Leaked Big Oil Speech: Wage "Endless War" Against Fracking Opponents

In June, Rick Berman of the PR firm Berman & Company gave a speech to a room full of oil industry executives. Presumably believing his talk was private, he spoke of waging "endless war" against fracking's opponents and exploiting fear and anger to win supporters. Unfortunately for him, he was being recorded. » 10/31/14 1:00pm Today 1:00pm

In Praise of Skull Trumpet, the Internet's Spookiest Meme

Doot-doot! The internet's spookiest meme isn't really spooky at all. Start the video, and a disembodied skull holding a trumpet appears, hovering over a field of black. Without menace, it turns toward you, and the bell of its horn begins to throb. Doot-doot! Skull Trumpet's musical salvo lasts all of two notes, and… » 10/31/14 9:35am Today 9:35am

Ivy League School Will Offer Class on "Wasting Time on the Internet"

Next year, at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania, a group of students will screw around online. Between lectures on thinkers like John Cage and Betty Friedan, they'll be asked to browse the likes of Tumblr or Twitter and hopefully, by they end of the semester, they'll have something meaningful to say about it… » 10/30/14 6:05pm Yesterday 6:05pm

What's a Manhattan Government Waiting Room Doing in a Brooklyn Garage?

Much has been made of the power of art to take its observer to magical, faraway places. In Northwestern Expansion, an installation currently on view in Park Slope, the artist Corina Reynolds takes an opposite tack, precisely replicating the mundane, fluorescent-lit waiting room of a Manhattan government building. » 10/30/14 5:00pm Yesterday 5:00pm

Staten Island Paper: We'll Endorse This Asshole, But We Won't Like It

The Staten Island Advance was presented with a tough choice in its district's upcoming House race. Michael Grimm, the incumbent, was indicted on federal fraud charges and once threatened to throw a reporter off a balcony. Domenic Recchia, his challenger, seems even dumber than him. Apparently, neither has ever read a… » 10/30/14 11:08am Yesterday 11:08am

Woman Learned The Father of Her Child Was a Spying Undercover Cop

In the 1980s, Bob Lambert, a former officer with London's Metropolitan Police Service, went undercover with a group of environmental activists. Working under the alias Bob Robinson, he attended demonstrations, co-wrote a leaflet that started the longest trial in England's history, and fathered a son. » 10/29/14 3:00pm Wednesday 3:00pm

Dress Your Precious Baby as a Dank-Ass Pot Leaf This Halloween

Your baby is dank. I mean, that little thing is chill as hell. Lying in its crib, playing with some stupid mobile, like Check this thing out. The dumb mobile is not that cool, baby, but you are. You're the dankest lil bb on the block. I know this. Your parents know it. But how do we prove it to the neighbors? » 10/29/14 12:35pm Wednesday 12:35pm

Cool Pope Says Evolution Is Real, God Not a Magician With a Magic Wand

Cool Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, possessor of truly Jadenesque follower count, acknowledged today that evolution and the Big Bang thoery are real, and that God is not "a magician with a magic wand." » 10/28/14 2:20pm Tuesday 2:20pm

Key Rikers Island Official Resigns Because Rikers Island Is Terrible

William Clemons, the highest-ranking uniformed officer of New York City's Correction Department, will resign, it was announced today, because—well, because Rikers Island is a really, truly, unimaginably awful place. » 10/28/14 12:38pm Tuesday 12:38pm

Cop: Give Me Your Undies and I'll Let You Go Without Licking Your Feet

Patrick Quinn, an avowed foot fetishist and former police officer in Harris County, Texas, allegedly told a woman he pulled over that she was free to go as long as she either gave him her underwear or let him smell her feet. And if he got close to her feet, he warned, "he was probably going to lick them too." » 10/27/14 6:30pm Monday 6:30pm

Why Did the Boston Globe Tweet a Photo of a Chocolate Butt Plug?

The Boston Globe, among our country's most venerated journalistic institutions, republished a New York Times story about chocolate on its website today. For some reason, the photo it chose to accompany that story on Twitter shows a chocolate butt plug next to a chocolate Santa Claus holding a chocolate butt plug. » 10/27/14 5:25pm Monday 5:25pm

Everybody Laugh at This Riot Cop Chasing Topless Women and Faceplanting

It's Monday, and the world is an unforgiving nightmare, so here's some schadenfreude to lighten your day: at a rally held in France by the often-topless feminist group Femen, a riot gear-clad cop totally beefed while trying apprehend the sprinting horde of bare-chested ladies. » 10/27/14 3:00pm Monday 3:00pm

Art-World Asshole Made Millions Selling Paintings He Stole From His Wife

Maybe you've seen one of the images on a postcard, or a print on the wall of a sentimental older relative: a person, usually a young child, gazes at you with a cartoonishly melancholy expression. She might be holding a puppy or a kitten, and she definitely has enormous, tearful eyes. » 10/27/14 2:30pm Monday 2:30pm