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December 18, 2012

Leno May be Fired: Why It’s Time to Stop Pretending We Care

By Adam Tod Brown | 190,357 Views

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Remember when we all rallied around Conan O'Brien when we heard he was losing his job as host of The Tonight Show and then he got fired anyway and it was kind of depressing? Get ready to feel that way all over again for Jay Leno.

Ha! Just joking, we know you won't. Here's hoping Jimmy Fallon negotiates a better contract than Team Coco, though, because the latest batch of rumors have it that he'll be replacing Jay Leno and his formidable chin when the current Tonight Show host's contract runs out in 2014. That's pretty juicy news, and you can expect a lot of heated discussions about it in the coming days. But here's a question. Should we really care?

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December 18, 2012

4 Battles Won by Using Food as a Weapon

By Adam Wears | 224,463 Views

Food is a powerful weapon in the war against hunger, and apparently also in wars against other human beings, because it has totally been used to kill people.

#4. Uruguay Wins a Naval Battle with Cheese

For a brief time in the 1860s, Brazil and Uruguay were in the midst of a war where much of the fighting was done between ships, because both countries have been revered throughout history for their naval might. During one such battle, a Uruguayan ship ran out of cannonballs (see "revered naval might"). However, instead of quickly shedding his uniform and diving into the ocean, the captain ordered his men to fire stale balls of cheese at the enemy, because, for some reason, they had more of those than ammunition.

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War is hell, but it pairs nicely with red wine.

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December 17, 2012

'Die Another Day' Was All in Bond’s Head: Conspiracy Theory

By Paul Savage | 207,116 Views

It pains us to say this, but the Pierce Brosnan James Bond films have not aged well whatsoever. As charming as Brosnan's 007 was, all of his Bond flicks have that "weird 1990s post-Die Hard, pre-CGI action flick thing where the entire film looks like a Hallmark Channel original movie" going on. And let's not pretend that GoldenEye was some hard-nosed espionage flick. Remember, killer Kegels were central to GoldenEye's narrative.


But of all the Bonds, Brosnan had the finest O-face. Or should we say "double-O-face"? Sorry, when in Rome.

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December 17, 2012

The Mind-Blowing Origin Story of 'Miranda Rights'

By Eric Yosomono | 214,735 Views

On March 13, 1963, Ernesto Miranda was arrested for allegedly stealing $8 from an Arizona bank employee. Proving that "cool under pressure" is not always a trait that's present in career criminals, the questioning escalated to such a degree that, by the time it was done, Miranda had confessed to the kidnapping and rape of an 18-year-old woman a week earlier. How you don't just confess to stealing the money and keep a lid on the rest is beyond us, but hey, a confession is a confession! A trial a short time later sent Miranda and his unsavory ways to prison with a 20-year sentence.

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His mustache was tried as a minor and received four years probation.