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WE SAVED YOUR LIMEY ASS IN WWII Wednesday, November 26
The British Embassy in Washington, D.C., apologized twice in August, first a tongue-in-cheek “apology” for England’s War of 1812 attack on the White House and then for making that “apology” in the first place — because of a backlash on Twitter from Americans complaining the jokey “apology” was “offensive.”
Lt. Col. Sherwood Baker was turned away from Adams High School in Rochester, Michigan, in September by a guard who said a school official sent word that Baker wasn’t allowed in to discuss his daughter’s class schedule until he changed into civilian clothes — because “a student” might be offended by his military uniform. The Rochester school superintendent later apologized.
Steve Soifer, CEO of an international support group for people with “shy bladders,” excoriated DirecTV in November for its series of commercials featuring Rob Lowe, whose “awkward” character in one ad stands at a urinal and says, “Fact: I can’t go with other people in the room.” Soifer says the ad ridicules a serious problem — and compared it to “making fun” of a man missing an arm or leg.
WEIRD Patriotism Wednesday, November 26
November is tax-publicizing season in Finland, where, unlike America, the government releases all individuals’ tax records to help build public support for the country’s vast welfare state. Thus, reported Foreign Policy magazine, Finnish society gets a “yearly dose of schadenfreüde”
INNARDS Wednesday, November 19
The most challenging toys this holiday season may be the series of furry human innards from the U.S. firm I Heart Guts — not just a soft, cuddly pancreas, brain and prostate, but also a rectum. Each part is packaged with a cheekily written …
WEIRD SCENES Wednesday, November 19
Richard Shear, 28, was arrested in Muskegon County, Michigan, in October after an apparent violent episode with his mother and girlfriend. Shear allegedly threatened them, slashed an SUV tire, and tried to burn down their home with gasoline and a …
THE DISTRICT OF CALAMITY Wednesday, November 19
The Washington, D.C., school system last year declared Avery Gagliano, 13, a habitual truant whose parents somehow require special training to ensure her attendance. The eighth-grader was a straight-A student at Alice Deal Middle School, and a piano …
Daniel Rice, 21, on the lam from jailers in Muscatine, Iowa, was in nearby Rock Island, Illinois, according to his 911 call to emergency personnel there. Rice made his way to Loud Thunder Forest Preserve, where he thought he'd safely hole up, but …
BRIGHT IDEAS Wednesday, November 19
Neighbors in the Mandarin area of Jacksonville complained to the city recently about a resident who scattered hundreds of mothballs — more than 400 now, at least — around her front yard, even driving over them in her car to crush them open and …
THE OTHER WORLD SERIES Wednesday, November 19
In October, another premier world sports event reached its climax, with one team left standing, rewarded for months of grueling practices, to the cheers of adoring, frenzied fans. The "world series" of professional team computer games was settled on …
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