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Avoiding red meat may lead to longer, more miserable life says new study

Red Meat
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U.S. — A new study suggests that avoiding red meat may lead to a longer, more miserable life.

The study found that by carefully avoiding bacon, carne asada, chicken-fried steak, hamburgers, brisket, tri-tip, tomahawk steak, and filet mignon, you might be able to eke another year or two out of your pointless existence.

"You might live a little longer, maybe," said one study intern. "Of course, then you'll be eating salad, kale, vegetables, fruits, and generally just hating life. So yeah, it's kind of a lose-lose."

Careful research showed that those who spent every waking moment trying to avoid the temptation to bite into a delicious bone-in ribeye could gain a few months of life, but they would pretty much hate those extra months of life, as well as the rest of their life, because they weren't eating red meat.


DEATH METAL version of Greta Thunberg's UN speech online scores over 1.7 mn views

© Reuters / Piroschka van de Wouw
If you thought the UN speech of young eco-activist Greta Thunberg could not get any more apocalyptic, the internet's there to prove you wrong. A death metal adaptation of the speech has emerged online - and it's truly terrifying.

The music video was produced by musician and YouTuber John Mollusk, who said he'd been "inspired" by Thunberg - and specifically her notorious quote "I want you to panic." The song fully repeats most of the activist's speech, just with a little death growl added to turn it into a frightening new genre of eco-death metal.

The speech by the 16-year-old, which fittingly included such dramatic phrases as "mass extinction," "how dare you?"and "we will never forgive you!" sound even more brutal in Mollusk's adaptation, turning it into a true sermon of death and destruction.


Trump has not launched enough drone strikes to qualify for Nobel Peace Prize says committee

Donal Trump
© Babylon Bee
Oslo, Norway — The Norwegian Nobel Committee was reportedly considering President Trump as a recipient of its prestigious Nobel Peace Prize, as the president had submitted his name for consideration to them over 67 times. But after reviewing his credentials, the committee concluded that he had not launched enough drone strikes against foreigners to qualify.

"Yeah, you've dabbled in attacks, but what we're really looking for is someone who's really committed to a secret drone war," said a spokesperson for the committee. "Look at previous winners like Barack Obama: now there's a shining example of someone who achieved world peace not through lame diplomacy but by blowing up foreigners with impunity."

Obama also criticized Trump's drone strike count, saying they were "rookie numbers" and he needs to "pump those numbers up."


Marionette strings clearly visible during Greta Thunberg UN testimony

Thunberg Greta
© Babylon Bee
New York, NY — Climate activist and adolescent Greta Thunberg gave a passionate speech at the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, declaring, "How dare you? You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, and yet I'm one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing."

"This is all wrong," she declared, clearly on the verge of tears.

Savvy viewers, however, noticed there were marionette strings attached to the 16-year-old throughout her speech.


Just in time for Oktoberfest: German court rules hangovers are officially an 'illness'

Beer fest
© Reuters / Andreas Gebert
If you've ever called in "sick" to work after one too many beers the night before, the law might be on your side if your boss finds out — at least in Germany, where a court has ruled that hangovers are officially an "illness."

The decision came after a drinks firm which markets its "anti-hangover" shots and drink powders was taken to court, accused of making illegal health claims about hangover cures.

In its ruling, the Frankfurt court said that firms could not "ascribe any properties for preventing, treating or healing a human illness or give the impression of such a property."

Bizarro Earth

Russian aggression... in a galaxy far away? NATO maritime experts sought to secure mysterious 'Sea of Asimov'

The Sea of Asimov
© Pixabay / Reimund Bertrams
The Sea of Asimov (artist's impression)
A NATO maritime expert discovered a conflict hotspot, as crucial as the Persian Gulf, that no one else has heard of. Apparently, the mysterious "Sea of Asimov" urgently needs NATO's protection. The error was later corrected.

"Recent events in the Persian Gulf and Sea of Asimov have demonstrated the need for naval power and for NATO forces' to be able to find and destroy mines," declares a NATO puff piece featuring Maritime Officer Paul Beckley, who apparently has traveled to distant galaxies not accessible to non-NATO countries.

The article discussed the importance of Beckley's role without giving any further insight into the enigmatic body of water he's helping to mine-sweep for NATO. Certainly, the Sea of Asimov is not found on any human maps, from this planet anyway. What else does Beckley do there? Fight off space pirates? Subdue Cthulhu and his minions? Inquiring minds want to know.


Nigerian prince revealed to be the source by New York Times for Kavanaugh allegations

Nigerian Prince
© Babylon Bee
New York, NY — Many people criticized the New York Times' recent piece bringing to light new and recycled Brett Kavanaugh allegations, especially after the website issued a disclaimer admitting basically nobody remembered the alleged incident.

But the Times is standing by its story, going so far as to reveal its source: a reputable Nigerian prince who emailed the investigative reporters offering information in exchange for funds to be wired via MoneyGram.

"The Nigerian prince contacted us and said he had dirt on Kavanaugh, and who were we to question his story?" said Kate Kelly, one of the reporters who worked on the piece and new book on Kavanaugh. "Who do we look like, Dick Tracy? If Nigerian royalty contacts you asking for a million dollars and promises you information on Kavanaugh, you have to act on that kind of lead."

Gold Bar

Sitting on a gold mine? Thieves steal £1mn toilet from UK palace

gold toilet
© Leon Neal / Getty Images
'America', the fully-working solid gold toilet stolen from Blenheim Palace in Woodstock, England.
A £1 million golden toilet has been stolen from the birthplace of Winston Churchill. The dirty crime involved thieves ripping the 18-carat gold commode from its plumbing, causing flooding at the Oxfordshire palace.

Thames Valley Police arrested a 66-year-old man in connection with the theft after they received a report of a burglary at Blenheim Palace early Saturday morning.

Thieves broke into the historical site and stole a "high value toilet made out of gold that was on display at the palace," Detective Inspector Jess Milne said.


No joke: London aquarium helps gay penguins get woke... they now have genderless chick

Long-tailed Gentoo Penguins of indeterminate gender at a zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia
© Reuters / Ilya Naymushin
FILE PHOTO: Long-tailed Gentoo Penguins of indeterminate gender at a zoo in Krasnoyarsk, Russia
A London aquarium has positioned itself at the tip of the woke spear, and will have a lesbian penguin couple adopt and raise a "genderless" chick. Why, you ask? To discover its "personality" without "pre-conceived gender roles."

The four-month-old Gentoo penguin chick will be "the world's first penguin to not have its gender assigned," Sea Life London said, adding that "it is completely natural for penguins to develop genderless identities."


The Raging Dumpster Fires of America ask people to stop comparing them to politicians

dumpster fire micorphones press confeence

Spokeperson for the Raging Dumpster Fires of America
The raging dumpster fires of the nation held a press conference Monday at which they politely asked people to stop comparing them to American politics.

"We are being unfairly maligned here," said one garbage dumpster with huge flames bursting from its lid. "We dumpsters don't try to mess with your lives or anything."

The dumpster fires then produced a chart showing that while politicians have lots of bad qualities, dumpster fires possess none of these dangerous and deadly characteristics: