Just think of what would have happened in the Orlando night-club Saturday night if there had been many others armed. In a crowded, dark, loud dance club, after the shooter began firing, imagine if others took out their guns and started firing back. Yes, maybe they would have killed the shooter, but how would anyone else have known what exactly was going on? How would it not have devolved into mass confusion and fear followed by a large-scale shootout without anyone knowing who was the good guy with a gun, who was the bad guy with a gun, and who was just caught in the middle? The death toll could have been much higher if more people were armed. … [Read more...] about Why It’s Time to Repeal the Second Amendment
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Super Size Me, though, proved prophetic in subject as well as style: Stunt journalism frequently involves fast food and extreme diets. A few months after the burrito piece, Cosmopolitan published "I Only Ate Pizza for a Week and I Lost 5 Pounds." Another reporter tried eating nothing but Chick-fil-A for a full 30 days, while a BuzzFeed contributor tasted 12 different brands of cat food. Sometimes the fast food industry's concoctions are so ghastly that merely sampling the latest item on the menu passes for a stunt. In 2015, for instance, Time, Fox News, The Washington Post, USA Today, Time Out and Newsweek all made a big show of tasting Pizza Hut's "hot dog-crusted pizza" monstrosity. (One wonders if the foods themselves are created to solicit exactly this kind of coverage for free advertising. It's not so far-fetched, considering Chilis made an Instagram-friendly burger bun.) More memorably, ex-Gawker writer Caity Weaver famously gorged herself on unlimited mozzarella sticks as part … [Read more...] about Are We Living in a Golden Age of Stunt Journalism?
The monkeys attacked a lab assistant before escaping with COVID-19 blood samples in Dehli, India, as reported by the Times of India. One monkey was spotted sitting in a tree chewing on the sample collection kit, as locals now fear the further spread of infection. … [Read more...] about ’28 Days Later’ Just Became Real After Monkeys Escape From Lab With COVID-19 Blood Samples
Outer Banks Outer Banks is one of Netflix's newest series, and fans seem to love it already. The show focuses on a group of teenage friends who embark on a summertime journey to find lost treasure. It isn't so simple, though, because how could it be? Turns out that the treasure might actually have something to do with the disappearance of one boy's father. … [Read more...] about ‘Sweet Magnolias,’ ‘Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich’ and More Netflix Top 10 Choices for Your Weekend Viewing
At the new finale spectaculars, RuPaul chats with the parents of the finalist queens who are in the audience, seemingly aware of how rare representations of affirming parents of gender nonconforming people are. At the Season 11 finale, Brooke Lynn Hytes’ mom said she was changed by having a gay son. “I thought as a mom I was there to mold my children, but I have four children and each one has shaped and molded me,” she told RuPaul. A'Keria C. Davenport’s mom said the queen got her ass — and her glamour — from herself, expanding pride about the lineages of femininity to her son. … [Read more...] about “Drag Race” Brought A Piece Of Queer Culture To Middle America. Now What?
"Realizing her silly mistake, she pulled the undercooked brownies out of the oven and started absently licking the batter from her fingers," Volz said. "Next thing she knew, she was flying. Barb had accidentally discovered a key element in weed cooking. Heat makes the plant release THC, increasing potency. But too much heat causes the THC to dissipate. Barb had found the sweet spot. From then on, her brownies were always undercooked, left molten and jiggly in the center. This made for an infamously intense high." … [Read more...] about Memoir Recalls Illegal Pot Brownies Business That Sold 10,000 a Month in ’70s—Here’s the Recipe