How science fiction helped me through my grief

During the second to last episode of Battlestar Galactica, we learned that, before the destruction of the Twelve Colonies, Laura Roslin lost her father and her sisters in a car accident. How horrible, I remember thinking. This explains so much about her emotional armor, how slow she is to grow close to anyone. It also… » 6/16/13 10:01pm 6/16/13 10:01pm

White Girls Club Just "Got Out Of Hand," Says Oblivious Mom of Racist

On March 14th, a number of students came into Franklin High School in Somerset County, New Jersey, wearing a T-shirt that read "White Girls Club celebrates Pi Day.” The club, allegedly started by eight friends and having exponentially grown since (including students from nearby schools) thanks to social media, has been… » 5/11/13 5:30pm 5/11/13 5:30pm

A Depressingly Large Percentage of Nigerian Women Are Using Harmful…

Last September a horrific-sounding "intimate bleaching product" gained popularity in India and Thailand, which promised to make vulvas "fairer within four weeks." While the shock value garnered this a lot of coverage, sadly, skin bleaching has actually been immensely popular for quite some time. » 4/06/13 1:30pm 4/06/13 1:30pm

Shark Dies After It Was Plopped in L.A. Pool for Kmart Commercial

Lord knows what kind of Kmart commercial would need to place an actual white tip shark into a 60,000 gallon pool in Van Nuys, California, but regardless of how cool the storyboard was, it wasn't worth it. » 3/16/13 2:00pm 3/16/13 2:00pm

Sequester Forces Lottery Drawings To Kick Kids Out of Head Start…

We already knew that the sequester would cut off 70,000 children nationwide to Head Start access, and subsequently cause the layoff of 14,000 Head Start personnel. (One of whom is my mother, incidentally; she works at Head Start in Trenton, and she is NOT psyched about what's going on.) » 3/16/13 1:30pm 3/16/13 1:30pm

The U.S. Postal Service Is Launching a Clothing Line for Some Reason

The U.S. Postal Service has very few fans because it is wildly disorganized and understaffed and slowly dying. So obviously it is launching a new product line of apparel and accessories that it hopes to sell in "premier department and specialty stores," as per a very sad press release. » 2/20/13 4:05pm 2/20/13 4:05pm

Japan Might Rescind Their 1993 Apology To World War II's 'Comfort Women'

Japan's current Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a stern conservative and nationalist who stepped down from his post in 2007 only to re-emerge this year, might be taking back a 1993 apology that the nation issued to World War II "comfort women," thousands of female citizens who were forced into brothels across Asia to… » 12/29/12 1:30pm 12/29/12 1:30pm

Turtle Roadkill Experiment Conclusively Proves That Humans are Assholes

I've been saying this for years, and nobody ever listens to me: people, en masse, are shit. Like, actual shit. Believe me, I'd love to be wrong about this, but here's a new experiment that verifies my theory. It takes a turtle seven or eight years to reproduce, and a female turtle who lives 50 years may lay over 100… » 12/29/12 12:30pm 12/29/12 12:30pm