Worst Fucking Summer Ever

Summer is usually a much anticipated season of sun-brightened days and bright blue and green Instagram streams and no school and barefoot running across blacktop to get to the pool and a news cycle so slow that teen sex parties and heartwarming tails of two-legged dogs who overcame the odds dominate the news cycle.… » 8/28/14 2:40pm 8/28/14 2:40pm

Three Iranian Men Executed For Homosexuality

Three men were executed in Iran on Sunday for "acts against the Sharia law and bad deeds" — specifically, for having sex with other men. The men were also charged with robbery and kidnapping, but they're believed to be the first men in many years to be executed for homosexuality without also being accused of rape.… » 9/07/11 6:05pm 9/07/11 6:05pm

A Happy Death

Scientists have discovered the cause of the macabre "grinning corpses" found preserved in Sardinia: the hemlock water-dropwort plant, possessed of a Botox-like effect, which ancient Phoenician colonists "administered to elderly [What? -Ed] and criminals before ritualistically killing them." [LiveScience] » 6/04/09 2:30pm 6/04/09 2:30pm

The Swiss state of Glarus has exonerated a woman executed for witchcraft » 8/29/08 1:20pm 8/29/08 1:20pm in 1782, calling Anna Goeldi's beheading "judicial murder" because the Protestant church council who tried her had no legal authority. Goeldi was convicted of "causing her employer's daughter to spit pins and experience convulsions." Notice that…

Commenter Executions: The Guillotine Has Fallen

This is it. The moment you've been waiting for. We're ridding ourselves of some commenters, and sending others to, well, the corner. [Ha! -Ed.] Names and offenses after the jump. » 3/07/08 4:40pm 3/07/08 4:40pm