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Pissed Off and Pro-Choice, Women Are Running for Office in Record-Breaking Numbers

In the off-year state legislature elections in Virginia and New Jersey, women are running for office in record-breaking numbers.

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Female Cop Being Punished For Her Dominatrix Past? Gross. Sensationalized Reporting of It? Also Gross.

Being a professional dominatrix is completely and totally 100% legal (though laws regulating it vary from state to state). This is an important fact to remember as we look at the case of New Jersey sheriff’s officer, Kristen Hyman. **CW: Brief description of consensual BDSM activity**

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Things We Saw Today: Darth Vader and Yoda Seen Flying Over New Jersey

We always knew Anakin was full of hot air.

Yesterday, we showed you hardcore fans who created a rice paddy in the image of Star Wars. Now, some equally hardcore fans are taking their love of Darth Vader and Yoda to the skies as part of the 36th Annual Festival of Ballooning in New Jersey. And yes, they apparently have Lucasfilm's blessing! What's more, if you can't make it to NJ, they may be coming to your town!

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Princess The Football-Predicting Camel Has Passed Away, We Might As Well Cancel The Super Bowl

God needed another 2,000 pound camel angel.

Sports fans everywhere might not realize that for the past twenty years, the success of their favorite football teams was dependent on the will and predictions of an unlikely source: a 2,000 pound camel named Princess.

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You Can Gamble Online as Long as You Live in New Jersey [Updating]

Glen lives in New Jersey, so guess what Glen's been doing today?

Today New Jersey has allowed six casinos and their online partners to launch online casinos. The catch is you have to be in New Jersey to play. Senior Editor Glen Tickle lives in the great Garden State and has taken it upon himself to spend the morning gambling. You know... for journalism.

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How Come Nobody But New Jersey Calls the Night Before Halloween “Mischief Night?”

What gives, America?

Guys, when you were a kid, what did you call the night before Halloween? Don't look up at the headline to guess the answer we're looking for. Just tell us. Did it not have a name that you can recall? Then congratulations, you probably live anywhere in the country but New Jersey. Good for you.

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Things We Saw Today: Wrap Boba Fett Around Your Little Finger With This Ring

Things We Saw Today

By Paul Michael, creator of the Han Solo in carbonite ring design (now an actual ring!), here's Boba Fett in jewelry form. (For sale on Etsy, via Geeks Are Sexy)

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The “Testicle-Biting Fish” Has Been Spotted Again, This Time In New Jersey

Welp, we're boned.

Sure, we all made jokes when the Pacu, an exotic fish species with an unusual (and apparently false) reputation for biting at people's junk, was found in a Denmark River recently. But now one has been discovered in Passaic, New Jersey, just 15 miles outside of New York. We don't think it's funny anymore. Everybody stop laughing.

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Now If You Text Someone Who’s Driving in NJ, You Could Be Held Liable If They Crash

Jersey strong! And easily distracted!

Everybody knows you shouldn't text while you're driving. But what if you text while somebody else is driving? According to an appeals court in New Jersey, if you text somebody and they get in a car accident, it's legally your fault. You know, because you're not going to be putting enough blame on yourself if your friend gets in a car crash over a dumb text you send.

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Things We Saw Today: Crafty His Dark Materials Fan Turns a Pocket Watch Into An Alethiometer

Things We Saw Today

No lies: I really love this alethiometer, made by Kat Young. (Neatorama)

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New Jersey Bars Busted Selling Rubbing Alcohol and Dirty Water as Top Shelf Booze

Operation Swill catches 29 bars selling fraudulent liquor, and 13 of them are T.G.I. Friday's locations.

It's a fairly common practice for unscrupulous bar owners to fill bottles of expensive, top shelf booze with the cheap stuff to raise their profit margins. As if that practice isn't unpleasant enough, 29 New Jersey bars and restaurants -- almost half of them T.G.I Friday's locations -- just got busted for filling bottles of pricey booze with cheaper alternatives including dirty water and rubbing alcohol.

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Fact: Batman Is From New Jersey

Holy Rusted Metal Batman!

