A Utah mother says she felt intimidated in court when a judge told her that he would reduce her 13-year-old daughter’s sentence if she chopped off the girl’s ponytail in court; an offer the mother says she now wishes she hadn’t taken. Valerie Bruno of Price says she has filed a formal complaint against 7th District Juvenile Judge Scott Johansen with the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission.
Sniff your way to love? Singles who have attended so-called pheromone parties haven’t ruled it out. The get-togethers – which have been held in New York and Los Angeles and are planned for other cities – ask guests to submit a slept-in T-shirt that will be smelled by other participants.
Yesterday was World Swastika Rehabilitation Day, an occasion to try “to explain the true meaning of the symbol,” according to Thomas Kaenzig, a member of the International Raelian Movement and the organizer of the event. Oh, did you not know this was happening? Then you must not have looked up, since a plane flew across Manhattan, across the Jersey Shore and across Long Beach Island with a banner displaying the word “Swastika” along with the group’s insignia (a swastika intertwined with a Star of David). As you can imagine, people were confused and less than enthusiastic.
If you’ve ever wondered how the vampire hunters from your favorite video games, books, movies and TV shows stack up against each other (and come on, who hasn’t?), you’re in luck. The fine people at Cheezburger have created an awesome infographic to help you keep tabs on 10 famous demon-killers.
Sebastian Errazuriz has used art to take on an array of issues: New York’s death rate, the Occupy movement, military suicide, children with disabilities, the brutal reign of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. Now, the Brooklyn-based artist is taking aim at what he sees as religious extremism. At a party this weekend celebrating New York Design Week, which begins today, the Chilean-born artist plans to hand out 100 “Christian Popsicles” made of “frozen holy wine transformed into the blood of Christ” and featuring a crucifix instead the tongue depressor that typically hosts the frozen treats, he said.
According to the UK Daily Telegraph, the Duchess of Cambridge has slipped down the royal pecking order under revised rules of Court. The Queen’s updated “Order of Precedence in the Royal Household” stipulates that Kate must curtsy to the “blood princesses” when Prince William isn’t around.
For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art – including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko – as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince – except that it acted secretly – the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
Could Shackle Me Elmo—”press his belly and he spews anti-Semitic vitriol!”—be the next big thing? We ask because not everyone was happy in yesterday’s beautiful weather—especially not the man dressed as Elmo who had to be taken out of Central Park in an ambulance after going on a disturbing, obscenity-filled rant in the Zoo.
Inside Google’s secretive X laboratory, known for inventing self-driving cars and augmented reality glasses, a small group of researchers began working several years ago on a simulation of the human brain. There Google scientists created one of the largest neural networks for machine learning by connecting 16,000 computer processors, which they turned loose on the Internet to learn on its own.