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  1. Accio Time-Turner: Colleges Now Offer “Study Harry Potter Abroad” Courses

    Sallie Mae Owl, this is literally the worst time.

    Did your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter get lost in the post? Did you drop out of school to pursue your Quidditch dreams, only to have your career cut short by a difficult bout of dragon pox? There's still hope!

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  2. Creationism Has Been Banned in All State-Funded Schools in the UK

    So maybe don't teach the controversy.

    Score one for science! New clauses added to the funding agreements for schools in the UK have banned creationism from being taught as fact in any schools that accept government funds -- even church schools.

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  3. The UK’s Robot Soldier “Porton Man” Can Sense Chemical Warfare (and Probably Also Your Fear)

    His Schwarzenegger skin-suit must not be ready yet.

    If you thought the US was the only country building an army of robot nightmares, the UK's Porton Man robot soldier will assure you that no corner of the globe is safe from uncanny valley-fueled horror. Guys, I'm pretty sure they robots will make their own soldiers once they reach sentience. No need to help.

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  4. A Dalek Head Was Found Submerged in a UK Pond, What Is Even Real Anymore?

    And then the guy who found it probably pissed himself.

    Now, you have a handy replacement for your irrational fear that a shark hides in the depths of any body of water you get into! Hey, at least Daleks don't exterminate so well under water. Or at least, it seems like they don't because the one that was recently found in a UK pond was completely broken down—unless that's just what it wants us to think.

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  5. ISP Porn Filters in the UK Accidentally Blocked a League of Legends Update Over Its Filenames

    Guys, why are you blocking sex, anyway? Isn't that pretty much the opposite of porn?

    Proving that new porn filters they've adopted are super effective, some ISPs in the UK have blocked a League of Legends patch. Job well done, guys. Wait, what? There's nothing pornographic about the League of Legends patch, and the obviously high tech porn filters banned it simply for having the letters "sex" in a row in filenames? Well that won't do.

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  6. A Ghost Ship Filled With Cannibal Rats Is Headed for Britain, Because Real Life Is Crazy Sometimes

    No, that's not the setup for a 28 Days Later sequel but a real thing that's happening.

    The Lyubov Orlova is a cruise ship that's been floating around the ocean without its crew, and it has built in defenses in the form of zombie rats. Well, they're actually cannibal rats, but I'm going to go ahead and consider any angry horde that eats its own zombies. Better safe than sorry.

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  7. Batman, Robin, a Smurf, and David Hasselhoff Fought Crime in the UK Last Week

    That is not a series of words we would ever expect to write. Guys, what is even happening over there?

    A guy dressed as Robin was assaulted while innocently spending time with friends dressed as Batman, a giant smurf, and David Hasselhoff in the UK last week, and the entire crew sprang into action to catch the attacker. Is it weird that the part of this we're having trouble accepting is someone dressed as Hasselhoff?

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  8. Here Is David Tennant With A Cat On His Head Because Of Reasons [Video]

    The man knows his target audience.

    David Tennant is no doubt pretty busy trying to brush up on his American accent in time for Fox's Broadchurch remake to begin filming in January, but as this short video for UK's Virgin Media TiVo service shows, he's got time to put cats on his head. We think you'll agree that everyone is better off for it.

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  9. Fox Sneaks Into Man’s Bed, Apparently Just Wants To Snuggle

    I don't see what the problem is here. If I woke up with a fox cuddling me, I would be delighted.

    A British IT worker who thought he was cuddling with his girlfriend in the early morning got a rude awakening when it turned out his partner in bed was actually a fox that had snuck in overnight and made itself at home. Personally, though, I don't see what so wrong here -- I'm betting that fox is way cuddlier than his girlfriend.

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  10. Helpful British Hacker Proposes New Firewall to Block Everything on the Internet But Porn

    If you're among the legions of people who uses the Internet solely for viewing filth, this could actually be a time saver.

    As far as ways to fence off porn and non-porn content on the Internet, here's one that's at least novel. UK-based dork sicksad has heard his government's calls for a default porn filter, and he helpfully built one for them, creating a DIY-firewall that blocks any and all non-pornographic content on the Internet. That was the plan, right guys?

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  11. UK Anti-Porn Crusader’s Website Hacked, Replaced With, You Guessed It, Lots of Porno

    Don't worry, though, she's dealing with the situation like a total grown-up...nah, I'm kidding. She's throwing a hilarious Internet tantrum, because of course.

    British MP Claire Perry is one of British Prime Minister David Cameron's top advisers on his Quixotic campaign to eliminate porn from the Internet. So when news was announced this week of wide-ranging Internet filters to be enacted in the UK that will make British adults ask 'Mother May I?'before viewing pornography on their home computers, Perry made a natural target for those upset over the new policy. And perhaps unsurprisingly -- this is the Internet, after all -- a few of those disappointed individuals proceeded to hack Perry's website, replacing the front page with porno, porno, and more porno. They didn't out Perry as being completely ignorant of how the Internet works, though -- she did that all on her own.

