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September 4, 2012

An Amazing Paralympics Performance

Or rather, just an amazing performance, full stop. I was alerted to this video by Dunstan Orchard who tweeted "this must be the most remarkable track race I've ever seen". I don't want to spoil it too much but pay attention to the guy in last place …

Playboy To Courtney Stodden: No Thanks

She may be 18 now but she's still not what the publication has in mind.

Curiosity Killed The Cat

It's like "Platoon" but not.

Unions Bused Occupy Protesters To Charlotte

They support Obama — but paid for buses that brought protesters to both conventions. Labor official says they didn't mean to. "Arrest Barack!"

Mormons For Obama Launch Their Own "Missionary Effort"

Harry Reid rallies a minority with in a minority. "I wish Mitt Romney would stop talking about his religion!"

Joanna Coles Named Editor In Chief At Cosmopolitan

Here’s yet another shakeup to add to the latest round of editorial musical chairs: Joanna Coles, who has been the editor at Marie Claire since 2006, has just been named editor in chief at Cosmopolitan. “[Coles'] great success in television and soci…

Cover Story: Final Fantasy VII's Quinceañera From 1UP.com

15 years later, the response to FFVII feels much more critical -- I suppose that's expected with hindsight and all -- but its impact remains unchallenged. This was the game that popularized RPGs on the PlayStation and thrust open the doors of opport…

What It Takes to Report on Anonymous

The temperamental hacker/activist/teen group Anonymous notoriously difficult — and risky — to report on. Adrian Chen takes one for the team.

"The Biggest Loser" Wants To Fight Childhood Obesity By Featuring Teen Contestants

Obesity experts say they're going about it all wrong.

The Unsettled Science Of Tennis Grunting

The Women's Tennis Association has laid out its plans to eliminate grunting. But why do players grunt in the first place? And would it hurt them to try and stop?

Democrats In The Jimmy Carter Trap

An Obama surrogate makes one of the biggest gaffes of the summer, derailing Chicago’s well-crafted “forward” campaign narrative. How do they get beyond it? “An honest conversation,” says DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz.

Cory Booker: “It Isn't Class Warfare, It's Patriotism”

The Newark mayor hits back at the Republican argument on taxes.

Michael Clarke Duncan Death: Green Mile Actor, 54, Dies Two Months After Severe Heart Attack

Michael Clarke Duncan, the Oscar-nominated star of The Green Mile, has died after nearly two months of treatment following a heart attack in July.

"Government Is The Only Thing We All Belong To"

A provocative line in a DNC video. UPDATE: Obama campaign disclaims.

Car-Sex Accidents Are More Common Than You Might Think

The son of a Chinese government official was killed in a car accident earlier this year — while half-naked. Unfortunately, he wouldn't be the first person to put himself in danger through sexual activity — or ill-advised stripping games — while driving.

So John Mayer And Katy Perry Are Not Broken Up?

They were seen at the FYF music festival this weekend together. Are they or aren't they? Someone wake me when you have an answer.

First Look! "Avengers" Get New Comic, Cover Art

The first three covers interlock to form an awesome mural. After the blockbuster success of the Avengers movie, a new comic was only a matter of time.

Talk To The Booty

Found this under #erotic on Tumblr.

10 Brave New Ways To Make NFL Bets With Your Friends This Season

Classic fantasy leagues and survivor pools are so 2008.

This Sound Guy Definitely Has Some Personal Issues Going On

Like he's got to have some really deep-seated emotional problems.

McKayla Maroney Proves She Could Play Pro Baseball

Well kind of. At yesterday's Dodgers game, McKayla declared her superiority over both her fellow gymnasts and the pitchers mound.

The Best And Worst Of WWE Raw 9/3/12

This week's Best And Worst Of WWE Raw "hugs it out" with anger management part 2, Heath Slater playing air guitar on someone's head and more.

The Secrets Of Final Fantasy VII's Success From 1UP.com

This was, of course, nothing new to video games. The advent of CD media introduced a variety of games that used video clips and (often lacking) film production to imitate cinema, resulting in such quickly outdated mockeries as Night Trap and Tomcat …

The NASA Scientist Who Answers Your 2012 Apocalypse Emails

In his day job, Dr. David Morrison is the senior scientist at NASA's Astrobiology Institute in the Ames Research Center in California. There he specializes in asteroid impact, terrestrial defense from same, planetary exploration and the search for e…

Great White Shark Carcass Washes Up On New England Beach

The 1,500-pound body will be left on the beach to decompose. WARNING: Graphic images.

