All posts tagged "news"

  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 5.4.16

    That’s Entertainment! One notably hypersuccessful YouTube channel (700,000 subscribers) features Mr. Lauri Vuohensilta of Finland pulverizing various objects (such as a bowling ball) in a 100-ton hydraulic press. “I think it’s built into every person—the need to...

    • Posted May 3, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 4.6.16

    Fun at Work Bill Bailey (a former nine-year employee of the water-irrigation network near Grand Junction, Colorado) was awarded unemployment benefits in December for being wrongfully fired. The company claimed Bailey was insubordinate and that any complaints...

    • Posted April 5, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.30.16

    Hardly a “Do-Nothing” Congress In March, U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions of Texas, chairman of the House Rules Committee, introduced a resolution to recognize “magic” as one of America’s “national treasure(s),” backed by a 711-word paean urging all...

    • Posted March 29, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.23.16

    Glaciers and Gender University of Oregon professor Mark Carey produced a 10,300-word journal article in January proposing a new sensitivity to Earth’s melting icecaps: A “feminist glaciology framework” to “generate robust analysis of gender, power and epistemologies”...

    • Posted March 23, 2016
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  • THE BUZZ II: Fire Union Hosed

    Contract talks halted, headed for lawsuit. JACKSON HOLE, WY – “I don’t think it ever crossed my mind,” Keith Gingery admitted to the town council Monday afternoon. “I didn’t even know we paid our volunteers.” The deputy county...

    • Posted March 23, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 3.9.16

    The Square Wheel of Justice In February, New York’s highest court finally said “enough” to the seemingly endless delays on a multimillion-dollar judgment for negligence that occurred 23 years ago. Linda Nash had sued, among others, the...

    • Posted March 8, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 2.3.16

    Newest Fashionistas In January, the upscale Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana introduced stylish hijabs and abayas aimed at Muslim women unafraid to call attention to themselves as they exercise their obliged modesty. D&G’s marketing effort even...

    • Posted February 2, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 1.27.16

    Streaming News The “public art” statues unveiled in January by Fort Myers, Fla., Mayor Randy Henderson included a metal structure by sculptor Edugardo Carmona of a man walking a dog, with the dog “lifting his leg” beside...

    • Posted January 26, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD: 1.20.16

    The New Grade Inflation They are simply “‘spas’ designed to attract teenagers,” according to one university official—plush, state-of-the-art “training” complexes built by universities in the richest athletic conferences to entice elite 17-year-old athletes to come play for...

    • Posted January 19, 2016
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  • NEWS OF THE WEIRD 1.13.16

    Hard Times for Science 1. A tractor-trailer driver with a load of bottled water tried to make it over a historic bridge in Paoli, Ind., on Christmas Day, with the obvious outcome when 35 tons of water...

    • Posted January 12, 2016
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