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McConnell Campaign Put in 'Twitter Jail' Over Video

Team Mitch says expletive-filled protest footage led to online lockdown

(Newser) - Team Mitch had another Twitter glitch . The Louisville Courier Journal reports the @Team_Mitch account was put in "Twitter jail" after the campaign posted a video of an expletive-filled protest outside of McConnell's Louisville home. The Monday night protest involved, among others, local Black Lives Matter leader Chanelle Helm,... More »

Someone Hacked These Scooters. Now They're Offending People

At least 8 Lime scooters in Brisbane, Australia, have been yanked for making sexual comments

(Newser) - Not your everyday electric scooter feature: a built-in voice-over that blurts out sexually charged and otherwise objectionable remarks. Gizmodo reports that's what some riders apparently got in Brisbane, Australia, where at least eight scooters from the transportation rental company Lime have already been yanked from circulation after someone hacked... More »

What the Heck? Theater Alters Film Name to Hide 'Profanity'

'Hellboy' is now 'Heckboy' on marquee of theater in Dickson, Tenn.

(Newser) - If you want to catch a screening of Hellboy at the Roxy 8 movie theater in Dickson, Tenn., you're out of luck. You will, however, be able to watch Heckboy. That's how the theater is billing Neil Marshall's R-rated film, a reboot of the 2004 superhero flick,... More »

Case of the Brand That Sounds Profane Heads to Supreme Court

Erik Brunetti has long tried to get a trademark for his Fuct streetwear

(Newser) - Nearly 30 years ago, Erik Brunetti, along with skateboarder Natas Kaupas, founded a streetwear company with a name that, depending on how it's said, could sound profane. They started Fuct with no major issues, save for the trademark they tried to get for the name—one that the Patent... More »

Hear Profanity in Eatery's Name? City Gives OK to Its Sign

New Hampshire's Pho Keene Great is set to open in March

(Newser) - Officials in a New Hampshire city have approved a restaurant sign that initially was removed over concerns that it sounded like profanity. The name of the Vietnamese restaurant in a public building next to City Hall in Keene is a play on words, notes the AP . It calls itself by... More »

Michelle Obama on 'Lean In': 'That S--- Doesn't Work All the Time'

Former first lady suffers an apparently unguarded moment during book tour appearance

(Newser) - Michelle Obama sold 2 million copies of memoir Becoming in the first 15 days, and she might need to dip into those proceeds to make a donation to the swear jar. During an apparently unguarded moment Saturday night at a book tour appearance in front of an intimate crowd of... More »

Mom Miffed at 'Summa --- Laude' on Graduation Cake

Publix's online system omitted 'cum' because it deemed the word 'profane'

(Newser) - Jacob Koscinski was certainly worthy of a grand graduation cake: The 18-year-old earned a 4.79 GPA in his Christian-based home-school program and is now set to head to North Carolina's Wingate University later this year on a full scholarship. But per WCIV , when partygoers got their first glimpse... More »

Guy Gives Aussie PM the Finger, Gets Arrested

Man apparently thought Malcolm Turnbull pushed ahead of him in the bar line

(Newser) - A man upset that Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was being served at the bar before him gave the PM the finger—and ended up arrested and hit with a $190 fine. The unnamed guy (police, amusingly, describe him as "an angry landscaper," per news.com.au ),... More »

Video Surfaces of Angry Prof Telling Student, 'F--- Your Life'

Howard Finkelstein didn't exactly hold back

(Newser) - A professor's profanity-laced outburst has prompted an apology from his school and shed light on his ongoing political feud with a conservative student, the Star-Ledger reports. Howard Finkelstein, who teaches sociology at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, was recently caught on video shouting "f--- your life" at... More »

Judge Rules on Guy Who Yelled 'FHRITP' at Reporter

It wasn't criminal, judge says

(Newser) - Since 2014 , pranksters have yelled an obscene phrase—commonly referred to by its acronym, FHRITP—at reporters in an effort to get the phrase, "f--- her right in the p----," featured live on television. (You can view the prank's history here , but be warned that the... More »

'We F---ed Up': A Year in Swearing CEOs

121 swear words uttered in conference calls in 2017

(Newser) - More than any other year on record, quarterly earnings conference calls were profanity-laced in 2017, thanks to a CEO complaining his work is "stressful as s---" and another admitting "we f---ed up." Quartz searched transcripts of conference calls compiled by data provider Sentieo to determine just how... More »

Need Strength? Try Cursing

Study finds that people perform better in physical tests if they swear

(Newser) - When you need a little extra oomph during a workout, try swearing. Researchers from the UK's Keele University report via the British Psychological Society that people perform better on tests of physical endurance when they curse. Specifically, 29 people around age 21 took part in a cycling test, and... More »

Curse Like a Sailor? Maybe You're Just Honest

Study builds on the premise that swearing is linked to less filtering

(Newser) - When profanity goes up, so does integrity. Wait, what? That's what researchers from Stanford, Cambridge, and beyond report in a study they've titled, "Frankly, we do give a damn: The relationship between profanity and honesty," in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science . They ultimately found... More »

50 Cent Busted for Dropping F-Bomb

Turns out St. Kitts doesn't like pottymouths

(Newser) - 50 Cent has managed to find a new brand of legal trouble, this one related to his pottymouth: It seems that Fiddy, real name Curtis Jackson, was performing Saturday at the St. Kitts Music Festival, when he dropped a "motherf---in'" as he performed "P.I.M.P.... More »

Opponents Try to Turn Trump's Dirty Words Against Him

But his love of profanities may actually be helping him with voters

(Newser) - While many of Donald Trump's supporters see his "potty mouth" as a breath of fresh air, it might not go over so well in "deeply religious" South Carolina, which was dubbed the US' most polite state, Politico reports. In past speeches, Trump has said companies who don'... More »

The 6 Biggest Cursers in Music

Holy [expletive], that's a lot of [expletive] curse words.

(Newser) - It might be time to retire the phrase "curse like a sailor" in favor of "curse like a rapper." Musixmatch analyzed nearly 10 million words from 361 artists across eight genres to find out who is the swearing-est musician in the world. Musixmatch determined lyrics average about... More »

Mom Arrested for Swearing in Front of Kids

Danielle Wolf upset fellow shopper with her alleged language

(Newser) - Danielle Wolf was not having a good night at the Kroger grocery store in North Augusta, SC, where she moved with her family just three weeks ago. She says her husband kept squishing the bread in their cart by putting frozen pizzas on top of it, and Wolf expressed her... More »

Russia's New 'Blogger's Law' Tightens Grip on Internet

Putin also signs law banning swearing

(Newser) - Russia's Internet is going to start looking a lot more like China's under a restrictive new law signed by Vladimir Putin, critics say. The measure dubbed the "blogger's law" will remove anonymity from bloggers and declares any website with more than 3,000 daily visitors to... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Cemetery: No, You Can't Put the F-Word on a Grave

Family sought expletive-laden inscription

(Newser) - Despite a family's wishes, visitors to a Massachusetts cemetery won't be seeing the F-word on any headstones. After 23-year-old Sonny Santiago died in a February car accident, his family asked the maker of his headstone to write a controversial inscription: "You gonna remember the damn name/ I... More »

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