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  1. British Inventor Builds Giant Fart Machine, Will Point It at France

    Technically it's a pulse jet, but let's call a fart machine a fart machine.

    British inventor Colin Furze is building a gigantic fart machine and fake butt to put it behind so that he can point it at France. Why? I've reached out in an email asking exactly that, but have not had a response yet. For now let's just work under the assumption that it's because farts are funny, so giant farts should be even funnier.

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  2. France Is Spending $4.2 Million to Save Endangered Hamsters

    Wow, tiny burritos are expensive these days.

    If there's one privilege that Americans take for granted, it's our abundance of hamsters. France is spending $4.2 million on preservation efforts to save the Great Hamster of Alsace (not pictured)—enough money to buy a lot of shredded newspapers and exercise wheels if that was a thing the wild rodents actually needed.

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  3. France Bans Work Emails During Non-Working Hours, What Will French Workers Compulsively Check Now?

    As long as no one bans non-work emails during working hours, we'll be OK.

    Working in France has some pretty great perks like several weeks of required vacation time and a 35-hour work week (though they've relaxed restrictions on exceeding that limit a bit in recent years). Well, they're going even further to protect their work/life balance by banning work-related email activity after working hours.

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  4. Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury) Is Not Impressed With Captain France in Winter Soldier International Marketing

    Samuel L. Jackson is contractually required to drop one F-bomb per appearance.

    Hey, guys, come on, those are some pretty tired stereotypes—what? Oh, this is from a French show called Le Grand Journal? Nevermind, this is awesome self-deprecating humor. Way to go, France. Still, the absolute best part of this is watching Samuel L. Jackson's reactions. I don't think he had to dig too deep for the disapproving looks.

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  5. The French Just Successfully Implanted A Long-Term Artificial Human Heart

    There's a joke about smoking and French cuisine in here somewhere.

    We are one step closer to fulfilling everyone's greatest dream/fear: becoming a terrifying race of immortal cyborgs! French biomedical firm Carmat has successfully implanted its prototype artificial human heart, and the patient is alive and kicking.

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  6. Pinhole Camera Turns Empty Apartments Into Surreal, Upside-down Cityscapes [Video]

    I could watch this all day.

    Today in really awesome things, photographers Romain Alary and Antoine Levi create amazing works of visual art by setting up a camera obscura to pick up outdoor scenes and project them upside-down in empty indoor spaces. This video depicts a Parisian apartment, and it's basically the prettiest thing to come out of France since Marion Cotillard started an international career.

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  7. Crime-Plagued French City Asks For Help From Batman

    The hero Marseille deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

    France's second-biggest city, Marseille, has been plagued with gang crime for months, and the problem is only getting worse. With the police seemingly incapable of bringing law and order to the streets, Marseille residents have reacted in the only reasonable manner available to them -- they've called for help from Batman.

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  8. Man Builds Functional Boeing 737 Cockpit in His Son’s Room, Because It’s Not Like Anyone Uses It

    Not pictured: His son, crying that he just wants to go to sleep.

    Laurent Aigon really likes airplanes. He grew up living almost 700 feet away from an airport and playing Flight Simulator constantly, but somehow his obsession never amounted to anything -- until he decided to build an exact replica of an airplane cockpit in his home, just inches from his son's bed. Seriously, in your kid's room? You can't do that on the balcony, buddy?

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  9. Gang of Feral French Cats Attack Woman and Pet Poodle

    Faster, pussycat! Kill! Kill! Spay and neuter your pets, folks.

    France isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sure, it's full of gorgeous art, rich cuisine, and basically all the wine you can drink, but stray too far outside city limits, and you run the risk of falling prey to terrifyingly vicious beasts. Like, you know that scene in Beauty and the Beast where they're all attacked by wolves? Imagine that happening to you but with cats. Seriously.

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  10. Later Retirement Could Lower Risk of Dementia, So Maybe Put That Off a Few Years

    Mental and social stimulation from work could reduce decline in cognitive functions

    It might feel like work is killing you, but it's also giving your brain mental exercise that could help keep you sharp in the future. A wide-ranging study from France has found that those who retired later had a lower risk of developing dementia, the condition of mental deterioration whose leading cause is Alzheimer's disease. These new findings are consistent with past studies that have discovered the importance of keeping the brain active in order to reduce the risk of cognition-related disorders in old age.

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