In the past, I’ve spent weeks obsessing over pica, rickets, and scurvy. What can I say? Unusual afflictions fascinate my inner science geek. Today, I am busy learning all there is to know about Involuntary Emotional Expression Disorder, sometimes known as pseudobulbar affect. This is when you have an extremely inappropriate and uncontrollable emotional reaction — like hysterical laughter at a funeral or sobbing after a joke. This is not like chuckling when someone trips and falls; I think that’s just standard human inappropriateness to laugh when someone bites it. This is much worse. Sufferers describe these emotional outbursts as sudden and unpredictable, almost seizure-like. This must be such a difficult disorder disorder to have all the time, but especially if you are on a first date. Yikes. [Cracked] Keep reading »
Things are getting ugly: after NYPD officer Kenneth Moreno was acquitted of rape last week, posters went up in his Brooklyn neighborhood allegedly listing the street on which his family resides. “Police rapist Kenneth Moreno lives on [blank] street in Park Slope,” the signs read (above), which have been posted on New York City-based blogs with the address blacked out. Other signs, evocative of artist Shepherd Fairey’s “Obama” posters, read “NYPD Rapists” with Moreno and Mata’s pictures (after the jump).
I personally think Moreno is guilty as sin (as well as his former partner, Franklin Mata, who allegedly stood lookout while he raped an unconscious drunk woman in her bed). And I’m not necessarily against protest-art-as-vigilante-justice. But I absolutely cannot support making the guy’s alleged address public when, over the course of his job, he surely pissed off a drug dealer or murderer.
What do you think of these signs? [Gothamist] Keep reading »
Presented without comment, “The Life Zone,” a pro-life horror film about “pregnant women kidnapped from abortion clinics and forced to give birth,” starring Robert Loggia. New Jerseyites can check it out currently at the Hoboken International Film Festival. The rest of us will have to wait until it’s picked up by Fox News, I suppose.
[IMDB: The Life Zone]
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To all the elementary and middle school teachers out there — not to mention the future tutor to the Martin-Paltrow kids! — I have an idea. Don’t take your students to Hooters during a field trip. Apparently, when students from Berwick Middle School in Pennsylvania headed to Baltimore to visit the National Aquarium, their chaperones decided to split the group up for lunch since 100 students couldn’t fit in one restaurant. Thus, a group of 20 eighth grade students ended up lunching at Hooters—which, yes, has great wings and sometimes bills itself as a family restaurant, but also gives kids an education in T&A. Apparently, no parents have complained yet, but this still feels a bit off to me. What do you think? [Newser] Keep reading »
In case you are not already acquainted, meet Anthony Weiner, a Democratic Congressman from New York. On Friday, a strange image appeared on his Twitter feed—a photo of a man’s crotch in a pair of underwear taken on a Blackberry. The image was addressed to a 21-year-old student in Seattle named Gennette Cordova (who says she never met the Congressman, though is a fan) but was visible to all Weiner’s followers. “I was pranked, I was hacked, I was punked,” Weiner explained when the press caught wind of the story. “Someone sent out the picture. I’m an easy name to make fun of, and I think that’s what happened .. I didn’t send that picture out. I can’t say with certitude [the picture isn't me]. Pictures can be manipulated.” Weiner explained that he had hired a private security firm to look into the hacking and where the photo came from. “We’re treating it as a prank, not treating it as a national security invasion or anything,” he said. He also said that hackers have attempted to access his Facebook and Twitter accounts before.
At first, Weiner seemed defensive here. But as yesterday wore on, he seemed to take a new tactic—making peen jokes. And he has gotten in some pretty good ones, which I guess shouldn’t be too surprising considering that the man has had the last name Weiner all his life. After the jump, his best jabs. Keep reading »