From Curbs to Yachts: An Illustrated Guide to the Bieber-Bloom Web

Orlando Bloom taking a swing at Justin Bieber at a tony Italian restaurant in Ibiza two nights ago was an event years in the making. The rumors that Bieber slept with Boom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr have spun a web that has entangled not just those three, but also Bieber's on-again, off-again girlfriend Selena Gomez and a… » 7/31/14 2:20pm Just now

Couple Spends $2 Million Extra to Protect Kids From Perilous Stairs

Here is an explanation, from the New York Times, of why a family of five—having bought a Brooklyn townhouse for $1.7 million, renovated it top to bottom for an undisclosed amount of money, and seen it burn down in a construction accident at the very moment of completion—decided it would be necessary, as a next step,… » 7/31/14 2:04pm 15 minutes ago

Telecom Workers: Send Us Your Customer Service Call Scripts

Comcast COO Dave Watson has admitted that company policy was at least as much to blame for the customer service call from hell as the sad, desperate employee heard on the recording. As Watson wrote in a memo, that customer retention rep was only doing what he was trained to do. But what was he trained to do, exactly? » 7/31/14 1:45pm 35 minutes ago

Leo DiCaprio Reportedly Cheered as Orlando Bloom Tried to Punch Bieber

The details surrounding the Bieber-Legolas fight keep getting better. Today, an eyewitness reports that Leonardo DiCaprio, typically one to cheer his own success in life, whooped it up for Orlando Bloom when he tried to hit the Biebs. » 7/31/14 1:27pm 53 minutes ago

Someone Poured a Beer on a Tiger at a Drunken, Rowdy London Zoo Party

The London Zoo is being investigated after allegations that drunken, lucrative after-hours parties are putting the animals' welfare in danger. Hammered, sometimes naked guests have repeatedly tried to enter animal enclosures, and in one case, "a beer [was] thrown over a tiger," the Guardian reports. » 7/31/14 1:08pm Today 1:08pm

Incredible: Lake Superior's Temp. Dropped Down to 38 Degrees This Week

The water temperatures along coastal regions of Lakes Michigan and Superior took an astounding 25 to 30 degree plunge overnight on Monday. Parts of Lake Superior bottomed-out at 38°F, while parts of eastern Lake Michigan hit 41°F. These temperatures are more common in April than the last week in July. » 7/31/14 12:55pm Today 12:55pm

Airbnb Squatters Have Squatted Before, and Will Squat Again

The Startup Swindlers have a long history of running scams. A Valleywag tipster alerted us to another lawsuit filed against the Pashanin brothers. This time, it's a 2009 lawsuit in which pair were accused of squatting a San Francisco SRO hotel room for three months, once again refusing pay rent or vacate the premises. » 7/31/14 12:35pm Today 12:35pm

Illegal Army of Nazi Veterans Remained Hidden, Influential for Decades

A buried 321-page file has emerged from German intelligence detailing the existence of a secret army in Germany, marshaled by former members of the Nazi Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS. West Germany's Chancellor turned a blind eye when he learned of the group—according to the file—as did the good shepherds of our very own CIA. » 7/31/14 12:15pm Today 12:15pm

James Franco Couldn't Trick Stephen Colbert Into Breaking Character

Actor/Ph.D candidate James Franco was on the Colbert Report last night to promote his movie opening this week, Child of God, and generally just act like James Franco. Whatever. You can skip everything until the very end of the interview, where Franco slyly tries to get an in-character Stephen Colbert to discuss his… » 7/31/14 12:05pm Today 12:05pm

David Frum's Apology for His Nutty Theory Links to More Nutty Theories

Atlantic senior editor David Frum was ridiculed this week for pushing a conspiracy theory about photos of suffering Gazans that he based on a crazy blog. Yesterday, Frum issued a "sorry not sorry" apology with more conspiratorial accusations. And he backed them up with another crazy blog, one that even Wikipedia won't… » 7/31/14 11:55am Today 11:55am

How Far Have You Gone to Keep a Secret?

I had been with my boyfriend for three years — living with him for two — when I found out he'd been lying about his age. I was looking for batteries in his desk when I came across an expired passport; the photo was so cute that I almost didn't notice the date of birth was off. Then I noticed. I checked my math. Yep.… » 7/31/14 12:00pm Today 12:00pm

Law School, I Love You

Two years ago in August, I rode the B26 bus down Fulton Street through Fort Greene to my law school matriculation ceremony. I wore shoes from a thrift store and a $99 suit from Men's Wearhouse. I was riding the bus because I couldn't get too sweaty in my suit. I texted my mom, "I don't feel ready." She texted me back… » 7/31/14 12:45pm Today 12:45pm