27 Reasons Why Nothing Matters

Having a rough day? Don't worry about it! You're just an atom in a molecule in a grain of sand on a tiny beach on the vast continent of the cosmos! You are small and the universe is indifferent!!!

Sifl & Olly Return!

Talk about a blast from the past. If you don't know why this is a big deal, are you even old enough to be on the Internet without supervision?

What Bella And Edward Are Really Saying

Turns out a lot of original dialog was dubbed over in post-production for the film. The original audio track has just been released, and the movie makes SO much more sense now.

5 Key Factors That Could Help Mental Health Professionals Spot Future Shooters

In the wake of this summer's shootings, lots of Americans have been asking how mental health professionals can go about preventing violence. A new study offers one possible answer: a simple five-item scale.

Stan Lee's WhoSay Is Adorkable, Corny

The Marvel icon is unapologetically goofy. And that makes otherwise groan-worthy puns into endearing photo ops.

Robert Gibbs Eastwooding

The former Obama Press Secretary demands that this chair GET OFF HIS LAWN.

Obama Supporter Confronts DNC Protesters

A racially charged moment outside the convention. Protesters camped out on a street corner, closer than they ever made it in Tampa.

The 2008 And 2012 DNC Platforms By The Numbers

The 2012 platform often mentions Republicans and Mitt Romney, a change from 2008. More mentions of jobs and the middle class, but also more mentions of Bin Laden and abortion.

What The Hell Are "Oogieloves" And Other Links

Besides the stars of the worst box office opening in history? Plus, NYC nude model is vindicated with lawsuit win and a super ticklish meerkat.

See Just How Little Fashion Shows Have Changed Since The '20s

With fashion, as most things, there are few, if any, new ideas.

Cats And Toilet Paper?

Pfft. They have bigger problems Down Under. Bigger. And cuter.

Al Jazeera Has Been Hacked

Super hacked...

A Brief History Of Obama Grading His Own Presidency

From "a solid b-plus" in 2009 to three years of "incomplete."

Melismashable went back in time!

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Lance Armstrong Totally Doped

If you had any remaining doubts about Lance Armstrong's involvement in doping, Tyler Hamilton's book should put those to rest. Hamilton was Armstrong's teammate on the U.S. Postal Service team, and in the book, he tells the story (corroborated by no…

Dorsey Went Back In Time!

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Clint Eastwood's Chair went back in time!

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Andy Went Back In Time!!

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The Bionic Olympian Loses Paralympic Race, Accuses Winner Of Cheating

Oscar Pistorius became a household name at the London Olympics for being the first double amputee sprinter to compete in the Olympics. Turns out he might not even be the fastest Paralympian.

31 Fierce GIFs Of Beyonce Dancing For Her Birthday

Queen B turns 31 today. Happy B(ey)-Day!

Vegas Party Girl Dishes On Prince Harry's Naked Bash

It was only a matter of time before one of Prince Harry's Las Vegas party guests spilled their story to the media. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Carrie Reichert. Reichert, 32, a California beautician who happened to be born in England, was one of t…

Two Old, Black Girls...still Holding Up America

As it received high marks from friends, I wanted to like John Jeremiah Sullivan's recent NY Times Magazine profile of Venus and Serena Williams more than I did, but I think Sullivan had so little access to the sisters that it turned into more of a s…

Democrats Set To Move Obama's Big Speech From 74,000-Seater Outdoor Stadium To 20,000-Seater Indoor Arena

Democrats are poised to avoid the danger of President Barack Obama, pictured on the White House lawn today, accepting his party's nomination before a partially-empty stadium by shifting his speech to an indoor arena and citing 'severe weather'

'Cocaine Godmother' Killed In Colombia

MEDELLIN, Colombia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Drug kingpin Griselda Blanco, known for her violent street justice during Miami's cocaine wars of the 1970s and '80s, was gunned down in Colombia, police said.

Cocaine Cowboys' Griselda Blanco Killed Dead In Colombia Assassination

The Black Widow, Cocaine Cowboys' Griselda Blanco, killed in Colombia. Griselda Blanco assassinated by motorcycle gunmen in Medellin.

This Prank Compilation Is The Best Of Them All

When can we expect to see quality programming like this in the United States?

