Zen Koans Explained: "The Silent Temple"

What is the wind? Is it a fluid, like water? Is it, like, fire, which would be some sort of magic, or maybe, not a solid, but the other—a gas?—or a category of "heat thing" that is named for its temperature, because what else would you even call it? It's almost a fluid as well, which would be ironic. Anyhow. Is it » 11/21/14 3:23pm 20 minutes ago

Buffalo's Monster Snowstorm Could Cause a Flooding Disaster Next Week

Cities to the south and east of Buffalo are digging out from up to 88 inches of snow this morning after this week's double lake effect snow events. To make matters worse, warm temperatures and potentially heavy rain will cause a rapid snowmelt, bringing the potential for major flooding. » 11/21/14 3:06pm 36 minutes ago

Cosby Lawyers Bullied National Enquirer Into Pulling Rape Story in 2005

Though the multiple rape allegations against Bill Cosby only truly picked up steam this year, they've been around for a long time. In 2005, the National Enquirer planned to publish an investigation into the claims, but Cosby's lawyers threatened a lawsuit. The tabloid published a puff-piece interview with Cosby… » 11/21/14 2:58pm 45 minutes ago

Party Down South 2 Party Foul Could Have Led to Funeral Down South

CMT's Party Down South 2 premiered last night with a hot new bunch of burgeoning alcoholics, and things quickly went from harmless fun to potential funeral when new cast member Karynda passed out drunk in the pool. » 11/21/14 2:48pm 55 minutes ago

Vogue’s Shiny New Office Has a Big Rat Problem

Earlier this month, Condé Nast commenced its long-anticipated move to 1 World Trade Center, whose landlord is counting on the magazine publisher to anchor the building and attract other hip companies to the fortified Financial District. The ongoing rodent problem at Vogue, however, might give some prospective tenants… » 11/21/14 2:40pm Today 2:40pm

Why People Keep Trying to Erase the Hollywood Sign From Google Maps

The Hollywood Sign might be one of the most recognizable things on Earth. In Los Angeles, it's also one of the most visible. You can see it from a plane as you glide into LAX. You can see it from a car as you drive up the 101 freeway. But a group of people who live near the sign are trying to hide it, even as it looms… » 11/21/14 2:32pm Today 2:32pm

Everything Is Red and Sticky: The National Book Foundation's Cozy Racism

On Wednesday night Jacqueline Woodson won the 2014 National Book Award for Young Peoples Literature. After she left the stage the host of the National Book Awards, Daniel Handler, told the crowd that she, a Black woman, "was allergic to watermelon" and then implored the crowd at the National Book Awards to "let that… » 11/21/14 2:23pm Today 2:23pm

Don't Hate Kim Kardashian. She's Just a Butt.

I really like Kim Kardashian. I usually have nothing but disdain for celebrities, or celebrities in training. There is not a thing less interesting, or useful in the world, than an "artist" of dubious talent who has risen to fleeting fame because of sex connections, family connections, or money connections. But I… » 11/21/14 2:15pm Today 2:15pm

Jake Gyllenhaal's $3 Million Pool Is the Crisp White Sneaker of Pools

Not every great pool must be a grand pool. Like a pair of Keds, sometimes satisfaction is attained through well-executed simplicity. Let us consider the above pool, which belonged to Jake Gyllenhaal for nearly a decade before being sold this week for just over $3 million. It is the crisp white sneaker of pools. » 11/21/14 2:07pm Today 2:07pm

Comcast Billed a Customer $3,000 For Moving Out of Their Clutches

This week in Comcast Simply Doesn't Give a Fuck About You: A Tennessee man says the cable giant—ironic motto: "Comcast cares"—slapped him with a $3,000 bill because he moved to an area it doesn't serve. » 11/21/14 1:54pm Today 1:54pm

Ryan Gosling Gets Restraining Order Against His "Twin Soul"

According to court documents obtained by E! News, actor and new father Ryan Gosling filed a temporary restraining order yesterday against a 34-year-old woman claiming to be his "twin soul." In the docs, Gosling says Grace Marie Del Villar has "harassed and stalked and sought to have personal contact with" his family. » 11/21/14 1:45pm Today 1:45pm

Two More Women Come Forward With Bill Cosby Rape Allegations

Bill Cosby's never ending horror story continues: Two more women have shared their accounts of allegedly being raped by the comedian, one as an underage girl in Pittsburgh, the other when she worked at a Los Angeles talent agency in the 1960s.http://gawker.com/former-actress... » 11/21/14 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

This Kid Just Died [VIDEO]: Grief Porn Enters the Facebook Era

Right now, in a place you've never visited, a person you'll never know is dying. If he's dying in a particularly devastating way—and, more importantly, if he is leaving behind shareable content—it is possible that millions of strangers will mourn his or her death tomorrow. Why? » 11/21/14 1:05pm Today 1:05pm