ODDITIES & SOCIAL BLAH BLAHS

By Malcolm Out Loud | The latest and hotest in social blahs and those oddities that leave you shaking your head.

Starbucks Is Criticized for Its Holiday Cups. Yes, Again.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means it is time to embark on a modern American holiday tradition: over-analyzing seasonally available Starbucks cups for signs of liberal nefariousness.<p>Starbucks has produced holiday cups for 20 years. Some have come and gone with little commotion, …

Coffee

Ryan Seacrest Denies Misconduct Allegations Brought Against Him By Former Stylist

Ryan Seacrest is denying the misconduct allegations that have been brought against him by a former wardrobe stylist.<p>In a statement obtained by PEOPLE …

Ryan Seacrest

World's first human head transplant is successfully carried out

The world's first human head transplant has been carried out on a corpse in China in an 18-hour operation that showed it was possible to successfully reconnect the spine, nerves and blood vessels.<p>At a press conference in Vienna on Friday morning, Italian Professor Sergio Canavero, director of the …

Medicine

10 Ways You're Being Tracked Without You Knowing It

Everything we do online and with technology leaves a footprint.<p>The prevailing truth in technology is that what we gain in progress and convenience, we often lose in privacy.<p>Recently, the FDA approved a trackable pill that could be used to treat people who live with schizophrenia and manic episodes. …

DuckDuckGo

This Is What Roger Goodell Is Demanding From The NFL

Here’s what the commissioner wants as part of his contract.<p>The NFL’s contract extension talks with Roger Goodell have gotten pretty tumultuous lately.<p>…

Roger Goodell

Paradise Papers Shine Light on Where the Elite Hide Their Money

It’s called the Paradise Papers: the latest in a series of leaks made public by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists shedding light on the trillions of dollars that move through offshore tax havens.<p>The core of the leak, totaling more than 13.4 million documents, focuses on the …

Corruption

Our smartphone addiction is killing us: study

“Put down the cellphone and get to work! Put down the cellphone and go to bed!”<p>These are the pleas of bosses and parents in a world that will soon be …

Addiction

Harvey Weinstein spotted in disguise at Phoenix restaurant: report

Harvey Weinstein was seen dining in a Phoenix restaurant Thursday night wearing a rather unconvincing disguise, TMZ reported.<p>The disgraced Hollywood mogul was spotted at Chestnut Fine Food & Provisions along with a male friend. Weinstein was wearing a blond wig, orange makeup and a baseball cap, …

Harvey Weinstein

'House of Cards' employees allege sexual harassment, assault by Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey made the set of Netflix's "House of Cards" into a "toxic" work environment through a pattern of sexual harassment, eight people who currently work on the show or worked on it in the past tell CNN. One former employee told CNN that Spacey sexually assaulted him.<p>The former production …

Kevin Spacey

Country music’s top publicist accused of sexual abuse by singer denies allegations

A former client of Kirt Webster, the celebrated publicist of Dolly Parton, Charlie Daniels and Kenny Rogers, says Webster sexually assaulted him over the course of a year.<p>Webster is denying the allegations, saying he had a consensual relationship with the singer. On Wednesday morning, Webster PR …

Entertainment

Florida pizza restaurant banned children, and many are not happy

A Tampa Bay pizza shop posted a sign outside its business last week – no children.<p>The sign, written in all capital letters, quickly drew the attention, and ire, of many in the community. Soon after the new policy took place, a Tampa Bay Mom’s Group Facebook page exploded with comments about the …

Parenting

Chefs reveal the foods you should never order at a restaurant

• <b>INSIDER spoke with professional chefs to ask them what dishes they'd never order at a restaurant and why.</b>• <b><br>Gourmet burgers top the list as a "waste of money and high-end ingredients."</b>• <b><br>Never order the seafood special, since there's a good chance you're eating fridge leftovers.</b><p>When it comes to dining …

Restaurants

Dumb and dumber: Apple fires iPhone X engineer after daughter's viral video

After his daughter's YouTube video showing off the iPhone X went viral, Apple reportedly fired one of its iPhone engineers.<p>YouTube vlogger Brooke Amelia Peterson said in a new video on her channel that her father, iPhone engineer Ken Bauer, had been fired after she showcased the new iPhone X. The …

