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February 5, 2014
When you intentionally attempt to burn to death 27 puppies, what do you expect?
Nevada Voters for Animals head Gina Greisen • Discussing the criminal case against pet shop owner Gloria Eun Hye Lee, who allegedly conspired with an arsonist to burn down her story—which had 27 puppies inside. The trial drew a number of animal rights activists outside of the Las Vegas courtroom earlier today.
21:26 // 2 months ago
December 25, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: December 25, 2013

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has yet to declare a state of emergency after a devastating ice storm in the city, but thousands remain without power and at least four were hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning Wednesday.

Sorry online shoppers: If your package shipped via UPS, there’s a good chance it didn’t reach its destination before Xmas.

This Las Vegas cab driver found $300,000 sitting in the backseat of his vehicle, but turned it in because he’s awesome.

Hear the one about the Russian passenger ship that’s stuck near Antarctica right now?

Rap Genius got a giant lump of coal from Google this week.

20:09 // 3 months ago
June 11, 2013

So you’re about to fly, but your plane is stuck on the tarmac. It’s really hot—because the airport in question is in Vegas. Minutes turn to hours. People are starting to go crazy, and a couple of people have passed out. What do you do? If you’re like the people on this flight, you break out into a singalong of “I Believe I Can Fly.”  Which, incredibly, makes the whole wait kind of worth it. (ht Gawker)

10:35 // 10 months ago
February 21, 2013
17:01 // 1 year ago
October 15, 2012
We have a joke around here. Pretty soon we’re going to have such long commercial breaks that people are going to tune in and all they’ll hear is: ‘Hello, welcome to News 3. And goodbye.’
Lisa Howfield, general manager of local NBC-afficiliate KSNV - Commenting on the increasingly long, and repetitive, commercial breaks that are beginning to wear thin on many television viewers in/around Las Vegas. The city just set a new record for most political ads in a single year, passing the old record of 73,000, with nearly a month to go before Election Day 2012. In total, 98 ads are currently in circulation on Las Vegas television networks, and are being run more than 10,000 times per week. source
15:52 // 1 year ago
September 24, 2012
11:00 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012
Today in “where are they now:” Sheldon Adelson
We love headlines like this. Adelson, you’ll recall, is the casino magnate who single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign from collapsing so moons ago. He’s still a prominent Republican contributor, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the party apparatus in charge of electing House Democrats—is in some hot water for making some sketchily-sourced claims about Adelson. They caved yesterday and apologized after Adelson threatened to sue. source
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We love headlines like this. Adelson, you’ll recall, is the casino magnate who single-handedly kept Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign from collapsing so moons ago. He’s still a prominent Republican contributor, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee—the party apparatus in charge of electing House Democrats—is in some hot water for making some sketchily-sourced claims about Adelson. They caved yesterday and apologized after Adelson threatened to sue. source

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4:22 // 1 year ago
May 29, 2012

thedailywhat:

In which Wolf Blitzer, of all people, schools Donald Trump on the air over his position on birtherism. An excerpt:

WB: Donald, you’re beginning to sound a little ridiculous, I have to tell you.

DT: You are, Wolf. Let me tell you something, I think you sound ridiculous, and if you’d ask me a question and let me answer it.

WB: Here’s the question, did the conspiracy start in 1961 where theHonolulu Star-Bulletin and the Advertiser contemporaneously published announcements that he was born in Hawaii?

DT: Many people put those announcements in because they wanted to get the benefit because of getting so-called born in this country. Many people did it. It was something done by many people even though they weren’t born in the country. You know and I know it.

Trump hosts a fundraiser for Mitt Romney tonight in Las Vegas.

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Long done with this issue, admittedly, but there’s a great laugh-out-loud moment six minutes in where Wolf asks Trump what “his people” found about Obama’s birth certificate back in April of last year — he claimed to Meredith Viera that his people “cannot believe what they’re finding” about Obama’s birth certificate. “We don’t have to go into OLD NEWS,” Trump says. “That’s old news.”

18:19 // 1 year ago
April 7, 2012

A lavish General Services Administration Las Vegas conference, which occurred back in 2010, continues to simmer with controversy, with yesterday’s release of a number of videos shot at the event. The above is just one of many. The event has become something of a delayed-effect black eye for the Obama administration, at odds as it clearly is with a message of fiscal restraint. While the total price tag ($820,000) is a pittance in terms of federal spending figures, it’s a staggering amount to any normal human being, and the needlessness of it is laid pretty bare. Incidentally, President Obama himself decried this sort of behaviour back in 2010, though not about the GSA — he scolded corporate retreats to Las Vegas, made by companies who had received taxpayer bailouts.

22:01 // 2 years ago
April 3, 2012
A clown. A mind-reader. This sounds like a birthday party I attended at the age of 6. I don’t remember much. I think I cried a lot.
The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri • Mocking the resignation of General Services Administration head Martha N. Johnson, who resigned Monday amid word of a lavish training conference in Las Vegas, held on the taxpayer’s dime. “Forget partying like a rock star. I want to party like the GSA,” Petri writes. We’re with her. Those bureaucrats get to have all the fun.
13:43 // 2 years ago