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  • UNICEF launches ‘Mr. Poo’ mascot in India to curb public defecation

    04/16/2014 12:01:45 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 45 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 16, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    UNICEF’s new campaign, “Poo2Loo,” targets India’s public defecation problem with a series of music videos, pranks and advertisements featuring a giant feces mascot. According to the campaign, 620 million Indians are defecating in public every day. “That’s half the population dumping over 65 million kilos of poo out there every day. If this poo continues to be let loose on us, there will be no escaping the stench of life threatening infections, diseases and epidemics,” the Poo2Loo website says, while asking visitors to sign a pledge to ending public defecation. YouTube videos for the campaign feature giant, walking, talking, dancing,...
  • Rapper Andre Johnson severs penis, jumps off building, but survives

    04/16/2014 1:37:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 149 replies
    CNN ^ | 16 April 2016 | Alan Duke
    Rapper Andre Johnson severed his penis and jumped from a Los Angeles apartment building early Wednesday, police said. Johnson was seriously injured, but survived the fall from the second level of the building in North Hollywood, Los Angeles Police Sgt. William Mann said. Johnson, along with his recovered penis, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he was being treated, Mann said. Details about what triggered the incident were not available. Johnson has been a member of Northstar, a Long Beach, California, hip hop group that was part of the Wu-Tang Clan family, according to the Wu-Tang Clan website. He...
  • Man Spends $170k to Look Stunning… But Women Spurn Him

    04/14/2014 12:05:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 89 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Monday, April 14, 2014
    A Japanese youngster, obsessed with looking beautiful, has spent a fortune on plastic surgery and continues his efforts unabated only to be told be females that he looks the least attractive. Alan, 20, spent $178,360 [Dh 655,143] in just one month on cosmetic surgery to change his face, according to an AsiaOne report, quoting Rocket News 24. He moved to Tokyo from his hometown four years back and has been in relationships with five women who provide him with money. He has so far gone under the knife for two nose jobs and to alter the shape of his chin...
  • Bestiality Now Illegal in Sweden

    04/10/2014 3:41:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    A new law put into effect on Tuesday completely outlaws sexual intercourse with animals in Sweden. For the last 70 years, the penal code has avoided mention of bestiality, as the laws on animal cruelty were seen as adequate to cover such assault. Previous rules only prohibited sex with animals if it could be proved that the animal suffered mental or physical harm. The move was backed by Rural Affairs Minister Eskil Erlandsson who has long been behind a push to make bestiality illegal in Sweden. "There should be no doubt whatsoever that bestiality is unacceptable," he said in June....
  • You’ll never guess what this [beekeeper] loves to do in his spare time [w/pix]

    04/10/2014 10:24:58 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 47 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 10 Apr 2014 | Mark Molloy
    -snip- He successfully attracted a whopping 460,000 bees, weighing over 45kg (99lbs), local media reported. Good effort. Mr Ping broke the Guinness record for World’s Heaviest Bee Suit in 2012 when he attracted more than 330,000 of the flying insects.
  • These cats dyed and groomed to resemble lions and tigers look pretty livid [w/pix]

    04/10/2014 10:16:18 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 10 Apr 2014 | Martha de Lacey
    Let sleeping dogs lie, they say. But perhaps they should also have said something about not painting cats to look like flowerbeds. And they should have said it really loudly while in New Jersey, where the world’s largest (and most bonkers) pet-grooming summit has just taken place. Some 2,000 moggies entered Intergroom, in which they were transformed into exotic creations including lions, tigers, birds and, er, wild flowers. And they do not look very happy about it.
  • Flub of the Day: Fox News Anchor Congratulates UConn for Being the "NAACP" Champions [video]

    04/10/2014 1:26:54 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 32 replies
    Video at link.
  • Teenagers smuggle WWI bombs on a Heathrow jet bound for Chicago

    04/09/2014 11:53:13 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 27 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 9 Apr 2014 | Daniel Binns
    Heathrow Airport has been forced to defend its security after a pair of students smuggled two large World War I artillery shells on to a plane and flew to the US. Baggage screeners made the discovery when the teenagers landed in Chicago, sparking a major incident. It is believed they picked up the 75mm munitions as souvenirs while on a school trip to a former artillery range in France. The find prompted the evacuation of O’Hare International Airport by the FBI before officials concluded there was no risk of the shells exploding. It is not clear how the students, aged...
  • Topless mom arrested for McDonald's rampage says she was NOT on drugs

