Man Poses as Uber Driver, Attempts to Kidnap Student

I get scared when I am walking home at night because I am a girl who is bad at punching who also looks like she is bad at punching. So, I am grateful that Uber exists to protect me from the outside world. But now you can’t even trust the people you are inside the Uber with you because sometimes they are the kidnappers. »9/09/15 5:15pm9/09/15 5:15pm


New App Will Help Keep You Safe When You're Walking Home Alone

As much as I like to grumble about how women's movement is limited by a world that makes us afraid to walk alone at night — it's something I grumble about whenever my mom forwards me a chain email that's like, "IF YOU'RE LEAVING THE MALL GET INTO YOUR CAR THROUGH THE PASSENGER'S SEAT!!!" — the fact remains that… »4/17/14 6:50pm4/17/14 6:50pm

Study Finds Racial, Gender Disparities in Helmet Use Among Kids

Bike helmets are, for bike-wielding kids with only a rudimentary understanding of their own motor skills, a necessary form of public humiliation Even really sleek, Tron-looking bike helmets are humiliating (and uncomfortable) to strap on, and, for a kid with a bike, the first true act of childhood rebellion is… »10/26/13 3:00pm10/26/13 3:00pm

That Woman Is Not Adam Lanza's Mother, and She's Distracting Us From the Real Issue

In light of last Friday's tragic school shooting, some people are arguing that gun control is just a band-aid, and that access to mental health services in this country is the real problem. But the thing is, if I cut myself, I'm not going to say, "No, no band-aid for me, thanks! It won't heal the wound completely on… »12/17/12 12:00pm12/17/12 12:00pm

Killjoy Pediatricians Confirm That Trampolines Are Still Dangerous

Is it really shocking anymore when the hand-wringing medical powers-that-be expound on the dangers of trampolines? "Kids playing on trampolines can hit their heads!" "They can break their bones!" "They can get tangled up in that stupid netting like butterflies and flail wildly in the noonday sun until you, responsible… »9/24/12 10:00am9/24/12 10:00am

Crap, They Found Another Case of Mad Cow Disease (But Don't Spit Out Your Burger Just Yet)

The USDA announced today that it found a case of mad cow disease in a poor cow in California. Yikes. It is the first case of the dreaded disease to be seen here in six years, and while it sounds scary as shit, authorities say there's no reason to be alarmed because the U.S. food supply is not in danger. So keep… »4/24/12 10:00pm4/24/12 10:00pm

Here's the One Place You Should Probably Never Put Your Baby

Here we all were thinking the cocaine-smeared baby changing tables of the world were bad, but it turns out it can get a lot worse. Thanks to one missing letter, this innocent public changing table has been transformed into a terrifying baby-hanging apparatus. Though with a label like that, only a sick freak would do… »1/15/12 11:30pm1/15/12 11:30pm