Proof In GIFs That The NFL's Replacement Refs Are Hopelessly Inept

This would be funny if it wasn't so very, very sad.

Mayim Bialik: "Life Gets Better When You're A Nerd"

The former Blossom star thinks we all need to stop watching Honey Boo Boo.

A Family Recovers From Hurricane Isaac

Heartbreaking. The Martinez family in Braithwaite, Louisiana, is putting the pieces of their fifth hurricane-destroyed home back together.

19 Perfect Moments In Subtitles History

Sometimes a caption on a screencap lines up absolutely perfectly.

People Who Are Absolutely Horrified By Guy Fieri's Eating

It's okay, guys. It'll all be over soon.

Prince Harry Makes His First Appearance Post Naked Photo Scandal

Here he is at the Paralympics, looking just as nothing ever happened. He might be even more animated than usual?

The Proto-Rapists Of OkCupid

Why do online daters think it's cute to bring up rape?

"Stop Kony" Makes DNC Platform

The video was a powerful call for what turned out to be a complex and controversial policy. The first sentence of the Democratic Party's platform entry on Africa suggests it's the most important mission on the continent.

Jpmoore went back in time!

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Paul Ryan Time Calculator: How Fast Would The Republican VP Candidate Say You Are?

Mitt Romney's running mate stretched the truth regarding his marathon time. Now he'll do the same for you! See how fast Paul Ryan would say you are.

Lost Russell Crowe Gets A Lift From U.S. Coast Guard In Long Island

Russell Crowe got a little help from the U.S. Coast Guard over the weekend after a kayaking trip off of Long Island took a wrong turn. The Academy Award winner, 48, who is in New York filming the new Darren Aronofsky drama Noah, decided to take …

Tom Cruise Denies Scientology Marriage Recruitment Story

Remember those rumors that Tom Cruise met Katie Holmes while he was "auditioning" wives? The gossip was that he'd approached several other actresses before Katie, and that she was the first to be approved by the Scientology bigwigs. The ex-couple, o…

European Soccer Disappears From American TV

Perplexed and irritated that I couldn't find any Barcelona FC matches on TV for the past few weeks, I finally did some research and it turns out that's because Qatar-based Al Jazeera bought up the TV rights to several European leagues but doesn't ac…

Gary Busey Rode A Roller Coaster At The Malibu Chili Cook Off

He also went on some other rides and made a "sweatshirt face" but mostly he rode on a roller coaster.

8 Ways To Consume The White House's Homemade Honey Brown Ale

Or whatever old beer you have lying around. Even if yours isn't made with honey from the White House's first-ever beehive to suit the president's tastes, you can still do something mighty delicious with it.

Elizabeth Warren Was "Speechless" At Eastwood's Speech

"Like much of America." Also: "Ted Kennedy changed my life."

Try Out Our Totally Awesome Personal Time Machine

Help us kick-off national nostalgia month by using this cool personal time machine. Throw yours in the comments!

Parents Of Twins Bribe Fellow Flyers Tops The Morning Links

Sorry about this! Plus, some really gross cocktails and the best for Ron Swanson's AMA.

Legitimate Rape, Meet Legitimate Drowning

"If it was a legitimate pushing, your body will find a way to shut out all the water."

Jarrett Dodges "Times" Article, Reporters Through Charlotte

The keeper of the Obama flame, or the "night stalker"? "I'm literally so late."

Noah Takes A Photo Of Himself Every Day For 12.5 Years

Noah Kalina, one of my favorite photographers, has taken a self-portrait of himself every day for the past 12 and a half years. After six years, he released a video of the results, which video went crazy viral and brought the attention of the world …

Ashton Kutcher Visits Victims Of Sex Trafficking While Filming In India

Ashton is filming Jobs in India, and took some time out to go to the Delhi NGO.

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NBC Should Hire This Guy To Announce Every Olympic Event

2014 isn't too far away. Get it done, NBC.

The Seven Dwarfs Perform Benny Goodman's Hit "Sing, Sing, Sing"

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs shake a leg to the King of Swing's hit song.

What's Obama's Last Name?

Reminder: we let teenagers vote in the U.S.

Why Is The Prez Teaming Up With Harold And Kumar?

