So British school teacher Gillian Gibbons has been incarcerated in a Sudanese jail for three days. Her crime? Allowing her school children to name the class teddy bear "Mohammad", which is, of course, a direct violation of sharia law. Sharia is the law in Sudan, and thus a middle-aged teacher from England may be sentenced [...]
If you’ve ever thought to yourself, “My, how terribly unfortunate it is that I do not know how to make a Christmas tree out of Mountain Dew cans,” you need to check this out. Despite this looking kind of cool, I’d probably prefer to drown in Mountain Dew than put that in my house.
Dr. Robert Cade, the doctor who invented Gatorade passed away due to kidney failure at age 80 today. There’s a good American tale of capitalism. What’s not so good is that vaguely unnerving photo that accompanies the article of the elderly man in a shawl drinking orange Gatorade.
Japanese marital problems have become a big problem, since a change in divorce law in 2006. The law, passed in 2003, entitles Japanese women divorcees to up to half of their husbands’ pensions. Shockingly, this has sparked a spike in the divorce rate. That’s right, you get a little too “He Thinks He’ll Keep Her” with things, the lady will book it out of there, pension in hand. The article, weirdly, details the this club of men who are learning how to love their wives, beginning with, like, just speaking to them when they come home or buying them a birthday gift. It’s kind of like the de-Stepfordizing of Japanese men.
Apparently, everybody and their grandmother was Prime Minister of Pakistan and they’ve all decided roll out now (and, yes, the looming threat of econ reading makes Pakistan seem thrilling). Yes, Bhutt O Plenty is not the only desperado in town: Nawaz Sharif (Musharraf’s predecessor) is back. This entire news item is rife with contextually inappropriate [...]
So I saw No Country for Old Men. Loved it. Really loved it. I would really suggest that if graphic blood scenes don’t make you sick, you go see it as well. It is a great example of a movie that defies the typical Hollywood conventions and is the antithesis of the crap that usually [...]
Here at Torch, we believe the giving of thanks is of the utmost importance. We’ve taken this weekend to be reminded of the wondrous gifts with which we have been endowed: blistering intelligence, shining virtue, sparkling wit, a love of liberty, an intimate relationship with cost effectiveness, and such devastatingly good looks that mortals must avert their eyes should they endeavor to gaze upon us.
In the interest of sharing our profound wisdom, here are a few things we’re thankful for:
Apparently, Hillary has problems with giant photographs of nude men in the living rooms of homes of Democratic fundraisers while she is there campaigning and raising money. I feel like I must be the first person to look at the situation and say "what the hell is THAT all about?". Basically, Tony Podesta, brother of [...]
Scott Boras, for those who are unfamiliar, has orchestrated the biggest baseball deals of the past decade for the biggest players and prospects, ranging from A-Rod’s $256 million deal with Texas to deals for clients like J.D. “$14 million Grand Slam” Drew, Carlos Beltran, and Mark Texeira. Teams fear draftees who are represented by Boras, [...]
Strangely relevant (to my line of thinking this evening, that is) article on how unspoken dress codes develop on college campuses, looking in particular at Maryland, UVA, Richmond, and W&L. Clearly, the school Vandy draws the closest connections to is W&L, but I maintain that W&L is Vanderbilt on Pleasantville Crack, and not as good. [...]
The hot news item of yesterday (I like to keep things updated to the minute, you see): Oregon researchers cloned monkey embryos for stem cells. This is literally like the little plastic barrel of monkeys: tiny, tiny monkeys that all look the same. On a more relevant note, the Barrel of Monkeys Clones are a [...]