left-leaning Washington research group."
And for whom?
"After hearing that a set of English teachers believe 82 percent of their students have a hard time identifying with Victorian- and Romantic-era writers, the British Library created an archive of 'literary treasures' for students to explore."
The article’s there, the library’s here.
"Bresciani seems to accept that climate change is happening, but claims it’s for biblical reasons. ‘All that the Bible reveals about climate changed is part of the pre-millennial prophetic message. It does say that earthquakes and violent storms, fires and other natural disasters will occur with greater intensity and frequency as the ‘last days’ approach, but it clearly says these are ‘birth pangs’ for a planet about to meet its creator.’ Instead of blaming carbon emissions, he blames ‘everything perverted, liberal and dehumanizing.’"
"Meanwhile, with bread-stress rampant, the breadbasket of the future has already arrived at Sweet Basil, in Needham. There, diners sometimes bring in their own gluten-free bread, have it put in a basket and served right back to them.
"‘We’ll heat it up for them,’ said owner David Becker. ‘Who am I to tell them what they can and can’t do?’"
"Without quinine, malaria would have felled the conquerors; without gin to alleviate the bitterness of this highly effective anti-malarial, the soldiers would have refused to down their medicine."
"California Chrome might abandon his Triple Crown bid if New York officials do not allow the colt to wear a nasal strip in the Belmont Stakes.…
"Other states allow nasal strips while racing, and even some jockeys wear them."
"Can you spell KFC?"
"They look like green gift-wrapping. One imagines that they are mold-like, wrapping themselves around boulders. But that's wrong. The truth is much weirder."
"The drought is affecting farmers and ranchers across the country. At least 54 percent of the US wheat crop has been hit by drought, 30 percent of the corn crop, and 48 percent of cattle."