The video then pans to Kumar gorging on munchies with his partner in crime, Harold (played by the actor John Cho), and giggling at cartoons. The video is meant to promote "Live From Charlotte," a live-streaming web-only convention special that Penn …

5 Racy Jantzen Swimwear Ads

Harmless-looking now but at the time, they were definitely boundary-pushing. Illustrated by legendary pin-up artist George Petty.

Orrin Hatch Does A "Call Me Maybe" Video

...along with the rest of the Utah delegation at the RNC. It's about as awkward as it sounds. H/T Utah Policy

Jeff Bridges' "White Russian" Master Class Cut Short By MSNBC

At least he got to humiliate the bartender on live television.

A Quick Guide To Wearing White After Labor Day

The only thing that should stress you out when wearing white is coffee stains, not outdated notions that it is a season-specific hue. White has been popping up on fall/winter runways the past few seasons, and this year winter white is definitely sha…

Milkers: The Strange And Wonderful World Of Babyz Pageantry From 1UP.com

"I've been in the Babyz community since I was 17, but I've actually been playing the game since 1999," said Jen. "I mean, it was just nice to be able to look after your own baby. You know, it was just nice to know you had a baby there. You could fee…

Author Tries Raising Money For Cancer Cure

LONDON, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- A British author says he wants raise up to $3 million for a trial of a potential treatment to help his editor who has the same cancer that killed Steve Jobs.

30 Delightful Cat Photos From The '30s

It's hard to have any great depression when there are cats to hug and to hold.

20 Lovely Cat Photos From The '20s

Cats and pretty girls go together like rum and coca cola. Some of the prettiest kitties the world has ever known!

23 Silent GIFs From This Summer's Hottest Movies

Everyone's saying talkies are the bee's knees, but judging by these spiffy animated GIFs I'd say silent is here to stay!

13 Cats That Think They're Winston Churchill

Ol' Churchill is fighting the good fight against Hitler overseas, but here at home looks like American cats are getting in the fightin' spirit. Go get 'em boys!

10 Things You Need To Know About The Black Dahlia

America is reeling from the senselessly brutal death of Hollywood starlet, Elizabeth Short. Who was this woman who's life was cut short one January night?

Women Enter The Working World As Men Go To War

Wife. Mother. Engineer. With our able bodied boys fighting overseas, the heavy lifting has been left in the capable hands of their wives.

One Man's War In 36 Sketches

Victor Alfred Lundy was an architecture student enrolled in the Army Special Training Program, and in 1944, with D-Day soon to come, he and his company were called up to the infantry. Lundy kept a running diary in his sketchbook, from basic training in South Carolina to the fields of France, and his swell drawings give you a sense of what it was like to be one of our boys in the army.

40 Precious Dog Photos From The '40s

The decade of tons of terriers, plus, Navy dogs, and NYC chihuahuas wearing sweaters! We can do it, doggies!

40 Sweet Cat Photos Of The '40s

How could anyone be at war when there are kitties in the world? The '40s were clearly the top decade for classic kids 'n' cats photos.

Anne Frank's Faith In Humanity

On Saturday, July 15, 1944—two years into her life in hiding, and even longer into a nightmarish world war—Anne Frank recorded in her diary a deeply-felt statement of her belief in humanity's essential goodness. She would die in the camps the following March, but her message still resonates powerfully.

This Is The Worst Friggin Toy Ever

Everyone's going nuts of the new "slinky", but have you tried untangling these monsters?

20 Pictures From The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League

There's no crying in baseball – but there's a whole lot of yelling, smiling, posing, and playing hard. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League was a women's baseball league founded founded in 1943 in order to keep public interest in baseball alive while the able-bodied male athletes were fighting the war abroad.

The Hollywood Magic Behind "The Wizard Of Oz"

The technicolor fantasy is the must-see picture of the season, but how did they bring the story to life on silver screen?

World Mourns Loss Of The Last Thylacine

R.I.P. you otherworldly creature. On September 7th, 1936 the captive animal succumbed to unknown causes.

TRAGEDY STRIKES! The Hindenburg Goes Up In Flames

The nation is plunged into mourning at such a senseless loss of life.

Airships Spotted Over Famous Landmarks

With the Hindenburg up in flames, the entire airship industry is kaput. But in less than 40 years, the zeppelin traveled the world and changed history.

13 Photos Of Ladies Voting Around The World

Women are lining up at polling stations across the globe as more countries prohibit sex-discriminate voting. What's next — 18-year-olds?

