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Google’s new voice search ‘not your friend’

A Google executive says the company’s latest operating system for its Android platform will feature “the very first high-quality, natural-sounding, conversational, synthesized voice in the entire world,” according to an interview with Wired Magazine. Hugo Barra, Android’s director of product management, spoke to the magazine after unveiling the voice search…

Bloomberg interrupts Coney Island speech to ask ‘Who wrote this sh*t?’

In a pun-filled speech that had even the stuffed hot dog character face-palming, Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s performance at yesterday’s Coney Island hot dog contest weigh-in prompted even the mayor to curse. His outburst, captured on the video below, followed several sentences of cringe-worthy puns like, “Now, let me be perfectly…

Top eater Takeru Kobayashi reveals harsh conditions behind Coney Island hot dog contest

For the better part of a decade, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan was the unofficial king of July 4th: his ability to eat nausea-inducing numbers of hot dogs at the annual hot dog eating contest at Coney Island drove spectators and, eventually, live nationally-televised coverage of the event. But since 2010,…

Young Turks mock politicians’ high school yearbook photos

In a segment broadcast Tuesday, The Young Turks‘ Cenk Uygur and Ana Kasparian selected their favorite politicians’ high school yearbook photos, featured Tuesday in a post on BuzzFeed, and held them up for mockery as only Americans can. On House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-OH): “God he looks creepy!” Cenk…

Dog rescued from rock quarry cliff in Oregon

Daisy, a dog belonging to Tammy Johnson and her daughter Jennifer, somehow got herself caught in an unusual and dangerous location this week: on a small cliff ledge 200 feet about the bottom of a gravel mine pit in Gresham, Oregon. Daisy was missing for several days before she was…

Minnesota man sells 7-pound hot dogs in time for July 4th

Jason Stetz, the butcher at and owner of Heart O’Lakes Quality Meats in Pelican Bay, Minnesota, is dishing out his newest meat invention as fast as he can make them: 7-pound hot dogs. KRTV’s Kiersten Cooley reports that Stetz invented his version of the beefy giants after watching a “Modern…

Firefighter: Colorado wildfire ‘almost surreal’

According to one of the men on the front lines, fighting the Colorado wildfire can be “almost surreal” at night when all there is to see and hear are the homes of fleeing residents going up in smoke. “As a firefighter, you look at a structure fire, a house fire…

WATCH LIVE: Researchers release data on Higgs boson ‘God particle’

The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced early Wednesday morning in Zurich that they had new data in their search for the so-called “God particle.” The particle, nicknamed by Nobel prizewinning physicist Leon Lederman, can help scientists understand the origin of mass in the universe. Despite giving the particle…

Tammy Duckworth fires back at ‘extremist loud mouth’ Rep. Joe Walsh

After he implied she was not a “true hero,” Democratic candidate Tammy Duckworth said Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) was just as irresponsible with his words as he was with his actions. “He voted against Medicare three times,” she told MSNBC host Ed Schultz. “When I say my wounds help me…

Salon’s Joan Walsh on GOP anger at Roberts: They believed they controlled the court

Joan Walsh, editor at large from Salon.com, said Tuesday that Republicans were incredibly upset with Chief Justice John Roberts because they believed the Supreme Court was in their control. “I think the attacks on Chief Justice John Roberts have been tragic and awful, you know, people going so far as…

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