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    June 16, 2013

    Baths - Webster Hall - 6/15/13

    By Jonah Bromwich Better Than: a performance of The Magic Flute being interrupted by a robot invasion. Complaining about low quality sound after the concert of an artist you like is kind of like griping about the refs after your team loses a game--if the artist is good enough, they should be able ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    SWING STATE UPDATE: The New Hampshire Decision

    MSNBC has just called New Hampshire's four electoral votes for Obama. He's now up in the electoral college 162-153. The president is now 108 electoral votes away from reelection.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    President Barack Obama Just Won the 2012 Presidential Election

    MSNBC just called the state of Ohio, with 18 electoral votes, for incumbent president Barack Obama. That gives him 274 votes in the 2012 presidential election. He needed 270 to get re-elected. That's all, New York. Let's go drink.

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2012

    SWING STATE UPDATE: The Iowa Decision

    MSNBC has just called Iowa, with a total of six electoral votes, for Barack Obama. The incumbent is now 14 electoral votes away from winning the 2012 presidential election, up on Romney 256-203.

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2012

    Victoria Bekiempis' Year of the Takeout on FiTR Featured on Today Show Blog

    FiTR's own Vic Bekiempis hiding behind some carryout cartons Fork in the Road (and Runnin' Scared) scribe Victoria Bekiempis has been eating her way through the city's largely unchronicled Chinese takeaway restaurants. She's completing her sixth week of a year-long project, and her efforts have al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    What We Talk About When We Talk About SOPA

    SOPA, the Stop Internet Piracy Act, is the latest congressional move to put an end to the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material. The basic idea of SOPA -- now considered in the House of Representatives -- and its Senate analog, the Protect Intellectual Property Act, purportedly aims at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2012

    Science Does Not Want Your Fat, Dead Body

    As we are reminded regularly, much of America is overweight or even obese, and this is bad, bad, bad. Not only is it unhealthy for our bodies; it means our pants are uncomfortably tight. But beyond that, a certain pride in human life is being able to give your physical specimen away to science when ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2011

    Gingers Are Genetically Predisposed to Hate the Dentist, Says Science

    Here is your bizarre yet enlightening scientific knowledge of the day. According to research published in the Journal of the American Dental Association, a gene that occurs frequently in redheads (a/k/a, gingers) makes them experience "heightened anxiety" when they visit their dental professional. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Niceness Is Genetic, Says Science

    ​Are you one of those unlucky people dubbed "nice" by everyone? Worse, do you live in the South, and therefore people call you "sweet"? According to a new study by those super nice folks known as scientists, having two copies of the "G" gene in your DNA tends to mean that you are more empathet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    Life, Not College, Is What Makes You Fat

    ​Today in news you can use to remind yourself that you're not in college anymore (unless you are, in which case, hooray!), MSNBC reports that the cursed, vile freshman 15 is actually not true, at least, so says a new study, which found that most college students don't actually gain 15 pounds i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2011

    Cheesecake Factory Ranked Consumer Fave, Again; Only 2% of Food Imports Inspected

    Kraft is recalling three flavors of Velveeta Shells & Cheese single-serve microwavable cups due to possible thin wire bristle pieces in the cups. [Chicago Tribune] In a widespread market survey, consumers ranked the Cheesecake Factory their favorite casual-dining restaurant for the second year in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    Magnetic Boys Debunked By Killjoy Science Book Author

    ​Remember the Magnetic Boy from Serbia? He was joined by another magnetic child in Brazil, and a number of other magnetic kids in the Balkans, where children like this are apparently common. According to the author of a book on solving unexplained mysteries, this is all a sham. Are you shocke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Absolut Wine? Say It Ain't So.; Yet Another Baby Gets Served Booze

    ​Absolut Wine? Not quite, but the Swedish vodka maker has paired up with Brancott Estate to release a 'sparkling fusion' of vodka and Sauvignon Blanc. [Decanter] A number of Long Island wineries have hired chefs, despite the state law that, in most cases, limits them to serving finger food. [ ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    Link Found Between Pesticides and ADHD; Peruvian Food Next Big Thing (Again)

    ​BaoHaus's Sweet Bao fries, portabello fries at Sea Grill, and cactus fries at Toloache are just some of the alternatives to French fries around town these days. [NY Post] Now that we finally have healthy food in school cafeterias, food trucks selling junk are parking nearby to lure kids away ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Single People Are Doomed

    ​WTF, science? Today in news we could, perhaps quite literally, live without, it turns out that not only are single people kinda screwed tax-wise and forced to buy their married friends gifts in honor of their marriages and their children whom we must also affix photographs of to our sad littl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 2, 2011

