In 2002, Fox canceled the live-action adaptation of Ben Edlund's comic book "The Tick" after only nine episodes. According to People.com, Amazon Studios may be willing to take a chance on Fox's sloppy seconds, this time leaving the series' fate to voting customers instead of network executives. Patrick Warburton (Family Guy, Seinfeld, Rules of Engagement) recently signed a deal with Amazon and Sony to bring back the blue superhero, with Edlund writing and producing. Fans of the cult classic also hope for a return of the rest of the original cast David Burke (Arthur), Liz Vassey (Captain Liberty) or Nestor Carbonell (Batmanuel), as well as Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood ... Discuss

Amid concerns about young people leaving the Church, another problem facing the Catholic church is a decline in nuns. According to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, there are currently under 50,000 religious Catholic sisters in the U.S., a 13 percent decline from 2010 and a 72 percent decline from 1965. Nuns are dying off and fewer young women are stepping in to replace them. As Time points out, part of the decline may come from the Vatican’s scrutiny of American nuns. Today’s nuns tend to be more progressive than the Vatican, which issued a crackdown on American nuns in 2012 ... Discuss

Ben Wyatt’s vision for an intricate board game on Parks and Recreation became a reality this year at gaming convention Gen Con. Mayfair Games, the company behind Settlers of Catan, debuted a version of the game for a charity event where people paid $100 to participate. So far, there are no plans to make a commercial version of the game, but one can always hope. In the meantime, you can watch this introductory video for the event made by Adam Scott and Aziz Ansari, who play Ben Wyatt and Tom Haverford on Parks and Rec ...


Apparently, Belgian photographer Bruno Brokken didn’t entirely think through the physics of his big idea for his Ice Bucket Challenge. Brokken had a plane dump nearly 400 gallons of water on him from a height of 22 feet. But, as the blog Flight Club points out, water weights 8.34 pounds per gallon, making the weight of water dumped on Brokken nearly the equivalent of that of a small car. Needless to say, he was knocked unconscious and rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Brokken is not the first victim of crazy Ice Bucket Challenge one-upmanship—a few days ago, a Scottish teenager drowned in an incident suspected to be linked to the craze. Be careful out there, ice bucketers ...


According to a devastating new U.N. report, nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced by the violence of the country’s ongoing civil war. As many as 6.5 million who have fled their homes are displaced within the country, and at least 3 million Syrians have left the country altogether. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement, "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them.”

The report, which is attempting to bring greater international awareness and intervention to the crisis, also outlined the dangers facing even those who are fleeing the war. "There are worrying signs too that the journey out of Syria is becoming tougher, with many people forced to pay bribes at armed checkpoints proliferating along the borders. Refugees crossing the desert into eastern Jordan are being forced to pay smugglers hefty sums (ranging from $100 per person or more) to take them to safety” ... Discuss

If you attended the St. Paul Saints’ minor league baseball game last night, there’s a good chance that comedy legend Bill Murray took your ticket when you made your way into the stadium. Murray, who is one of the owners of the team, attended the final game at Midway Stadium, not only assisting at turnstiles and talking with fans, but also throwing out the first pitch and taking plenty of selfies with his new friends. Bill Murray, you sir are a national treasure ... Discuss