Ben Tausig, the mind formerly behind the Onion AV Club's crossword puzzles and a Gawker pal, has launched the American Values Club Crossword, a weekly subscription crossword puzzle that will feature various notables writing crossword puzzles, because why not? You can go here to buy the inaugural submission, which Tausig co-wrote with Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo fame, who is probably an awesome puzzler. Future puzzles are forthcoming from Comedian of Comedy Patton Oswalt and former Oxford English Dictionary editor Jesse Sheidlower. Can't do better for a dollar. (Which is how much each one costs.)
Earlier this week, Forbes released its annual breakdown of "Hip-Hop Cash Kings"—the highest-paid rap artists of the last year. It's an interesting calculation for many reasons, including the revelations that Pitbull made more than Drake, that both Nicki Minaj and Avicii brought in more than Kanye, and that the top 20 spots contain five white guys, one of whose names rhymes with Tacklebore.
If you want to hide a raging cocaine problem, all you have to do is tell people you’re going to rehab for a drinking problem. According to TMZ’s latest report, that’s what Zac Efron did when he entered rehab “roughly 5 months ago” and it was “insinuated” he was being treated for alcohol. But Charlie St. Cloud was hiding a much bigger secret on the set of Seth Rogen's new film Neighbors:
A homeless man found a backpack filled with a large sum of money, travelers checks, and a passport outside a Dorchester mall in Massachusetts on Saturday and turned it over to police officers. He alerted Boston police in front of the South Bay Mall TJ Maxx store and gave them the bag filled with $2,400 in cash, $39,500 in traveler’s checks, and a Republic of China passport. The Good Samaritan, according to Boston police, could only provide them with his name and the address of the shelter where he is currently staying.
Trader Joe’s fans are now going to have a harder time defending the store’s “great treatment” of workers. Famous for providing health benefits to even part-time employees, the company announced that all those who work under 30 hours a week will no longer be eligible for company-provided insurance in the new year. Instead they will be forced to pick their insurance policy from the exchanges created under the Affordable Health Care Act.