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Woman Crashes Car into House in Order to Distract the Police

A drunk driver in Red Hook, New York noticed that police had pulled over a friend of hers for drunk driving. She immediately swung into action, deciding that the best way to distract the police officer was to get him to chase her instead: [...] she drove past a Red Hook, N.Y., police officer on a [...]

10 Time People of the Year That Weren’t Really People

As we all wait with bated breath to find out who Time’s Person of the Year will be for 2011 (we are all waiting with bated breath, right?), we thought we’d lake a look back at the times that the honoree wasn’t a person at all. The Man of the Year tradition started in 1927, allegedly [...]

Cartoonist Illustrates Marathon While Running It

As if a marathon isn’t brutal enough, New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann decided to occasionally draw cartoons on the way and then tweet them. Here’s one from 16.3 miles. People of all professions should try running a marathon this way. I’ll need a very lightweight, compact reference desk. Link -via The Agitator | Artist’s Website Previously [...]

Should We Let Foreigners Buy Homes for Visas?

Image: Robert Burns/LA Times The stimulus didn’t work. The bank bailouts didn’t work. Homeowner assistance and refinancing didn’t work. So could the key to solving the US housing crisis be letting foreigners buy real [...]

This Guy Holds More than 100 Guinness World Records

Trying to set the Guinness World Record for the fastest time to Hula Hoop 10k? You’re going to have to beat Ashrita Furman. Most jelly eaten in one minute, blindfolded with no hands? That’s Ashrita’s territory. Think you’re pretty good at spitting champagne corks? Probably not as good as Ashrita. Mr. Furman, a 56-year-old Queens, N.Y. [...]

Over-the-Top Kids Birthday Parties

How much did you spend on your kid’s last birthday party? However much it was, I bet you didn’t spend $40,000. That’s right: here’s a story on ABC Nightline by Andrea Canning and Alexander Waterfield [...]

Virtual Horse in Second Life, Real Lawsuit in Real Life

I learned three things about Second Life today. First is that apparently people still play it (is “play” the right word here, Second Lifers?). Second, you can breed virtual horse that you can ride. And third, you can get sued over virtual animals. Justin Scheck of The A-Hed in Wall Street Journal has the story: A palomino [...]

The Quick 10: The Strangest Record to Make the Top 10

In 1966, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, the Beach Boys, the Supremes, and the artists at Motown were all competing for top spots on the charts. But despite all this formidable competition, an odd little record called “They’re Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!” climbed to the number 3 spot on Billboard’s Hot [...]

10 Things to Remember About Memorial Day

Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend and a chance to get the year’s first sunburn. Here’s a handy 10-pack of facts to give the holiday some perspective. 1. It started with the Civil War Memorial Day was a response to the unprecedented carnage of the Civil War, in which some 620,000 soldiers on both [...]

Woody’s Winners, Week 12

NFL WEEK TWELVE Woody posted a pleasant 12-4 record in NFL games last week, and wishes to apologize to all the Tennessee fans out there for jinxing your Titans a few weeks ago by raving about their wonderful play and Super Bowl chances. Sorry about that. A (non-holiday-related) family emergency caused me to miss the Thursday games [...]