Police ended a hostage crisis at a chocolate shop in Sydney, Australia.
In other Australian news, a shark killed a teenager.
Americans believe torture prevents acts of terrorism.
Speaking of torture, Karl Rove wants to feed your rectum.
An APD Officer accidentally shot a civilian on Sunday morning.
Seth Rogen is North Korea's biggest enemy.
The US is the most uncaring nation in the industrial world, and it's all Ayn Rand's fault.
Mother Nature screwed up the day for air travelers in San Francisco.
The liquid in E-ciagerettes is poisonous enough to kill a child.
The Dutch are not happy about Google's privacy violations through data collection.
Walt Disney died on this day back in 1966. He was 65. Here are some inspirational Disney quotes to get you through life or at least through the day.
The recent rains mean that the National Forests aren't quite as likely to catch on fire if you camp in them. But you're still not allowed to do it yet.
Something something Levi Chavez trial something!
The Texans are coming for your water.
Behold, the strange and convoluted saga of the worst video game in the world! And charity marathon!
Sarah Palin is planning on running for senate.
Australia is spying on phone records too. But for really important reasons, like catching litterbugs.
You should be ashamed for giving up on Catch-22 after only 20 pages, but hey, at least you're not alone. Goodreads presents a graphic of the most commonly abandoned books.
Upon reading that Jermaine Jackson was on a quest to find five Australian artists to turn into a modern-day Jackson 5, I was a little perplexed, maybe a little befuddled. Jackson 5 were one of my favorite groups as a youngster because they encapsulated the joy and freedom that many associate with childhood. In other words, they’ve always been a perfect soundtrack to anything resembling happiness (in my humble opinion). C’mon, who doesn’t love “I Want You Back”? Just take a listen to their greatest hits if you’re a skeptic. So, what exactly is Jackson trying to accomplish? Is he trying to revive the soul-group aesthetic of a past generation? Or is he simply trying to realign himself with pop culture to give his name some longevity and weight?
Your guess is as good as mine, but in an interview with UnderCover, Jackson states that “you just don’t see the kind of band or that kind of mania that the Jacksons created any more.” Jackson is even wrangling the kids online by using the Internet to give his endeavor an extra boost. Using online social media and a website, JJ5TV.com, where users and viewers can give their opinions and feedback, Jackson can pick the top five people to take JJ5 to the brink of stardom. (Oh yeah, JJ5 is the name of the group). So, keep your eyes peeled, your mouse in hand, and you could be one of the voices that decides who and what JJ5 will be—assuming you care, of course.
Three American soldiers killed by an Afghan pretending to be a cop
The memorial for the Sikh temple victims is happening today.
July: Hottest. Month. Ever.
There was a bomb threat at Pro’s Ranch Market
A new early species of human was discovered
Deceased Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is supernaturally awesome.
You, too, can learn to speak four languages in a year.
Play with Politico’s nifty swing state map
Seven missing athletes from Cameroon probably defected in London. It happens.
“If you could see the earth illuminated when you were in a place as dark as night, it would look to you more splendid than the moon.”
Sometimes you love God so much, you just wanna make your children live in an underground bunker for their entire lives.
Romani people in France continue to get merde-ed upon.
“Walking Dead” deleted zombie horde scene
Anonymous hacked Australia.
The Stranglers’ Hugh Cornwell does a mariachi “Golden Brown.”
Have a gooey, flaming National S’more Day!
"Extremely dangerous" cage fighter on the loose.
When rabid cows attack.
The always entertaining Rio Grande Sun police blotter.
Photo gallery of the decaying quarantine (Typhoid Mary was a guest) and drug rehabilitation facility on North Brother Island in the East River, New York City.
Now that you've seen the new Ferris Bueller Honda ad, you don't have to watch the Superbowl!
Queensland, Australia is flooding for the second summer in a row.
Anonymous are about to make a pile of emails relating to the 2005 Haditha massacre available on Pirate Bay.
Worried about potential libel claims? Let's revisit the "small penis rule."
Photo Gallery of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's (decaying, of course) Heritage U.S.A. theme park.
Today in 1914 William S. Burroughs was born.
Muammar “I wear my sunglasses at night” Gaddafi may be open to a truce.
U.S. defense firm Lockheed Martin becomes the latest victim in cyber attacks.
You could be fined in Australia for using profanity in public.
Alarm clocks containing explosives blow up at IKEA stores in Belgium, France and The Netherlands.
The Illinois House approves a bill that will bring a casino to Chicagoland.
Detained female protesters in Egypt were subjected to “virginity tests.”
In this creepy video, a Mexican teacher sings to her students while a gun fight goes on outside.
A woman is arrested after wheeling a trash can filled with human body parts through a neighborhood.
Apparently, it’s an unspeakable offense to play golf on Memorial Day.
A woman in Bangladesh takes a would-be rapist’s penis to police as evidence.
They’ve enlisted the help of elephants during the clean up efforts in Joplin, Mo.
Hackers hit PBS’ web site and post a fake Tupac story.
No, not snakes on a plane, but snakes on a train.
You know your organization is the laughingstock of all scary radical religious groups when it’s counterprotested by the Ku Klux Klan.
Now you can save face by sending your lover an STD e-card to let them know they’re infected!
Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel resigns under numerous allegations of NCAA rule violations.
No pardon for Billy the Kid.
Uncle shoots nephew while playing 'cops and robbers' with real gun.
Man hurt playing real 'Frogger.'
Man shot by police had PTSD.
Former President of Israel convicted of rape.
Top Ten Books of 2010.
Tornado kills three in Arkansas.
Flood in Australia the size of Texas.
Stars who died in 2010.
Man strips at Virginia airport.
Restaurant critic gets exposed by restaurant owner.
Foster’s and koalas shouldn’t be the only things we enjoy about Australia. This summer, the Australian indie band Operator Please released its second full- length album, Gloves. Few bands stay together after their high school “Battle of the Bands” contest, much less enjoy Top 40 status. But that’s just what happened to Operator Please, who came together at Elanora State High School in Queensland. The band started out as four teenagers aiming simply to deliver a performance that would guarantee them high school glory, but after they won the contest, they realized they might be on to something. Though the band is not well known here in the U.S., the single “Just A Song About Ping-Pong” debuted at #15 on the Australian ARIA Singles Chart in 2007. OP songs keep listeners interested, as its two albums offer a combination of energetic beats and clever reflections: “So what are we to do when everybody’s got a soft spot for liquor and accessories?” croons lead singer Amandah Wilkinson in the song “Rocking Horse.” Check out the band’s first album, Yes Yes Vindictive (released 2008), then go on to Gloves.
My favorite songs: “Two For My Seconds” and “Leave it Alone”