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December 17, 2012

The Two-State Center Isn't Holding

The Task Force on Palestine struggles. "People are losing faith," al-Omari says.

Morgan Freeman Remarks About Newtown Tragedy Are A Hoax

A message that was attributed to the actor made its way around Facebook -- but his rep says the statement did not come from him

How "Dexter" Got Its Groove Back

After two years of mediocrity, Dexter gave us an incredible seventh season. Aren't you glad you kept watching? (Spoilers through the season finale.)

9 Things The Media Got Wrong About The Sandy Hook Shooting

Much of the initial information coming from news organizations was partially or entirely inaccurate.

"Aloha": Pathbreaking Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye Is Dead

"A man who had every reason to call attention to himself, but never did." The doggedly loyal stalwart of the old Senate was 88.

19 Minutes Of Mazzy Star Perfection Circa 1994

An angel has descended from heaven and posted this complete Mazzy Star performance from the October, 1994 Bridge School benefit in Mountain View, CA.

How A Promoted Levi's Tweet Ended Up Under A Pro-Ana Tag

Search "thigh gap" on Twitter and a promotional Levi's tweet appears, atop a list of mostly pro-anorexia tweets. This is probably not what Levi's wanted.

The 69 Most Mouthwatering Ryan Gosling Moments Of The Year

Presented in timeline form, here's every single delicious Ryan Gosling moment from 2012.

No, Let's Talk About Video Game Violence

Gaming's soul is sick. And gamers hate talking about it.

Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye Passes Away At Age 88

According to his office, his last word was "Aloha." Inouye, a decorated war veteran, was the president pro tempore of the United States Senate and the highest-ranking Asian-American politician in American history.

How A Star Baseball Player's Family Decorates Their Christmas Tree

A case study with the best pitcher in baseball.

The Hobbit's Unexpected Vegetable Garden And Other Links

The Shire film set, which was used as the backdrop for The Hobbit, is a year-round vegetable garden.

26 Of The Most Memorable "Gossip Girl"-Style Trends, From Tasteful To Tacky

You always got the feeling that they put way more effort into the clothes on the show than they did the plotlines. Here's a recap, from best to worst.

The Best Letter From A Neighbor To The Drunk Man In A Shirt-Cape Who Peed On Their Couch

Frank had something of an impressive night last night. (via deadspin.)

Scarlett Johansson's Nude Pics Hacker Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison

Christopher Chaney hacked Johansson, Jessica Alba, Christina Aguilera, in addition to women he knew personally.

Butler University Is Super Arrogant About Their Basketball Team

Butler is the Kanye West of college basketball.

Tasty Burger Harvard Square - Drink

The good news: the meat-meisters from Fenway fave Tasty Burger have taken over the JFK St 7-Eleven and adjoining basement art space and transformed it into a late-night, '50s-style burger joint up top, and a pool table & juke-equipped bar below. The…

My Decade With "Gossip Girl"

Ten years after the first Gossip Girl book came out, the show is finally ending. I followed the phenomenon from its most culturally relevant period to its, well, least.

This Year's Black List Includes Screenwriter "Boner Mountain"

The Black List is an annual poll of Hollywood execs on their favorite unproduced scripts. The list tends to run the gamut of actual, interesting movies you might want to see (Argo, Looper, and Chronicle were all Black List scripts, for instance) and…

News Outlets Send Letter To Romney Campaign Contesting Expenses

In an ongoing dispute, editors have informed American Express that they are contesting charges from the campaign trail.

Anne Hathaway Hasn't Heard From Katie Holmes Since She Impersonated Her On "SNL"

That story and more in today's CelebFeed Gossip Roundup!

These Posters Make The Perfect Literary Christmas Present

Etsy user ObviousState has a great collection of quotes from famous authors printed out gorgeously as grayscale ink posters.

Blind Surfer Conquers Hawaii's Banzai Pipeline

Imagine closing your eyes and surfing one of the the most dangerous waves in the world. It sounds impossible, but recently a blind 19-year-old from Brazil showed everybody how it's done.

15 Obscure Christmas Songs That You Need To Hear

You will not hear any of these delightful tunes at a mall this holiday season.

Who Tweeted It: Cher Or Chuck Grassley?

