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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

300. Korea Sunshine Policy Implodes

SEOUL -- North Korea announced (on 25 May, 2010) that it is severing all relations with South Korea, heightening the risk of armed conflict and creating perhaps the most serious crisis on the Korean Peninsula in more than two decades.

The announcement, which followed the South's imposition of sanctions on the Pyongyang government for apparently sinking one of its warships, all but crushed the last remaining elements of the North-South "sunshine policy" that emerged in 2000, after the first-ever summit between the two Koreas. That meeting opened trade links between the two countries, enabled the South to send food aid to the North and for several years helped prop up the North's weak economy.  (read more:

(The term sunshine policy originates in The North Wind and the Sun, one of Aesop's fables, wherein the sun and the wind compete to remove a man's coat.)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

299. National Fist Bump Month

Did you know that May is National Masturbation (and I suggest Fist Bump) Month? The celebration of May as National Masturbation Month began in 1995 in San Francisco as a response to the forced resignation of then U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders.

After a speech at the United Nations World AIDS Day in 1994, an audience member asked Elders about masturbation’s potential for discouraging early sexual activity. She answered,“I think it is something that is part of human sexuality and a part of something that perhaps should be taught.” (read more:

Thursday, May 20, 2010

298. Michelle Obama on Childhood Obesity, etc.

Michelle Obama visited an Elementary School in Silver Spring, Md. with Mexico's first lady Margarita Zavala where a second-grader stated that "my mom says Barack Obama's taking everybody away that doesn't have papers."

"Yeah, well that's something that we have to work on, right? To make sure that people can be here with the right kind of papers, right? That's exactly right," the first lady responded.

But then the student added: "But my mom doesn't have any papers" (read more

Thursday, May 13, 2010

297. Another Human Debacle

Twenty-four days after the oil rig explosion -- and still, BP does not know how to contain the thousands of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico each day.

The company is working on no less than seven different schemes for containing the spill; but so far, nothing has worked and the toxic slick continues to drift toward shore. (read more

Saturday, May 8, 2010

296. Lawrence Taylor Arrested

Pro Football Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was arrested at a Holiday Inn and charged with raping a 16-year-old prostitute in a hotel room encounter that was reportedly arranged by her pimp. (read more

update 10/27/12: Lawrence Taylor celebrated his court victory against a young prostitute cigar style. The girl, Cristina Fierro -- who was 16 at the time of the incident -- sued Taylor in civil court, claiming the NFL legend had brutalized her into submission in a hotel room back in 2010.
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Thursday, May 6, 2010

295. Times Square Car Bomb

On May 1, 2010, a car bomb was discovered by a mounted New York City Police Department officer in Times Square, New York City (NYC). Two nearby street vendors had alerted the officer to the threat, after they spotted smoke coming from a vehicle.The bomb had been ignited, but failed to explode, and was disarmed before it caused any casualties. (read more

294. Too Fat to Fight

According to a recent study on military mission readiness, an alarming 75 percent of all young Americans 17 to 24 years of age are unable to join the military because they failed to graduate from high school, have criminal records, or are physically unfit. Being overweight or obese turns out to be the leading medical reason why applicants fail to qualify for military service. Today, otherwise excellent recruit prospects, some of them with generations of sterling military service in their family history, are being turned away because they are just too overweight. (read more

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

293. Dora the Illegal Explorer

In April 2010, Arizona passed a controversial immigration bill authorizing police to stop suspected illegal immigrants and demand proof of citizenship. The law has sparked a national uproar, with politicians, pundits and citizens (and of course cartoonists) weighing in. (read more

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

292. President Obama Visits Oil Spill

President Obama rushed to southern Louisiana to inspect forces arrayed against the oil gusher as Cabinet members described the situation as grave and insisted the administration was doing everything it could. Then he took a helicopter ride over the water to view the 30-mile oil slick caused by as much as 210,000 gallons of crude gushing into the Gulf each day. The president vowed that his administration, while doing all it could to mitigate the disaster. (read more

Monday, May 3, 2010

291. Bret Michaels Recovering

On April 12, 2010, Bret Michaels was rushed to the hospital after suffering intense stomach pains, and an emergency appendectomy was performed. On April 22, 2010, Michaels was again rushed to the hospital, this time with an "excruciating" headache. Doctors discovered that he had suffered a massive subarachnoid hemorrhage and he was in critical condition. On April 28th, Michael's representatives reported that he was conscious and speaking, albeit slowly, for the first time since he was hospitalized.Michaels most recent hit titled "Nothing To Lose" features teen-pop icon Miley Cyrus in a power ballad duet. (read more

Saturday, May 1, 2010

290. Louis Bardo Bullock

 (CNN) -- It was supposed to be just a picture of a happy new mother showing off her beautiful adopted son. But when Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock appeared on the cover of People magazine with her newly adopted African-American baby, (Louis Bardo Bullock) the image stirred discussion in the black community and on blogs aimed at that readership. (read more