Migrants land in Sicily after ‘longest standoff in European maritime history’

In August 2019, more than 100 migrants were stuck on the Spanish rescue ship, Open Arms, for 19 days off the island of Lampedusa. In July, Italy’s senate voted to allow the prosecution of the former interior minister Matteo Salvini for blocking the vessel .

North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Hails ‘Sacred Combat Mission,’ Gets Warm Words from World Leaders

President Vladimir Putin of Russia, North Korea’s other neighbor, also reached out. He their bilateral relations “have been of friendly and good-neighborly nature traditionally, and the constructive bilateral dialogue and beneficial cooperation in various fields are in conformity with the interests of the peoples of the two countries and contribute to promoting security and stability […]

SBS presenter Lucy Zelić hits back at abuse for World Cup pronunciation

The clip gathered momentum on social media with readers leaping to the defence of Zelić. “Hats off to everyone at SBS for your wonderful coverage and especially Lucy for being the future of Australian football coverage,” wrote one. “Couldn’t be more proud to have you as the voice of our favourite sport in Australia.”

UN Weather Agency Recognizes 2 World Record Lightning Strikes

The committee maintains official records on global, hemispheric and regional extremes. The committee’s Professor Randall Cerveny called the records “extraordinary” for single lightning flashes, and just examples of what nature can do. He said they will be valuable baselines for future lightning studies.

Dictionary.com’s new definitions help create a better world

Language doesn’t just help us communicate, it is an important part of how we understand the world. The definitions that are given to words affect how we perceive them and popular phases show social attitudes and shape our understanding of the world. As social norms change, language needs to as well and the lexicographers at […]

Buc-ee’s in Katy recognized for its car wash by Guinness World Records

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JK Rowling Earned £1,560 a Word For Writing ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’, Study Claims

“We analysed the best-selling books across the world by living authors, and found that Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the highest-earning book, earning JK Rowling a whopping £1,560-a-word,” a spokesperson for The Knowledge Academy said in a statement to The Sun. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’ came in the third […]

Ten words to understand China

He goes on to recall the many legends surrounding Mao and the ubiquitous Little Red Book. Nowadays, though, “I have a sense that in today’s China we no longer have a leader—all we have is a leadership.” It’s not that he’s a fan of the Cultural Revolution: it was “a life made up of equal […]

France’s Sarkozy in ‘Racist Shipwreck’ After Using Word ‘Monkey’ Suggestively in Debate on ‘N-word’

I’m sorry but I can’t let go of Nicolas Sarkozy going « the elites 🙈🙉🙊 omg can I say monkey since I can’t say n**** ? So much for the tolerant left » and all the white journalists saying nothing 💀💀💀 As I always say: pic.twitter.com/Ue7ogWGom6

The Last Word: Wayne Coyne on Fatherhood, Drugs, Divorce, and Nearly Dying

So, we’re not singing about drugs as if it’s a hippie, cosmic, mind-opening, beautiful thing. When I’m singing, “Mother, I’ve taken LSD,” I’m singing about my oldest brother being on the porch telling my mother that he had taken LSD. When your older brother says he takes LSD, you just think, “Oh, my God. He’s […]