politics
Facebook Spokesman Dismisses Proposed Muslim Registry as ‘Straw Man’

In an email accidentally sent to a BuzzFeed reporter, a Facebook spokesperson said the idea of a Muslim registry is a “straw man”—a sham argument that misrepresents another’s belief. Read More >>

science
The Most Extreme Body Hacks That Actually Change Your Physical Abilities

Biohacking is one of those buzzy blanket terms used to describe a whole spectrum of ways that people modify or improve their bodies, from fairly tame experiments like drinking nasty butter coffee to more intense modifications like growing extra ears out of their arms. Read More >>

facebook
Editor Accidentally Copy-Pastes Facebook Status Into Newspaper Article

Readers of the Memphis Commercial Appeal found a strangely out-of-place paragraph in an article about business zoning regulations: A 350-plus word status update apparently intended for the Facebook page of the newspaper's copy editor. At least she alerted us that it'd be long. Read More >>

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What’s the Most Embarrassing Tech Mistake You’ve Ever Made?

Technology is great. The devices we use give us near-infinite powers to create, learn, and communicate worldwide. But sometimes, we have misfires. Operator errors. Lapses of judgment that zip instantly to all corners of the digital world. Come, tell us your tales of e-embarrassment. Read More >>

food
Man Charged £179,932.32 for Boring Margherita

A man from Newport paid £17.99 for a large margherita pizza at his local branch of Domino's, only to discover a few extra till presses had led to him being charged £179,932.32 for his uninspiring choice of dinner. His bank processed the payment, leaving him £179,020.80 overdrawn. It's been refunded and he's earned £100 in free pizzas as a compo offer. [Independent] Read More >>

architecture
A Design Flaw is Turning the London Shard Hotel Into a Voyeur’s Dream

You'd think staying in the tallest skyscraper in London would afford you some privacy. But visitors at the newly-opened hotel inside of the Shard are being creeped out by the bizarre effects of a simple design flaw—which reflects the view inside of certain rooms directly onto the windows of nearby guests at night. Read More >>

wtf
West Midlands Couple Book Holiday Flights from the Wrong Birmingham

Birmingham Airport. That's probably in Birmingham, right? Must be. Clue's in the name. Problem is, there's also Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama, which is where a couple from the West Midlands booked their flights to the Caribbean from. They got the wrong Birmingham. They wanted the one with the Wetherspoons in Terminal 1. Read More >>

science
“Worlds’ Oldest Diamonds” Turned Out to Be Leftover Cleaning Supplies

Back in 2007, scientists found evidence of our planet's first continents in the form of 4.3 billion year old diamonds—old as the very Earth itself. And these diamonds were finally going to give us the insight into the evolution of Earth's crust that we've been searching for. Now, six years later, there's just one little problem: Those tiny gems? Actually tiny leftover bits of polishing grit. Whoops. Read More >>

crime
Vice Magazine Just Accidentally Revealed Where John McAfee Is Hiding

Next in line at the great journalistic jungle buffet is Vice, which sent down two dudes to chat with paranoid/fugitive John McAfee and reprint his various insane thoughts. And more: they forgot to clear GPS data in an uploaded photo. Read More >>

movies
Nottingham Children Left “Screaming” After Cinema Horror Film Mix-Up

Some poor children who were expecting to see some brightly coloured animals hitting their heads on things in Madagascar 3 were left traumatised and in tears after the cinema accidentally played them horror sequel Paranormal Activity 4 instead. Read More >>

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The 11 Biggest Missed Opportunities in Tech

The tech world is full of flops. This ain't them; some of these companies and their products were monstrously successful for a time; others never even had the high expectations and hype required for something to earn the title "flop". Read More >>