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!Read More
We Don’t Care About the New Royal Baby, But Here are 10 Geeky Names Will and Kate Can Give It Anyway
STOP THE PRESSES! It was confirmed earlier today that Prince William and Princess Kate are expecting their second child. And we say they should name it one of these things. You listening, Will and Kate? No? Because you're royalty and don't spend time farting around on the internet? Fine.Read More
Because the world is weird and wonderful.
In the game of thrones, you win, or you establish a constitutional monarchy and return sovereignty to your colonies.Read More
Stain glassed ceilings, your end is nigh.
This Monday the Church of England's General Synod may pass a vote which would see the Church welcome its first female bishops by the end of the year--possible progress that Queen Elizabeth's Chaplain Rose Hudson-Wilkin says would be "seismic."Read More
Learn The Meanings Behind These British Idioms So You Can Promptly Forget Them Tomorrow Because ‘MURICA! [VIDEO]
Come have a butcher's!
Here in the United States we have a odd (perhaps even "special"--ehh? Ehhh?) relationship with Great Britain. We do love you, but on July 4th we are required by American law to make ridiculous nationalistic jokes at your expense. Before that happens tomorrow and we are all hideously transformed werewolf-style into Stars-and-Stripes wearin' Michael Bay lovin' fireworks fanatics, let's get some last minute cultural exchanging in with this episode of Anglophenia.Read More
Britain Installs New Guidelines For Prosecuting Threatening Comments Made Online, Should The U.S. Follow Suit?
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It Came From Outer Space
We live in a world full of spectacle. Within that world, there's no international spectacle (insert jazz hands) that quite matches the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Yes, it's grand, and magnificent, and painstakingly planned down to every detail. It also has a tendency to be goofy and over-the-top. We felt things, and we laughed, and sometimes we yawned. We sat down to watch the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics last night, and we've compiled some of the best--and most ludicrous--moments.Read More
Because there is nearly a LEGO set for every situation, there will now be a set of minifigures devoted to the Great Britain Olympic team. The set of nine will be available starting in July -- only in the United Kingdom. So if, like Pokémon, you've got to catch 'em all, it looks like you will have to pay international shipping if you don't live in an area where they're available. If not, it'll just be nine pieces missing from your otherwise perfect set. If you can stand it.Read More
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.”Read More