The Tasty Treat Taking Over American Kitchens

Ruth Wakefield shares the accidental recipe that's making her a household name.

30 Cute Dog Photos From The '30s

In doing research for this post, I have come to the important conclusion that dogs reached the height of their cuteness in the 1930s. Really, like a fourth of these dogs are wearing little hats.

The 10 Best Places In New York City For Your New Startup

The hottest place in the US for manufacturing and finance startups has a ton of new buildings for you to call your new home.

What's Your Bootlegger Name?

Every good rum-runner needs a slick gangster name, find out what yours is and throw it in the comments!

22 Things To Make Your Home More Art Deco

Bring a taste of Gatsby's eclectic mansion into your more humble abode.

Bright Young Things: The Glittery World Of 1920s Young Society

Cecil Beaton began his long and illustrious photography career as a fashion and society photographer in 1920s London. Beaton was a member of a lavish and exclusive world occupied by the young aristocrats and socialites of the day who were referred to as "The Bright Young Things". This young and affluent set were notorious for their elaborate fancy dress balls, excessive partying, drinking and experimentation with drugs.

The 10 Best Baseball Players Who Never Got To Play In The Majors

Black Americans were not allowed to play in Major League Baseball until Jackie Robinson was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. Before then, hundreds of gifted black baseball players competed against one another in successful Negro Leagues that formed all over America. There has been a great effort to remember and celebrate these great athletes, and many of them have since been inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ruthless Gun Molls Behind The Mob's Infamous Gangsters

These dames can kill with more than just their looks. They say behind every great man is a woman and that appears to hold true even into the criminal underground.

8 Prohibition Posters

Both for and against the 18th Amendment to the Constitution.

Awesome Speakeasies Across America

But you didn't hear about it from us. Whatever you do, don't check out these completely illegal establishments.

Learn The Charleston Step By Step

Learn the steps and impress your friends at the next Fetes.

The 10 Best Memes Of The 1920s

Boy howdy! These "meme" things sure are ducky!

Obama Gives Himself "Incomplete" Grade On The Economy

In an interview tonight with KKTV in Colorado Springs President Obama gave himself an incomplete grade on the economy. Obama gave the same grade to CBS in August 2010 and CBS in October of 2011.

Boat Accident, Skrillex Remix

The only thing that could make a boating accident more traumatic is dubstep.

Michael Clarke Duncan Death: The Green Mile Star Dies Aged 54, Following Two Months Of Treatment After July Heart Attack

The 6ft 5in, 300 pound star appeared in dozens of films, including box office hits Armageddon, Planet of the Apes and Kung Fu Panda.

11 Key Words In The Democratic Platform

An emphasis on "jobs" and "President Obama" in the 2012 official DNC platform. But more mentions of Bin Laden than unemployment, and climate change than debt.

When Michelle Met Kumar

Fist bumps all around. The touching reunion between Michelle Obama and Kal "Kumar" Pen at the Democratic National Convention. Kal Penn, if you didn't know, is a prominent supporter of President Obama and has worked with the White House on public engagement.

53 Examples Of The Amazing Innovations In Rave Style

So long JNCO's, hello furry loin cloths and gender-neutral neon. At New York's Electric Zoo festival over the weekend, electronic dance music fans got fierce, to say the least.

Disabled Democrat Slams Romney Surrogate Over "Wheel Chair Race" Crack

Disabled Americans, "including members of Congress, work, improve their communities and serve their country," Rep. Jim Langevin says in response to comments by Rep. Jason Chaffetz.

Fashionista Week In Review: Catch Up On All The Editor Shake-Ups, Kim Kardashian’s Sorta Donating Her Clothes To Charity, And Vogue‘s Top 10 Cover Girls

Meet the Man Behind the RNC Vagina Costumes: We had to know absolutely everything about these giant protest vagina costumes, so we asked Current TV editor Jo Piazza to get the scoop for us. First Look at Maison Martin Margiela x H&M: OMG! A very tho…

Michael Clarke Duncan Dead Of Heart Attack, Omarosa Says

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Michael Clarke Duncan’s fiancee says the Oscar nominee for The Green Mile has died while being hospitalized following a July heart attack.

Nicki Minaj Says She's A Republican Voting For Mitt Romney

Or so she said during a free-style on Lil Wayne's new mix tape. Who knows? You decide for yourself.

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