SeaWorld has had a really, really bad few months. This summer saw the release of the documentary Blackfish, which explored the death of whale trainer Dawn Brancheau at their San Diego park. Brancheau was crushed by a 12,000 pound bull orca named Tilikum, who's also been implicated in the deaths of t ... More >>
It's been almost two week since the truck carrying Kanye West's specialized tour equipment was in a mysterious accident, resulting in the postponement of many of the shows on the YEEZUS tour. There is still no new information regarding the nature of the crash or the people involved, and the investig ... More >>
1. Make a tortilla hat with an indentation on top for salsa, then wear it to a New Years Party. Encourage your best friends to double dip! Really, standing and shivering in Times Square for eight hours without peeing or drinking any alcohol (!) is about the worst way to spend New Years that FiTR c ... More >>
As part of this weekend's Catalpa Festival, Snoop Dogg will slouch around Randall's Island to perform his debut album, Doggystyle, in its entirety. With the Doggfather being somewhat obsessed with all things canine, SOTC decided it was fine time to shed light on hip-hop's infatuation with dogs. But ... More >>
A PETA brochure I picked out of a box like Alicia Silverstone's baby picks food out of her mouth told me the answer. It's everyone from Alicia to Pamela Anderson to the Dalai Lama, with stops along the way for black swan Natalie Portman ("I really, really love animals") and ex-Spider-Man Tobey Magu ... More >>
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Michelle D. AndersonThe effort to ban horse-drawn carriages in New York City rages on. Another report of a carriage horse collapse in a two-week span has left animal-rights advocates -- including celebrities such as Glee's Lea Michele and Pamela Anderson -- with a renewed passion to end the u ... More >>
As the woman in the Pac-Man costume can attest, hypothermia causes paradoxical undressing.Bad news, attention-starved women and vain men: That skimpy costume you've been planning for your big Halloween bash tonight isn't going to work in this weather. "Slutty Henry Kissinger" might have been ... More >>
What's not 2 LV?Dealing with governmental bureaucracy is rarely a jolly good time, but apparently it's even less enjoyable if you're a vegan living in Tennessee.
Fleisher's beefy new blog isn't the only news to report from the wide world of meat: On September 25, the Brooklyn Beefsteak will return, to the horror of PETA and the extreme joy of area carnivores.
Tomorrow night's gay lounge Beige--at B Bar--will be the last after many years of twink schmoozing and celebrity drop-ins. Here are my misty, water-colored memories of the bash: Shockingly, in this age of bombardment via twitter and facebook, there wasn't any promotion at all for Beige! T ... More >>
Breuckelen Distilling Co. and the Brooklyn Distilling Co. have settled their trademark-infringement lawsuit out of court, although the terms were not revealed. [NY Post] A bottle of Rémy Martin cognac called the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu sold for 50,000 euros ($7 ... More >>
Knut's Vanity Fair cover with Leonardo DiCaprio. PETA, always quick to point fingers, is claiming that the sudden death at age four of Knut the polar bear was preventable. A PETA representative told TMZ that they reached out to the Berlin Zoo months ago because Knut was allegedly being "terrorize ... More >>
Where is the ASPCA? PETA? Someone?Back on the Adorable Animals in Trouble beat this Monday, we've learned with horror of the tale of the model, the snake, and the poisonous silicone breasts that killed that poor snake when it reacted in the only way it could after Israeli model Orit Fox appea ... More >>
via cheetah100It's the original Rumble in the Jungle: tiger fights lion, who ya got? Everyone has an opinion; even the most ardent PETA supporter can't suppress their primal bloodlust when it comes to this epic duel (they may act disgusted by this post, but deep down they know they wouldn't t ... More >>
Leah Nash/NYTThere are more rhesus monkeys than you'd think out there getting fat. Getting really fat. And it's not their fault; it's because they're being used as research subjects in studies about obesity and diabetes. At the Oregon National Primate Research Center, scientists are keeping a col ... More >>
Everywhere you turn your fashionable head at Fashion Week, there she is -- Vogue empress Anna Wintour, looking magisterial and divoon, darling. Or is that her? It's hard to tell because she's always surrounded by at least two burly bodyguards!
Friends don't let friends do bed bugs. Drag star Vodka Stinger knows this, having hideously been through both infestations. See, Vodka and her boyfriend (yes, she has a boyfriend, too!) suffered the horror of bed bugs last year and they're still having flashbacks about the 30 bags of laundry ... More >>
Maybe you heard about the raccoon that broke into a Park Slope home, stole into the kitchen cabinets, and somehow suffocated itself just in time for the legitimate residents of the apartment to find it dead among their flatware in the wee hours of the morning? That's just one example of what ... More >>
A new study reveals that people who work in food service and farming may have an elevated risk for heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. [Reuters] Pamela Anderson's new campaign for PETA has been banned in Montreal for being sexist. The ad has the actress in a bikini with her body parts label ... More >>
Faux foie fabulousness!We're no strangers to the delights of the mushroom mousse Amanda Cohen serves at Dirt Candy, and now PETA isn't, either.
