Pot Farmer Named Smoke Accused of Starting California Wildfire

Twenty-seven-year-old Freddie Alexander Smoke III (really!) is accused of having started the wildfire that has burned nearly six miles of land in Northern California. According to the California Department of Fire and Forestry Protection, exhaust from the truck Smoke was driving around an illegal marijuana farm… » 7/13/14 9:53pm Yesterday 9:53pm

Nine-Year-Old Dies from Rare Brain-Eating Amoeba

Hally Yust, nine, of Spring Hill, Kan., died after contracting an infection—called primary amoebic meningoencephalitis—that develops from the rare "brain-eating" Naegleria fowleri amoeba found in warm freshwater lakes and rivers. According to the Center for Disease Control, there have been fewer than 200 reported… » 7/13/14 9:01pm Yesterday 9:01pm

People Who Complain About Tornado Coverage Deserve to Miss Their Shows

Deadspin covered the fallout from a television station in New York breaking into the last few minutes of the final game of the World Cup for a tornado warning in the station's viewing area. When it comes to severe weather, news stations put viewer safety over programming every time, and people who complain about it… » 7/13/14 8:00pm Yesterday 8:00pm

Reputed Difficult Person Katherine Heigl Doesn't Think She's Difficult

A brave human went ahead and asked famed on-set drama queen Katherine Heigl—who was hobnobbing to promote her new NBC show, State of Affairs, as part of the Television Critics Association's summer press tour—whether she considered herself (and her mother-manager) difficult to work with. She doesn't. » 7/13/14 7:29pm Yesterday 7:29pm

This Polar Bear Is Really Hot and Really Depressed

A polar bear named Arturo, who lives in a hot enclosure at Mendoza Zoo in Argentina, has not been having a great two years. After his best friend Pelusa died in 2012, Arturo has responded by exhibiting strange behavior, such as rocking side to side, baring his teeth, and collapsing into a pile with no will to get up.… » 7/13/14 3:45pm Yesterday 3:45pm

Clueless Man Claims Territory in North Sudan to Make Daughter Princess

A story ran in the Washington Post yesterday that is equal parts cringeworthy and baffling. A Virginia man, out of the desire to prove to his children that he'd "go to the ends of the earth to make their wishes and dreams come true," claimed land along the Sudanese border to fulfill his daughter's wish to become a… » 7/13/14 11:34am Yesterday 11:34am