Novel idea: if, for any reason or due to any twist of fate, one stumbles across a container labeled “Pandora’s box,” refrain from opening it. We all know what happened last time, right? There shouldn’t have to be a next time for something that, as legend goes, is responsible for giving us all of the world’s ills. Jason Airey, 37, fell unconscious and later died after opening — yeah, you guessed it — just that container. Keep reading »
Have I got the perfect heartwarming Veteran’s Day story for you! When British World War II vet Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival passed away last month at the age of 99, the local newspaper ran an obituary that sadly revealed Percival had no living relatives to attend his funeral. The obit also included a line asking ”any service personnel who can” to attend his Percival’s funeral if they could. Now, how many of us are actually in the habit of reading the obituary page and would have noticed such a call to action? Not I! But a scan of the obit appeared online last week and quickly went viral — and veterans and current service members made it their mission to make sure plenty turned out to pay their respects.
“If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves,” asked Sgt. Rick Clement, an Afghanistan War vet who was wounded in the line of duty. “This guy needs and deserves your help.” Keep reading »
Pirates, pirates, pirates. We need to have a little chat. Don’t make shitty quality copies unless you want your customers to go crying to the police about not getting what they paid for, undermining your whole business. Which is exactly what a few porn fans did in Hull, England. Fred Thompson (not that one) and other shoddy thieves were convicted of pirating the salacious DVDs under the name Fantasy Dome and counterfeiting bank notes. Customers who bought the DVDs claimed that they weren’t as long or as high-quality as advertised, leading the po-po to discover that the material in question had been stolen. Lesson learned. Low visual quality sucks, especially when you’re trying to get your rocks off. If you’re going to steal and distribute porn, an art that people are very passionate about, at least take pride in your craftsmanship. [Metro UK]
Okay, now I’m really not sure if alcohol is good for me or bad for me. According to Daily Mail, The North Hampshire Hospital in Basingstoke, England, has applied for an alcohol license serve wine and beer to patients in a private wing. A nurse will literally bring you a beer as you lay sickly in your hospital bed.
Both wine and beer would be made available from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Both patients and visitors would be able to consume alcohol, and NHS has made it clear that drinking more than is healthy will not be encouraged.
Naturally, there are plenty who are critical of a hospital serving alcohol. It sends a lot of mixed messages to people about the health consequences of alcohol consumption if a hospital serves it to its patients. The hospital has assured such critics that alcohol will only be served to patients if it is medically safe and appropriate, but serving alcohol certainly makes NHS seem more like a business trying to make a profit than a hospital trying to improve the health of its patients.[Daily Mail]
[Photo of doctor with beer via Shutterstock]
David Cameron, British Prime Minister, has announced that every household will now be blocked from viewing online porn and other adult materials unless they specify that they would like the block to be removed. He has also announced that it is now a criminal offense to possess porn that depicts rape or simulated rape, reports the Daily Mail.
These laws are an attempt to clean up the internet and block children from accessing violent porn on the internet without their parents’ knowledge. The laws also hope to at least decrease the amount of rape-depicting porn available to people. By the end of the year, all new customers setting up an Internet account will have to select whether or not they would like adult content to be available. Having the block on adult material will be the default setting. David Cameron said, “We are taking action to help clean up the internet and protect a generation of children from often extreme online pornography.” Keep reading »
The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill received royal assent this morning, thus legalizing gay marriage in both England and Wales. Royal assent in the United Kingdom takes place after both the House of Lords and the House of Commons have passed a bill. The Queen then agrees to make the bill an Act of Parliament, or law. Although royal assent is technically a formality these days, celebration is still in order! Keep reading »
I am not qualified to talk about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, because I know literally nothing about it except for this very factual article I read on Vice. What can I say? I’m incredibly American in my ignorance. But oh my god, you guys, a royal wore nail art! Okay, so it was Princess Eugenie of York, which isn’t quite the same thing as, say, Duchess Catherine breaking out the Color Club, but still. Eugenie complimented her purple dress with a Union Jack on all 10 of her digits in honor of her grandmother’s, um, anniversary. Of something. It’s a cute idea, but I think it looks poorly executed and frankly, kind of gross. Thoughts?
As I’ve mentioned about a billion times before, I’m totally obsessed with everything British, so when I saw these candy bars–which combine traditional British pudding flavors, chocolate, and a colorful Union Jack design–I was sold. Crafted in honor of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, they’re swirled with fun ingredients like toffee, strawberry, white chocolate, and meringue. Sounds bloody delicious, right? I fancy the whole set. [$4.79 each, Firebox]
Yesterday, the gorgeous Catherine Zeta-Jones was dubbed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, the third highest rank in the UK, for her movies and charity work. She is now just one rank away from becoming an official Dame. Side note: Catherine seems to have caught Kate Middleton‘s penchant for out-there hats. Why is it that new royals seem to gravitate toward funky headgear? [People] Keep reading »
When it comes to the acting awards at the year’s Oscars, it looks things could get very British. No, not because the world has gone mad over Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Because Brit Colin Firth looks like an almost shoe-in to win Best Actor for his performance in “The King’s Speech,” while his fellow countryman Christian Bale—who in all honesty, I didn’t realize was British until just a few weeks ago—is the favorite to win Best Supporting Actor. While we were too busy with the Super Bowl to watch the BAFTA Awards—that’s the British Academy of Film and Television Arts—maybe we should have been paying more attention. Back in 2000, the British award show moved to February so that it would it would precede the Oscars. Ever since, it has become like looking in a crystal ball. Last year, 12 of the 18 major BAFTA winners went on to win Oscars. [EW]
The predictive powers of the BAFTAs get even more impressive when you limit it to the top six categories—Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, and Best Supporting Actress. I crunched the numbers and, over the past few years, 80 percent of the winners have overlapped. After the jump, take a look at the BAFTA effect played out in the past few years, and what it could mean for this year’s Oscar hopefuls. Keep reading »