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August 28, 2013

The depressing evolution of the “Cory Booker might be gay” meme

  • Monday “People who think I’m gay, some part of me thinks it’s wonderful, because I want to challenge people on their homophobia,” Booker told the Washington Post. “I love seeing on Twitter when someone says I’m gay, and I say, ‘So what does it matter if I am? So be it.’”
  • Tuesday “It’s kind of weird. As a guy, I personally like being a guy,” Booker’s Republican Senate opponent, Steve Lonegan, stated in the kind of comment you want to never read again. “I don’t know if you saw the stories last year. They’ve been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o’clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure.”
  • Wednesday Newly besieged by questions on the issue because his opponent is a jerk, Booker said this: “I don’t intend to answer. It should not matter. That was my point.”
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July 6, 2012

Super-sad: Massive Obama fan meets president, dies hours later

  • 8:30 a.m. An “ecstatic” Josephine “Ann” Harris served President Barack Obama breakfast when his campaign stopped by her family restaurant, Ann’s Place.
  • 11:00 a.m. Harris, 70, was taken to a medical center after complaining of fatigue and a tinging feeling. She passed away shortly after, apparently of a heart attack.  source

» A huge Obama fan: The Akron, Ohio resident’s meeting with the president was highly anticipated by both her and her family, making the news of her death all the more sad. “I’m sure this was her highlight,” said Harris’ sister Frankie Adkins, upon hearing the news. “She loved Obama.” Our sincerest condolences go out to her family and loved ones.

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January 15, 2012
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October 19, 2011
This story is incredibly sad. Watch the video; the guy’s tale is just heartbreaking, despite the nature of it. Give the story more credit than “Las Vegas man with 100-pound scrotum seeks money for surgery” might suggest. He has to resort to going on Howard Stern — a low blow of pride — just to help pay for the $1 million in surgery needed.

This story is incredibly sad. Watch the video; the guy’s tale is just heartbreaking, despite the nature of it. Give the story more credit than “Las Vegas man with 100-pound scrotum seeks money for surgery” might suggest. He has to resort to going on Howard Stern — a low blow of pride — just to help pay for the $1 million in surgery needed.

20:19 // 2 years ago
August 9, 2011
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A fitting faxblog entry today.

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A fitting faxblog entry today.

11:29 // 3 years ago
July 18, 2011

Borders is liquidating. Sorry guys. :(

scribnerbooks:

Borders has announced that they are liquidating. (Official PR release and more readable, snarky Gawker update.)

This means the loss of 11,000+ jobs, not to mention a major bookseller and price competitor.

Ugh.

We’ve been covering this topic pretty heavily over the past few months. Heartbreak.

17:31 // 3 years ago
March 24, 2011

Want to hear the most depressing thing ever? Us neither!

  • before Thousands upon thousands of Egyptians rallied at Tahrir Square, engineering an overthrow of Hosni Mubarak by peaceful protest. It was a grandly inspirational moment, one that we all watched with exhilaration.
  • now The military-led Egyptian government just approved a law imposing an enormous fine or prison time for inciting protests that interfere with “public or private work.” Well, it was certainly nice while it lasted. source
15:15 // 3 years ago
February 23, 2011

She’s dead, Jim: Local news site TBD.com lays off most of its staff

  • before While Allbritton announced that they would be de-emphasizing the TBD brand, which was considered a future journalism model, they made it seem like there wouldn’t be any layoffs – just refocusing.
  • now TBD, a DC-based local news site, will now lose its sports and news coverage and become an entertainment site. Oh yeah, 12 people are getting laid off. So, yes, the TV guys did win. source

» A message to TBD’s staff: We hear you’ll be able to work on your publication for the next few weeks as its model changes – a temporary respite from unemployment. As someone who’s been in that position before, I can tell you it’s a bit of a dead-man-walking situation. Sigh. These things are never fun. Make the best of them.

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16:51 // 3 years ago