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Sicker Sense of Humor Could Signal Dementia

Some patients laughed at tragic events prior to diagnosis: study

(Newser) - Scientists are exploring what could be an intriguing link between a dark sense of humor and a rare form of dementia. Researchers at University College London explain that frontotemporal dementia affects the part of the brain related to personality and behavior and can cause patients to become impulsive and reckless.... More »

Eddie Murphy Receives Top US Humor Prize

SNL alumni turn out for Mark Twain humor prize event

(Newser) - Eddie Murphy is trading places with Mark Twain. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is honoring the comedian, film star, producer, and director Sunday evening with the nation's top prize for humor. A lineup of funny men and women including Dave Chappelle, George Lopez, Kathy Griffin, Arsenio Hall,... More »

Most Terrible Place to Have Thanksgiving? Ohio

Based on odds of political arguments, binge drinking, and more

(Newser) - We're all aware of the many potential pitfalls of Thanksgiving: the political arguments, the drunk-uncle factor, the football losses. Now, the real-estate blog Estately has figured out, based on the confluence of such factors, just which states have the highest risk for terrible turkey dinners. The site looked at... More »

Obituary: Man 'Despised' the Kardashians

'Big Al' Brownley also disliked shorts, enjoyed chili

(Newser) - Raymond Alan “Big Al” Brownley, who recently died at 82, did not like the Kardashians. In fact, he "despised" them so much that it was pointed out in his obituary in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette . That obituary, which has gone viral, also lists a number of other things "... More »

The $40K Potato Salad on Kickstarter Is Evil

John Herrman thinks money has drained the project of its whimsy

(Newser) - By now you have probably heard about Zack Danger Brown's ludicrously successful potato salad Kickstarter . It's at more than $40,000 as of this writing, and headed higher all the time. And as far as John Herrman at the Awl is concerned, it's not just out of... More »

Plugin Wipes Out Wrong Uses of 'Literally'

Because that word is figuratively everywhere

(Newser) - Ruthless about grammar? Got Google Chrome? This plugin , highlighted at Yahoo , could figuratively solve all your problems. The "Literally" browser extension gets rid of the pesky incorrect uses of "literally" that litter the Internet, replacing them with "figuratively." According to the extension's developer, "that'... More »

America's Funniest City Is...

Chicago, according to new study

(Newser) - Need a laugh? Head to Chicago. A new study finds the Windy City is also the funniest one in the US, according to the Chicago Tribune . "We found humor often has a local flavor," the lead researcher says . "The jokes that get laughs at comedy clubs in... More »

Go the F--k to Sleep Guy: You're Terrible at Parenting

But then, so is everyone else: Adam Mansbach

(Newser) - It's appalling the way some parents are raising their kids. Just look around: There's that couple letting their children rot their brains with iPhones throughout an entire restaurant meal. Or that dad ripping a tutu off his son for fear it'll turn him gay. Or the mom... More »

Weeklong Experiment: Mom Wears Axe Spray

Dahlia Lithwick joins ranks of teen boys

(Newser) - It seems Axe body spray is contagious. Dahlia Lithwick was too familiar with its "olfactory terrorism" after her sons, ages 10 and 8, started wearing the brand's body wash, deodorant, and spray in imitation of their 13-year-old cousin. She teased, she joked, and then she one day discovered... More »

Dad's Restaurant Receipt Rips His 'F---in Needy Kids'

Owner of Friendly's apologizes

(Newser) - Friendly's Sports Bar and Grill in St. Louis didn't quite live up to its name this Father's Day, when a man found an unusual line item on his printed receipt: "1 f---in needy kids," KSDK reports. The place doesn't usually allow children, its manager... More »

Obama: 'I'm Not Strapping Muslim Socialist I Used to Be'

Conan O'Brien slaps Joe Biden at White House Correspondents' Dinner

(Newser) - This year's White House Correspondents' Dinner saw laughs mixed with reflection on tragedies in Boston and Texas. President Obama took shots at the GOP and the media—not to mention himself. Among his best jokes, via Politico and the Los Angeles Times :
  • "Some folks still don’t think
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Burglar Hears Scary Noise, Calls Cops

Turns out it was probably a cat

(Newser) - A burglar in Romania was arrested—after he called the cops himself. Marius Ionescu, 31, apparently got scared by a noise while looting a house; fearing another robber at work, he dove under the bed and called police to save him, the Metro reports. They arrived to find no one... More »

Leno, Fallon Duet on Tonight's Future

Hosts show their friendship, West Side Story -style

(Newser) - Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon have had it up to here with hearsay about the Tonight Show's future, and they're doing something about it: singing. The two hosts launched into a version of "Tonight, Tonight" from West Side Story last night, reflecting on what's next for... More »

US CEO Tells France to Keep Its 'So-Called Workers'

They only work 3 hours a day: Titan International's Maurice Taylor

(Newser) - A US tire company boss has no interest in reconsidering his decision not to buy a French Goodyear factory that's set to close—and he's made his reasons perfectly clear. "You can keep the so-called workers," Maurice "The Grizz" Taylor of Titan International wrote to... More »

Rubio's Water Bottles Bring in $100K

More than 3K sold for his PAC

(Newser) - It looks like Marco Rubio's self-deprecating fundraiser is working. After weathering merciless teasing over his infamous swig during the State of the Union response, the Florida senator began offering water bottles to benefit his political action committee, Reclaim America. Supporters have snapped up more than 3,100 bottles (the... More »

Zombie Attack Under Way, Warns Montana TV Station

KRTV apologizes for hackers' warning

(Newser) - Montana's KRTV yesterday issued an emergency warning: Zombies are on the attack. The scrolling message alerted multiple counties that "dead bodies are rising from their graves" and "attacking the living," the AP reports. People shouldn't "approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely... More »

Empire: Obama Chicken for Killing Death Star Plan

It's 'obvious cowardice': Star Wars blog

(Newser) - Did the White House just make a grave mistake? After the Obama administration rejected a petition to build a Death Star, the Empire—or its tongue-in-cheek representatives here on Earth—offered a statement, reports: "The overwhelming military superiority of the Galactic Empire has been confirmed once again... More »

Ellen Honored as Gay Trailblazer

DeGeneres receives top honor in humor

(Newser) - Some of the nation's top comedians hailed Ellen DeGeneres as a trailblazer at the Kennedy Center last night as she received the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, the highest US humor prize:
  • "For a lot of people, Ellen is their only homosexual friend. She's there in
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Ellen DeGeneres Gets Top Humor Prize Tonight

Will be awarded Mark Twain Prize in DC

(Newser) - Jane Lynch and John Leguizamo are joining a lineup that includes Jimmy Kimmel and Kristin Chenoweth to honor Ellen DeGeneres with the nation's top humor prize in Washington tonight. The Kennedy Center is awarding DeGeneres the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, which honors Mark Twain's tradition of... More »

Badass Hillary Never ... Sweats?

'No matter how high the heat,' writes traveling reporter

(Newser) - Just when you thought she couldn't get any cooler , it turns out Hillary Clinton apparently isn't even subject to normal bodily functions. The secretary of state doesn't sweat, according to a reporter from Condé Nast Traveler who went to Asia with her. "No matter how high... More »

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