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A History of Bedbugs Driving Us Insane

No creature provokes such astronomical panic while presenting such infinitesimal physical danger like the bedbug, an insect linked to no diseases whatsoever. Bedbugs irritate, certainly: they bite your legs, disturb your sleep. But the extreme fear of them—the sense of shame that surrounds a bedbug infestation—stems… » 7/16/15 3:40pm 7/16/15 3:40pm

Pope’s Philly Visit Causes Serious Wedding Hell

Ah, the unmitigated beauty of a September wedding on the East coast! It's a lovely time of year, the boiling stench of summer having subsided but the chill of deep fall still at arm's length. The weather is reasonably predictable and the leaves are still on the trees. For a wedding, it's a perfect canvas—until the… » 1/19/15 1:20pm 1/19/15 1:20pm

The Five Worst Types of Stress Dreams

My air conditioner induces nightmares. I'm serious. If I don't sleep with it on, I wake up in the middle of the night sweating, but if I do sleep with it on, I wake up in the middle of the night convinced I'm being stalked by anti-choicers who secretly implanted a dead baby inside of my womb that I'm forced to carry… » 7/24/13 6:40pm 7/24/13 6:40pm

'I Just Wanted to Vomit Every Second': The Best of the Worst Carnival…

Reports are trickling in from the passengers aboard the Carnival Cruise ship that was stranded for days in the Gulf of Mexico. After a fire in the engine room disabled the ship, apparently the crew started giving away booze — and then, when people went nuts, had to stop giving away booze. Meanwhile, the sanitation… » 2/15/13 3:10pm 2/15/13 3:10pm

Teen Embroiled in Horrifying Joint Custody Battle With Her Rapist

A young Massachusetts woman and her family have suddenly been thrown into a nightmarish legal battle to keep her admitted rapist from seeking joint custody of the child he fathered from his crime. A probate court's decision to order the man to pay child support means that he can now also petition the court for joint… » 9/26/12 12:40pm 9/26/12 12:40pm

Aimee Copeland Spurns Pain Meds in Struggle Against Flesh-Eating…

The heartbreaking saga of Aimee Copeland's struggle with a relentless case of necrotizing fasciitis that has already claimed her right foot, left leg, and both hands continued Friday with news that the beleaguered young woman is refusing pain meds because of personal convictions. This comes on the heels of a Tuesday… » 6/17/12 5:30pm 6/17/12 5:30pm

Asshole Neighbor Says People Only Think She's an Asshole Because She's…

Minnesota woman Lori Christensen has been charged with three felony counts of aggravated stalking and violating a harassment order after ignoring a restraining order placed against her by her neighbors, the Hoffman family of White Bear Lake, MN. The Hoffmans claim that Christensen's harassment began years ago with… » 5/30/12 11:50am 5/30/12 11:50am

Aimee Copeland, Victim of Flesh-Eating Bacteria, Is Finally Able to…

There's some good news in the case of Aimee Copeland, the 24-year-old woman in Georgia who came down with a horrifying case of necrotizing fasciitis (NF) that started after a flesh-eating bacteria called Aeromonas hydrophila infected a gash in her leg. She first cut her leg on May 1st, and several days later she was… » 5/28/12 8:45pm 5/28/12 8:45pm

Flesh-Eating Bacteria Attacks a Mother of Newborn Twins in South…

We've all been captivated by the story of 24-year-old Aimee Copeland, who has been battling her way back to health after an insanely terrifying flesh-eating bacteria almost killed her and caused her to lose leg. Well, it appears flesh-eating bacteria is fast on its way to becoming a horrifying trend, because there's… » 5/17/12 9:45pm 5/17/12 9:45pm

Georgia Woman Slowly Recovering from the Flesh-Eating Infection that…

Aimee Copeland, a 24-year-old Georgia woman who contracted a flesh-eating virus after cutting open her leg on May 1st, has regained consciousness, but remains in critical condition at an Augusta hospital. Copeland was using a homemade zip line near the Little Tallapoosa River when the zip line snapped, causing her to… » 5/15/12 5:45pm 5/15/12 5:45pm

Here's That Terrifying Home Invasion Story You Didn't Ask For

Robert D. Hitt, a 35-year-old convicted rapist who was released from prison in January, has been arrested after breaking into a home in the University District of Seattle, WA and holding its six female residents hostage at knife point. Hitt then forced the women to remove their clothes and lie face down on the floor… » 3/15/12 12:00pm 3/15/12 12:00pm