Doug Jones Beat Roy Moore In The Alabama Senate Election And Twitter Can't Believe It

After a campaign in which Republican candidate Roy Moore was accused of pursuing relationships with teenage girls during his 80s, Democrat Doug Jones has won the Alabama Senate Election with a narrow margin. Jones will be the first Democratic senator from Alabama in more than two decades. 

Roy Moore was expected to win the election, which was called when Jeff Sessions gave up his seat to be President Donald Trump’s Attorney General. 

President Donald Trump had endorsed Moore in a series of tweets, while the accusations led many Republican senators to disown their candidate. The Republican majority in the Senate is now down to just two votes.

In an election that was decided by a few thousand votes, and an incredibly high turnout for groups such as African Americans, you can probably guess how social media reacted. 

Jeff Flake took to Twitter to slam Moore. 

As did Hillary Clinton. 

And here’s how the rest of social media reacted…

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Jimmy And Billy Kimmel Ask Congress To Fund Health Care For Kids After Second Surgery

When Jimmy Kimmel’s son Billy was born earlier this year, the comedian revealed that his newborn son was born with a heart disease that required open heart surgery just days after entering the world.  

At the time, the comedian slammed the Republican healthcare plan, which has since been shot down, pointing out that after the further surgeries his son will require, Billy would probably have exceeded his lifetime allowance and be uninsurable if it weren’t for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), dubbed Obamacare.  

And last week, Kimmel took a break from a show so that he could be with Billy as her underwent a second surgery. On Monday’s show, the two made a triumphant return to the show after the successful operation. 

Kimmel took the opportunity to ask Congress to renew CHIP, or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan. The program provides coverage to the kids of families who don’t qualify for Medicaid, and also don’t have health care from their employer. 

The bill has typically had bipartisan support, but Kimmel accused Congress members of using the bill as a bargaining chip to attempt to pass their tax plan. CHIP’s budget ran out in October, and so far, Congress hasn’t approved any further funding

Kimmel appealed to viewers to call their Congressional representatives and ask them to renew CHIP before they go any further with tax negotiations. 

You can watch the full segment below: 

People on social media were understandably touched by the emotional return. 

Well, that was emotional. 

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The New Yorker's Horrifying 'Cat Person' Story Has Struck A Familiar Nerve With Readers

It’s pretty rare for a short story to go viral these days. It’s not catchy enough. It’s not a meme. Where are the pictures? Well, there is one horrifying picture illustrating Kristen Roupenian’s New Yorker story “Cat Person” of two mouths kissing, but that’s probably not why it’s so popular.

The story itself is pretty simple. It’s about a girl named Margot, who is 20, meeting a guy named Robert, who ends up being 34. The two meet at her job, flirt, have one terrible date and bad sex, and then part. The tale is told from Margot’s perspective, and shows the confusion of being a young women trying to figure out men. At a certain point, it’s very clear that Margot doesn’t want to go through with having sex, but she does anyway, not knowing how to extricate herself from the situation. 

What seems to be striking most people, is how familiar it all feels:

But there are lots of people who don’t get the story, especially men, who feel if the genders were reversed, everyone would hate the story. There’s even an entire Twitter account just dedicated to guy’s reactions to the story. Many seem to think it’s actually a news article, which is very weird:

There are also people who object to the portrayal of Robert’s body in the story as fatphobic:

“Cat Person” is evoking a lot of feelings, so it’s clearly touched a nerve in people. 

You may not think it’s good, but this is a story that has meant a lot to a lot of people. Though it is a little disappointing that it’s not about an actual person made of cats, in my opinion.

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Conan O'Brien Just Explained Why Trump Has Been Silent On Twitter–And We're Chuckling

There was a moment today in which there were no tweets from President Trump. No one knew what to think. Nobody but Conan O’Brien, that is, who chimed in with a characteristically wise insight.

Not long after, the President’s tweets resumed, presumably because he could still hold a phone and tweet with his thumbs, but it might have take him a little while to figure that out.

In the meantime, Twitter nodded their heads in agreement with O’Brien: 

There was some debate over which country deserves credit for the ingenious device:

And some people shared their own speculations:

But we couldn’t agree more with this:

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Astronauts Just Tweeted Photos Of California Wildfires From Space–And They're Unsettling

It’s hard to miss the news that huge swathes of Los Angeles and Ventura counties in California are currently on fire. Extreme winds have been blowing smoke and ash across residential areas, and hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated. Footage of people driving down the 405 as the hills burn around them look like the freaking apocalypse. 

