The Hip Hop Granny From The Wedding Singer Has Died At 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, the only reason to watch The Wedding Singer more than 10 times a year has laid down her last sick rhyme. The actress, who appeared on every show you’ve ever seen —including The Golden Girls, Hannah Montana, and Scrubs — died yesterday at age 101. She leaves behind not only the best performance in… » 5/05/15 3:40pm Yesterday 3:40pm

Funeral Strippers Are an Actual Thing in China

When we get caught up in the humdrum repetition of our day-to-days, it can be easy to forget how different the lives—or deaths—of people in other parts of the world are. In China, funerals appear to be far more interesting than the ones people attend in the U.S. because they have strippers. These exotic dancers—some… » 4/23/15 11:15pm 4/23/15 11:15pm

Couple Married for 67 Years Die Holding Hands

There's something very poetic about a couple so in love that they can't function without one another. And when it's a couple that's spent 67 years together in good times and in bad, it's more romantic to think about them passing within hours of each other rather than morbid. Get your hankies ready, though — this… » 2/26/15 9:30am 2/26/15 9:30am

The Astrologer's Song: Norman Mailer and Gary Gilmore Under the Utah Sky

A few weeks ago I spent a morning at the Norman Mailer archives at the University of Texas looking through the research materials for The Executioner's Song, Mailer's 1979 account of the life and death of Utah murderer Gary Gilmore. Around me, students in white gloves turned the pages of leather-bound books so… » 2/25/15 11:59am 2/25/15 11:59am

Study: There's a Lot of Fucking Death in Children's Cartoon Movies

Kids movies have a bad rep for, well, death. Watch pretty much any Disney movie: does the main character have two parents? One of 'em's about to make an unfortunate and tragic exit. A new study has compared children's animated movies to more adult films and when it comes to murder and violence, kids films can… » 12/20/14 4:10pm 12/20/14 4:10pm

This Kid Just Died [VIDEO]: Grief Porn Enters the Facebook Era

Right now, in a place you've never visited, a person you'll never know is dying. If he's dying in a particularly devastating way—and, more importantly, if he is leaving behind shareable content—it is possible that millions of strangers will mourn his or her death tomorrow. Why? » 11/21/14 1:31pm 11/21/14 1:31pm