According to Buzzfeed, "The 1990 edition of 'The Atlas Of The DC Universe' puts Gotham City on the north side of the Delaware River," but apparently it's been canon for even longer. As I Jersey girl, all I can say is, "WHOOOOOPIEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!" Also, this. (Buzzfeed via Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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I Wanna Go Fast: New Jersey Gas Stations Accidentally Pump Cars Full of Jet Fuel

Gas stations don't tend to feature prominently here on Geekosystem, but when they do the stories tend to be pretty epic. Over this past weekend, gas stations suddenly got even more interesting when three stations in New Jersey were mistakenly refilled with jet fuel, and they then passed said jet fuel on to the cars that refueled at them. It's unclear how many automobiles were affected by the mix-up, but none of them were suddenly capable of breaking the sound barrier, so there goes that dream.

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Chris Christie Refuses to Talk About Twinkies By Saying Twinkies Four Times in Under One Minute

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie held a press conference today about the news that Hostess was closing, and that it meant the world was ending because there would be no more Twinkies, but he refused to talk about the delicious, spongy, and radiation repellent treat. He refused to talk about it by saying "Twinkies" four times in less than a minute.

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Hurricane Sandy Leaves New Jersey Liquor Lovers High and Dry

One of the potentially unforeseen consequences of Hurricane Sandy's aftermath might see New Jersey boozers left without their favorite beverage. Fedway Associates Inc., the exclusive distributor in the state for fine liquors like Cristal and Svedka vodka, had their warehouse in south Kearny, New Jersey left in shambles thanks to 10-foot tidal surges from the horrendous weather. They don't expect to be back in full operation until December, so folks might be out of luck when it comes to their particular brands.

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New Jersey Allows Voting by Email and Fax, Smoke Signal Still Not Available

Hurricane Sandy's left a mess in its path across the East Coast. Much of the public transit system in New York and New Jersey, for example, is still cobbling itself back together. Even so, the show must go on, and the election will still be happening as planned this coming Tuesday. Given the difficulties that voters might find in reaching their polling location, New Jersey has announced that folks will be able to vote by email or fax this year. Cue the cries of electronic tampering.

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Thomas Edison’s Dry Cleaning Bill to Run $20,000

No doubt we can all appreciate a good historical artifact, but one of the problems with artifacts is that at some point, sentimentality and historical respect aside, they are just old things that sit around getting older. That's the trouble The Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange,  New Jersey has run into recently, as some of the linens from their collection of Edison memorabilia are starting to show their age. Namely, an American flag, one of Edison's original movie projection screens, and one of his last lab coats have all seen better days, and are in need of a little restoration. So while the Internet has to wrangle a posse of nerds to pass the hat just to protect the land for a Tesla museum, taxpayers will be footing the $20,000 bill for Thomas Edison's maid service, eight decades after his death.

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NJ Court Rules Anyone Can Look At Your Email If You’re Already Logged In

Always be sure to log out when you're done using a public computer, but especially if you're using a public computer in New Jersey. Why? A New Jersey court recently ruled that if you do leave yourself logged into a computer, you are giving "tacit authorization" to anyone who'd like to have a look around; according to the court, taking a peek is totally okay.

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Verizon Sends Out Bogus But Terrifying "Take Shelter" Alert

Yesterday, Verizon Wireless users in New Jersey's Monmouth, Ocean, and Middlesex counties got a terrifying text message that the coming global superpocalypse was not only coming, but had arrived. The message, completely devoid of context, urged recipents to "Take Shelter Now" and purported to be a direct order from the "U.S. Govern[ment]." Of course, the text left a lot of questions unanswered, like "what's going on?" and "why is there such a specific end time?" and people naturally started freaking out. Fortunately, the police were able to send out a message explaining that there was not, in fact, a civil emergency.

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Tough Times for ‘D’ Students as School District Drops the Grade


Attention students of Morris County, New Jersey: Those 'D's on your report card just aren't going to cut it anymore. On a meeting Monday night, the School Board approved the decision to eliminate the D grade, making anything below a C- a failing grade.

There has been some serious disagreement about the issue. While everyone supports putting measures in place to ensure that kids succeed and actually grasp their material instead of skating by, not everyone thinks this is the right way to go about it:

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