    04/09/2014 8:40:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 63 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | April 8, 2014 | Daily Mail Reporters
    A 41-year-old mother-of-two who was caught on camera ransacking a Florida McDonald's wearing nothing but a thong has spoken out about her rampage, saying she does not remember anything about the incident but was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time.
  • A tall order for even the most fashionable of gentlemen: High heels for men are on the rise

    04/05/2014 9:10:28 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 155 replies
    It's the last bastion of women's outerwear that hasn't been appropriated by the more fashionable men out there - until now. High heels are, apparently, de rigueur for men. To the possible chagrin of some more traditional males, those with a fashionable eye and an eccentric sensibility are taking the women's power dressing weapon of choice and making it their own.
  • Woman sued for $2 million after boyfriend torches squirrel on apartment deck, starts massive fire

    04/04/2014 6:32:26 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 99 replies
    Michigan Live ^ | 4/3/2014 | Heidi Fenton
    HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, MI -- A woman who signed an apartment lease with her boyfriend and allegedly agreed to be liable for any smoke or water damage, faces a $2 million lawsuit after he attempted to cook a squirrel and started a massive fire with a torch. ... Khek Chanthalavong told investigators the blaze started after he had been using a torch on the deck of a unit he shared with Barbara Pellow, to burn the fur off a squirrel he'd captured. Once the fur was removed, he placed the torch in the corner of their deck, next to a plastic...
  • Pakistani baby accused of attempted murder

    04/04/2014 9:42:22 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! ^ | 4/4/14 | Waqar Hussain
    Lahore (Pakistan) (AFP) - While many children his age are still learning how to crawl, a nine-month-old boy in Pakistan has been accused of attempted murder in a case observers say highlights endemic flaws in the country's legal system. Baby Mohammad Musa along with his father and other family members was booked for throwing rocks at gas company officials in the working-class Ahata Thanedaran neighbourhood on February 1, the family's lawyer Chaudhry Irfan Sadiq told AFP Friday. Inspector Kashif Muhammad, who attended the alleged crime scene and has since been suspended, wrote in his report that it was a case...
  • Artists install Monty Python silly walk signs in Norwegian town

    03/31/2014 6:10:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    The Register ^ | 3/31/2014 | Jasper Hamill
    A Norwegian town has reminded denizens that a normal gait is preferable to a strange one after Swedish revolutionaries installed a pair of silly walk signs.An art group put two street signs inspired by Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks on either side of a zebra crossing.>"It's just for fun. There's no deep thought behind it," Reidar Johannes Søby from the Kreativiteket art group said. "People live in their ordinary lives and when they see this sign, maybe they can have a little smile on their face. That's all."Apparatchiks at the Norwegian Public Roads Administration were not best pleased about...
  • 5 Creative Ways Countries Tried to up Their Birth Rates

    03/30/2014 1:21:39 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | March 29, 2014 | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
    With Denmark's birthrate at a 27-year low, a new ad campaign is asking Danes to get to work. Spies Travel wants Danes to book a romantic city holiday and Do It For Denmark. There are other ways to get people to make more people. Here are five strategies other countries have employed:1. Singapore: Lie Back and Think of Singapore. Singapore is aggressively tackling their low birth rate problem—with the help of mints.On August 9, 2012, the Singapore authorities partnered with mint-peddlers Mentos (“The Freshmaker”) to put together “National Night,” a campaign meant to encourage Singaporean couples to let their “patriotism...
  • Witches Cleared in Re-Trial 400 Years Late

    03/29/2014 8:36:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    It took more than 400 years, but the infamous Lancashire Witches have finally got justice. The city of Lancaster, where 12 were convicted and 10 of them hanged in 1612, corrected one of history’s most celebrated miscarriages of justice with a re-trial in a busy shopping centre. Panels of jurors invited to sit in judgement on the case through the day returned a not guilty verdict. The “witches” of Pendle, including rival matriarchs Demdike and Chattox, were fitted up. A bit late, maybe. But at least the poor souls who were rounded up around Pendle Hill and subjected to a...
  • Headmaster accused of owning goblins, ordered to leave school

