The mystery of an Australian letter found in an abandoned house in South Dakota
The sparse expanse of South Dakota are a long way away from the coastal shores of Australia, but a letter is forging a mysterious connection between the two.
Reddit user rhymnocerous claims to have found this letter in an abandoned house located in the midwestern U.S. state. Posted online on Saturday, he claims it was written in the mid-1980s by a boy named Eric from Slacks Creek, a suburb of Brisbane.
“Hi! Once again,” the letter, addressed to Mary, reads. “The reason I’ve written a second letter is because I’d forgotten to tell you how I became a born again Christian,” Eric continued, that being one of those things you might forget to mention when you dot pen to paper. Read more…
Leave it to the usual gang of idiots at Mad Magazine to bring out its first proper Star Wars: the Force Awakens parody in its latest issue Friday — nearly two months after the record-breaking movie first hit cineplexes.
But what Mad loses in timeliness, it makes up for in classic art — in this case from Sergio Aragonés, the multi-award winning Spanish artist who’s been with the magazine since 1963
Mad has been affectionately skewering Star Wars since the first movie came out in 1977 — and once found itself in the unusual position of earning both a cease-and-desist letter from Lucasfilm’s legal department and a fan letter from George Lucas at the same time Read more…
Dog gets painted as a wealthy aristocrat, couldn’t be happier
A true artist is able to capture things not just the way they are, but the way they should be.
When commissioned to create a painting for Redditor MakesEthanol‘s dog, artist David Carr took one look at the dog and began creating the wealthy aristocrat he saw hidden inside the little pup’s fuzzy frame.
Dog owner remembers his best friend on Instagram by giving away tennis balls
One grieving pet owner decided to honor his dog by helping other pups play
Instagram user imso, whose name is Chris, observed the two-year anniversary of the death of his dog, Everything, by giving away tennis balls online. He bought 100 to share, hoping people would use them to spend time with their best canine friends.
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‘Paris-style’ attack in central Jakarta leaves 7 dead
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Attackers set off explosions at a Starbucks cafe in a bustling shopping area in Indonesia’s capital and waged gunbattles with police Thursday, leaving bodies in the streets as office workers watched in terror from high-rise buildings.
According to Indonesian officials, the attacks left 19 wounded, and five terrorists and two civilians dead. One of the injured civilians is a foreigner, confirmed to be a Dutch national.
A spokesman for the Indonesian National Police, General Anton Charliyan, said that the group of assailants were equipped with grenades and guns and were copying the recent Paris attacks Read more…
The chocolate’s not nuanced or particularly high quality, but, if my eyes don’t deceive, the ingredients list includes cocoa-butter-filled white chocolate rather than, “White Confection,” which might be better described as, “Nefarious, sweetened Vasoline born to create destruction.” Read more…
If you’re in Barcelona on Dec. 31, prepare to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. These “miraculous grapes” are eaten to bring prosperity in the new year and purportedly became popular in 1909 when a group of vintners wanted to sell excess grapes from an especially good harvest. To indulge in this stateside, be sure to get seedless grapes so your first memory of the new year isn’t gagging Read more…
German man dies after blowing up a condom vending machine
A 29-year-old German man has died after an apparent attempted robbery of a condom vending machine.
The event, which involved three men, happened on Christmas Day in Schoeppingen, Germany. According to the BBC, the men attached homemade explosives to the vending machine, taking cover inside their vehicle during the explosion.