gawker.com Archives - 29 July 2014, Tuesday

  • Singapore

    Singapore National Libraries to Destroy "Gay-Themed" Books

    gawker.com 12 Jul '14, 4pm

    After Singapore national libraries labeled a children's book about two male penguins who raise a baby chick "inappropriate," the conservative information minister, Yaacob Ibrahim, has vowed to ban "gay-themed" books in national libraries and destroy any remaining copies of books that ...

  • Fashion label Valentino uses Philip Seymour Hoffman's death to promote new handbag.

    Fashion Label Uses Philip Seymour Hoffman's Wake as P.R. Opportunity

    gawker.com 09 Feb '14, 2pm

    The fashion brand Valentino has apologized this weekend after sending out a promotional email that leveraged the occasion of Philip Seymour Hoffman's funeral to flog their wares, celebrity funerals being universally regarded in the business as the Super Bowl of death branding synergy....

  • Bitcoin Is the Latest Plot to Save the Post Office: In an attempt to salvage its remaining relevance, the U.S....

    Bitcoin Is the Latest Plot to Save the Post Office

    gawker.com 05 Feb '14, 2am

    In an attempt to salvage its remaining relevance, the U.S. Postal Service has hit on what might be an interesting possibility: digital currency. On January 29, the organization hosted a webinar with experts discussing how it might make use of Bitcoin. Coindesk has a recap . Attended b...

  • ​These Death-Defying Ukrainians Are Insane

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 10pm

    ​These Death-Defying Ukrainians Are Insane Are There Still Undiscovered Sea Monsters? Man Mistakenly Busted in Drug Raid After Giving Homeless Man $0.75 Pastor Accused of Murdering Wife Arrested on Way to Marry Boyfriend Walking Dead Recruits One-Limbed Teen for Terrifying Zombie Pran...

  • Man Mistakenly Busted in Drug Raid After Giving Homeless Man $0.7...

    Man Mistakenly Busted in Drug Raid After Giving Homeless Man $0.75

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 10pm

    A man says he was handcuffed and detained by police for more than an hour after he gave $0.75 to a homeless man. Greg Snider told KPRC in Houston that bizarre ordeal started when he pulled into a parking lot in downtown Houston to take a business call. There, a homeless man approached...

  • Are There Still Undiscovered Sea Monsters?

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 10pm

    Hi Hamilton, funny you should ask. I have a new book coming out in a month or so called The Extreme Life of the Sea [promo video here ], and in it we have a short pondering about such things. The main way we know about giant squid, for example is that they 1) leave scars on sperm whal...

  • Black Gay Dads Post Adorable Photo of Daughters, Get Bashed with Hate

    Black Gay Dads Post Adorable Photo of Daughters, Get Bashed with Hate

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 9pm

    As far as the positive; yes we are two gay men with three kids who have no problem with preparing them for their education every morning; that comes with anything and everything they may need for school! Our kids are blessed to have three parents (Kordale, Kaleb and their Mother) who ...

  • Pastor Accused of Murdering Wife Arrested on Way to Marry Boyfriend

    Pastor Accused of Murdering Wife Arrested on Way to Marry Boyfriend

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 8pm

    An Alabama pastor accused of stabbing his wife to death was on his way marry his boyfriend in England when he was arrested at an airport earlier this month, according to prosecutors. Richard Lee Shahan was arrested January 1 at Nashville's airport, approximately five months after his ...

  • Nobody believes the stock market will go down, which is terrifying.

    Literally No One Believes the Stock Market Will Go Down

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 8pm

    Via Short Side of Long , a new survey of investment fund managers—designed to measure how much variance there is among investment strategies they're currently pursuing—shows that no one thinks the stock market will be going down. Just look at this fucking chart . Over the last several...

  • Walking Dead Recruits One-Limbed Teen for Terrifying Zombie Prank

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 7pm

    One-armed, no-legged teenager Nick Santonastasso loves the Walking Dead . He's also made a name for himself on the internet pulling zombie pranks on unsuspecting victims. So it made sense for Walking Dead producers to fly him to Tokyo—where the cast and crew was gathered for a press j...

  • "The complaint was set in Arial, a universally despised ripoff of Helvetica."

    Font Gods Hoefler & Frere-Jones Split in Nasty Corporate Divorce

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 7pm

    Few graphic-design institutions are (or were) as highly regarded as Hoefler & Frere-Jones , a small New York City type foundry whose perfectly crafted typefaces—including Gotham, Whitney, and Champion—saturate media, advertising, entertainment, and politics. Obama tapped the company t...

  • The NRA *literally wrote* Florida's new bill to legalize warning shots and expand "Stand Your Ground":

    The NRA Literally Wrote Florida's New Bill to Legalize Warning Shots

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 7pm

    Despite years of negative publicity over Florida's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law, lawmakers are close to expanding it to protect gunmen who fire warning shots or wave weapons in a threatening manner—and they're doing it with a bill written by a top NRA lobbyist, Gawker has lear...

  • ​David Brooks Says Real Inequality Is That Poor People Are Worthless: Self-loathing New York Times thought-lea...

    ​David Brooks Says Real Inequality Is That Poor People Are Worthless

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 7pm

    Self-loathing New York Times thought-leader David Brooks has an admonition for everyone today: You do not understand this "income inequality" you are all talking about . People assume that just because the very richest people have ever more money, and the much greater numbers of poor ...

  • This Is the Worst Possible Way To Explain Sex to Young People

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 6pm

    TLC's Here Comes Honey Boo Boo returned for a third season last night. Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that concerned TV viewers were losing their shit over these people who can't seem to keep theirs (or anything else up their asses) in. Now, the Honey Boo Boo fam...