    03/29/2014 7:25:12 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 97 replies
    Sunday News [Zimbabwe] ^ | 23 March 2014 | Tinomuda Chakanyuka
    VILLAGERS in Dongamuzi area under Chief Gumede in Lupane are demanding the transfer of Ekuphakameni Secondary School headmaster Mr Peter Moyo, whom they accuse of owning goblins that have been terrorising pupils and teaching staff at the school. Last term lessons at the school were disrupted for almost two weeks after teachers abandoned the school following several nights of sexual abuse by the alleged goblins. Female teachers at the school claimed that during the night they would dream making love to someone and woke up the next morning with signs that they would have actually had sex during the night....
  • Man chops off his own hand with a homemade guillotine… and is now threatening to amputate his arm

    03/28/2014 10:10:20 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 114 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 28 Mar 2014 | Evan Bartlett
    A man cut his own hand off with a homemade guillotine after enduring years of excruciating nerve pain. Mark Goddard built the contraption using an axe, some springs and an old gate post. The 44-year-old claimed he resorted to such drastic action because hospital staff had refused to treat the pains he suffered for over 16 years following a motorcycle crash. ‘I should not have to go to such extremes to get my pain stopped. There was an alternative – and that was having it done properly in hospital,’ he explained. Unfortunately for the man from Newton Abbot in Devon,...
  • Westboro Baptist Church to picket Oklahoma liquor store over sign mocking Fred Phelps' death

    03/28/2014 9:50:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 78 replies
    upi ^ | March 28, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    The Westboro Baptist Church is saying that it will picket an Oklahoma liquor store that put up a sign mocking the death of the group’s founder, Fred Phelps. Phelps died on March 20 at the age of 84. To commemorate the occasion, Moore Liquor decided to have a champagne sale and posted a sign reading, "Fred Phelps 1929-2014, Champagne 10% off! Not a coincidence." The WBC doesn’t find the sign funny and plans to protest. The store sounds fine with it. "I was a little reticent about putting up the sign in the first place because I have two good...
  • Arkansas Travelers introduce new final mascot: "Gary the Rabid Raccoon"

    03/26/2014 5:32:25 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 18 replies
    Rock City Times ^ | 26 MAR 14 | Gary Henderson
    NORTH LITTLE ROCK – The Arkansas Travelers introduced their final mascot for the upcoming 2014 baseball season today, Gary the Rabid Raccoon. After a long search conducted by Arkansas’ minor league baseball club, the Travelers settled on three characters that grew up in Travelers lore.The first two mascots, Ace and Otey, were unveiled yesterday. Today in a special ceremony they introduced the captain of the new mascot team, Gary. All three mascots hold deep connections to the franchise they will now represent. “We are so excited to introduce Gary to our fans. I think the kids will really love him,”...
  • Corn dog crash in Louisiana closes interstate Tuesday morning

    03/25/2014 12:24:39 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 33 replies
    upi.com ^ | 3/25/14 | Evan Bleier
    March 25 (UPI) -- Crews in Louisiana are still working to clean up the mess that was left when an 18-wheeler carrying corn dogs bound for California overturned on the section of I-220 that connects to LA 3132. During the crash outside Shreveport, more than half of the 76,800 corn dogs on the truck ended up on the side of the road.
  • Affidavit: Teacher had sexual encounter with student at a Waffle House

    03/24/2014 8:01:13 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 51 replies
    BRUNSWICK, Ga. — A judge granted bond, set at $50,000 in cash, to a former teacher charged with having sex with several students. The judge set bond for Lori Quigley for all three counts she faces. Police arrested Quigley a week ago at her Georgia home. She resigned from her math teaching job about a week before her arrest.
  • Anti-Vax Jenny McCarthy Asks Twitter a Question, and Gets the Answers She Should Have Seen Coming

    03/24/2014 2:34:40 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 55 replies
    Besides being a Playboy Playmate and a host of The View, Jenny McCarthy is known for her outlandish claims of "curing" her her son's autism with a gluten-free diet and claiming that vaccines are full of toxins while injecting her face with the most toxic protein known to science. She recently asked the internet a very stupid question that had responses she should have known were coming. We've listed a few below. You can check out more here.***Jenny's Original Question on Twitter:Jenny McCarthy        ✔ @JennyMcCarthy Follow What is the most important personality trait you look for in a mate? Reply using...
  • Texas Town Pays Ted Nugent $16K to Stay Away From 4th of July Concert

