Chicago Bulls fans were understandably saddened when Derek Rose tore his ACL and the Bulls lost their chance at winning the NBA finals this year. So watching the L.A. Lakers' progress in the playoffs has been particularly painful. Just ask comedian Lil Rel, a Bulls fan with very strong feelings about L.A.'s team.
It's not so fun to be a financial institution these days. Just ask Bears Stearns, the former global investment bank. Or JPMorgan, the financial services firm that reported trading losses in the billions this month due to some risky moves.
We probably don't even have to introduce this particular magazine cover: Time magazine really knocked it out of Controversy Park with this one. Comedian Jared Logan wasn't alone in finding this scandel ripe for the joke-picking, but he may have taken the joke further than others. "I breastfed until I was 11 and, as you can see, I’m a completely normal well-adjusted person," he said at The Paper Machete.
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.
"Racist babies!" proclaimed the internet, after a study about facial recognition released last week got picked up by mainstream media. But playwright Paul Oakley Stovall argues that with studies like these, the truth is simpler, not more complex.
Newt Gingrich's departure from the presidential campaign trail "was treated as news," says writer Benno Nelson. But why do we make news items out of things that aren't interesting or surprising at all? "His campaign has been dead for months," Nelson says, "yet he emerges...as a leading story by saying precisely the thing that has the least impact on anyone's life."