The Real Story Behind the 1914 Christmas Truce in World War I

It was 100 years ago this very night that something miraculous happened along the Western Front. After months of bitter fighting, soldiers on both sides gathered in no-man's-land in a spontaneous show of peace and goodwill. Here's what happened on that historic day — and why it marked the end of an era. » 12/25/14 1:17pm 39 minutes ago

Tell Us Your Holiday Horror Stories

By now, most of your presents are opened, the torn, crumpled wrapping paper strewn among the dry pine needles on the floor. The egg nog is dangerously low, and you've probably started to run out of ways to distract yourself from your family. But fear not, dear reader, for someone probably has it worse than you. » 12/25/14 12:55pm Today 12:55pm

What Did We Get Stuck In Our Rectums Last Year?

It is time for a Deadspin holiday tradition like no other: our annual trawl of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's database of emergency room visits to discover the strangest, unlikeliest, and most awkwardly shaped objects America inappropriately shoved into its various holes. God bless us, everyone. » 12/25/14 11:29am Today 11:29am

Stop Taking Your Screens to Bed, You Humanoid Robots

We've all heard the warnings: if you take your phones, iPads, phablets, Lite-Brites, and laptops into the dormoir, you will not have restless sleep. Most doctors suggest turning that shit off and throwing it out a window before laying our heads down to rest, but do we listen? Fuck no, we've got tweets to write, doc! » 12/24/14 4:00pm Yesterday 4:00pm

Cameron Refuses to Take Her Miraculous Engagement Seriously: Two Rings?

Cameron Diaz is reportedly engaged to be married. This is truly great news for her, a 42-year-old movie star who was on the cover of Cosmo this month. But, mocking the public which only seeks to wish her well, Cam has now displayed two different sparkly rings on her left hand. Is this some kind of joke to you, Cam?… » 12/24/14 3:15pm Yesterday 3:15pm

10 Story Decisions Scifi And Fantasy Writers Ended Up Regretting

There are writers who disown entire books after they've written them, but sometimes writers like their stories on the whole, but feel a twinge of regret over one a small (or not-so-small) detail. Here are a few decisions that the writers, in hindsight, wished they had thought through a little better. » 12/24/14 2:47pm Yesterday 2:47pm

Merry Christmas, Here's an Elephant Rocking Out to "What Child Is This?"

The above footage comes from the documentary Music for Elephants, which aired last night on Australian television. I will neither confirm nor deny weeping through most of the doc's 45 minute running time, as formerly abused elephant after formerly abused elephant ambled onto the screen and responded to the musical… » 12/24/14 2:34pm Yesterday 2:34pm

Stream The Interview on YouTube Now, But Don't Call Yourself a Hero

Today, after surrendering to vague and non-credible threats of violence by a group of unidentified people on the internet, Sony is reversing its reversal and putting The Interview on YouTube. You can watch it here, but don't get all self-righteous about it. » 12/24/14 2:15pm Yesterday 2:15pm

The Anatomy of Chicago's Busted Christmas Eve Snow Forecast

Remember all that snow Chicago was supposed to get today? It's 41°F and raining right now. Forecasts were always honest that it might not snow, but seeing the potential for up to six inches of snow on Christmas Eve vanish in a cold, dreary rain is still a shock to the system. Here's why that happened. » 12/24/14 2:01pm Yesterday 2:01pm

LAPD Investigates Racist "Dead Michael Brown" Song at Ex-Cop's Party

Above, a former federal law enforcement officer named Gary Fishell sings a song about Michael Brown at a charity party hosted by a former LAPD cop. Among the first audible lyrics: "He's bad, bad, Michael Brown/Baddest thug in the whole damn town/Badder than old King Kong." Somehow, it gets worse from there. » 12/24/14 1:30pm Yesterday 1:30pm