    03/23/2014 9:54:31 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 70 replies
    Mediaite ^ | March 21st, 2014 | Matt Wilstein
    The town of Longview, Texas has reportedly paid conservative rocker Ted Nugent $16,000 to make sure he does not play at their annual 4th of July concert this summer. That figure represents half of the amount Nugent would have been guaranteed if the performance happened as scheduled. -snip- “I’m sad the City of Longview has done this. I think it was done by a great deal of political correctness, political pressure,” Gregg County Republican Party Chair Keith Rothra told KLTV. “We have various performers who have made all kinds of statements that rattled people’s conscience and yet they are still...
  • Missing MH370: Pet Fish Pines for Missing Owner's Return

    03/23/2014 3:29:14 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies
    The saying a dog is a man’s best friend, may now be even applicable to a pet fish – at least in the case of Petronas marketing manager Puspanathan Subramaniam, who boarded the MH370. His father Subramaniam Gurusa­my said the pet arowana fish was sluggish and had refused to eat for over five days. “The fish now only eats if I prop my son’s photo next to the aquarium,” said Subramaniam, 60, who became a security guard after retiring as a construction worker five years ago. The fish, however, is not the only one showing signs of misery. When Puspanathan...
  • Spanish man dies while taking selfie on top of train

    03/23/2014 10:30:08 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 59 replies
    The Local (Spain) ^ | 18 Mar 2014 10:06 GMT+01:00
    A 21-year-old from southern Spain died on Saturday after being electrocuted when he climbed on to a train to take a photo of himself with friends. The young man from the Andalusian town of Andújar suffered the fatal blow when he touched a high-voltage wire on a train he and his friends had assumed was not electrified. They'd clambered on top of the parked wagon at Andújar train station to take a picture of themselves when they suffered the severe electric shock. Spanish online daily Ideal reported that a 3,5000-volt discharge killed the young man as he went to take...
  • Sellotape selfies become the latest version of the internet’s most popular craze

    03/22/2014 10:06:00 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 66 replies
    Sellotape selfies, aka sellofies, have spread in popularity on Facebook as the latest baffling craze for people with too much time on their hands. Since Bradley Cooper and Ellen Degeneres sent Twitter into meltdown with their Oscars selfie, the world has been subjected to a relentless stream of copycat acts. From Dylan Hartley and the England rugby team to the old dude with two dogs, some efforts have been mildly amusing, while others have just left us thinking WHERE WILL IT ALL END? This latest hybrid is apparently inspired by Jim Carrey film Yes Man, but there is also evidence...
  • Umm, FNC, you might have wanted to include a comma here after “bangs”…

    03/22/2014 5:43:20 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 56 replies
    Twitter ^ | 3-22-2014 | Ken Gardner
    March 22, 2014 Umm, FNC, you might have wanted to include a comma here after “bangs”…
  • 12 Chinese Travel Tips for Visiting America

    03/21/2014 10:08:38 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | March 21, 2014 | Therese Oneill
    China does a lot of business and trade with the United States, and so there are many websites devoted to helping business people navigate American peculiarities. Using Google to translate advice written in “simplified Han” for Chinese readers into English allows Americans a tiny, possibly imprecise peek into how the people of China view life in the United States. As always, we welcome comments and clarifications from Chinese-readings Flossers.1. If an American Goes Silent, You’re in Trouble Americans do not like silence. They will keep talking, so as not to abort the conversation, without a moment’s pause. If you do...
  • Hawaii law allows undercover police officers to have sex with prostitutes

    03/21/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/21/14
    Honolulu police officers have urged lawmakers to keep an exemption in state law that allows undercover officers to have sex with prostitutes during investigations, touching off a heated debate. Authorities say they need the legal protection to catch lawbreakers in the act. Critics, including human trafficking experts and other police, say it's unnecessary and can further victimize sex workers, many of whom have been forced into the trade.
  • Empire State Bldg Owners Sued – Didn’t Allow Muslim Prayers on Observation Deck

    03/21/2014 9:41:26 AM PDT · by massmike · 28 replies
    conservativeinfidel.com ^ | 03/21/2014 | Rick Wells
    The Empire State Building owners, Malkin Properties, just learned they are being sued for $5 million. The lawsuit stems from an incident in which the Muslim plaintiffs claim they were unjustifiably denied their civil rights to pray on someone else’s private property. Fahad and Amina Tirmizi of Farmingville, NY claim they were “assaulted, battered and forcibly removed” from the observatory in July of 2013. They also assert that it was somehow related to their wardrobe choices of traditional Muslim attire. Fahad Tirmizi said, “We weren’t doing anything wrong, we just wanted to enjoy the view like everyone else.” He doesn’t...
  • Woman allegedly set car on fire after man refused to buy her a McFlurry

