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Tokyo aquarium arranges penguin substitutes for Santa’s elves

An aquarium in Tokyo, Japan has “given Rudolph and the elves a day off” by dressing up a group of penguins in colorful Christmas elf costumes. Aquarium caretaker Shingo Sato said, “We hope to combine the normal joy of seeing animals with Christmas, and by doing so, hope visitors will…

Arson blamed in burning of Brooklyn ‘Occupy Sandy’ church

A two-alarm fire has severely damaged an Episcopal church in Brooklyn, NY that has been serving as a storage and distribution hub for the Occupy Sandy relief effort, just two days ahead of Christmas. According to CBS News New York, fire department officials say that the blaze was intentionally set.…

New Delhi on lockdown after violent gang-rape riots

India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh called for calm on Monday after a weekend of riots left large swaths of New Delhi on police lockdown and all public transportation at a standstill. According to the Wall Street Journal, men and women filled the streets on Saturday and Sunday calling for harsher…

Kentucky court upholds ruling in penis removal case

The Kentucky Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier court ruling in the case of 66-year-old Phillip Seaton of Waddy, who is seeking damages from Dr. John Patterson. According to the Associated Press, Patterson removed a cancerous section of Seaton’s penis as part of what was supposed to have been…

O’Donnell calls NRA’s LaPierre a ‘lobbyist for mass-murderers’

Friday night on “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” host Lawrence O’Donnell excoriated NRA head Wayne LaPierre’s press conference from Friday morning. In an extended diatribe, O’Donnell called LaPierre a “lobbyist for mass-murderers,” and sarcastically marveled that of course the NRA’s response to the Sandy Hook massacre is the one…

Breitbart.com alum Dana Loesch suing website for release from contract and $75K

Conservative radio host and former Bretibart.com columnist Dana Loesch filed suit against the website on Friday demanding an end to her contract and $75,000 in damages. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the host of “The Dana Show” alleges that her relationship with now-deceased Andrew Breitbart’s media organization Breitbart.com LLC…

Maddow: LaPierre press conference was epic ‘Rick-rolling’ of the country

On Friday night’s edition of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” host Rachel Maddow coldly assessed Wayne LaPierre’s extravagantly out-of-touch press conference on Friday and deemed it to be the political equivalent of a giant “Rick-rolling” of the American public. She began the segment by giving a brief rundown of the concept…

Blind juggling robot keeps balls in the air for hours

Researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control (IDSC) at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich have created a juggling robot, the so-called “blind juggler,” which, in spite of its lack of visual sensors, is capable of flawlessly juggling a ball or balls for hours. According to New Scientist,…

Judge orders Alabama to end segregation of HIV-positive prisoners

A U.S. District Court judge has struck down a decades-old policy of segregating HIV-positive prisoners from other inmates in the state’s corrections system. According to the Associated Press, Judge Myron Thompson ruled in favor of the American Civil Liberties Union, who sued the state on behalf of inmates to end…

Henri the Existential Cat is back with a holiday message

Henri the Existential Cat is back for another gloomy rumination on the futility of human endeavor and the ridiculous human ritual of Christmas. The opening scene of “Henri le Chat 5: The Worst Noel” found Henri feeling imposed-upon. “The holidays are just another excuse,” he said, “for the world to…

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