Undercover as a White Supremacist 

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Going undercover as a white supremacist might seem impossible for a black man. On the internet, however, nobody knows you’re a dog. That principle enabled Theo Wilson to infiltrate white supremacist communities online.

Inflate My Chest, Then I’ll Show You the Sights 

Monday, September 4th, 2017

I have a lot of questions about this story of an Australian woman dying after botched breast augmentation surgery performed by a Chinese dermatologist on vacation. The whole story is awful, but I’m mostly left wondering how it ever even got started.

Floating Islands of Fire Ants 

Friday, September 1st, 2017

From the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey itself to the resulting flooding, Texas has been hit hard this week. Now, folks in the Lone Star State also need to worry about floating islands of fire ants.

Try the Imperial Wizard’s Chicken 

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

The owner of a Chinese restaurant in Santa Cruz, Roger Grigsby, gave a $500 campaign contribution to white supremacist David Duke in 2016. After much public outcry at this despicable donation, Grisgby defended it by calling Duke “one of the men supporting European American civil rights”. Grigsby also cited a “war on whites” as the reason for the backlash. That’s uncommonly stupid, but some small good has come out of this. After all, it led to this humorous review of the restaurant:

“The swat-stickers were all right.”

Now that’s just delicious wordplay.

Who Enforces This Anyway? 

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Calgary Airport decided to create special Lexus-only parking spaces, as part of an advertising campaign. That’s fine, if dumb. However, they took handicapped spaces to do it, and that’s just awful.

Accidentally Illegal 

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

In Australia, dual-citizens are currently ineligible to hold political office. In a bizarre turn of events, a string of politicians have been forced to resign after learning they hold citizenship outside of Australia.

Is It Possible to Harass a Cartoon Tiger? 

Monday, August 28th, 2017

Earlier this month, Alex Boivin was temporarily suspended from Twitter for sexually harassing Tony the Tiger. Boivin was quoted thusly:

If you give me an opportunity to interact with a #brand that’s popping into my timeline without my consent, I’m gonna get weird.

That seems fair to me.

Previously in Tony the Tiger-related hijinx: What Has Tony Wrought?

So Out of Whack as to Be Shameful 

Friday, August 25th, 2017

In a brief interview with Fast Company, former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler ably defends the 2015 Open Internet Order which bolsters net neutrality in America, wjhile exposing the duplicity of those seeking to roll back consumer protections.

If a Director From the Institute of Peace Wants to Punch You, You Might Be an Asshole 

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

The New York Times had a good piece on how best to engage with literal nazis, specifically by using mockery. It’s a smart idea, and one that’s worked well in the past. This particular quote really got me though:

“I would want to punch a Nazi in the nose, too,” Maria Stephan, a program director at the United States Institute of Peace, told me. “But there’s a difference between a therapeutic and strategic response.”

The emphasis in the quote is added, for obvious reasons.

Everyone Knows Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nuthing Ta F’ Wit 

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Because he’s so widely hated, it was difficult to find a jury for Martin Shkreli. Transcripts from the jury selection provide a decent laugh, and juror number 59 really cracked me up.

THE COURT: Juror Number 59, come on up.

JUROR NO. 59: Your Honor, totally he is guilty and in no way can I let him slide out of anything because —

THE COURT: Okay. Is that your attitude toward anyone charged with a crime who has not been proven guilty?

JUROR NO. 59: It’s my attitude toward his entire demeanor, what he has done to people.

THE COURT: All right. We are going to excuse you, sir.

JUROR NO. 59: And he disrespected the Wu-Tang Clan.

He was already excused, but this man felt it was important to make note of Shkreli disrespecting hip hop legends the Wu-Tang Clan. Well done, sir.