    03/18/2014 2:33:57 PM PDT · by Stoat · 60 replies
    WFTV, Various ^ | March 18, 2014
    Witnesses said a woman set a man's car on fire in Jacksonville after he refused to buy her a McFlurry at McDonald's.WFTV obtained video of the incident that happened on Sunday. Witnesses said the woman was angry after she asked for a McFlurry and the man she was with refused to buy her one. They said the woman grabbed the man's keys and headed to his car. One witness said she saw her pour alcohol and gasoline on the man's car, light it on fire, and then run off. People nearby tried to help him put the flames out....
  • Pastor dies after confessing infidelity to congregation

    03/16/2014 10:03:14 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 111 replies
    UPI ^ | March. 14, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    -snip- After telling the congregation at the Miracle Faith World Outreach Church that he had been unfaithful to his wife, Bishop Bobby Davis died. "After the service on Sunday the bishop's family asked us to remain in the church and the bishop confessed to us something that happened long ago," church elder Judy Stovall told the Connecticut Post. "He wanted to come clean with all of us. He wanted to ask our forgiveness." Before he died, church members were screaming at Davis to show him their support. "We were shouting, 'We forgive you, we love you,' but the stress of...
  • Woman in India gives birth to ‘baby with two heads’ [w/video]

    03/14/2014 10:02:23 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 22 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | Friday 14 Mar 2014
    A woman has given birth to a baby with two heads in a hospital in northern India. The baby, or rather babies, are conjoined twins – two girls who have separate spinal cords, necks and heads but share the same set of organs and limbs. Urmila Sharma, 28, from Haryana province did not know she had twins until two weeks before the birth because she could not afford to pay for ultrasound scans. Doctors fear that the twins, who have a condition known as dicephalic parapagus, will be lucky to survive. ‘The parents are very distressed and we are helping...
  • Cow Injures Two in Escape From Abattoir

    03/12/2014 4:30:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 29 replies
    The Local ^ | 12 Mar 2014
    A cow injured two men in central Germany on Wednesday while making a break for freedom from an abattoir. One of the victims was so badly hurt he had to go to hospital. A farmer in Hesse planned to take the eight-year-old cow to slaughter. But as he was unloading her from the truck, she bolted, injuring the 66-year-old driver on her way out. The animal raced about 500 metres away from the abattoir at Tann near Fulda at around 10am, eventually coming across two brothers who were walking down the road carrying tools. One of the men, a 53-year-old...
  • British woman marries her dog, confesses: ‘I’m totally her b---h’

    03/12/2014 2:05:40 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 63 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-11-14 | Joel Landau
    A British woman says she has finally found the true meaning of marriage now that she has divorced her husband and married her dog. Amanda Rodgers and her dog/wife Sheba appeared on British television's ITV's "This Morning" Tuesday to discuss why she decided to wed her pet in a ceremony attended by 200 people in Croatia last week, reports the Mirror. "She was two weeks old and she was new to the world — but I fell in love with her," Rodgers, 47, told the show's hosts. "I knew that we were meant to be." RELATED: BRAZILIAN MAN PLANS TO...
  • Couples have sex in a box, then talk about it, on new WE show

    03/12/2014 8:01:25 AM PDT · by workerbee · 66 replies
    Fox ^ | 3/12/14
    Reality TV is about to get hot and heavy. The Post reports that WE tv has ordered a one-hour pilot of Sex Box, a reality show where couples will do the deed inside a soundproof box. Based on the U.K. show of the same name, the format takes real couples whose relationships are on the rocks, has them fornicate in the box, and then immediately address their issues with a panel of experts. The ‘in the moment’ approach “fosters conversations about intimacy that are completely filterless and emotionally honest,” according to the network’s pilot description.
  • Hair of the dog: Miracle vodka cure saves puppy from certain death [w/pix, video]

