The Jews Will Be the First to Go: DMs Received Since Making Them Public

On April 20, 2015, Twitter made it possible for everyone to receive direct messages from the general public, should they so choose. Previously, you were only able to message the people currently following you. So several hours after the new feature was announced, I opted in. This was probably a mistake. » 5/19/15 5:55pm 5/19/15 5:55pm

Actual Idiots Need to Be Told Not to Call 911 About Facebook Outage

Last night, the internet suffered a devastating blow when both Facebook and Instagram went down for a short period of time during my nap. While I wasn't personally affected, apparently lots of other people were. And they were so worried that they'd miss someone's meal that they began calling 911 to demand Facebook be… » 1/27/15 7:45pm 1/27/15 7:45pm

CAT DIALS 911 Is the Ultimate Summer News Story

Forget a slow news day—summer is the slow news season. Politicians, celebs and bigwigs aren't doing anything but chilling at their second and third homes. Coverage thins to two categories: sudden catastrophes (plane crash, plane crash, plane crash) and "hell, just go with it." Here is the ultimate example of the… » 7/24/14 1:00pm 7/24/14 1:00pm

Quote on the 9/11 Memorial Is 'Shockingly Inappropriate,' Says Scholar

Whoops! Looks like someone should have consulted their local classicist before picking the quote for the 9/11 memorial. The text, taken from Virgil's Aeneid, is rendered in 15-inch letters (made of steel salvaged from the wreckage) that stretch for 60 feet across a wall of the National September 11 Memorial Museum,… » 4/08/14 7:45pm 4/08/14 7:45pm

​Sikh Kids Get Bullied More Than Twice as Much than National Rate

A recent survey by the Sikh Coalition has found that half of Sikh children and two-thirds of Sikh children who wear their hair in turbans report being bullied at school. The report entitled, "Go Home Terrorist," surveyed more than 700 students in California, Indiana, Massachusetts, and Washington and was included in… » 3/16/14 3:30pm 3/16/14 3:30pm

The Worst 9/11 Commemorative Crap Your Money Can Buy

It seems slightly unfair to all the tacky, patriotic stuff across the United States to draw attention this one national tragedy and our collective desire to "remember" it through obesssive consumer culture. But there's just something about 9/11 that has prompted budding entrepreneurs everywhere to put on their… » 9/11/13 12:00pm 9/11/13 12:00pm

Thieves Steal Wedding Dress, 911 Operator Saves the Day by Loaning Hers

Something nice happened! Something really actually nice happened! A woman in Kent, WA (King County! Woooooo!) discovered that her wedding dress was stolen out of the trunk of her car on her wedding day. (King County. Boooooooooo.) In tears, she called 911, and the emergency faeries connected her with precisely the… » 8/19/13 2:45pm 8/19/13 2:45pm