If there is a group of people you’d guess are unaware of the natural disaster consuming the West Coast, it’d probably be astronauts. They’ve either got their eyes on the stars, or they’re floating around in space, so far from Earth and all her troubles. 

Actually, it turns out they have a pretty unique perspective on what’s going on down here, because their cameras capture everything:

Astronauts and space stations all over the world are capturing images from the sky of how California looks right now, and it’s freaking scary. The streams of smoke are covering almost the entire city and more. The pictures will make you wonder how anyone is managing to survive down there:

Someone even tried to label all the neighborhoods, to give people a more specific idea of who was under all that ash and smoke:

Who knew this place looked even more frightening from far away.

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Trump Threw A Hannukkah Party Last Night–And The Guest List Left People Enraged

Rarely one to take the high road, President Donald Trump decided to use this year’s White House Hannukah party to send a very partisan message by not inviting the majority of Jewish House members — Democrats — to the festivities.

A mere 300 guests attended, instead of the traditional 1,700 bipartisan attendees.

Fresh on the heels of Trump’s controversial declaration that Jerusalem is now the capital of Israel, the Republican Jewish Coalition and America First Action (Trump allies) hosted the White House’s version of the “Festival of Lights” in a room flanked by Christmas trees and evergreen garlands. The event featured the lighting of a small menorah by Trump’s young grandchildren, who are being raised in the Jewish faith by his daughter, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. 

As you can imagine, this did not sit well with liberals:

Some Twitter users tried to help us envision the intimatefête:

The two Jewish members of Congress who were invited, out of 30 Jewish congressional leaders, were Republican Representatives Lee Zeldin (NY) and David Kustoff (Tenn). Trump also left Reform Jewish leadership and progressive Jewish activists, many of whom have been critical of him or his policies, off this year’s guest list.

Jewish organizations in attendance included those with far-right leanings, like Zionist Organization of America President Morton Klein who, according to the New York Times, had himself been excluded from the annual White House shindig during Obama’s presidency. 

The NYT reported:

“He did not invite people who have been hostile to him,” Mr. Klein said in an interview. He should know. After being invited to the 2009 White House Hanukkah party during President Barack Obama’s first year in office, Mr. Klein was later cut from the guest list after condemning the former president in scathing terms. (Last year, Mr. Klein referred to Mr. Obama as a “Jew-hating anti-Semite.”)

Hold up! Speaking of Obama, let’s not forget this gem:

Twitter users remembered — and they had the receipts:

Actor and comedian Roseanne Barr tweeted in fawning support of Trump:

And was treated to an immediate smackdown:

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James Papadopoulos' Fiancee Fires Back At President Trump, Defends Her Soon-To-Be Husband

One of the men who has plead guilty in Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference is George Papadopolous, Trump’s former foreign policy adviser. Papadopoulos plead guilty to lying to the FBI in October, not disclosing connections he had with Russian officials. 

Joseph Mifsud, a professor who allegedly offered Papadopoulos thousands of emails relating to Hillary Clinton on behalf of the Russian government, has reportedly gone to ground.  

The Trump administration had repeatedly denied that Papadopoulos’ contacts with Russia on behalf of the Trump campaign had “nothing to do with the activities of the campaign.” 

In a press conference, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders repeatedly dismissed Papadopoulos as “a volunteer member on an advisory council.” 

Although at the time, Donald Trump announced his appointment as a foreign policy adviser in March 2016 himself. Trump described Papadopoulos as “an excellent guy” during the campaign. 

Papadopoulos claims that Donald Trump was present at a meeting where he boasted of his Russian connections and said he could help organise a meeting with Putin.  

And now, Papadopoulos’ fiancee, Simona Mangiante, has spoken to ABC, describing him as “a patriot, not a Trump campaign coffee boy.”

Mangiante responded to claims by the Trump campaign that Papadopoulos’ contact with Russia was unauthorized: “He never took any initiative, as far as I know, [that was] unauthorized. All the initiatives had [the] blessing of the campaign,” she said. 

“He’s no ‘coffee boy,'” Mangiante continued. 

Mangiante claims to have emails proving that Papadopoulos was a campaign insider, but says that her lawyers have advised her to not provide emails or other possible evidence to reporters. 

Mangiante explained that she and Papadopoulos met through a mutual contact on LinkedIn, Joseph Mifsud, the professor who would eventually offer her fiance dirt on Hillary Clinton. 

Both she and Papadopoulos had worked for Professor Joseph Mifsud at different times, when he was the then director of the London Academy of Diplomacy.  

Court records from Mueller’s investigation describe a professor approaching Papadopoulos after learning of his role in the Trump campaign. Those documents don’t identify the professor by name, but Mangiante identified him as Mifsud. 

