Well, folks, we may have reached peak Trump. The Donald earlier today suggested that fellow-GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s father fraternized—conspired?—with Lee Harvey Oswald before the assassin killed President John F. Kennedy. Trump’s source appears to be a National Enquirer picture of Rafael Cruz passing out pro-Fidel Castro literature with Oswald. The gregarious candidate said on Fox News:
His father was with Lee Harvey Oswald prior to Oswald's being—you know—shot. I mean, the whole thing is ridiculous. What is this? Right prior to his being shot, and nobody even brings it up. They don't even talk about that. That was reported, and nobody talks about it.
I mean, what was he doing—what was he doing with Lee Harvey Oswald shortly before the death? Before the shooting? It’s horrible.
The day has come. After their strange “anti-viral” marketing campaign, Radiohead has just released a new song—and a creepy video. The claymation style video for “Burn the Witch” tells a story similar to The Wicker Man, of a political figure who visits a village led by a religious leader and a cult, who meets an untimely demise in a ritual sacrifice. The imagery, matched up with the cutesy animation, is pretty unsettling. You can hear the new tune and extract your own sinister meaning from the video below. Discuss
You now have a new reason to watch the Webby Awards. Nick Offerman, ironically, a man famous for playing a character who hates most forms of modern technology, will host the annual ceremony when it streams live from WebbyAwards.com on May 16.
Aside from Offerman’s signature deadpan delivery, this year’s ceremony will feature a wide range of winners recognized for a variety of contributions to online culture. The founders of #BlackLivesMatter, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza, won the award for “Social Movement of the Year”; Jessica Alba will be honored for “Entrepreneur of the Year”; Making a Murder takes home the award for “Film & Video Breakout of the Year”. Other big winners include The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, The Weeknd, The Onion, Lena Dunham, the 99% Invisible podcast and a bunch of others.
You can go here to see a full rundown of this year’s Webby Winners and learn more about the show. Discuss
In a set of strange circumstances, four Christian Orthodox churches were burned this past Sunday—the day Orthodox churches celebrate Easter. Authorities in Australia are investigating the causes of two church fires in the country. Both of the church buildings (one in Melbourne and the other in Sydney) served congregations for more than century. Manhattan’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, which was built in 1850, was also destroyed by a fire on Sunday.
Though the FDNY told The New York Post that the circumstances of the fire don’t immediately appear suspicious, church members are reportedly concerned the fires are part of coordinated arson attacks on Orthodox congregations. As The Post notes, tensions have arisen after some Orthodox leaders recently moved to block the canonization of a Croatian cardinal, who was also reportedly a Nazi supporter.
Dušan T. Bataković, the director of the Institute for Balkan Studies in Belgrade, told the paper,
Too many churches have burned to call it an accident. It is very strange that it happened, that the fires all took place on Easter, the greatest Christian Orthodox holiday. Some kind of terrorist action cannot be excluded.
In addition to the fires in Australia and New York, another historic Orthodox church was burned in Russia on the same day. Discuss
Starbucks has released a new Frappuccino flavor, and they are basically conceding that the beverage is a giant cup of dessert. Starting today, customers looking for a massive dose of both caffeine and sugar can order a “Caramel Waffle Cone” Frappuccino, which, is essentially “waffle cone syrup and dark caramel sauce” and coffee put into blender which is then “topped with whipped cream, waffle cone pieces and more dark caramel sauce.” Sure, it’s essentially a liquified ice cream cone with some coffee in it, but, the summer-only offering is still more creative than whatever “Pumpkin spice” is supposed to be. The 16oz Grande only contains 400 calories of sweet waffle cone deliciousness. Discuss
The new face of the $20 bill will soon be featured as the subject of a Hollywood biopic. Deadline is reporting that Seith Mann (a filmmaker who's directed episodes of TV shows including The Walking Dead, Homeland, Dexter, The Wire, Sons of Anarchy and more) will be at the helm of a film that takes a look at the incredible life of one of American history’s most courageous figures.
A devout Christian, Tubman survived years of abuse from slave owners, before escaping and establishing the "underground railroad” to help other slaves escape to freedom. Later, she went from being a cook and nurse in the Union army to becoming a spy who guided raids and assisted in the freeing of hundreds more slaves. The Civil Rights hero is having somewhat of a cultural moment: In addition to replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill (in the coming years), Tubman will also be featured in the HBO adaptation of the book Bound for the Promised Land, which is being produced by Viola Davis. Discuss