The News You Use

News –
Spotlight on the quirky American pharmaceutical ads that offer pills for all kinds of oddball ailments with a slight catch. While these new drugs might help with whatever ails you, its side effects may include nausea, vomiting, cancer, and many horrific maladies up to and including death! Yes indeed, “Buy our product and you might just die as a result,” is no longer a bad omen in the marketplace.
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Language –
Our Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions Team has scrounged together a few hilarious examples on how to respond when someone asks you brainless questions.

The Value of Two vs One –
Our first adage compares the value of holding something versus the value of something else nearby.

For Our Hard to Remember Entry –
From our friends at Vocabulary.com, here are ten (10) normal words that have tricky spelling. But once you master these simple steps, you’ll impress your family and amaze your friends.

Culture
In our comedy page, you’ll get a kick out of the fantastic story involving Kanye West and Cockney slang. It’s a ‘oot.

For British Humour we have enlisted the help of the comedy duo of The Long Johns as they explain the Subprime Loans disaster that prompted the Great Recession of 2008/2009 from a financier’s point-of-view. Who knew that a rural Black man in his string vest had such a powerful international reach?

In the US, we provide the hilarious Last Supper scene from the 19XX film, The History of the World Part 1, by legendary director/actor Mel Brooks which portrays the famous moment from the waiter’s perspective.

The American Wild West is known for the rough and tumble nature of daily life and our Way Back Department has discovered a song about one of its lesser known, but nevertheless colorful, pistoleros. Meet Irving, the 142nd Fastest Gun in the West. Watch your step, though, he became the inspiration for The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

And who can forget the amazing exploits of France’s own Undocumented Spiderman? Certainly the French pompiers will be ecstatic with their newest addition of a Superhero from the African country of Mali.

Our Trivial Department has found an amazing connection between a cyclical comet and one of America’s most famous writers. You’ll flip when you read about these 19th Century events between a comet that bears the name of a British Astronomer and an American writer.

They also uncovered a bizarre link between a 13th Century’s Turco-Mongol emperor’s tomb and the Soviet Union that should provide you with your very own Scooby-doo moment, “Aaarrrrrrgghhhhhh?”

Our Trivial History Department has also found a gem of a story involving the USA Naval fleet and a group of small islands in the Pacific. As far as linking bizarre, armament and Scooby-doo remarks, they have reached into the bowels of the 20th Century to provide us with the Coinkie-Dinkie of Coinkie-dinkies! This should really be titled, “What in the World Was He Thinking?”

Of course, it wouldn’t be cultural without the addition of operatic news as well. In keeping with international standards we provide a well-known aria with a twist. Our scouts have found the perfect presentation in helium. There is still some confusion of this should be qualified as a sharp or a flat or perhaps even, an He.

Philosophy –
Greek historian Plutarch used the story of a ship to discuss the sense of self. Amy Adkins illuminates Plutarch’s Ship of Theseus. This age old adage is still one of our deepest concerns. Here’s a possible answer to it all.

A discussion on philosophy would not be complete unless we also show Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s reasoning on inequality.

There’s also a new style of painting coming out of Europe as Blu takes a painting from static to mobile and the end result will blow you over.

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We also explore a fundamental change in American thinking in Goal 1: End poverty in all its forms everywhere. We’ve gone from no poverty anywhere to who cares, it’s their fault.

We explore sounds from other languages that, though they sound as foreign as can be, are actually just another version of grunts and groans that we all know and use.

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