Take this fun quiz to see how well you know the two greatest masters of Twitter of all time.

21 Reasons To Love The Mind-Blowing New Sport Of "Trampoline Wall"

Introducing extreme athlete Christophe Hamel and the craziest sport you've never heard of.

The 33 Most WTF Celeb Photos Of The Year

'Twas a good year in weird celebrity pictures.

How To Make 5 Vegetarian Dinners For $10 Each

Money's too tight for steak? Or just not into eating animals? Feed 4 people meat-free for a week.

Anderson Cooper Knows Your Secrets

Anderson Cooper's mysterious stare can see through right through you.

Alison Brie And Danny Pudi Freestyle Rap

This might just hold you over until Community returns.

The Problem With A Facebook Snapchat App

Facebook is reportedly testing a new photo-sharing app, with an expected release by the end of 2012. Will it be EVEN SEXIER than Snapchat?

Morbidly Obese Man Spared From Death Row

As it turns out, he wasn't #TooFatToDie. He just had bad lawyers in the '80s.

Gun Violence In America Just Since Friday’s Massacre Of Children And Schoolteachers In Newtown

A 42-year-old destitute maniac fired 50 rounds at the Fashion Island luxury mall in Newport Beach, California, on Saturday evening. No one was injured. A n

Indiana Jones Gets Mystery Package At His Alma Mater

Just because he's fictional doesn't mean he doesn't get mail. The University of Chicago's admissions department asked the Internet to help crack the case via its Tumblr.

Romeo Beckham Is A Model Now

Burberry hired him to act like he's kickboxing two other models in their new ads. The 10-year-old spawn of David and Posh is so cute!

Hurricane Sandy Recovery Package Packed With Extra Spending

From cars for the FBI to salmon research, bill's spending would go far and wide. And not all of it is related to the storm's devastation.

21 Brilliant British People Problems

Take a quick trip inside the terrifying world of the British psyche. Highlights from the politest and most apologetic subreddit of all time, /r/britishproblems.

Which Jack Frost Said It?

In the late '90s, there were two films called Jack Frost: One was a family-friendly fantasy, and the other was straight-to-video horror. Both featured talking snowmen. Can you identify which Jack Frost said the following quotes?

Why Mediocre College Football Teams Make More TV Money Than Notre Dame

The Irish's independence might be enviable in the midst of conference chaos, but those Purdue-Minnesota matchups are more lucrative than you think.

This Cat Is A School Crosswalk Guard

Meet Sable, a 15-year-old black cat who spends his free time supervising at the local school crosswalk. That'll do, kitty. That'll do.

The Dangers Of Adam Lanza's Possible Pain-Perception Disorder

Sources are suggesting that Newtown shooter Adam Lanza had a condition that made him unable to feel pain. Such conditions are very rare, and can cause heat stroke and other problems.

Rare Baby Turtles Hatch At Bronx Zoo

Only about 150 Chinese yellow-headed box turtles exist in the wild. The Bronx Zoo now has five.

CBGB Gingerbread House!

OK, now I'm in the Christmas spirit. I can almost smell the bathroom.

The Melt - Eat - Hollywood - Thrillist Los Angeles

Not just every ice cube's worst nightmare, The Melt's also a super-hi-tech grilled cheese cathedral in the heart of Hollywood, where you can order from your phone on your way, skip the line when you get there, and swipe an individually-issued QR…

Mike Bloomberg Pushes For Obama To Pass Gun Control Package

"Words alone cannot heal our nation — only action can do that," said the New York mayor.

Actor Michael Douglas' Son Injured In Pa. Prison

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Cameron Douglas, the 34-year-old son of actor Michael Douglas, suffered a broken leg and finger in the Pennsylvania prison where he is an inmate.

The Hobbit Breaks December Box Office Record

It’s hard to rag on a new monthly record, but it does feel like this $84.8 million debut is a slight miss for The Hobbit. The Lord of the Rings is one of the most popular movie franchises ever, and adapting the prequel story should have been a box…

The xx Give Wham!'s "Last Christmas" A Moody Makeover

British indie band The xx covered "Last Christmas" on BBC Radio 1 and gave it a dark, brooding spin. Take that, holiday cheer!

