Weekend TV Is Just About Done With This Whole Summer Thing

It's been a long week, hasn't it? In some ways. So much work, such laboring. Are you making sure to wear all of your white clothes this week? I myself am wearing all of my white clothes right now. All at once. Layers upon layers of all my white clothing, and accessories, all as a bundled but visible middle-finger to… » 8/22/14 5:58pm 48 minutes ago

Cop Accused of Sexually Assaulting at Least Six Women While on Duty

Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, 27, was arrested Wednesday after allegedly sexually assaulting at least six women while on duty. Police chief Bill Citty said at a news conference yesterday that Holtzclaw would "stop the women while he was working, force them to expose themselves, fondle them, and in at… » 8/22/14 5:32pm Today 5:32pm

Millionaire "Alien Abductee" Wins World Chess Federation Presidency

In a 110-to-61 landslide, chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov has lost his bid for the World Chess Federation presidency to a man who says that he was abducted by aliens. It's easily Kasparov's most embarrassing defeat in years, maybe since a scrappy little abacus named Deep Blue straight-up taught him how to play chess. » 8/22/14 4:55pm Today 4:55pm

The Time We Got Disinvited from James Franco's Party

James Franco's beef with Gawker stretches back to at least 2008, but recently it intensified after my colleague J.K. Trotter wrote a post called "James Franco Is Living With a Man" based on an innuendo-filled New York Times piece that probed Franco's relationship with an actor he has directed multiple times and is… » 8/22/14 4:37pm Today 4:37pm

Is Bustle Really "Successful"?

Do you read Bustle, the website best known in "the culture" as the place whose founder, Bryan Goldberg, uses his female employees' legs as typing desks? No, me neither. Nonetheless, according to recent reporting by Amanda Hess at Slate, the thing is going gangbusters. It has 15 million unique visitors! It has over $11… » 8/22/14 4:20pm Today 4:20pm

Two French Teens Busted Trying to Join "Terrorist Enterprise" in Syria

Two French girls, ages 15 and 17, were caught by authorities after allegedly planning to fly to Syria and become jihadis. Not much information has been released about the teens or their motives, but at face value, the case isn't unusual—French authorities say they've caught 900 citizens participating in jihad or… » 8/22/14 4:10pm Today 4:10pm

Here's How to Make a Map for Those of Us Who Can't Draw a Line

I suck at drawing, and odds are you do, too. One of the great things about computers is that they do the work for us. We have spell check to save us from those embarrassing tyops and calculators for hassle-free math. For those of us who love maps but can't draw, there are programs that create great maps with little… » 8/22/14 4:00pm Today 4:00pm

Are 'Pain Ray' Cannons The Next Must Have Toy For Commando Cops?

A decade ago, the Active Denial System was lauded as America's less-than-lethal 'holy grail' that could control hoards of unruly Iraqis and Afghans at great distances. Well, that never happened. Now, America's experimental 'pain ray' has become smaller and cheaper, and it may be coming to a police force near you. » 8/22/14 3:49pm Today 3:49pm

Strangers Moved Into a Man's House and Changed the Locks

Rod Nylund recently closed on a home in northeast Portland. He hired a contractor to do some work on the house. But when the contractor arrived at the home, he found people were already living there. Confused, Nylund called his realtor, who had come to discover that the people living in his home had changed the locks… » 8/22/14 3:36pm Today 3:36pm

Even a Cofounder of Y Combinator Doesn't Feel Comfortable Naming Names

Less than a month ago, Sam Altman, the new President of Y Combinator, officially declared that "Sexism in tech is real." That was the first sentence of his post on diversity. Sadly, there is now more proof of sexism in tech for those that still need convincing. Right before meeting a reporter from Re/code, Y… » 8/22/14 3:26pm Today 3:26pm

"Alien Thigh Bone" Found on Mars Is Just a Rock

On Thursday, media outlets across the English-speaking world creamed their collective space-jeans over a possible "alien thigh bone" recently photographed by the Mars rover Curiosity. Citing the basement-renowned astronomists at Ufo-blogger.com, the Huffington Post, The Independent and the Daily Mirror all published… » 8/22/14 3:16pm Today 3:16pm

Farrah Abraham's Strip Club Contract Just Bought Her a $100,000 Car

Former Teen Mom Farrah Abraham, fresh from landing what she claims is a $544,000 contract to dance at an Austin, Tex. strip club, has wisely reinvested the money in her burgeoning frozen yogurt business. Just kidding: She bought a very expensive new car. » 8/22/14 3:10pm Today 3:10pm

Gaming CEO Says Politics Is a Game He Can Fix With More Money

Dark money has been plaguing politics even since the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. The subsequent Super PACs, fueled by shadowy donations from millionaires and billionaires, have brought unwelcome influence into elections and made political parties more polarized. And Silicon Valley's elite know just how… » 8/22/14 3:02pm Today 3:02pm

Celebrity Gift Bag Peddlers Use Robin Williams for (Bad) PR

Robin Williams' death—like many celebrity deaths—was marked by an outpouring of clumsy attempts to use it as a way to get PR for something other than Robin Williams. Today: we honor Robin Williams by using his name as a way to peddle celebrity gift bags. » 8/22/14 2:48pm Today 2:48pm