"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?"
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In a post for Mashable, Bill Gates reminds us that the global population will likely reach 9 billion by 2050, and we'll have to find a way to double our meat production. Gates, who has been spending time with his pal, Modernist Cuisine author and former Microsoft CTO Nathan Myhrvold, says the food i ... More >>
If you have scoured the Internet over the past five years or so, there is a 85% chance (yeah, I did the math) that you've come across this video. You are looking at Keyboard Cat - a video that defines the Internet cat phenomenon, with over 27 million views worldwide. And it's just a cat playing a ke ... More >>
When last we left our heroes, the 2012 Republican Presidential challengers, they were inevitably folding to Mitt the Man Whose Turn It Is. Then Newt Gingrich -- or, excuse us, a Newt Gingrich Super-PAC to which he is not connected -- decided to go out swinging with a little film that portrayed Romne ... More >>
The modern-day flush toilet, a norm for those of us in countries that have the infrastructure to support modern-day flush toilets, is actually not affordable in much of the developing world, a situation which leads to general yuckiness, along with diarrheal and other diseases, not to mention, ... More >>
The "woah" moment of Rupert Murdoch's appearance in the British parliament this morning wasn't a revelation in the hacking scandal, it was the attempted pie-attack on the News Corp. patriarch. The pie-thrower, Jonathan May-Bowles, identifies himself on Twitter not only as Jonnie Marbles, but ... More >>
The title of "World's Richest Person" may be assumed by a woman for the first time ever. Gina Rinehart, an Australian mining tycoon, has been evaluated by Citigroup and is predicted to eventually surpass fellow rich people Carlos Slim and Bill Gates in wealth rankings. Forbes reports that alt ... More >>
Crazy person and Republican presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has come up with a totally inventive term for our current health care laws: "Obamneycare." Get it? Like Obama Romney. It's supposed to recall how Mitt Romney shamefully tried to help uninsured people with health problems as the gover ... More >>
The Shanghai Stainless Product & Design Company on Gerry Street in Brooklyn is the place to go for your brand new haute food truck. They've done trucks for Korilla BBQ, Red Hook Lobster Pound, Treats Truck, and Van Leeuwen.
Colicchio & Sons will run a beer garden on the forthcomin ... More >>
A new book says that Bill Gates didn't understand why Gmail offers so much darn space. The Huffington Post has excerpts from Steven Levy's In The Plex, a book about the rise of Google. After hearing that Gmail has 2 gigabytes of storage, "[Gates] looked stunned, as if this offended him." Wait ... More >>
Last weekend the New York Post made a game of underage drinking, either wasting money (and alcohol) or breaking the law. This weekend, the name of the game is clubbing, and it stars "a cougar, a guido and a nerd," like some bizarre Jersey Shore/A Night at the Roxbury/She's All That/Never Been ... More >>
Ken/The Cooks' DenWhere cheese meets cranium.File under Random, Weird Shit That May Make the World a Better and More Tolerable Place: Someone has taken it upon himself to make a Steve Jobs cheese head.
Mayor Mogul stepped on his own tongue yesterday while explaining away the Grand Poobah confab he attended with buddies Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Ted Turner, the Rockefellers and Oprah, revealed in the Times today. "All my friends are philanthropic, or they probably wouldn't be my friends," he said ... More >>
Get out your tinfoil! ABC today reports a heretofore secret meeting of "America's Richest Givers", including Mayor Bloomberg, Oprah, David Rockefeller, George Soros, Ted Turner, and other illuminati, were invited by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates to a "window-lined private room" -- as opposed to one ... More >>
99 Problems but a cookie ain't one
His assailants in the Staten Island Election Night Hate Crime Spree have all pleaded guilty. Now victim Ali Kamara has been arrested for stealing a car.
About 11 years ago 172 Stanton Street started to crumble. City officials hustled the tenants out and demoli ... More >>