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Noam Chomsky appears in MIT student’s ‘Gangnam Style’ tribute

Let’s be honest: It’s hard to be serious all the time, even in the midst of nearly constant bad news. That might not be true for everyone, but it was true this week for Noam Chomsky, an MIT professor and one of America’s foremost serious persons, evidenced by his appearance…

Watch live: New Yorkers scramble and brace as Hurricane Sandy heads for land

This live video is provided courtesy of Hurricane City. Live broadcast by Ustream Note: Earlier streams on this post were replaced after going dead. This post will be updated periodically with additional live video as needed.…

MIT student wins competition by suggesting paintball pellets could save Earth from asteroids

Paintball Pellets Could Save Earth From Asteroids (via NewsLook) Winner of the MIT 2012 Move an Asteroid Technical Paper Competition details how a paintball could move an asteroid.…

Hacker steals 3.6 million Social Security numbers

Hacker Steals 3.6 Million Social Security Numbers (via NewsLook) Cyber security for the South Carolina Department of Revenue as a foreign hacker steals 3.6 million social security numbers.…

French chocolatier creates a dress that’s good enough to eat

“You can eat all of it, except for the plastic and the fabric,” said chocolatier Frédéric Cassel. “You can lick it, you can eat all the drops here, the flowers. So there’s a lot you can eat.” Cassel and his team create a chocolate dress each year for a show.…

Rotten stench exposes counterfeit ketchup ring

An unusual counterfeiting ring in Dover, N.J., produced thousands of bottles of ketchup with fake Heinz labels. But a storage unit containing 50,000 pounds of the condiment released a rank odor after the heat and fermentation caused many of the bottles to explode, exposing the scam. Heinz paid to clean…

Homeless men hospitalized after ‘Friday the 13th’-style attack

Two homeless men in Houston were taken to the hospital after a grisly attack patterned after a horror film series. According to KPRC-TV, a witness said he told police the two men were attacked Thursday morning by a man wearing a hockey mask and wielding a machete, in the style…

Romney and Meat Loaf sing painfully off-key ‘America the Beautiful’

Thursday night in Defiance, Ohio, Republican nominee for president, former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) was joined at the end of his rally by “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” singer Meat Loaf, who has endorsed Romney over President Barack Obama. As the rally drew to a close, Meat Loaf and three…

Top Romney surrogate: Powell endorsed Obama because he is black

John Sununu, a top surrogate for Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, on Thursday night suggested that former Secretary of State Colin Powell endorsed President Barack Obama because he is black. “I’m not sure how important that is,” Sununu replied when asked about the endorsement by CNN host Piers Morgan. “I do…

GOP Missouri Lt. Gov.: Obama plans to sign away our sovereignty

Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder (R) on Thursday warned that “Albanian” election monitors who will observe polling places on November 6 are part of President Barack Obama’s plan to let the United Nations take over the United States. “UN observers, monitors, have no business in our elections and should be…

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