World’s Strangest

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Lance Armstrong: Banned for Life, Loses 7 Tour de France Titles

The fight between Lance Armstrong and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency is over: "There comes a point in every man’s life when he has to say, ‘Enough is enough,’" Armstrong, 40, wrote in a statement emailed to The [...]

Man Places 10 Years of Newspaper Ads to Pay Loving Tribute to Late Wife

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez ran into a man named Joe Ingber in the lobby of the newspaper building who was looking to place a small ad in the paper. That, in itself [...]

The Company That Quietly Knows Everything About You

Photo: Justin Bolle/The NY Times You probably have never heard of Axciom, but it has heard of you. Actually, not only has it heard of you, it knows all about you: It knows who you [...]

The New York Times Morgue

Deep in the basement of the venerable The New York Times, there’s a morgue of sorts. At least that’s what Times employee call the newspaper’s archive. Jeff Roth, the sole custodian of the NY Times [...]

The New York Times’ “Lively Morgue”

The New York Times files away old photographs in a subterranean archive dubbed the morgue. This has been going on for decades. Finally the the morgue has gone online and rebranded itself as “The Lively Morgue” (after all, it’s full of some really nice, non-dead stuff — despite being located in a sub-sub-basement). [...]

Goldman Sachs Called Clients “Muppets”

After 12 years working at Goldman Sachs, exec Greg Smith decided to quit. But first, he penned this scathing op-ed in The New York Times, accusing the 143-year-old investment bank of losing its moral [...]

New York Times Launches Historic Photography Tumblr

Well, it’s about time someone did something with all those old photos the New York Times has been sitting on for, oh, the past hundred and fifty years or so. The Times recently launched a Tumblr site dedicated to sharing and archiving millions of historic photographs that might not have been seen and enjoyed otherwise. Here’s [...]

The Story Behind ‘The Best NYT Correction Ever’

You laughed at the correction we posted yesterday,  but now we have the full story. The author of the New York Times article, Amy Harmon, explained how it all came about. The Times’ rule is, we correct anything that is wrong, no matter how small or seemingly silly. And I don’t know any of my colleagues [...]

Neat Freaks at Holiday Time

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse; / The stockings were hung by the chimney with care … with extreme care, [...]

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 [...]