In an interview Friday night with Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner admitted that, “For all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” Then he really shocked Sawyer and the world by admitting that he’s a *gasp* Republican. “I lived a lie my whole life and I can’t do that any longer,” he said. He went on to admit that he’s always felt he’s African-American, is actually more attuned to his Vulcan half, and thanks to the decathlon can’t stand anything that includes the number 10.
New Belgium Brewery in Colorado has teamed up with Ben & Jerry’s to create a beer inspired by ice cream – Salted Caramel Brownie. Apparently they were afraid that a beer named Chubby Hubby would be a little too close for comfort to sell well.
A photo of Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa has been circulating in which he’s standing on the, uh, wrong side of a boy who’s wearing the classic ’70s tourist T-shirt: “I’m With Stupid.” Since Correa speaks fluent English and holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Illinois we can only assume he has a sense of humor. As for the boy, he said, “Ese es el Presidente? Yo pensaba que era Ted Cruz!”
The United States Postal Service is unveiling a stamp Tuesday morning honoring the late author Maya Angelou. The stamp features the quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.” Unfortunately, it turns out Angelou didn’t write that, children’s book author Joan Walsh Anglund did in 1967 in her book, A Cup of Sun. When he heard, Mark Saunders of the USPS responded by sending a link to a 2013 blog post interview that quoted Angelou saying the phrase and later said he found “numerous references” that attributed it to Angelou. Snopes probably wasn’t one of them. The USPS says it’s not going to pull the limited edition stamp but may re-release it with a different famous Angelou quote, “Do you like green eggs and ham? I do not like them, Sam-I-am.”
The Indian Journal of Dermatology announced that it was withdrawing a paper published in 2014 titled “Development of a guideline to approach plagiarism in Indian scenario” because sections of it were plagiarized. It turns out that the paper’s author, Thorakkal Shamim of the Department of Dentistry in Malappuram, copied whole chunks from someone else’s dissertation. The journal is taking a hard look at other of Shamim’s submissions, including “The effects of Irony on publishing careers.”
After months of threatening, House Speaker John Boehner filed a lawsuit against President Obama for what he calls abuse of the president’s executive authority relating to the healthcare law hereinafter known as Obamacare. In spite of his earlier threats to include Obama’s new immigration order in the lawsuit, in the end it wasn’t a part of it, though one Republican official says it’s still under consideration. Another proposal, intended to save money, time, and the American people’s dwindling patience, is to take it to Judge Judy. With luck it will be on next Wednesday’s show. It will be quick, painless, and much funnier. Then we can get on with our lives and back to discussing important things like Kim K’s butt.
After two months of air strikes and a lot of careful thought and consideration, the Pentagon announced yesterday that it had come up with an official name for the war on Islamic State – Operation Inherent Resolve. Apparently Operation Wishy Washy was rejected as being too forceful and militaristic. Not only will the new battle slogan instill fear – maybe even shock and awe! – in the enemy, but it will look really good on CNN and Fox News when they flash it on the screen accompanied by the strains of 101 Hollywood Strings performing “Oops! I Did It Again.” Heck, even the lame Invasion of Grenada in 1983 was called Operation Urgent Fury.
Not to be outdone, the Surgeon General announced today that the fight against Ebola would from now on be officially known as Operation Try Not to Catch It.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has finally made a public appearance after 40 days out of sight, visiting a new housing complex and sporting a spiffy new cane. When asked by a reporter about his lack of public appearances, Kim replied, “I overslept. One of my lackies must have forgotten to set the alarm. Now go to prison and do hard labor for the rest of your life.”
A company in Cuba that manufactures homeopathic medicines, cleaning products and dietary supplements is moving into the cologne market. Labiofam is releasing two scents: “Ernesto” and “Hugo,” in honor of Ernesto “Che” Guevara and the late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Formulated by a French company, “Ernesto” is a woodsy and refreshing citric scent with notes of talcum powder while “Hugo” is softer and fruitier with hints of mango and papaya. The scents took 1½ years to formulate because the original version of “Ernesto,” which featured more authentic notes of sweat, jungle, and gunpowder, oddly didn’t fare well in the focus groups.
Two hundred sixteen experts who attended the Food Safety Summit in Baltimore last April got sick after eating lunch. It turns out the Chicken Marsala that was served was contaminated with Clostridium perfringens (C. perfringens) which can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea, headaches, chills, vomiting and fever. Hopefully they’ll be more careful at next year’s event, which has the theme: “Hey, let’s go out for lunch!”
This is a formal request to Congress to outlaw the word “epic” unless used to describe The Odyssey, The Ramayana, Beowulf, or a song title by AFI. This campaign is bound to be a, well, big fail.
Q: What did the Russian army sing to Ukrainians who objected as they marched into their country?
A: Crimea River
Dennis Rodman has apologized for his recent behavior in which he sang Happy Birthday to Kim Jong Un before an exhibition game in Pyongyang, North Korea, and suggested that Kenneth Bae, an American citizen who has been held in North Korea since 2012, may have done something to deserve his sentence of 15 years of hard labor. Rodman blamed the outburst on drinking, stress, and a what he admits was a “very bad Rob Ford imitation”.
Wal-Mart stores in China are recalling “Five Spice” brand donkey meat snacks that were sold in some of their stores because DNA testing has shown that it might not all be donkey. In fact, some of it might be contaminated by – gag! retch! blech! – fox meat. Chinese shoppers are rightly outraged. After all, when you want a piece of ass you want a piece of ass.
China, living up to its reputation as the country that always puts a positive spin on everything, has released a list of five “surprising benefits” of smog. As published on the China Central Television’s website, they are:
1. It unifies the Chinese people.
2. It makes China more equal.
3. It raises citizen awareness of the cost of China’s economic development.
4. It makes people funnier.
5. It makes people more knowledgeable (of things like meteorology and the English word haze).
The article was pulled, but then the Global Times published an article claiming air pollution might help the Chinese military by obscuring sight lines, which can reduce the effectiveness of surveillance and weapons systems.
There will be more. Heck, everyone knows smog takes your mind off only being able to have one child, clouds your brain while you spend all day doing the same mundane task making iPhones for people who pay more for the phone than you make in a month, and helps you to not see North Korea and its missiles aimed at you while Kim “The Kid” Jong-un playfully holds a big red button in his hand.
Pope Benedict may have worn red shoes, but Pope Francis, it turns out, worked the red rope. In an interview recently, he admitted that when he was a teen he worked as a bouncer in a nightclub in Buenos Aries. It’s not really so different from being Pope — people are still confiding in him and trying to convince him they should be allowed to end up someplace where they think angels hang out.
The question around the Vatican these days is: WWLD. Yes, What Would Lesus Do? It seems the Vatican has pulled 6,000 medals honoring Pope Francis from the gift shop shelves because they mistakenly call Jesus “Lesus.” Made by the Italian State Mint — motto: “It’s lust a jittle mistake” — the coins will be remade and reissued, which will no doubt make Pop Franceis very happy.
A jerk, a heartless bastard, and a stubborn mule walked into a bar. “What would you like, Mr. Boehner?” the bartender asked.
According to a headline on CNN.com, “Scientists grow mini brains from stem cells.” The article goes on to say, “They’re not actually functioning brains but the parts are there,” which is why the researchers have named the first one Miley.