Badass Bitches Of History: Pirate Queen Grace O’Malley

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 17, 2015
Despite being half-Irish, I am not a big celebrator of St. Patrick's Day. I kinda figure that, well, if today is the day when everyone is Irish, then perhaps it is my turn to take the day off! Which means, I guess, I shan't be clever all day, nor shall I walk around my apartment… More »

Just Look At This Asshole: The Most Casually Racist, Rude Pitch Email I’ve Ever Received

By: Beejoli Shah / March 17, 2015
Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston's ex-boyfriend can rest easy, because he's no longer the shittiest John Mayer around. More »

We Can’t Believe This Viral “Pissed Off Rednecks” Song Even Exists

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 17, 2015
As I am generally quite sheltered from what my esteemed Editrix Amelia just called "the dark underbelly of racist country music," I am just now finding out about the viral sensation that is Jamie Jones' "Pissed Off Rednecks Like Me"--entirely because Amanda Marcotte just wrote a thing about it yesterday over on Raw Story. Apparently,… More »

76 Percent Of Ferguson Residents Are At The Mercy Of A Racist Police Force

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 16, 2015
The most shocking finding from the DOJ report on Ferguson is that more than 75 percent of Ferguson residents have standing arrest warrants. More »

“Jinx” Director Andrew Jarecki On How They Discovered Robert Durst’s Damning Comment

By: Newser / March 16, 2015
This weekend saw Robert Durst's arrest and the conclusion of HBO series "The Jinx," in which he appears to confess to multiple murders. Just how was it that filmmakers managed to catch the disturbing evidence? Filmmaker Andrew Jarecki today told morning shows about the process: With lots of audio to sort through, the crew hired… More »

The World’s Oldest Pretzel Has Ruined Pretzels For Me

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / March 16, 2015
Last week, the world’s oldest pretzel was found in Germany. It’s 250 years old and it looks all sorts of unappetizing. Ew. Anyway, apparently the pretzel was found in a structure that was probably a bakery in Regensburg, a town that has a lot of history to uncover. It was firebombed during World War… More »

Rick Santorum To Save America By Teaching Religion In Public Schools

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 16, 2015
In a speech this Saturday at a far-right religious conference organized by The Liberty Counsel, former Senator and eternal dirty joke Rick Santorum warned of the impending destruction of American civilization being brought about by evil liberals who don't want the Bible taught in schools. Via RightWingWatch: “We are on a crossroads in America… More »

Transgender Teen Jazz Jennings Becomes Face Of Clean & Clear Skincare

By: Katrin Higher / March 16, 2015
Fourteen-year-old transgender girl Jazz Jennings will be one of the new faces of Clean & Clear skincare, part of the brand's social media campaign to raise awareness for transgender rights (check out the Twitter hashtag #seetherealme). In addition to this ad campaign, Jennings is also the star of the new show "All That… More »

Megachurch Pastor Creflo Dollar Seeks $67 Million In Donations For Private Jet

By: Katrin Higher / March 16, 2015
If there's one thing everyone always says about church it's that they need more private jets. The eponymous Creflo Dollar (I cannot believe this is his name), Pastor at World Changers International Church in Georgia, is seeking funds for a $67 million jet with which he plans to spread his godly message around the world. More »

State Rep. Justin Harris Used Foster Daughter In Campaign Materials, Violating DHS Rules

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 16, 2015
When the story about Rep. Justin Harris "rehoming" his adopted daughters with a man who raped one of them first came out, it was reported that he had adopted the girls right before he started a re-election campaign for State Representative. It was later revealed that he did this in spite of myriad objections from Department… More »

Burp! Here’s The Final Few Climactic Minutes Of “The Jinx”

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 16, 2015
Robert Durst -- who was arrested yesterday for the murder of his friend Susan Berman -- seemingly left his fate in the hands of Andrew Jarecki in the final moments of last night's finale of "The Jinx." Later, we'll have more o… More »

Hundreds Of Hungry Sea Lion Babies Wash Up On California Shore

By: Katrin Higher / March 15, 2015
What the heck is this? Why am I not there on the coast of California right now adopting all of these hundreds of sweet baby sea lions who are hungry and sick?! Yesterday, I wrote about California's disappearing fresh water and now this pops up and I am at the point where I… More »

Robert Durst, Subject Of HBO’s “The Jinx,” Arrested In New Orleans

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 15, 2015
Robert Durst, the New York real estate heir who is the subject of HBO's six-part docuseries "The Jinx," was arrested today in New Orleans on a warrant in a homicide investigation in Los Angeles. While little is known about the investigation, many suspect its related to the execution-style murder of Durst's friend Susan Berman i… More »

Jeb Bush Hires Anti-Gay Evangelical Christian As Campaign Advisor

By: Katrin Higher / March 15, 2015
Whoops! Well, there goes the Republican attempt to gain a more moderate and progressive following. They just threw that completely out of the window, if Jeb Bush really is the frontrunner that is. Bush's new senior campaign advisor Jordan Sekulow said, “I am excited to begin a conversation with conservatives about Governor Bush’s pro-life, pro-family,… More »

World’s First Penis Transplant Is A Success!

By: Katrin Higher / March 14, 2015
Good news everyone, the world's first successful penis transplant was performed in South Africa in December. But I guess it took them that long to see if this was the real deal and ... it was! The surgery was performed on a 21-year-old man who lost his penis after a botched circumcision (something that the… More »

NASA Scientist Claims California Has About One Year Of Water Left

By: Katrin Higher / March 14, 2015
Today in apocalyptic sounding headlines, NASA scientist Jay Famiglietti was published in the Los Angeles Times' op-ed section saying that California has about one year left of water. This has been caused by a variety of factors that started well before the droughts. I remember the '80s and early-'90s as a kid, when the California… More »

“Saving Room For Cats” Offers The Perfect Answer To Manspreading

By: Claire Hannum / March 14, 2015
Those among us who have ever watched a dude spread his legs across the length of three seats on public transportation or spent so much as five seconds peeking at Men Taking Up Space On The Train (so, everyone) have spent many an afternoon pondering why it's so difficult for some guys to sit i… More »

Campaign To Get A Woman’s Face On The $20 Bill Will Break “Paper Ceiling”

By: Katrin Higher / March 14, 2015
Watch out white men! We're coming to take over! While the gender pay gap is still extremely palpable, the group "Women on 20s" is trying to put women's faces on our actual paper bills to increase our representation in a HUGE way. Having no women or minorities on our currency reminds us that white… More »

Man Bets €100,000 That Measles Isn’t Real, Court Orders Him To Pay Up

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 13, 2015
Four years ago, German biologist Stefan Lanka made a pledge on his website stating that he would pay €100,000 (which is about $106,300) to anyone who could prove to him that measles was a virus and not--as he believed it was a "psychosomatic illness" and that people became ill after traumatic separations. I'm just gonna leave… More »

Waitress Gets 130 Percent Tip, Heartwrenching Note

By: Newser / March 13, 2015
A waitress in Tennessee was brought to tears this week when a customer left her a generous tip and a moving message. Claire Hudson, 25, was serving tables at Mac's Grub Shak in Spring Hill on Sunday when a "very sweet couple" sat down and ordered beers, a burger, and hot dogs, reports. It… More »

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