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  12. British Prime Minister Announces UK Will Block Internet Porn by Default

    Don't worry, British perverts -- you'll be able to opt-in to have pictures of naked people transmitted directly to your computer. Whew!

    British Prime Minister David Cameron really, really does not like pornography. In fact, the PM is so against the idea of naked pictures being available to anyone with Internet access, he's willing to work to change the entire way the Internet works in Britain to make it harder to find X-rated material. In a press conference today, Cameron announced that his administration had reached agreements with the UK's four major ISPs to place pornography filters -- which will default to 'on' -- on all new subscriber accounts.

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  13. Falcon Family Shuts Down UK Cell Phone Tower

    Good news? A family of endangered peregrine falcons has taken up residence in a U.K. cell tower. Bad news? Since U.K. endangered species laws prevent people from messing with the nests of endangered birds and potentially disturbing their rare offspring, technicians are unable to conduct maintenance on the tower and have been forced to shut it down, leaving customers in the area lacking a cell signal until July, when officials -- and customers -- hope the baby birds will have grown old enough to leave the nest.

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  14. U.K. to Commemorate Doctor Who 50th Anniversary With Stamps

    Sometimes I forget that stamps are still a thing, because we live in the future now, but then something tremendous happens in regards to stamps that reminds me of their existence. The United Kingdom's Royal Mail service is commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who with a series of stamps featuring all 11 doctors. There's even a miniature sheet featuring the TARDIS, Daleks, the Ood, Cybermen and Weeping Angels. Sadly they'll only be available in the U.K., and I imagine they'll sell out quickly. Perhaps even sadder, there's no K-9 stamp. Poor little guy can't get any love.

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  15. OwnFone Cuts Away the Mental Clutter of Smartphone Life

    Have you ever reached a place where you questioned the merits of having a smartphone? Having access to so much information at all times can, every so often, get in the way of living in the moment, breathing in the fresh air, enjoying a quiet moment, or, you know, not walking into people on the street. In the United Kingdom, one company has decided to take the idea of the "dumbphone" to its logical conclusion. Feast your eyes on the OwnFone. A tiny, custom-made phone that can only communicate with a small set of preset numbers.

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  16. New Law Aims To Monitor Calls, Texts, Emails, and Web History Of U.K. Users

    A new U.K. law, expected to be announced during the Queen's Speech in May, would allow the Government Communications Headquarters ( -- a British intelligence agency -- to have unlimited access to a wealth of information about U.K. citizens' communications. The law, which proponents claim is necessary for tackling terrorism and crime in general, would allow the GCHQ to pull up records concerning any citizen's phone calls, text messages, emails, and web history. At the moment, access to such information requires the permission of a Magistrate, much in the same way search warrants work in the United States. The new law, however, would remove this step.

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  17. U.K. Court Rules The Pirate Bay Encourages Copyright Infringement, Takes One Step Closer To Blocking It

    The Pirate Bay has been sailing on some stormy seas lately, and things don't look to be getting any better. U.K. high court recently ruled that the site "authorizes" and encourages users to infringe on copyrights as opposed to merely "enabling" or "assisting," a distinction which puts The Pirate Bay in the position of being decidedly illegal in the U.K.. That being the case, it's possible that the site could be blocked outright by ISPs; they wouldn't be the first.

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  18. Netflix Launches in U.K., Ireland, Now They Can Watch U.S. Versions of Their Shows

    As a Netflix customer, the best service they provide is the large amount of full television series I can watch anywhere I have an Internet connection. As someone living in the U.S., the best part of Netflix's wide array of available television is the deal it has with the BBC, which allows us to watch popular shows like Doctor Who if we don't happen to have the BBC America channel, or more obscure shows like Spaced that have been off the air for quite some time. Now, however, Netflix has launched in the U.K. and Ireland, giving customers across the pond a chance to check out our gritty American television, such as all of our remakes of BBC shows. Yeah!

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  19. “Government Dashboard” iPad App Being Developed For British Prime Minister

    There seems to be no end of possibilities for Apple's iPad tablet: You can explore stonehenge, Orangutans can play with it, cats can slice fruit with it, and you can fake a grievous bodily injury with it. Now, you'll apparently be able to help run a government with one, too. At least, that's the plan for British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is having a specially made "government dashboard" app developed especially for him.

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  20. Best Buy Failing in the U.K., Closing Its Stores and Getting Out

    Despite big plans to open up 100 stores in Great Britain and take all of Europe by storm, Best Buy has failed in the U.K. and is now closing the 11 stores it actually managed to get open because they have been hemorrhaging money. In a statement, Roger Taylor, CEO of the Carphone Warehouse Group, a company partnered with Best Buy in the U.K. venture, put it this way:

    “The eleven Best Buy UK ‘Big Box’ stores have performed exceptionally at the level of customer satisfaction, but they do not have the national reach to achieve scale and brand economies. Due to the lack of visibility of an acceptable rate of return on historical and future potential investment, we have decided against rolling out more ‘Big Box’ stores and we will be closing our existing stores, subject to consultation with our employees.”

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