  • Going to stores in person is becoming a thing of the past.

    Nobody Goes to Stores Any More

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 6pm

    In the "golden days" of this great nation, families would join together in their SUVs and journey to glorious "Big Box" stores, where they would wander for hours, lost, accumulating crap. Is America in danger of losing this hallowed socioeconomic tradition? Mom and dad are divorced. T...

  • Texting Driver Learns Too Late Why That's a Terrible, Terrible Idea

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 5pm

    Texting Driver Learns Too Late Why That's a Terrible, Terrible Idea Woman with 'World's Most Instagrammed Ass' Gives Rare Video Interview Conan Meets His Interns, Gets All Weird In the Nicest Way Possible Russell Brand Calls for a 'Fucking Bukkake' of Change Internet Celebrity Accused...

  • Watch Shia LaBeouf headbutt some guy during a bar fight last night.

    Watch Shia LaBeouf Headbutt Some Guy During a Bar Fight Last Night

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 4pm

    So much for retiring from public life : Last night, Shia LaBeouf headbutted a guy who he thought insulted his girlfriend's mother. The incident took place at Hobgoblin's bar in South London, where LaBeouf is filming a WWII movie with Brad Pitt. "What are you saying about my girl's mom...

  • Woman with 'World's Most Instagrammed Ass' Gives Rare Video Interview

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 4pm

    Her full, firm fanny has made her an Instagram sensation, with nearly two million followers to her name . But despite being fully aware that her eye-popping assets are the main attraction, 20-year-old Manhattanite Jen Selter says she's still surprised by how many people are interested...

  • Smoking Somehow Even Worse Than You Thought: Sure, everyone knows...

    Smoking Somehow Even Worse Than You Thought

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 4pm

    Sure, everyone knows that smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and stankness. But that's not all! The US Surgeon General, Mr. (some guy), has added a few things to the Official List of Bad Things About Smoking. To whit, via the Washington Post : Smoking is a cause of ...

  • Conan Meets His Interns, Gets All Weird In the Nicest Way Possible

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 4pm

    From Conan's rather mediocre nicknames for the interns whose actual names he can't be bothered to remember, through the revelation that his personal assistant has been using his name to get the interns to do her bidding, to the uproariously bizarre role-playing improv of an intern's n...

  • Oh,

    NYPD: Remains Found in Queens Might Belong to Missing Autistic Boy

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 1pm

    Last night, a teenage girl discovered the skeletal remains of an arm and leg on the waterfront in College Point, Queens. The NYPD believes the body parts might belong to Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old autistic boy who went missing in October . Police have reportedly contacted the boy...

  • The ​NSA Collects Nearly 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

    The ​NSA Collects Nearly 200 Million Text Messages Per Day

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 1pm

    On average, each day the NSA was able to extract: • More than 5 million missed-call alerts, for use in contact-chaining analysis (working out someone's social network from who they contact and when) • Details of 1.6 million border crossings a day, from network roaming alerts • More th...

  • Harry Reid Is Down With Weed: Senate majority leader and cool guy Harry Reid wants his constituents to know th...

    Harry Reid Is Down With Weed

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 6am

    Senate majority leader and cool guy Harry Reid wants his constituents to know that he's never tried it, but he's totally down with weed now. "If you'd asked me this question a dozen years ago, it would have been easy to answer – I would have said no, because (marijuana) leads to other...

  • Comedians are basically psychotics, says a new study from...

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 4am

    Comedians are basically psychotics, says a new study from the Unive... Man Arrested For Waving a Sign Warning Drivers About a Speed Trap Police just arrested three men who they say started the San Gabriel... The Celebrity Rule of Threes Is Real Endangered Rhino Hunter Becomes the Hunt...

  • Man Arrested For Waving a Sign Warning Drivers About a Speed Trap

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 3am

    A Texas man facing misdemeanor charges for standing in the median of a six lane highway, holding a sign that read, "Police Ahead," says what he did was no different than an official speed limit sign. Ron Martin, 33, was arrested and charged with "waving a homemade sign" in October in ...

  • Man Arrested For Waving a Sign Warning Drivers About a Speed Trap

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 3am

    A Texas man facing misdemeanor charges for standing in the median of a six lane highway, holding a sign that read, "Police Ahead," says what he did was no different than an official speed limit sign. Ron Martin, 33, was arrested and charged with "waving a homemade sign" in October in ...

  • Police just arrested three men who they say started the S...

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 2am

    currently raging Southern California while camping in a nearby forest. The men were throwing paper into their campfire when one piece, fanned by the Santa Ana winds, landed in a dry brush, starting the blaze

  • The celebrity rule of threes is real.

    The Celebrity Rule of Threes Is Real

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 1am

    Deny it all you want, but the Celebrity Rule of Threes is real, and it's happening again. Today we lost three actors known for their iconic characters: Russell Johnson , the Professor on Gilligan's Island ; Dave Madden , the Partridge Family' s manager; and one of the last living Munc...

  • Endangered Rhino Hunter Becomes the Hunted

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 12am

    A rich Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill one of the 4,000 endangered black rhinoceroses left on the planet says his life is now turning into the plot of The Most Dangerous Game . Last week, tough guy Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 on a special hunting license , paradoxic...

  • Endangered Rhino Hunter Becomes the Hunted

    gawker.com 17 Jan '14, 12am

    A rich Texas man who paid $350,000 for the chance to kill one of the 4,000 endangered black rhinoceroses left on the planet says his life is now turning into the plot of The Most Dangerous Game . Last week, tough guy Corey Knowlton bid $350,000 on a special hunting license , paradoxic...