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South Carolina governor's unfortunate tweet: "We will no longer educate children..."

The governor of South Carolina created a mini-Twitter firestorm among the chattering class on Monday by mistakenly announcing that the state, in the process of passing education reform, "will no longer educate children."

Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, seemed to type out a complete tweet only to attach an Instagram link at the end of it, a situation in which Twitter likely chopped up the message at an unfortunate point. The tweet has since been deleted, but screenshots of the image remain thanks to a number of political pundits and a mounting number of re-tweets.
Magic Wand

The sneaky secret behind a "stimulus package"

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"Could use a little help here..."

Stay with this one. It is good.

It's a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted. Times are tough, everybody is in debt, and everybody is living on credit.

A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel, and lays a $100 bill on the desk saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.

As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.

(Stay with this..... and pay attention)

The butcher takes the $100 and runs down the street to retire his debt to the pig farmer.

The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off to pay his bill to his supplier, the Co-op.

The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt to the local prostitute, who has also been facing hard times and has had to offer her "services" on credit.

The hooker rushes to the hotel and pays off her room bill with the hotel Owner.

The hotel proprietor then places the $100 back on the counter so the traveler will not suspect anything.

At that moment the traveler comes down the stairs, states that the rooms are not satisfactory, picks up the $100 bill and leaves.

No one produced anything. No one earned anything. However, the whole town now thinks that they are out of debt and there is a false atmosphere of optimism and glee.

And that, my friends, is how a "stimulus package" works.

Who needs a car when you have a drivable suitcase?

If you thought suitcases with wheels were handy, wait till you check out this new invention. It's an electric suitcase that not only has wheels, but is also equipped with a small motor - so instead of carrying or dragging it, and you actually get to ride it wherever you need to go. Getting by in an airport will seem a breeze with this bad boy. You just sit on it, start it up, and go!

The Symbolic Universe couldn't be more clear: Vultures on K Street, an area known for highly paid lobbyists

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A vulture that has been hanging around K Street in Washington appears to be looking at its own reflection in an office window.
Hand Washington a chance to be self-deprecating, and, oh, will it deliver. Take Bob Schneider, who responded to the news that two vultures had made a home on K Street, an area known for highly paid lobbyists, with this comment: "I'm a retired lobbyist. I resent this remark, they are merely applying for jobs."

The jokes that people have left on The Washington Post's Web site and Facebook page since the story first appeared online Thursday have left no target safe.

Not politicians:

"We owe it to our fine feathered friends to provide a plethora of carcasses come this November. However, even a vulture might choke on some of them," wrote lelliot4.

Man in gorilla suit mistakenly shot with tranquiliser dart at Spanish zoo

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A man dressed in a gorilla costume was shot by a dart.
A man dressed in a gorilla costume was shot with a tranquiliser dart after being mistaken for a real gorilla at a Spanish zoo, according to reports.

The staff member at Loro Parque in Tenerife was reportedly dressed in an ape suit for a practice drill when he was accidentally shot with the dart filled with enough drugs to take down a 400lb gorilla.

According to La Opinión de Tenerife newspaper, the employee was running around the zoo in the costume to add realism to the drill practicing what would happen if an animal escaped.
Mr. Potato

Leaked Obama workout tape: Well... that was awkward

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Work it! Barack "I'm the most powerful man in the world" Obama is a bit of a light-weight.
A leaked video of President Obama pumping iron in a Polish gym has got social media in a spin. Far from complimenting the leader on his workout, people poked fun at the 'Nerd-in-Chief' for emboldening the enemy with his 'weedy' weights routine.

President Obama came to Eastern Europe to reaffirm his commitment to NATO allies over the crisis in Ukrainian amid criticism in Washington that he is not taking a hard enough line.

However, leaked footage of the President's workout in a Warsaw hotel has got social media users questioning Obama's tough-guy image. The video shows Obama making his way around the gym in a dark tracksuit, doing lunges and doing upper body exercises with a range of weights.

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Taking a load off! Bear spotted lounging in hammock

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Summer in the Northern Hemisphere doesn't officially start until June 21, but last week in Florida a forward-thinking black bear got a head start on the rest of us.

Vincent James of Daytona Beach told WESH-TV he saw the bear climb into the hammock on Thursday and proceed to lounge like "a tourist or something."

According to James, this bear stayed in the hammock for about 20 minutes, relaxing and allowing a photographer to shoot several soon-to-be widely shared photos of the unlikely visitor.


Redacted Tonight: Monsanto, the Koch Bros, and the NSA

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In this episode, Lee Camp bites into Monsanto, which makes him ill, and John F. O'Donnell gets molested by the tentacles of the billionaire Kochtopus. Obama ends the War in Afghanistan with something other than peace, Chilean magician Papas Fritas makes $500 million in student debt disappear. Sam Sacks examines NSA reform - and by "reform," we mean ''business as usual." A second Deutsche Bank video against boasting bankers is mysteriously leaked, and speaking of leaks - radiation is leaking in New Mexico. Tennessee brings back a shocking punishment, and more!

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Artist creates bottled emotions

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Therapists (and mothers) around the world have touted the old adage that it's unhealthy to bottle up emotions. For Tennessee-based artistTaylor Kinser, bottling emotions is just one of the ways she is able to express her creativity.

"Bottled Emotions" was born of Kinser's desire to mix a conceptual art piece with packaging. "I was interested in the idea of packaging something intangible, and emotions were an interest... I started thinking about how people are always so emotionally drained," Kinser told The Huffington Post, "We deal with so many emotions in any one day and that is amplified when big events happen -- deaths, weddings, breakups, births, holidays, injuries, etc. What does it even mean to be emotionally available anymore?"

We certainly don't have the answer to that; but Kinser's take on the big question sees bottles filled up with emotions like love, fear, confusion, anger, excitement and envy, each with a unique color to match the feeling. The project also includes a tonic book, which teaches people how to create cocktails for life's most emotional moments, like Black Friday, Mall Traffic or Tacky Sweater.
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Heron spotted using zebra crossing in Thamesmead, London

Large bird spotted using zebra crossing in Thamesmead
Is this a particularly safety-conscious Thamesmead heron?

The grey heron must have read the Green Cross Code and then decided to use the zebra crossing to navigate the busy Cannon Retail Park.

Twitter user @MrTaylan took the picture yesterday afternoon before adding: "What is it about birds in Thamesmead? Always just wandering around car parks."

This is not the first time Thamesmead has played host to interesting wildlife episodes.

An incredibly rare suacco heron was spotted in Crossness Nature Reserve in June 2007 while an equally uncommon Ferruginous duck sent twitchers crazy in West Lake near Morrisons in February 2012.