Pro-Anorexia Community Inspires Upsetting And Strange Porn Trend

What happens when sexual content online starts borrowing from extreme weight-loss communities? "Thigh gap" fetishization. Warning: explicit content.

45 Photos Of Golden Retrievers Comforting The Residents Of Newtown

The K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs traveled from Chicago to Newtown over the weekend. Smiles in the middle of tragedy.

Ridiculously Detailed 3-D Art Sculpture

This is what Halo would look like if it'd taken place during the Industrial Revolution. Micah Ganske over 700 of work into his 3-D vision.

Inarguable Proof That Dreams Come True

Wow. Who knew people could actually see the future?

Boston Terrier Puppy Can't Keep His Feet Down

Ever had a meal so good you felt like you were floating? This puppy certainly has.

The Best And Worst Celebrity Instagrams Of The Year

All the famous Instagram accounts that you need to see from 2012 described as yearbook superlatives.

S.C. Gov. Nikki Haley Names Tim Scott To DeMint's Senate Seat

The 47 year-old congressman will replace Sen. Jim DeMint to become the Republicans' first black senator in over than 30 years.

7 Meaty Main Courses For A Holiday Feast

These carnivore-pleasing centerpieces are surprisingly easy to pull off.

Controversial Gun Violence Ads Using Children

Two recent campaigns that raised hackles.

How Pinterest Users Are Preparing For The Impending Apocalypse

The world is supposedly ending on Dec. 21. Are you as ready as these pinners?

"Star Trek Into Darkness" Full Teaser Revealed

Bravery without humility is a recipe for disaster. Kirk and company look like they're in for world (or two) of hurt.

Say Hello To Santa-Gator

It's an alligator. In a Santa costume. And it's surprisingly cute!

Forbes Names McKay Coppins "30 Under 30"

December 17, 2012 – "This Newsweek veteran has brought his talents to hot media start-up Buzzfeed, where he serves as resident expert on the conservative movement and the intersection of politics and religion." -Forbes

Video Games Were Insanely Expensive In 1996

Our parents really loved us. This explains why November was Hamburger Helper Month.

Nancy Lanza: Did Paranoid, Gun-crazed Mother Trigger Sandy Hook, Connecticut Killing Spree?

Nancy Lanza is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.

For The Love Of J.R.R. Tolkien Tops The Morning Links

Twenty amazing tattoos inspired by The Hobbit.

Cthulhu Carols Are Real, Probably Won't Drive You Mad

Happy Holidays from H.P. Lovecraft and the Elder Gods!

The 1996 Toys 'R' Us Holiday Catalog Has All I Want For Christmas

The future is here? More like the future is $60 for Super Mario 64.

6 Things To Know About The First Black Republican In The Senate In 33 Years

Rep. Tim Scott, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley's pick to fill Sen. Jim DeMint's seat, will be the South's first black senator since Reconstruction.

17 Things You Shouldn't Half-Ass

Sometimes you need to give a project your full attention.

Watch Fred Armisen And Carrie Brownstein Squirm At Letterman's Assumption That They're Dating

Dave just doesn't understand how the very compatible stars of Portlandia aren't dating each other.

Miley Cyrus Wore A Revealing Bondage-Type Outfit Again

Other possible names for this outfit: "The studded football player," "Porcupine with a midriff," "Leather n' Spikes + Belly necklace."

This Polar Bear Hates Santa

Oh, you're from the North Pole too? I WILL KILL YOU.

Kate Middleton Makes Glamorous, Pregnant Appearance With David Beckham

It's a nice change from always having to stand next to that guy she's married to.

Jesus And Mary Would Be "Lynched" Today, Says Israeli Embassy

A post on the Israeli Embassy in Ireland's Facebook page floats a "thought for Christmas."

The 12 Best Paranormal Sightings Of 2012

By January, many were already reporting reporting that 2012 was going to be a big year for UFO sightings. But 2012 wasn't just a big year for flying saucer sightings — it was a big year for the paranormal in general.

The 30 Best Mugshots Of 2012

Congrats to all that made this year's list!

President Obama's Whiteboard Message At Newtown High School

Before addressing the nation from the Newtown High School auditorium on Sunday night, President Obama took a moment to respond to a whiteboard message written by two NHS teachers.

DJ Earworm's 2012 Mashup Has Arrived

All the year's biggest hits in one track. As it turns out, Ke$ha's "Die Young" is the song that ties it all together.