Mangiante now believes that Mifsud became interested in Papadopoulos “precisely because he was working for Trump.” 

Perhaps the most damning statement from Mangiante? When asked what she would title her fiancee’s upcoming memoir, she replied: “The First Domino.” 

What do you think of this explosive interview?

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This Bathroom-Inspired Restaurant Has People Eating From Toilet Bowls

The world is packed with some pretty strange restaurants.

But in the highly competitive world of food service, restaurants are doing everything in their power to stand out.

The fact is, you could probably get a cheeseburger everywhere, but the experience of getting that cheeseburger will ensure whether or not a person decides to return to your establishment. Which may be the reason why the Cheesecake Factory decided to make its interior just so unique.

Or why in the world this PF Chang’s in Edgewater, New Jersey has two gigantic Mongolian Horse Sentinels standing outside, scaring off anyone who parks in the restaurant’s lot just to saunter around the nearby boardwalk, which is something I totally don’t do with my family on a regular basis.

But these restaurants just have notable designs. They’re like the Gordon Gartrell sweaters of the culinary world.

What about other restaurants that are just plain disgusting? What about a restaurant that has you literally eating out of toilet bowls and thinking about gross bodily functions while you slurp down on something with a texture not that dissimilar from feces?

I mean, no one would actually eat there, would they? 

Actually, they would. What you’re looking at up above is a bathroom-inspired restaurant located in Taipei, Taiwan.

At Modern Toilet, customers can expect to chow, slurp, and swallow dishes straight out of toilet bowls.

The walls are decorated with tiles. The restaurant’s hot pot dish is served in a toilet. People drink out of small urinals. The chocolate ice cream they serve as a dessert is colored and swirled to most closely resemble feces and is served in a tiny ceramic bidet.

Twitter wasn’t too thrilled about the prospect of eating out of something you would ordinarily use for bodily functions.

I mean, if a fictional electric mouse creature is telling you the idea is bad, then it’s probably pretty, pretty bad.

For some Twitter users, eating at the restaurant wouldn’t be that much of a stretch.

For others, well, they were just conflicted.

What about you? Would you ever want to slurp on some ramen from a toilet bowl?

It’s worth mentioning that, of course, no one actually used these bowls as toilets before serving the food.

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We All Knew This Day Was Coming–Starbucks Releases Christmas Tree Frappuccino

Last month, Starbucks released their new Christmas cups and were quickly met by outrage from people who seemed to think that the cup featured a lesbian couple holding hands. Yes, it was a pretty bizarre piece of outrage, but this is the Internet, after all. 

In a less controversial move, Starbucks has announced that they’re adding a new item to their holiday menu  — the Christmas tree frappuccino.  

But if you want to grab the latest item on the holiday menu, you’ll have to be quick, because the item is only available for five days. The frap will be available from the 7th, and is essentially a Peppermint Mocha Crème Frappuccino topped with Matcha whipped cream. 

There’s also some crushed fruit and caramel on the top, to make it look a little like its namesake. 

And as is usually the case, there’s already a bunch of photos on Instagram, in case you’re afraid the promotional shots are fluffed up. 

Are you going to try one?

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Viewer Called News Anchor A Racist Slur And She Blasted Them On Air

CBS Atlanta anchor Sharon Reed gets a lot of hate mail at work, much of it leaning on pretty racist rhetoric from trolls online. It seems like she is just about done with tolerating it. BuzzFeed Newsreports that Reed received a letter from someone named “Kathy Rae,” which was filled with racist slurs, or it would have been if the person writing it knew how to spell. Reed shared the message on Facebook, which reads:

you need to be fired for the race baiting comment you made tonight
it’s o.k. for blacks to discuss certain subjects but not whites, really??? you are what I call a Niger not a black person. you are a racist Niger. you are what’s wrong with the world

No, Kathy Rae doesn’t mean the country.

Reed also took time out to talk to Kathy Rae on air, and wherever she is, someone better take Kathy Rae to the burn unit, because this is scorching:

Reed repeated Kathy Rae’s email live, noting the message sender’s spelling errors. Then she decided to let Kathy Rae’s hate do the talking.

“I think when arguing with somebody, you have to be careful not to mischaracterize their viewpoint,” said Reed. “So I won’t mischaracterize your view either, Kathy Rae. I get it. On December 5, 2017, you think it’s okay to call this journalist a nigger. I don’t, but I could clap back and say a few things to you. But instead, I’ll let your words, Kathy Rae, speak for themselves.”

Everyone is straight up in love with Reed right now:

And don’t forget her coworkers sitting on either side during this epic clap back. They know what’s up.

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