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New Definition Of Rape Approved By FBI Director

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“Penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

This is the new, expansive definition of rape approved by the FBI last week, which will more accurately reflect how sexual assaults are tabulated by the government in its Uniform Crime Report. The FBI’s working definition of “rape,” created in the 1920s, had been roundly criticized by everyone from police chiefs, sex crime investigators, and victims’ advocate for only defining assault as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That definition entirely left out male victims and ignored incidents when the victim was penetrated against his or her will orally, anally, with an object, and under the influence of drugs or alcohol (such as being roofied). As a result, the number of sexual assaults released by the FBI’s annual crime report drastically under-reported the crimes perpetrated in the country. Keep reading »

This Is A Gratuitous Panda Video

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The BBC Women Of The Year list included a panda. Read More »
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If there is one useless fact to know about me, it’s that I am a connoisseur of panda videos on YouTube. I hope to turn it into a moneymaking venture some day. Don’t ask me how — I haven’t thought that far ahead. This clip is maybe a 5 out of 10 on the cuteness scale. If you want a 9 out of 10, watch this one. Don’t ask me how I devised that ranking system, either. I just know. [BuzzFeed]

Well, Now There’s A Breed Of Giant Rat Living In NYC, Too

For every spontaneous, adorable impromptu subway sing-a-long, there’s a giant, repulsive rat that comes along and ruins it for everyone. Yes, there are now giant rats living in NYC — this particular guy was found at a Foot Locker in the Bronx, if you couldn’t tell from the familiar striped uniform of the guy holding the dead animal aloft. [Is it just me, or does that thing have massive testes? -- Editor] [Gothamist]

Place I Want To Go: Restaurant That Serves Food In Toilet Bowls

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The world is such a wonderful place. It is a place where a restaurant exists called S**thouse, which serves food in mini-toilets and bedpans. The Beijing eatery was started by Feng Lu who says she had the idea to open the joint after discussing the biggest dumps she’d ever dined in with her friends. The conversation prompted her to open “one big toilet.” I’m not sure I understand the logic, but I don’t care. The S**thouse concept makes me extremely happy. And it’s making lots of others happy too. It’s such a huge success that there may be a chain of S**thouses coming soon. Yay! Please come to New York. I seriously can’t wait to eat noodles out of a toilet. [Metro]

This Guy Is Guilty Of An Awesome Name Change

We’ve seen plenty of weird crime mugshots and heard plenty of bizarre stories. But when it comes to criminal names, this one is … a mouthful.

Beezow Doo-Doo Zopittybop-Bop-Bop, 30, was arrested Thursday afternoon on charges of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and a violation of probation in Madison, Wisc. Read more…

Oh Great, Child Labor Is On the Rise

Forced child labor is on the rise according to a new report from risk analysis firm Maplecroft. The UK firm examined 197 countries and found that around 40 percent were classified under the “extreme risk” category. Not surprisingly, conflict-torn countries and authoritarian regimes topped the list. Myanmar, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan, Burundi, Pakistan and Ethiopia round out the top 10, though an additional 66 countries fall into the extreme risk category. Keep reading »

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