    03/09/2014 9:52:19 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 106 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | Sunday 9 Mar 2014
    For many people, arriving at A&E at death’s door and being told the only way for you to survive was to get blind drunk would count as a result. That’s the situation Maltese terrier Charlie found himself in after being left with hours to live after licking coolant from his owner Jacinta Rosewarne’s garage. Quick-thinking vets deduced that the little dog had ethylene glycol poisoning, which can lead to kidney failure – and the only treatment was to get him as drunk as possible. Because pure alcohol can alter antifreeze chemicals and allow them to be flushed out of an...
  • 'Upskirt' ban in Massachusetts signed into law

    03/09/2014 3:39:25 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 46 replies
    CNN ^ | March 7, 2014 | Jessica Ravitz
    (CNN) -- Modern-day peeping Toms in Massachusetts, the sorts who get their thrills snapping "upskirt" photos on crowded subways, now have their behavior criminalized. Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill Friday, according to his office, making photographing or recording video under a person's clothing -- think down a blouse or up a skirt -- a misdemeanor. "The legislation makes the secret photographing, videotaping, or electronically surveiling of another person's sexual or other intimate parts, whether under or around a person's clothing or when a reasonable person would believe that the person's intimate parts would not be visible to the public,...
  • Gambler sues casino, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk

    03/07/2014 10:35:15 AM PST · by Wolfie · 52 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/07/2014
    Gambler sues casino, says he lost $500,000 playing drunk LAS VEGAS -- A businessman who lost $500,000 on table games at a Las Vegas casino on Super Bowl weekend is arguing that he shouldn't have to pay because he was blackout drunk. Southern California gambler Mark Johnston, 52, is suing the Downtown Grand for loaning him money and serving him drinks when he was visibly intoxicated. Nevada law bars casinos from allowing obviously drunk patrons to gamble and from serving them comped drinks. Johnston's attorney, Sean Lyttle, says the Grand, which opened last November in the old part of Las...
  • 11 French Travel Tips for Visiting America

    03/06/2014 10:01:48 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 61 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | March 4, 2014 | Therese Oneill
    The Internet is full of French travelers who've experienced the United States and have things to say about the strange ways of Americans. With the help of Google Translate, Americans can get a peek at these revelations. We know that there are no doubt many Flossers who can translate French better than Google can (though probably not as hilariously), and we welcome any additional information in the comments.1. Be Friendly to Nosy Strangers. Grind Their Knuckles! Our custom is to kiss before, during, and after each social encounter, with 1, 2, 3, or 4 kisses. This is not the custom...
  • Your porn is not Canadian enough, CRTC warns erotica channels

    03/06/2014 6:57:25 AM PST · by Loyalist · 71 replies
    National Post ^ | March 5, 2014 | Tristin Hopper
    For failing to broadcast sufficient levels of Canadian-made pornography — and failing to close-caption said pornography properly — a trio of Toronto-based erotica channels has earned a reprimand from the Canadian Radio-television & Telecommunications Commission. Wednesday, the CRTC issued a broadcast notice saying AOV Adult Movie Channel, XXX Action Clips and the gay-oriented Maleflixxx were all failing to reach the required 35% threshold for Canadian content. Based on a 24-hour broadcast schedule, that translates to about 8.5 hours of Canadian erotica a day. The notice was issued as a result of Channel Zero’s efforts to renew licences for all three...
  • 'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where

    03/04/2014 7:24:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 39 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 2 March 2014 | Daily Mail Reporter
    'More beautiful than women, horses and all other animals': Welcome to the Arab beauty contest where million-dollar CAMELS with false eyelashes and lip filler compete for huge prizes • Visitors trek across desert for lavish event in Liwa, United Arab Emirates • Men happily declare they prefer camels to their wives - and all other women • Prize camels can change hands for as much as £1.8million at all-male event • Festival also features camel races and milking competitions Thousands of men leer on, playboys skid around outside in expensive cars, and top models command fees reaching into the millions...
  • Bruce the dog offered a personal cheque by Darwin [Australia] council for his testicles

    03/02/2014 10:35:53 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 42 replies
    NT News ^ | February 26, 2014 | MARIA BILLIAS
    BRUCE Wallder the great dane may well be the first dog in history to receive a cheque in the mail as consolation for having his testicles removed. That is exactly what Darwin council did last week, much to the amusement of Bruce's owner Tom Wallder. De-sexed dog owners receive a registration reimbursement of $60 from the council for having their pets de-sexed, however the last thing Mr Wallder - the human - was expecting was for the cheque to be sent out in the name of his beloved and recently castrated eight-month-old canine. "I said to my wife, 'that's funny,...
  • NC man gets jail after dropping pants to judge

