October 10, 2018

During a visit to the accurately named Nashville Nightmare on Friday, a woman stabbed her friend in the arm after a random man with a skull face handed her a knife and told her she should get back at him for teasing her.

The friend, Jay Yochim, 29, was at the haunted house complex with the woman and a few other pals. He told The Tennessean that after visiting several attractions, they stood in a courtyard area and started talking with a man they believed was an employee. They all were playfully teasing each other, and after Yochim made a joke, the man gave his friend a knife and suggested she stab him. "Keep in mind, we'd been chased by chainsaws, holding other weapons, all kinds of stuff all night, and it was all fake," he said. "So she stabs me with it, and everything got really black."

Blood began to gush from Yochim's arm, and the man who handed his friend the knife started to freak out, telling the group he had no idea the knife was "that sharp." Yochim passed out, and when he woke up, his friend was crying. "No one wants to stab their friend," the extremely understanding Yochim told The Tennessean. "I've been stabbed and I still can't even imagine what it's like to accidentally hurt your friend like that."

While Yochim did need nine stitches, doctors say he was lucky because the knife did not hit any major arteries, tendons, or bones. Nashville Nightmare told The Tennessean it believes an employee was involved, and he has been placed on leave while the bizarre incident is being investigated. Catherine Garcia

May 8, 2018

Imagine Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's surprise when, after enjoying a delicious meal in Israel last week, a shoe was placed in front of him, with his dessert of chocolate pralines plopped inside.

The odd dish was served to Abe during a May 2 dinner at the home of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. The meal was the work of celebrity chef Segev Moshe, and it's been panned by several Israeli officials and diplomats, who are aware that in Japan, people take their shoes off before walking into a home. "There is nothing lowlier than a shoe in Japanese culture," one senior Israeli official told the Israeli newspaper Yediot Aharonot on Monday. "Not only do they not wear shoes at home, you also won't find shoes in their offices. This is disrespect of the first order."

Israel's foreign ministry is slowing backing away from the debacle, releasing a statement clarifying that it had nothing to do with choosing the menu or the presentation of dishes, and declaring that the country has "the utmost respect for the Japanese prime minister." A publicist for the chef said the shoe was the "high quality" work of artist Tom Dixon, and it was made out of totally hygienic cast metal: "It is not a real shoe." Catherine Garcia

July 15, 2016

Designing a good logo is really hard — just ask Airbnb. But for some reason or another, the 2016 presidential race seems to have its share of exceptionally bad logos, including Hillary Clinton's giant red arrow pointing to the right and Jeb Bush's definitely-not-low-energy exclamation point.

But the newly-revealed Trump-Pence fundraising logo spectacularly takes the cake:

Nobody knows what's going on with it. Or, well, actually everyone does know what's going on with it, but they're too polite to say:

Okay, come on folks, get your mind out of the gutter. Jeva Lange

June 2, 2016

A middle school teacher in Alabama gives her students a math test. It is filled with questions about pimps, drugs, and guns. How many days will it be until this teacher is fired? Extra credit if you can explain why the teacher thought this was a good idea.

The Mobile County Public School System has confirmed that a teacher at Burns Middle School in Mobile has been put on administrative leave after giving eighth grade students what's known as the "L.A. Math Proficiency Test," CBS News reports. The test, which has been making the rounds on the internet for years, asks such questions as: "Leroy has 2 ounces of cocaine. If he sells an 8 ball to Antonio for $320 and 2 grams to Juan for $85 per gram, what is the street value of the rest of his hold?" and "Pedro got 6 years for murder. He also got $10,000 for that hit. If his common-law wife spends $100 of his hit money per month, how much money will be left when he gets out?"

Superintendent Martha Peek said because this is a personnel issue, she could not comment, but stated that as soon as administrators found out about the test, the unidentified teacher was suspended. Parent Erica Hall told Fox 10 her son took a photo of the offensive test, given to him during language arts, and sent it to her. "They took it as a joke, and she told them it wasn't a joke, and they had to complete it and turn it in," she said. Perhaps the most alarming thing is this isn't the first time a person entrusted with educating children has gotten in trouble over this — teachers in California, New Mexico, and Texas have been suspended for passing out similar tests. Catherine Garcia

September 22, 2015

You might remember the Hillary Clinton Emojigate of August 2015. Don't you wish you could have reacted to it with a "skeptical face" emoji of Clinton herself?

Luckily, the next time Clinton — or anyone else, for that matter — does something you want to reply to with a picture of Clinton herself, you can: Snaps Inc. has created a full keyboard of Hillary emoji, or "Hillmoji," for iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, email, and other social media platforms. For free, users can download emoji of Clinton wearing three different shades of pantsuits, plus Clinton in a "Brooklyn NYC" shirt (the facial expressions, of course, all vary). There are also stickers that say things like "The SheVote" and "Future is Pink," or "#ICan'tI'mBusyBreakingGlassCeilings."

