What's that smell?

What's going down in the 'hood?

The latest entries into this pit of despair

Spice girls
17 July

After around thirty Japanese high school students ate super spicy crisps, some complained of a burning sensation in their mouths. No shit, who'd've thunk it? Fourteen of them, thirteen girls and one boy, were hospitalised. The other boys were really fine, hardly felt a thing, honest! (fire)

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food & diet; quoted for WTF?
Person impersonal
16 July

The tragic death of a fourteen-year-old girl in Scotland following an alleged drug incident, was met with an announcement to parents from her school's head teacher: Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our young person, and I am sure yours will be too over the coming days in particular.

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language
Spitting image
16 July

In the wake of the hullabaloo over AI-generated fake images, The New York Times posted a handy-dandy spot-the-difference test.

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quizzical; technology
Implied not stated
16 July

Between his recent disastrous debate performance and the attempt on his opponent's life, President 'Pa said during a private donor call that It’s time to put Trump in a bullseye. Strictly speaking, it doesn't make much sense, as one doesn't put someone in a bullseye per se; figuratively speaking, one puts them in the crosshairs or places a bullseye on them. But, semantic quibbling aside, what makes even less sense is the subsequent accusations of him having called for the assassination attempt.

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politics
Trouser snake
15 July

A man was caught attempting to smuggle 104 live snakes into China…hidden in his trousers.

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quoted for WTF?

The latest updates to past woes

Don't say that's just for white boys
18 July

It takes more than boy-in-a-dress Vogue photoshoots and op-eds to become a real star; poor Hunter didn't even rate a mention among his Euphoria alumni as Christine Rowland assesses the resurgence of the film star:

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attention whore; pandering; stay in your lane
A little more to the right
18 July

The denizens of Butler, PA, are concerned that their town will forever be tainted by its association with the events of 13th July. The town has a population of less than 15,000 and sits in the middle of who-gives-a-shit. Hardly anybody had heard of it before, and if it hadn't been for Crooks' actions nobody else would've heard of it since.

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crime & punishment; politics
Osodit Dim Biden
11 July

Following his less-than-stellar debate performance, President 'Pa, 81, declared that he's still in it to win it.

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politics
Affected by the unknown
11 July

A little invisible mending increases the wordcount by around 200, concludes the story, and brings with it some clarification. For example, it appears that the alleged attempted suicide was a cover for the alleged domestic violence.

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BBC editorial standards: how many monkeys does it take…?
May the thread be with you
27 June

Following the airing of episode five, comes this strong endorsement from one excited fan:

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culture vulture; entertainment; the rumour mill; wit & wisdom of the comments section

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