IPhone X

For the third year in a row, no one is moving to Connecticut

Connecticut may be known to most Americans as a land full of wealthy suburban financiers and overpriced prep schools, but those stereotypes represent …

U.S. Census

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums as reform push intensifies

Announcement that sporting events will be open to women for first time comes a month after historic decision to allow women to drive<p>Saudi Arabia will allow women into sports stadiums for the first time from next year, authorities said Sunday, in a landmark move opening up three previously male-only …

Saudi Arabia

George H.W. Bush responds after actress accuses him of sexual assault

<b>(CNN) —</b> Former president George H.W. Bush has responded after an actress alleged that he touched her inappropriately while he was sitting in his wheelchair during a photo op that took place a few years ago.<p>In a now deleted Instagram post published on her verified account Tuesday, actress Heather …

George H. W. Bush

Apple Swallowed a Fly - Bloomberg Gadfly

Apple Inc. has lost its supply chain mojo.<p>While consumers remember the iPhone for its cool design, closed-wall operating system and hefty price tag, …

OLEDs

Kathy Griffin has ugly break with her lawyer over beheaded Trump pic

Kathy Griffin is in another public feud, this time with a person thought to be a close ally. The star called out her former attorney, Lisa Bloom, prompting a response from the civil rights attorney soon after.<p>Bloom, who has a history of helping celebrities with legal matters and is currently …

Donald Trump

These Are the Happiest Cities in the United States

National Geographic Explorer and best-selling author Dan Buettner searched for the happiest Americans. Where he found them will surprise you.<p>Who are the happiest Americans? Ask this question anywhere from Montauk to Maui and you’re bound to pique interest (you may even pick a fight). While fans of …

Cities

Truck vs. Bridge

The infamous site 11foot8 monitors the underpass on Gregson Street in Durham, North Carolina (previously at Neatorama). Last weekend, another truck …

North Carolina

Stewardess claims first-class passengers pay flight attendants for sex

An air hostess from a British airline has lifted the lid on the mile-high bonks, romps with pilots and celebrity affairs that go on among the …

Aviation

Bodies of missing California hikers found locked in embrace, cops say

Authorities on Monday may have discovered the bodies of two long-missing hikers, found locked in an embrace, in Joshua Tree National Park -- nearly three months after the couple went missing while hiking in extreme heat.<p>While no cause of death was immediately given, pending an autopsy, it's …

Crime

California’s Multimillion-Dollar Pot Farms Are Going Up in Smoke

Talk about a buzz kill: In addition to charring acres of wine country north of San Francisco, California’s sweeping wildfires are also destroying cannabis farms in and around the state’s Emerald Triangle.<p>For many producers, the financial losses include not just harvest-ready crops, but recent …

Cannabis

Many women are boycotting Twitter on Friday over its approach to abuse

Twitter has been at the centre of a firestorm of criticism this week following its decision to temporarily suspend actress Rose McGowan's account following her comments about the Harvey Weinstein controversy — and now some women are boycotting the social network in protest.<p>On Friday, women are …

Rose McGowan

Brave passengers board last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th

Fearless flyers laughed in the face of superstition when they boarded the last ever Flight 666 to HEL on Friday the 13th.<p>Travelling on the “unluckiest day of the year” could save you some pounds, but a journey straight to HEL on the 13th hour of the superstitious date is one flight most would …

Aviation

Sorry, But Your Husband’s Most Disgusting Habit Is Helping You Live Longer

Researchers at the University of Exeter have found that hydrogen sulfide, the nose-pinching scent that gives flatulence its rotten egg-like quality, …

Health

Rose McGowan Tells Ben Affleck To 'F**k Off' After He Condemns Weinstein

The actress insinuated Affleck knew about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assaults.<p>Rose McGowan is calling out powerful men in Hollywood who she says knew about Harvey Weinstein’s alleged sexual assault and serial harassment of women in the industry, but kept quiet.<p>On Tuesday, the “Charmed” …

Hollywood

Football’s Folly

Professional sports is a business; a very healthy and profitable business. So many Americans make their living by doing some job associated with …

Black Lives Matter

They are CORRECT Not to Respect the Flag - Here Is Why...

It is obvious that there is a concerted onslaught perpetrated by the leftists of the Brown Shirts of the Democratic party; BLM; Antifa and Muslims …

Islam