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Amber Alert false alarm draws scrutiny of system

The license plate number flashed across freeway billboards. Phones buzzed and rang with the details.<p>It was all for nothing. A 13-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped during a carjacking outside a Safeway store in Oakland on Tuesday afternoon - spurring an Amber Alert - was neither a teenager …

Nintendo will finally let you haggle with a dog when you pay for games

Yesterday, Nintendo hosted another one of its Nintendo Direct newscasts. Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the show was the announcement of the …

Guy Trolls Girlfriend With Valentine's Day Ad Asking 'Very Important Question'

To be fair, watching the end of "Breaking Bad" <i>is</i> pretty important.<p>Let's hope that Jodie has a sense of humor, otherwise Alex might be dealing with some Skyler-level contempt this Valentine's Day evening.<p><i>Via Reddit</i>

Yes, Engagement Rings Are A Total Scam And, Yes, You'll Probably Buy One Anyway

You have to spend two months salary? Diamonds are forever?<p>Nope and nope.<p>Look, we've all heard that buying diamond engagement rings are a scam, but we do it anyway because it's a tradition... <i>now</i>.<p>Nevertheless, Adam Conover is here to attempt to ruin the rock once and for all, by hammering home …

7 Valentine's Day Cards From Congress to You

What with the levels of dissatisfaction in the nation, Congress needs to start taking desperate measures to, well, woo the public once again. And what better time of year to pour on the charm than Valentine's Day? Here are a few romantic rhymes Congress has selected especially for us, the voters, …

Voting

George Clooney Has Declared War On Tina Fey & Amy Poehler... Matt Damon Is Collateral Damage

So remember that time, not so long ago, when Tina Fey and Amy Poehler cracked on George Clooney at the Golden Globes? It went a little something like this:<p>"'Gravity' is nominated for Best Film. It's the story of how George Clooney would rather float away into space and die than spend one more …

The 10 Most Common Facebook Statuses

I'll admit it, I'm completely and utterly addicted to Facebook. I love keeping up with what my friends in other places around the world are doing and it's easy to do this by logging in and checking out what people are up to.<p>I've noticed that common recurring themes since becoming a Facebook …

Social Media

The fictional nation from The Grand Budapest Hotel now has a website 

In the lead-up to Wes Anderson’s latest film <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, Fox Searchlight has been creating some extensive online publicity gadgets to …

Relaxation Chamber: Visit the Russia beyond the Olympics, a Russia full of kitties and bunnies

<i>Welcome to Relaxation Chamber, an occasional look at the websites, videos, and other online ephemera that</i> A.V. Club <i>staffers use to calm their jangled</i> …

This Terrifying Wake Up Prank Will Give You Serious Trust Issues

The Japanese have proven once again that when it comes to pranks, they are operating on a whole other level.<p>And, frankly, we're fine not reaching that level. Watch what happened when comedian Toshiaki Kasuga got drunk with the TV crew he was working with at the base of Mt. Fuji and fell asleep. …

Sochi Welcomes Homosexuals To The Olympics, Says 'Don't Do Anything Gay'

The Sochi Olympics begin today and it looks like all that anti-gay unpleasantness is behind us. Russian president Vladimir Putin has made it very clear that gays are welcome in Sochi, provided they stay away from the children and don't do any of that propaganda stuff.<p>To help homosexuals stay on the …

13 People Who Took Their Sense Of Humor To The Grave ... And Beyond

It's great to have a sense of humor about life, but what might be even better is taking your sense of humor with you into the great beyond. And for these people, though their time on this planet has ended, their ability to joke about it has not.<p><b>1. Actor Leslie Nielsen, known best for his</b> …

A Civilization obsession that has lasted half a lifetime

To kick off our weekend thread this Friday, I chatted up Thomas Bloomquist, an Onion staffer who I mentioned in an earlier WAYPTW? post as a diehard …