"Emoji are supposed to be a little bit playful and make someone more relatable,” Snaps founder and Clinton supporter Vivian Rosenthal told The Wall Street Journal. "It might be a catalyst for two friends to start talking about donating some time to the campaign," she added, clearly ignorant of the rich potential here for left-leaning millennials to spam right-wing relatives with pictures of Hillary's laughing face.

To download the Hillarys for yourself, visit Snaps' website. Jeva Lange

September 21, 2015

Donald Trump ought to consider changing his campaign motto, because this is proof America is already great: A sexy Donald Trump costume now exists. USA! USA!

"You'll be 'Making America Great!' this Halloween in this limited edition Yandy Donna T. Rumpshaker costume featuring a white sleeveless shirt with an attached collar, an attached red tie, a royal blue faux blazer, and royal blue booty shorts," the lingerie and costume website Yandy advertises, adding that the "Making America Great" hat and "Comb Over Politician Wig" are sold separately. The base costume will run you a classy $69.95.

The "Sexy Donald Trump" costume is only the most recent apparel inspired by Trump, whose "Make America Great Again" cap was dubbed "an ironic summer accessory" by The New York Times style section and was parodied by New York City's Strand Bookstore. America, what will you think of next? Jeva Lange

September 18, 2015

"Haha" and "mama" are considered to be universal words — that is, words that have basically the same sound and meaning across many dissimilar languages. There aren't very many of these words around, but almost by accident, a team of Dutch researchers found another that will have you scratching your head.


Yep — 31 vastly different languages say "huh?" to convey confusion, the team found, and the discovery has just won them an Ig Nobel Prize, an award for odder, but totally real, scientific discoveries. That said, the universality of "huh" isn't just a cool piece of trivia to pull out at your next cocktail party; it actually teaches linguists a lot about how languages develop.

It's maybe not so surprising that the word should be so widespread, because it acts as a pretty perfect and speedy solution to a common problem — that is, the need to convey quickly that you didn't quite catch what was said, but without totally derailing the conversational flow. The researchers muse that the seemingly universal use of the word may be the linguistic equivalent to the concept of convergent evolution: "When different species live in similar conditions, they can independently evolve similar traits," they write. "In a similar way, the similarity of huh? across a set of widely divergent languages may be due to the fact that the constraints from its environment are the same everywhere." [New York]

Whoever would have thought that a word that means "help, I'm so confused" could be so interesting? Jeva Lange

September 11, 2015

This is it — the last straw. No longer can we pretend The New York Times' style section isn't just outright trolling us all. Now that $350 hobo bags on sticks have made it into the Gray Lady's pages, one can't help but look twice at some of their past features and wonder, is this all a joke?

The answer: Yes. Yes, it is. Below, a selection of the Times' most ridiculous style section trend pieces. Jeva Lange

Hobo Chic From the Bindle Bros. of Brooklyn

"You can fit any physical objects in a bindle," Josiah said. "But bindles are really meant for your hopes and your dreams."

Bringing Exclusivity to Dogs, and Owners

"Don't worry," Ms. Simon Frost added when we were back inside, where other dogs were undergoing interviews. "Your dog will get into a good college."

How I Became a Hipster

Next I told Rich: "I could also use some mustache counseling. My boyfriend has been growing a 'stache and I want to be supportive." Rich looked confused. I said, "Well, it is sort of like having a small, hairy new pet in the home." Rich counseled: Enjoy the 'stache. Honor the 'stache.

Oh, How the Humble Has Risen

"For some reason when you go to a restaurant and they have a kale salad on the menu, you automatically accept that it's a cool spot," said Chelsea Leyland, a D.J. and downtown fixture. "It's like playing the right music of the moment. It gives it that stamp of coolness."

Should Grown Men Use Emoji?

"Women tend to be more overtly expressive in language," he said. "But something women start in language has a way of making it to men. Men would benefit from using emoji more."

The Only Witches' Brew Here Is the Beer

Ms. Carpenter stressed that there was nothing sinister or cultlike about the group. "We're not 'Helter Skelter,'" she said. "But there's a bond between us. Calling ourselves witches is cool because witches used to be shunned."

Women Who Dye Their (Armpit) Hair

"One woman came in to get them done because she was going on a family vacation and wanted to freak out her in-laws," Ms. Hunt said.

One Part Mr. Peanut, One Part Hipster Chic

"I got it just to have my own style, bring something new to the table," said Jose Vega, 23, an aspiring Miami rap musician who can be seen sporting a monocle on his SoundCloud page. "Also, I'm nearsighted."

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