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July 30, 2012

Mitt Romney Often Cites Culture As The Reason For A Nation's Economic Success

Mitt Romney has come under some fire for remarks at a fundraiser in Israel saying the "power" of "culture" was the reason for the large economic disparity between Israel and Palestine. But the remarks are nothing new for Romney, who often cites culture as the reason for the success of some nations over others. Romney says he first got the idea from reading David Landis' book The Wealth and Poverty of Nations.

The Google Pluspocalypse

It's been clear for a while that Google is hell-bent on making Google+ work, and its motives are both reasonable and clear — from a business perspective. But at times I find myself wondering if Google has, like, actually lost control of its social network; if a lumbering green robot is stalking the campus, crashing through doors and zapping product managers at random with his +1 death ray. It would explain a lot. Anyway, uh, Gmail has Google Hangouts now.

The Inspiration For Heath Ledger's Joker

In 1979, singer Tom Waits appeared on The Don Lane Show in Australia. As you will soon be able to see (the action starts at 1:30), his appearance was likely the basis for Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight.

Tom Waits' 1979 Interview: Ledger's Inspiration For The Joker?

This video has been tearing its way around the internet all weekend, a 1979 Australian TV interview with Tom Waits that seems to be Heath Ledger’s inspiration for the Joker in The Dark Knight. Even stranger, the interviewer (Don Lane) seems to be do…

Happy Birthday! Spider-Man Turns 50

Peter Parker is looking spry for a baby boomer. Buzzfeed interviews Marvel editor Stephen Wacker about what's in store for the Spider-Man as he heads towards his 700th issue. Plus: Exclusive alternate covers celebrating 50 years of Spider-Man.

Watch NBC's Controversial Gymnastics Interview

As NBC interviewed surprise Women's All-Around Gymnastics qualifier Aly Raisman, the shot was framed so that the heartbroken Jordyn Wieber (whom Aly's victory displaced) was juxtaposed in the background. It led many to ask, "too mean?"

Couple Reunite 50 Years After Divorcing

BUFFALO, N.Y., July 29 (UPI) -- A New York couple say they will be remarried at the age of 85 after they spent nearly 50 years apart.

Poignant Images Of Crying Olympians

Whether celebrating one of the greatest victories of their lives, mourning one of the greatest disappointments, or simply being overwhelmed by the moment, these images embody the power of the Olympics.

Eric Cantor's BuzzFeed Interview Makes News

BuzzFeed's Washington Bureau Chief, John Stanton, had a newsmaking interview with Rep. Eric Cantor last week where he urged tolerance on gays and muslims. CBS This Morning's Charlie Rose pushed Cantor on his statements to BuzzFeed and PoliticsNation's Rev. Al Sharpton said Cantor's interview with BuzzFeed represented "a major development" and calls its a party split. "Folks, this is big," said Sharpton. Yup.

Ashlee Holmes Enjoys The Dark Side Photo

Yesterday we had TWO blk events. The first stop was at King Kullen in Messepequa Park. What was supposed to only be a 2 hour event turned into a 3 hour event!! Sadly, store employees had to start turning people away. The second location was just as …

Mitt Romney Took Swipe At Michelle Obama In 2008 Convention Speech

The Romney campaign attacked and fundraised off comments by Democratic strategist Hilary saying Romney's wife Ann hadn't "worked a day in her life." But while Republicans pundits have attacked Democrats for taking aim at Romney's wife, in Romney's 2008 RNC convention address Romney himself took aim at President Obama's wife Michelle. Romney said "just like you, there has never been a day when I was not proud to be an American,” hitting Michelle Obama for saying 2008 was "the first time" in her adult life she was proud of America.

Obama Promised In 2008 He Would Not Run Negative Ads

President Obama has taken heat for the negativity of his 2012 campaign. In an April 2008 speech, Obama promised to not run negative ads saying it "was a different time" that required "a different kind of campaign." He later ran many negative ads against John McCain.

Aly Raisman's Crazy Boston Parents Are Awesome

US Gymnast Aly Raisman is from Boston. You would never know it unless you saw or heard her parents. And you should, because they're the best. They're so Boston that Ben Affleck just adopted the whole family.

Trailer For Cloud Atlas

The Wachowskis (The Matrix movies) and Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) are teaming up to bring David Mitchell's award-winning novel, Cloud Atlas, to the big screen. It's an ambitious effort given the plot of the book:

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