Seeing the craziness that has consumed parts of the US with religious groups trying to infiltrate Christianity into public school science classrooms with religion very poorly disguised as “science”, Great Britain recently made teaching Creationism in public schools a crime. As it should be.
Daily Discussion: US Trademark Office cancels Washington Redskins patent, says it’s racist. Help give the Redskins a new name
After a lengthy court battle between Native Americans and the NFL’s Washington Redskins, the US Patent and Trademark Office yesterday canceled the patent on the name “Washington Redskins”, citing that “Redskins” is a disparaging, racist term. This will not force the Redskins to change their name, nor does it stop the team from selling Redskins merchandise, but the fight for the team to keep the name may be nearly lost, so at some point, they’re probably going to have to think of something else to call the football team. The last time a DC team changed its name because of good reasons they went with the “Wizards”. So they could try that.
Amazon announces its magical 3D screen smartphone that just happens to be good at helping you buy stuff from Amazon
As expected, when Amazon held its private press event in Seattle today, it was to pull the curtain back from its first smartphone, the Fire Phone. With successes in the Kindle Fire tablet and Fire TV, Amazon’s new phone doesn’t have the highest resolution or the fastest processor, but it does have some really neat features— it will carry over the Mayday button from the Kindle Fire, it has four front-facing cameras to watch for head position so it can deliver glasses-free 3D without having to hold your head at one perfect angle, and it just wouldn’t be an Amazon phone if it didn’t offer a bevy of built-in features that will make purchasing everything you could possibly imagine via Amazon way too easy.
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, Paul Wolfowitz, the man often called “the architect of the Iraq War” stated this weekend that had we just never ever left Iraq at all, if we had just kept it a perpetual war, everything would just be dandy right now and the Iraqis would surely all form a human chain of love from the border of Kuwait to the borders of Turkey. Well, I elaborated a bit, that’s the gist of it. Not at all that what’s happening in Iraq is what pretty much everyone knew was inevitable, and that’s that the country is splitting apart along ethnic boundaries instead of being confined to the arbitrary borders assigned to it by Great Britain in the 1930s.
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For centuries, some people have touted the benefits of periodic fasting, and now with 21st century science, researchers have discovered that fasting for three days apparently “restarts” the immune system by triggering the body to turn stem cells into a batch of brand new white blood cells. Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
For a minute, never mind the charge of shooting a missile into a car. A missile doesn’t have to be a Minuteman or Patriot missile— it’s simply a launched rocket-shaped projectile. Let’s focus on the important part, that the woman who was arrested in Polk County, Florida has the most Florida name ever. Crystal Metheney. No, that’s not the name of a Breaking Bad themed My Little Pony, that’s her actual name. This is gonna be a good day.
A Chinese man was left red-faced after getting his penis stuck in a pipe for TWO DAYS. Lian Tien came up with possibly the world’s most bizarre excuse for the embarrassing blunder - he was painting in the nude and slipped. The 61-year-old said his ‘private parts’ became stuck in a pipe sticking out used to take water from the building’s air conditioning unit. But he thought nobody would believe his story - so he stayed there for two days until he developed a fever and called doctors, who suggested they call for backup from the fire brigade.