The Tribeca Grand's Church Lounge attracts an A-list crowd of bar, restaurant, and club owners; doormen; DJs; and promoters every Sunday for brunch. [NY Post] As Astoria's Bohemian Hall celebrates its 100th anniversary, a look at the city's newest beer gardens, including Mission Dolores in P ... More >>
Did you know that May is National Hamburger Month? The folks in the White Castle marketing department sure do! Although PETA would argue that death never takes a holiday, White Castle has chosen to commemorate it by celebrating America's sense of smell.
Radiolab's Jad Abumrad and his parabolic lens.WNYC's Radiolab has developed a serious following -- it currently ranks third in iTunes podcast downloads behind This American Life and Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!. Its success is thanks to its mesmerizing sound design, and storytelling that teas ... More >>
Barbara L. HansonLick it.Perhaps not quite as titillating as PETA's Sexiest Vegetarian Next Door contest, the Flatbush Development Corporation's survey to determine what kind of ice cream store to open in the area is still pretty exciting, at least if you live in Ditmas Park and crave frozen ... More >>
Every TV show has a point where it totally jumps the shark. With America's Next Top Model, it came during Episode 4 in Season 10. In the hour-long show, broadcast March 13, 2008, the contestants were brought to Manhattan's Meat Packing District and sequestered, scantily dressed, inside the co ... More >>
Punxsutawney Phil -- the groundhog who, like the Dalai Lama, is thought to be the incarnation of an ancient, mystical entity -- emerged in the Pennsylvania town for which he is named on the morning of the American Imbolc known to natives of the region as Groundhog Day and was seen to notice h ... More >>
Twitpic via DPixel. It was a short week but a merry one, with or without a vodka infused turkey. Now that Thanksgiving has been properly ruined, thanks to the diabolical War on Thanksgiving, and Black Friday has passed without fatalities, we descend into Xmas, which has apparently been mad ... More >>
Christian Serratos of Twilight has done one of those PETA ads in which a celebrity appears nude to attract interest in the organization, which has to do with children in Darfur or something. Full poster after the jump; alternatively, you can see footage of her nude photo shoot interspersed w ... More >>
Dancers from InSpirit beckon passers-by to enter a new store on Broadway near 13th Street. Labor Day, with its West Indian American Day Parade, was the high point of the week. The low point was, let's see... the rest of it. 9/11 was a popular topic. It was oddly related to a Twitter Festiv ... More >>
We love our fellow animals, and generally approve PETA's advertising, particularly in the celebrity nude category. But this ad, starring Pamela Anderson and generally described as "racy," feeds the unfortunate impression of animal rights activists as enemies of human freedom. Anderson plays an air ... More >>
Actress Kyra Sedgwick wants Mayor Mike Bloomberg to help some visiting circus elephants she thinks are being tormented. The celeb has faxed Mayor Bloomberg a letter (which PETA provides a via its blog.) in which she asks him to assure he'll never again let allegedly elephant-torturing Ringli ... More >>
When will we finally be rid of the little bastards?
PETA is up in arms over the latest Sam Neill ad for red meat, sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia. The Kiwi actor has been shilling for MLA for years. A selection from this oeuvre illustrates the theme: eating meat isn't barbaric, it's primal. Even if you agree with the message--and Fork i ... More >>
Some sectors of the food industry have resorted to hiring state employees to do inspections in an effort to fill in gaps where current regulation has failed. But safety advocates warn that conflicts of interest could arise. [NY Times] PETA is calling for the mayor of Newark to ban new fast-food joi ... More >>
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Can't get enough of Obama's January 17 train ride. Here it is again. Even before today's inauguration, Barack Obama's whistle-stop trip to D.C. brought the best of two worlds to America. Besides being just a really cool thing to do — complete with speeches by the mellifluous new president t ... More >>
Hey look, Kristen Johnston ("Third Rock from the Sun") has stripped off for PETA, joining a long list of celebs who have done likewise. The theme is horse-drawn carriages, which should warm the heart at least of Tony Avella. For those for whom this information may be important, we saw Johnston at a ... More >>
Our relief that we did our Fashion Week time early and indie continues unabated. After the previously-reported "near riot," we now hear from Time Out New York that on Sunday the Bryant Park air rang with PETA chants, and the runway ran with Donna Karan. "The clothes were what you would expect from D ... More >>
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