Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus has announced that by the year 2018, all elephants will be completely phased out of their famous traveling shows. The surprising move comes after years of protests from animal welfare advocates who objected to harsh living conditions imposed on the animals by the circus. Much of the elephants’ lives were spent chained in train cars, being transported to traveling circus shows around the country. An executive from the company told the AP, “There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers. A lot of people aren't comfortable with us touring with our elephants." Many of the animals’ advocates argued that the elephants are intelligent, social creatures and the methods that the circus uses to train and transport them were cruel and unnatural. The circus’ elephants will soon be given new homes at the company’s Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida ... Discuss
The Dress exhausted its five minutes of viral fame this week, but it's already become a national talking point, the source of Buzzfeed's most-trafficked post of all time and a terrible tattoo. Now it's become something with a little more gravity: the subject of an ad about domestic violence. Salvation Army whipped the ad together awfully quick, making this a nice case of using something trivial to raise awareness about something important. Click here to see the full ad. Discuss
The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released their monthly jobs report, and it's a good one. In February, the U.S. economy added 295,000 jobs, bringing the U.S. unemployment rate down to 5.5 percent. It's the best stretch of job growth since 2000 for the U.S, and although there are still some challenges (wage growth continues to be a struggle), analysts are feeling more optimistic than they have in quite some time. “While there are a lot of risks out there, it feels less risky than in the past 25 to 30 years,” Mark Zandi, chief economist for Moody’s Analytics, told The New York Times. “It feels really, really good out there.” Discuss
Any time a movie or a franchise ends perfectly, it always makes fans a little nervous to hear that there will be another sequel. That’s why a recent interview with Disney executive Jim Morris at DisneyLatino.com might put some fans of the Toy Story trilogy on alert. When asked about a fourth installment of the blockbuster Pixar animated series, Morris said that,
The third movie ended in a beautiful way and completed a trilogy. I think this movie is not part of this trilogy. It is a separate story … It is not a continuation of the end of the story of Toy Story 3. Temporarily it is, but it will be a love story. It will be a romantic comedy.
The Toy Story team hasn’t steered us wrong before, and director John Lasseter is at the helm, so the movie has all the makings of another great film, but a romantic comedy? Morris also added, “ It will not put much focus on the interaction between the characters and children.” Huh. Tread lightly, Pixar. You’re messing with a lot of people’s childhoods here ... Discuss
Most people know Jared Leto for two things: Thirty Seconds to Mars and looking sort of like a heavily Americanized version of Jesus. Well, also for going crazy on drugs in Requiem for a Dream. Also for the greatest tweet of all time, hands down. OK, so there are a lot of reasons you might know Jared Leto, but now there is one less: his hair. The actor's famously long locks have been shorn off as part of his preparation for his upcoming role as the Joker in DC's upcoming blockbuster: We Can Make an Avengers Movie Too. Good night, sweet Jared Leto's hair. You were too beautiful for this world ... Discuss
Put down your three-cheese blast enchilada poppers. Step away from your double fried buffalo hot dog platter. In a clear, transparent case of blatant injustice run amok, it seem you, your food and your beliefs are no longer safe at Applebee's. Just ask Hiram Jimenez of Westampton, who simply went to Applebee's to get down on some fajitas. When he got his food, Mr. Jimenez bowed his head to pray, because Heaven is the giver of all good things and we know fajitas are good. Unfortunately, prayer—though often thought of as a place of refuge and safety—became a liability in this instance, in which grease from the sizzling fajitas popped right into Jimenez's face, burning his cheek.
Being a man of principle as well as prayer, Mr. Jimenez took his case to court, saying his Applebee's waitress did not warn him that his sizzling hot fajitas were actually hot. Yes. A true injustice. How was Jimenez supposed to know his fajitas were hot? Applebee's has dozens of menu items, and one can't be expected to know everything about them, or take in every single detail, visual cue and nudge of common sense. Alas, a trial judge has ruled that Jimenez will not be able to sue, since a waitress is not legally obligated to warn a customer "against a danger that is open and obvious." So the cruelty of Big Fajita reigns yet another day... Discuss