    Birth Control Now Considered Preventive Health Care, Will Be Available for Free

    ​The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has decided that FDA-approved contraceptive methods will be available for free, without co-pays or cost sharing, to women covered by new insurance plans in the U.S. "Not doing it would be like not covering flu shots," said Health and Human Serv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2011

    Is It Time to Tax Junk Food?; Sex Toys Replace Food in Trucks

    ​Studies time and again reveal that foods high in sugar and fat and that are processed are bad for our health. Mark Bittman says it's time to start taxing them. [NY Times] Could the potato be fattening? We know that fries are, but a new study shows that ordinary potatoes eaten in moderation c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    What the Fingers Have to Say About the Penis

    ​Hooray for science, which informs us that a smaller ratio between the index and ring fingers "is linked to a longer stretched penis size," according to research published in the Asian Journal of Andrology. Not only that, but finger length may be able to reveal all sorts of things: "The ratio ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2011

    Casey Anthony Found Not Guilty Of Murder

    Wikipedia​After two days of deliberation, a jury found Casey Anthony not guilty today on charges of first degree murder, aggravated child abuse and aggravated manslaughter in the death of her 2 year-old daughter, Caylee Anthony. Casey was, however, found guilty on four counts of providing fals ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Pierre Cardin's Maxim's Finally Getting Sold; The Limelight Marketplace Already Done For

    ​Pierre Cardin's now-defunct Maxim's restaurant at 680 Madison Avenue, which closed back in 2000, is finally being dismantled and sold. [NY Post] Gristedes owner and supermarket mogul John Catsimatidis' daughter will marry Richard Nixon's grandson this Saturday at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Uganda Anti-Gay Bill Dropped From Agenda

    ​The bill in Uganda that might've included the death penalty or life in prison for homosexuals with HIV, same-sex rapists or "serial offenders," appears to have been dropped from parliamentary plans "after global condemnation," the Associated Press reports this morning. "The parliament should ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    New York Times Traffic Down 24% From Paywall; Erik Wemple to Washington Post

    ​Lately the New York Times has lost a few of its star writers including legendary critic and columnist Frank Rich and foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins, along with a handful of others, and although people change jobs all the time and for a variety of reasons, the timing was enough to make u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2011

    Rep. Peter King Was Mailed a Bloody Pig's Foot

    ​Long Island Republican Peter King, the congressman behind the disgraceful hearings on the threat of Islamic "radicalization" and a one-time passionate supporter of the I.R.A., was sent a bloody pig's foot in the mail, according to a "Capitol Hill source," NBC is reporting this evening. The pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2011

    Alec Baldwin Is Not Replacing Keith Olbermann

    ​Jack Donaghy is a fictional NBC executive on the show 30 Rock; Alec Baldwin is the actor who plays him. Neither is going to replace Keith Olbermann as the host of Countdown or any other show in the 8 p.m. slot on MSNBC because that would be ridiculous, despite a report from Popeater's Rob Shu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    What Will Keith Olbermann Tweet at 8 P.M.?

    ​Keith Olbermann, recently departed host of MSNBC's Countdown, is coming back to the 8 p.m. slot just three days after he signed off. Despite talk in this morning's New York Times of a gag order, in which Olbermann can not speak about his departure, he has promised a dispatch tonight on his ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Japanese Chefs Shun Gotham Water; Yet Another Egg Recall

    ​After restaurants with a "C" grade from the Health Department were outed, a number of diners are shocked and now say they will stop frequenting them. [NY Post] Japanese chefs at the Culinary Institute of America's three-day forum on Japanese cuisines refused to use local water and instead co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Press Clips: Murderous Monday Feelings

    ​Have you ever received a piece of mail with a tracking number and you know it's there but everyone keeps passing the buck off to someone else until someone finally says "Oh, it'll show up in a day or two!"? That just happened to me for the second time. I am going to Fucking. Kill. Someone. Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    OLBERMANN DOWN: Keith Olbermann Suspended Indefinitely From MSNBC, Sir

    ​Following revelations that he made political contributions in what's apparently a direct violation of MSNBC's Code of Ethics, Keith Olbermann has been indefinitely suspended from MSNBC. If there's any other way to react to a media bombshell like this other than "Wow," we'd sure like to know.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    MSNBC to Sub-In for Olbermann With Nation Editor Chris Hayes...Who Should Also Be Immediately Suspended! (UPDATED)

    ​The New York Times' Brian Stelter just Tweeted that Keith Olbermann will be replaced tonight on MSNBC by The Nation's Washington editor Chris Hayes, who has been a guest host on MSNBC previously. On that note, Chris Hayes should probably be suspended. UPDATED.