    03/02/2014 11:38:24 AM PST · by don-o · 32 replies
    GRAHAM, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina 19-year-old faces jail time after pulling down his pants while walking away from a judge.
  • Screaming male pig concerns neighbor in China [Maine, not PRC]

    03/01/2014 9:44:05 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 33 replies
    Morning Sentinal ^ | 2/3/14 | Craig Crosby
    CHINA — The screams of delight from a male pig placed with five receptive sows led to an erroneous report of an assault last week. A Hanson Road woman called police Jan. 27 after hearing what she believed to be a fight coming from a home separated by woods just a short distance away. The caller feared she had overheard domestic violence at the home. “The caller reported she heard screaming,” according to an activity log provided by Maine State Police. Trooper Thomas Bureau, accompanied by three other troopers, went to the house. Bureau spoke to the neighbor, who raises...
  • Chicago PD Believes It Can See The Future, Starts Warning Citizens About Crimes They Might Commit

    03/01/2014 12:24:25 AM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 25 replies
    TechDirt ^ | Feb 26th 2014 | Karl Bode
    from the buttle/tuttle dept We've talked a lot over the years about the attempts to get out "ahead of crime" by using computer programs and algorithms to try and predict who might commit a crime. Predictive computing can then either target specific areas or specific people that might be in need of some extra law enforcement attention. Except as we've noted repeatedly, these programs are only as valuable as the data they use. Garbage in, garbage out, but in this case you've got a human being on the other end of the equation whose life can be dramatically impacted by...
  • Blind Woman Suing Nudist Community that Told Her to Get Rid of Service Dog

    02/28/2014 8:11:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | February 28, 2014 | Will Lerner
    Blind woman suing nudist community that told her to get rid of service dog In 2011, a medical condition caused Lutz, Florida woman Sharon Fowler to lose her vision. Legally blind, she had to acquire a service dog, named Laura. Ms. Fowler and her husband, Craig, moved into the Paradise Lakes Condominiums complex in 2012 with Laura. However, after they had settled in, Sharongot a letter from the property’s management that was very upsetting, as WTSP 10 News reports. She was told that because Laura, a black Labrador, was over the 25-pound weight limit, she needed to go. This, despite...
  • McDonalds -- Man Sues for $1.5 MILLION ... They Only Gave Me One Napkin

    02/28/2014 3:31:17 AM PST · by Pinkbell · 61 replies
    TMZ ^ | February 27, 2014
    McDonalds has made a new golden arch enemy -- a California man is suing the company for $1.5 MILLION ... because he says he only got ONE NAPKIN with his meal. Webster Lucas claims he was stiffed on napkins at the Mickey D's in Pacoima, CA on January 29th -- after ordering a Quarter Pounder Deluxe -- and when he went up to the counter to ask for more, he was rudely rebuffed by the manager ... who insisted he already got some. According to his lawsuit, Lucas -- who is black -- then retorted, "I should have went to...
  • Scientists Cook Up Sausage From Baby Poop

    02/27/2014 7:01:11 PM PST · by PaulCruz2016 · 59 replies
    ABC News ^ | 02-27-2014 | Liz
    Spanish researchers have developed a gourmet sausage made from baby poop. Yes, baby poop. More specifically, they’ve used a strain of bacteria derived from infant feces. Writing in the journal Meat Science, the scientists described how they took 43 fecal samples from infant diapers provided by parent and midwife volunteers. Using three strains of probiotic bacteria they isolated from the dirty diapers, the investigators cooked up several batches of pork that resembled a type of fermented Mediterranean sausage known as feut. Experts said it is not nearly as revolting as it sounds.
  • 10 Japanese Travel Tips for Visiting America

    02/22/2014 10:44:53 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 147 replies
    Mental Floss ^ | February 18, 2014 | Therese Oneill
    With the help of Google Translate (and an ability to interpret completely random sentence structure), an American can find out what kind of advice the Japanese give to their own countrymen on how to handle the peculiarities of American culture. Here are some things to look out for if you are visiting America from Japan. 1. There is a thing called “Dinner Plates.” And what goes on them is a mighty disappointment. In Japan, each person eating gets as many individual dishes as needed for the meal. Sometimes more than 10 dishes per person are used. In America, there is a...