Americans have been quietly mourning a surprising death for months, ever since news hit that the U.S. government would stop minting $1 coins in an effort to save money. "Nobody wants them," Vice President Joe Biden said with typical candor.
Despite the star power, and the usual autograph-seekers and star-gazers who park themselves in the median facing the red carpeted stairs from the early morning, it was a quieter, gentler opening night for Cannes.
The Iranian rapper Shahin Najafi has ignited controversy with his latest song, which refers to a highly revered Shiite Muslim cleric. Now an Islamist website has offered $100,000 for anyone who kills Najafi.
The 65th Cannes Film Festival opened to controversy Wednesday, raised by a provocative letter from a French feminist group. The group points out that this year's festival has not a single female filmmaker in the competition.
I believe that it’s been well-established by this point that eating your placenta after giving birth is standard practice. However, I was struck by a problem that afflicts way too many pregnant women: We are growing gross-tasting placentas.