Smoking Indonesian Baby May Not Be the Only One

China's Xinhua news agency did some digging into the smoking baby video. "Data from the Central Statistics Agency showed 25 per cent of Indonesian children aged three to 15 have tried cigarettes, with 3.2 per cent of those active smokers." » 5/30/10 4:45pm 5/30/10 4:45pm

Comedy Party Wins Icelandic Elections

The Best Party, promising free towels at swimming pools, Disneyland at the airport and a new polar bear for the zoo, have won local elections in Reykjavik. Here's their campaign video, set to a Tina Turner Song. Guess which one. » 5/30/10 3:04pm 5/30/10 3:04pm

Israel Stations (Potentially) Nuclear Submarines off Iran

Cruise missiles aboard submarines Dolphin, Tekuma and Leviathan can, according to an Israeli Naval official quoted in the Times of London, "reach any target in Iran." Iran is widely believed to be working towards its own nuclear weapon. Gulp. [Times] » 5/30/10 2:14pm 5/30/10 2:14pm

Debt Collectors Forced to Pay $1.5m After Filthy, Racist Voicemails

A Texas debt collection company had a unique style for reminder voicemails to one black customer. "This is your motherfucking wake-up call you little lazy ass bitch. Get your motherfucking nigger ass up and go pick some motherfucking cotton fields." » 5/30/10 1:24pm 5/30/10 1:24pm

Subway Finally Agrees to Tessellate Cheese

You will measure your life before and after this moment. After years of merely overlapping triangular pieces of cheese on their sandwiches, cruelly loading one side with more than the other, Subway will now tessellate the slices, according to Consumerist. » 5/30/10 12:47pm 5/30/10 12:47pm

BP Still Apparently Restricting Journalists Covering the Oil Spill

BP are allegedly still keeping some journalists from reporting the oil spill. One photographer described access as "slowly being strangled off," and others have been threatened with arrest. Pilots with journalists on board are sometimes barred from flying low. [AP] » 5/30/10 11:45am 5/30/10 11:45am

Sarah Palin Plagiarized Memorial Day Message

Yesterday the Palin tweeted the following: "VETERANS,not reporters,give freedom of the press.VETS,not politicians,give freedom to vote.VETS,not campus radicals,give freedom to assemble." She did not mention that she'd stolen it from a 1970 poem. » 5/30/10 10:28am 5/30/10 10:28am

Another Politician 'Misidentifies' Military Record

Mark Kirk, the Republican running for President Obama's old Senate seat, said on several occasions that he received the Navy's exclusive Intelligence Officer of the Year award. He hasn't. And the Washington Post found out about it. » 5/29/10 6:14pm 5/29/10 6:14pm

Federal Probe of Apple Continues

The New York Post report today that the Justice Department has been calling "a handful of the country's biggest media and technology companies," to get their views on Apple. A prospect that cannot fill Steve Jobs with confidence. » 5/29/10 5:08pm 5/29/10 5:08pm

People of New Jersey Turn to Weed Selling

As of July 1st 'medical marijuana' (sarcastic inverted commas ours) will be legal in New Jersey. Some Jerseyites are leaving their dull careers, taking classes in pot selling and girding themselves for the rush. » 5/29/10 4:00pm 5/29/10 4:00pm

Financial Crisis Jumps Shark With Guided Tours of Wall Street

After Katrina there were tours of the devastated Ninth Ward. So it makes a kind of twisted sense that, according to Andrew Clark in the Guardian, tourists can now take a guided tour through the financial crisis on Wall Street. » 5/29/10 3:00pm 5/29/10 3:00pm

Actor Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

The actor, director of movies including Easy Rider, hellraiser and Hollywood legend died today at his home in Venice, California after a long battle with cancer. He was 74. [Washington Post] » 5/29/10 1:54pm 5/29/10 1:54pm

BP Brought in Hundreds of Temporary Cleanup Workers for Obama Visit

Officials from Jefferson Parish, Louisiana have told Yahoo News and local NBC affiliate WDSU that BP bused in hundreds of temporary workers to make it look like they were doing more than they were for oil-slicked local beaches. » 5/29/10 1:39pm 5/29/10 1:39pm

Joe McGinniss Says He is Not Spying on Sarah Palin

The author moved in next door to the Palins, as part of his research for a book on Sarah. Wasilliness ensued — she built a giant fence and accused him of spying on her kids. He says that's ridiculous. » 5/29/10 12:37pm 5/29/10 12:37pm

Malawi Pardons Jailed Gay Couple

Under pressure from the international community, Malawi's president Bingu wa Mutharika ordered a gay couple, jailed for 14 years for "unnatural acts and gross indecency" to be pardoned and released. But kind of grudgingly. » 5/29/10 11:53am 5/29/10 11:53am

South Koreans Killing Each Other, and Their Babies, Over Computer Games

A South Korean couple let their baby die of malnutrition because they were addicted to online games. Now the government will offer rehabilitation centers for those who always need just one more hit. » 5/29/10 11:03am 5/29/10 11:03am

Justice Department Threatens Arizona With Lawsuit over Immigration Bill

Yesterday officials from Washington "left little doubt that the Obama administration is prepared to go to court if necessary in a bid to block the new law." Governor Jan Brewer said she'd take it to the Supreme Court. [AP] » 5/29/10 10:22am 5/29/10 10:22am

Louisiana Congressman Breaks Down Talking About Oil Spill

BP's vagueness on their attempts to quell the giant oil spill threatening the gulf coast is starting to look deliberate. They're keeping journalists away. They say the 'top kill' method worked. It's emerged it didn't. One congressman has had enough. » 5/28/10 1:48pm 5/28/10 1:48pm

Scientists 'Cure' Ebola, Curse Movies to Find New Virus

If a breakthrough that cures 100 per cent of the vicious virus in monkeys can be applied to humans, movies like Outbreak and Virus will become no more than historical whimsy. And they'll have to make movies about athlete's foot. » 5/28/10 1:13pm 5/28/10 1:13pm