Story of the Day, Arkansas Pug Tuxedo Edition

The AP reports: A former administrative assistant to an Arkansas county official has pleaded guilty to fraudulent use of a credit card after prosecutors accused her of using public money to buy personal items, including a tuxedo for her pet pug. Lest you think all the purchases were frivolous, among them were not just diamond […]

Image of the Day: Amazingly Hardcore Hacker Stock Photo

So, I posted this image on Twitter recently and it’s proven to be a big hit.  Why?  People — and I guess I am one — seem to love stock photos of “hackers,” particularly ridiculous ones. And this one, which I noticed in an Indian newspaper the other day,  fits the bill.   Rather than simply putting […]

The Capybaras are Coming. Be Very Afraid

ScienceNews: Capybaras, giant rodents native to South America, could become Florida’s next big invasive species, a biologist warned August 3 in Columbia, Mo., at the 53rd Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society. “Capybaras have been introduced to northern Florida,” said Elizabeth Congdon of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Fla. And there are enough similarities […]

Mental Health Break: The Joys of a Chewbacca Mask

“That’s not me making that noise it’s the mask!” This video is amazing.

Starbucks Misspellings: a New One For the Collection

Acquired recently in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Backstory is here.    

My Recent A-hed on James McGowan, the Globe-Trotting McDonald’s Obsessive

Those of you who follow me on Twitter and/or subscribe to my email newsletter know that the week before last, my first A-hed* ran on the front page of The WSJ. (In the image above, showing the paper, below the fold, it’s on the bottom right.) The story — accessible to all online here — […]

Fun Friday: Parkour Fail

View post on Embedded above and on imgur here: “Free running fail.” I feel like there’s a life lesson in here somewhere. Like, sometimes it’s more dangerous to stand on the sidelines than it is to get into the thick of things and mix it up. 🙂 (Via.)

Fun Friday, Enormous Rabbit Edition

Atlas, pictured above, is a continental giant rabbit currently living with the Scottish SPCA in Glasgow. He is only seven months old, and is in search of a home. Prospective owners should be aware that Atlas may grow up to four feet in length and weigh nearly 50 pounds. Of course, while Atlas is big, […]

Fun Friday Link: Video of ‘Zebra’ Escape in Tokyo

Embedded above and on YouTube here: Workers at a zoo in Tokyo this week held a biannual drill to prepare for a potential zebra escape. Playing the part of the escapee: a zookeeper in a zebra costume. My favorite part is when the creature is “shot,” presumably by a tranquilizer gun, and falls slowly to […]