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Artist Who Painted Vladimir Putin In Women’s Underwear Has To Flee Russia

For a hyper-masculine ex-KGB operative, Putin sure is sensitive about this kind of thing.

Artist Konstantin Altunin is seeking asylum in France today, after being forced to flee his native Russia following the removal of several of his paintings from a gallery by Russian police officers. Among those removed was a painting of Russian President Vladmir Putin in a negligee, doing the hair of former Prseident Dmitri Medvedyev.

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Researchers Grow Tiny Human Brains In Lab

"Guys, do you ever wonder if we're crossing lines into an ethical grey area where mankind was never meant to tread?" "Meh."

Researchers at the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have done the impossible -- or at least the creepy and ill-advised -- and grown tiny miniature models of the human brain in a lab from stem cells. Don't worry, though. They haven't been networked together into a terrifying living computer. Y'know, yet.

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Man Fined $500 For Drinking A Severed Human Toe In A Shot

You don't eat the toe, you brute! It's a damned garnish! Do you eat your parsley, too?

You read that headline right -- a man was served a human toe in a shot, and instead of suing everyone in a 10-block radius, he is being fined $500. That's what happens when you botch Dawson City's famous Sourtoe Shot -- a shot of Yukon Jack served with a preserved human toe in it. But your not supposed to drink the toe! Come on, that's just silly.

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Geekolinks: 8/29

What's more dangerous -- watching a video of The Ring's Sadako throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game, or listening to Pat Robertson say anything on television ever? There's only one way to find out, and that's to get yourself some fresh Geekolinks and find out what's going on in the world this morning.

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Watch A Teddy Bear Break Felix Baumgartner’s Skydiving Record

After a fall like this, this teddy bear is going to need a teddy bear to comfort it.

Felix Baumgartner spent months preparing for his record-breaking skydive last year, which considering he leapt from nearly 24 miles over the Earth, is pretty reasonable. Baumgartner's feat, though, has already been eclipsed by another jump this week. Even worse news? The jumper, Babbage the Teddy Bear, is cuter than Baumgartner, too.

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Geekolinks: 8/28

Jean-Pierre Jeunet weighs in on an Amelie musical, see the world's most expensive toilet paper, and find out why a self-professed "hermit" in Maine is being charged with 1,000 counts of burglary. Total world knowledge -- at least of things happening this morning -- is at your fingertips today in Geekolinks.

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Welcome to the Periodic Table! Existence of Element 115 Confirmed

Well, that's one less spot on the periodic table that reads "Here there be dragons."

New experiments reported today in the journal Physical Review Letters confirm that researchers have created atoms of a new element. The super heavy element, with an atomic number of 115, has been a subject of interest since Russian researchers saw signs of it a decade ago, though new evidence all but guarantees it a place on the periodic table.

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You Can Buy A Tiny Drone You Control From Your Smartphone, Get It In Time For The Holidays

Just think of all the fun you could have with a tiny personal drone. Your co-workers will never feel safe again!

You know what's going to be weird in 5 years? trying to remember a time that the air around you was not swarming with tiny drones. We've seen inexpensive DIY drones before, but Hex -- a fully customizable, hackable nanocopter you can control with your smartphone -- takes the cake. It also takes pictures, so privacy lawyers, start your engines!

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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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Geekolinks: 8/27

Who is driving boat? Bear is driving boat?! Oh no! Also on tap this morning, John Scalzi drops the mic on a dudebro, The Onion explains why every major news outlet led with Miley Cyrus twerking yesterday, and it's a bad day to be a British badger. Check out these stories and more in this morning's Geekolinks.

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This Bamboo Shark Is Learning To Walk, Probably Up To No Good

This shark is the John Connor of rebellious sea animals. It can't be allowed to live.

Dear Future in which mankind has been subjugated by sea creatures rising up onto land. Send someone back in time and KILL THIS SHARK. That is all.

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Science May Have Just Discovered Why Haters Gonna Hate

I'm not a jerk, I just have a "negative dispositional attitude." So shut up!

Why are some people just inclined to hate on things? To pick the dumbest, most negative facets of a situation and focus on them exclusively, ignoring anything good that might be there in favor of just ragging on things? According to a new study published this week, we may just be born that way, having a "negative dispositional attitude" from birth.

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Study Suggests Wearing High Heels Can Make You A More Careful Shopper

Thinking carefully about the things you're about to purchase could be a happy side effect of trying really hard not to fall down.

Last week, we brought you the fairly unsurprising news that high heels can deform wearers' feet and are basically medieval torture devices. The footwear isn't entirely without good qualities, though. A recent study finds the concentration required to balance in heels could improve decision making and make people who wear them more careful shoppers.

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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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Geekolinks: 8/26

This weekend, we saw some ludicrous football plays, reminded ourselves that Hollywood can't cast a Batman without upsetting the Internet, and saw Colin Powell turn up where we least expected him. Check out these stories and more with a hot cup of Geekolinks this morning.

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Science Finally Takes First Steps Toward Hangover-Free Beer

I'm glad to see we've finally got our priorities in order.

Earlier this week we brought the happy news that jetpacks will be a thing soon, and you can already get all your food in pill form. But now we move to a sign of living in the future that the Jetsons never saw coming -- beer that doesn't leave you with a hangover. Progress, my friends, is the most wondrous of all things.

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Before He Retires, Here Are Some of Our Favorite Crazy Steve Ballmer Moments

A reminder -- this is the guy who ran one of the most important tech companies in the world for THIRTEEN YEARS.

While Steve Ballmer might not have been the greatest CEO Microsoft ever had, we've got a big soft spot for the guy, mostly because of how nice it is to the the CEO of a Fortune 500 company regularly act like an utter madman. After announcing today that he will retire within 12 months, we wanted to share some of the reasons we'll miss Ballmer.

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Turn Anything Into a 3D Model With the Makerbot Digitizer

Now you can scan and print 3D clones of pretty much any small item in your home. It's great.

Want to make 3D copies of an object but don't have the know-how to design a computer model of it yourself? MakerBot has got you covered. The company is taking preorders for their Digitizer, a laser scanner that can create a 3D model of any object so you can print copies of it from your 3D printer. Soon, my army of action figures will be complete...

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Thoroughly Wackjob Dentist Wants To Clone John Lennon From A Tooth

This is a plan that makes buying John Lennon's tooth in the first place seem like a sane and rational act.

Does buying one of John Lennon's teeth for nearly $30,000 sound like a crazy thing to do? That's because it is. But it's not as crazy as the latest thing the man who bought it -- Canadian dentist Michael Zuk -- wants to do. Zuk wants to extract DNA from the tooth and use it to clone Lennon, which is the sort of thing sane, healthy people do, right?

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Geekolinks: 8/23

Yes, your relatives like their dogs more than you. And yes, we're all going to have to live in a world where Ben Affleck is Batman now. But look on the bright side -- at least you're not Brandy. Girl got treated real poorly by South African fans, and man, what a bummer that has to be. Catch up on all this news and more, today in Geekolinks!

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