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2010

    Five Potential Countdown Hosts for Tonight

    ​Whoops! Looks like the guy they tried to replace the now-suspended Keith Olbermann with tonight isn't going to be clocking in at MSNBC tonight because we noticed he -- like Olbermann -- doesn't meet MSNBC's supposed "standards" (that John Cook at Gawker just found out might not be getting any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    I Talked 'Facebook Movie' On MSNBC

    ​On Saturday, I popped by MSNBC to discuss the young-ambition epic The Social Network with anchor Alex Witt, a conversation which many people felt compelled to turn off their computers and phones to watch. I described Facebook as the place where you share such important factoids as your ongoi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Science: Saying "Fuck" Makes You Feel Better...Unless You Work at the New York Times

    ​Today the New York Times Freakonomics blog points out that dropping the f-bomb, among other choice delicacies, has an upside: It's good for you! There's a new study out from Bellevue that finds that "swearing can also be used as a psychological tool in the service of helping." In fact, it may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2009

    Long Island as Vegan Heaven; 20 Secrets Your Waiter Won't Tell You

    ​Long Island has a growing vegan scene, as is evidenced by several restaurants serving vegetarian, non-dairy options, such as vegan pizza at Three Brothers Pizzeria, "un-cheesecake" at the Moo-Cluck bakery, and mock-crab cakes made with tofu and served with dairy-free tartar sauce at Tula Kitc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2009

    Olbermann and I Discuss Balloon Boy...

    ...and balloon girl Carrie Prejean, ba dum pum! Yes, in a riveting, panoramic segment on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann last night, we talked about that zany little balloon boy and why his dad once commissioned TV theme songs that sound like the Beverly Hillbillies tune on extra mooonshin ... More >>

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    June 24, 2009
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    April 21, 2009

    I Discussed Gay Marriage on Olbermann

    Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy Last night, I was on MSNBC's Countdown With Keith Olbermann and talked with substitute host David Shuster about that Miss USA contestant's remarks about gay marriage and Rudy Giuliani's too, linking them both in ignominy. Ab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2009

    Bloomberg, Paterson Launch Healthy Initiatives

    Mayor Bloomberg's "nationwide initiative" to pressure the food industry to cut salt by half in the next ten years is intended to result in a healthier population, but no conclusive studies have told us how we would react to less salt in our diets. [NY Times] Meanwhile, Governor Paterson has declare ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    Binghamton Update: Three Suspects Reported, 2 in Custody, 1 at Large UPDATE 2: Shooter Dead

    (Earlier coverage here.) What was reported as a single-shooter incident at the American Civic Association in Binghamton is now portrayed as a situation with three suspects -- two of whom have been apprehended. Witnesses tell MSNBC the two arrested men appear to be Asian and around 5-foot-9, as the s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Good Morning, Shophounds

    Three things to do every morning: 1. Turn on Fox Business News, channel 43, to watch the stinking, sinking DOW (I know, I know, FOX is hateful, but they broadcast the bailout hearings live while CNN and MSNBC keep cutting away for stories about cute cats and car crashes); 2. Read Page Six online ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 7, 2008

    The 'Out 100' LGBT Heroes!

    Every year, Out magazine presents a list of the 100 gays who made this world a better place (The OUT gays, that is. The closeted ones don't always help things along too much.) Well, the Out website is presenting a tantalizing hint of who some of the chosen folks are this year, and naturally my old p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Why The NY Post Has It In For Olbermann

    Keith Olbermann is my pal. He booked me on his MSNBC show for years--until it became a huge hit. And now it's up to you to decide--did the show stop using me because it's a smash or is it a smash because they stopped using me? Please! I am so kidding! I just know they will start having me on again ... More >>

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    September 8, 2008
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    April 1, 2008

    Bruise Brother

    Supposedly Democrat-Friendly MSNBC Has Let a Clinton-Hating Joe Maul New York's Senator

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2007

    The Beast of 2008 Stirs

    The 2003 South Carolina debate, with George Stephanopoulus in the foreground. Wait, was he running? (GWU) With 53 weeks until the 2008 Iowa caucuses, voters could be forgiven for thinking they had plenty of time to enjoy life before the start of another bruising and expensive presidential campaign ... More >>

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    November 20, 2001

    The Reflective Rudy

    His Honor Relishes Resurrection, Plots Future Stardom

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