RANGE - Drink - Friendship Heights

Anyway, the 14000sqft space dedicates separate, open-cooking stations to preparing anything your little heart desires, from rotisserie to raw bar, all relying on only the most regional flora and fauna.

12 Parodies Of Sonic Youth's "Goo" Album Cover

The iconic image has been mashed up with Star Wars, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Batman, and more.

Pro-Gun Senator Pledges Support For Assault Weapon Ban

NRA A-rated member and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin (D) said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe" that now is the time to have a "common sense" discussion about gun control. "Everything has to be on the table."

Christmas Tree Emerges From Hurricane Sandy Wreckage

Residents of Union Beach, New Jersey are leaving handmade ornaments and gifts under the tree.

Fashion On The VH1 Divas Red Carpet

Fab or drab: DIVA EDITION.

47 Wonderful Things To Eat On Christmas Morning

Monkey breads, eggs, and more good things to make for the coziest, happiest meal of the year. It's a breakfast miracle!

A Controversial Theory For The “Homeland” Season Finale

The biggest question is whether the show is about Carrie or her and Brody’s relationship. If it’s just about Carrie then they will need to kill Brody in order to maintain the show’s integrity, but if it’s about the star-crossed lovers then the…

Mojio - Own

Capable of turning your auto into web-connected personal assistant, the Mojio's a matchbook-sized gizmo that easily plugs into your ride's universal on-board diagnostics port (look under the steering column) and communicates with a series of…

Some Wanted More Talk Of Gun Control In Obama's Vigil Speech

Twitter reactions to President Barack Obama's speech at the Newtown, Conn., vigil on Friday night were mixed between praise for what some viewed as the best speech of the president's career and skepticism over what the president plans to do to make…

What "Sesame Street" Can Teach Us About Loss

Thoughts from one of our most trusted sources: Big Bird.

Connecticut School Shooting: Did Paranoid, Gun-crazed Mother Trigger Adam Lanza's School Killing Spree? Friends Say She Believed World Was On Edge Of Collapse

Nancy Lanza is reported to have been struggling to hold herself together and had been stockpiling food, water and guns in the large home she shared with her 20-year-old son in Connecticut.

Italian Psychologist Maria Beatrice Togo Touts 'Technoliquidity'

ROME, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Technology has changed the way people think, creating "a new brain," two Italian psychology experts say.

Occupy Wall Street Mobilizes On Facebook To Take On NRA

In light of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, an off-shoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement says it plans to unleash the power of the 99% on the National Rifle Association.

President Obama Holds The Granddaughter Of Sandy Hook's Slain Principal

A touching moment from Sunday's memorial in Newtown.

On Rodeo - Drink - Beverly Hills

Not just what you say when someone's all, "I'd like to spend $10,000 on a pair of jeans. Do you know where I can do that?", On Rodeo's also an indoor/outdoor American blounge (bistro + lounge!) located inside the Luxe Hotel, with a classy,…

Custom Stuffed Dogs - Own

Yo dawg, we heard you really like your dog, so we took a picture of your dog and made an identical plush dog…dawg. In an effort to keep that Xzbit joke alive and well, the people over at ShelterPups are creating custom stuffed dogs. Hand over…

Municipal Bar & Dining Co. - Drink

Because the City That Works could just as easily be called the City That Excessively Over-Consumes Booze And Food, Municipal Bar and Dining Co. is helping you take down plenty of the latter while reminding you of the former with an industrial vibe…

Nespresso Boutique - Eat - Union Square

From the people behind those 55-cent, single-serving espresso pods comes Nespresso Boutique: a cafe-cum-shop with a sexy lounge-lit coffee bar, a video wall, and more caffeine than you can (uncontrollably) shake a stick at.

Inside The House Of Thunder - Own

Boss Hoss indeed -- this sucker made by a Tennessee company has an 445hp LS1 Corvette engine shoehorned in there.

Brooklyn And San Francisco Invaded By Cell-Phone Video Of Spooky Night Lights

Finally, one of the millions of video-equipped smart phones in Brooklyn have caught an unidentified flying object hovering over some of the world's priciest real estate. Why do the alien monsters want to live where everyone else wants to live?

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