"Worst ever" air rage passenger jailed for drunken rampage


They're calling Jasbir Singh Bharaj the "Worst ever" air rage passenger. He was given 11 months in prison for his drunken tantrum on a flight from Dubai to Birmingham, UK.

The judge who handed down the sentence spared no harsh words for Mr. Bharaj:

"On the Emirates flight you drank vodka mixed with wine and then proceeded to abuse cabin staff.

"You demanded more alcohol and swore repeatedly even though there were four young children behind you who had to listen to your tirade.

"You told a female member of cabin crew that if she were on the ground you would punch her in the face. And in a particularly grotesque piece of behaviour you dipped your fingers in your glass of wine and rubbed them on your private parts.

"The air hostess felt abused and disgusted after seeing you touch yourself in such a sexually explicit way.

"You shouted 'fucking Muslims - send them back to where they came from' and 'fucking ISIS'.

"When you landed you were abusive to police and bit PC Ingram on the arm.

"People need to know that if you get drunk on an airplane, upset other passengers and cause cabin crew to have a difficult job then custodial sentences apply.

"You have many previous convictions and it seems you will not learn your lesson."

Mr. Bharaj certainly behaved in a more shameful manner than the daughter of a Korean Air exec who exploded with rage when she was served nuts in a manner not to her liking and ordered the plane turned around. Read the rest

Thanksgiving treats that look like sh*t


There's still time to run down to the supermarket and buy this cake for the coprophages joining you for Thanksgiving dinner.

Check out more unusual Thanksgiving treats in the gallery here. Read the rest

I have a subscription to coconut oil


This organic cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil is less than half the price of Trader Joe's coconut oil (and probably one third the price of coconut oil sold at Whole Foods). I have a subscribe-and-save order for it on Amazon so the price is $13.59 for a 54 ounce jar. I spread it on toast, make unsweetened cocoa with it, and use it to roast potatoes, especially sweet potatoes. I never get sick of the taste or smell of coconut oil - it makes me happy. Read the rest

Meet the Sweden Democrats, a creepy far-right nationalist group


The Guardian has a video report on the Sweden Democrats, the third largest party in the country, which runs on a platform of blatant racism, anti-immigration, and nationalism. Read the rest

This is the best restaurant spiciness scale

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North Korean interiors look like a Wes Anderson film set


Architecture critic Oliver Wainwright recently went to North Korea and took photos of colorful, symmetrical building interiors that look a lot like a Wes Anderson film set.

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Video time-lapse of terrorist attacks from 2000-2015


Designer Milan R. Vuckovic produced this video time-lapse of terrorist attacks around the world over the last 15 years. Only attacks with 20 or more fatalities were included. Read the rest

Lightning nearly strikes a car


The video has a terrific crack of thunder. There's no information about where this happened. [via] Read the rest

What's the difference between sweet potatoes and yams?


After watching this video, I realize I've never eaten a yam. According to the President of the Sweet Potato Council, yams in the United States are only found in "specialty stores." Yams have been a staple in some African countries for centuries, and when slaves were brought to the US, they referred to sweet potatoes as "yams." The name stuck. Read the rest

Ditch plastic food containers and get a 10 piece Pyrex set for $13


About a year ago my family started replacing plastic leftover containers with pyrex containers and we have been really happy with them.

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One second of video for each day spent on a 333-day trip around the world


My friend Tom Fassbender took a year off to go on a round-the-world trip with his family. He wrote a bunch of excellent dispatches for Boing Boing, which you can read here. He got back to the US a couple of months ago and just finished editing this video that has over 300 one-second clips of the trip.

One of the things I'd planned on doing during our trip was to shoot one second of video for each day we were traveling. I'd done little projects of this nature on short weekend trips (like this one to Julian, California), but this was taking that idea to a whole new level of commitment. However, the project didn't work out exactly as I'd planned. As anyone who's traveled the world will tell you, some days are spent doing pretty much nothing, while others are spent packed with all sorts of activities. So some days I had no clips. Other days I had many clips to sort through.

But these things have a tendency to even out, and in the end, after culling the duplicate clips and the clips that just didn't work, I ended up with 337 clips for a 333-day trip, which is close enough. Here's the finished, edited movie.

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Mother shocked to discover a gay drama teacher, demands refund


A mother who enrolled her kids in a musical theater program was shocked, shocked I tell you, to discover that gay people have infiltrated the world of performing arts. Who would have guessed? The mother went on Facebook to demand a refund, and the gay drama teacher responded wonderfully.


Hi Michael. Following our chat this week I have decided that [Precious child 1] and [Precious child 2] will not be attending class on Monday. You have a strong reputation for performing arts which encouraged me to sign my children up for classes. I have recently learned of your lifestyle and as a Christian I cannot allow my children to be influence by unconventional idea. It is our belief that a man should marry a woman. I look forward to receiving my deposit which you may post to me via cheque. Regards [Children's mother]

Gay drama teacher:

Hi [Children's mother],

I would be lying if I said I was disappointed to hear this. I pride my students on the respect and love they have for others and their passion for equality. You would only be infringing on our family. As far as I’m aware, my sexuality doesn’t effect my ability to teach, just like it wouldn’t effect a doctor’s ability to treat one of your children should they become unwell.

I’m sure your children’s health would come first should they need emergency treatment, or would you need to check their doctors lifestyle prior to their life saving operation? I wish you luck in finding an appropriate stage school that meets your needs, however from experience I find that theatre without gays is like cooking without spices (just my opinion).

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Russian judge shuts down scientology


Earlier today the Moscow City Court ordered the local Church of Scientology to set up a commission to liquidate in six months. According to AP, Russia's Justice Ministry successfully argued that the term "Scientology" is "trademarked and thus cannot be considered a religious organization covered by the constitution's freedom-of-religion clause." Read the rest

13 hospitalized in San Diego after overdose of synthetic drug Spice


Thirteen people were hospitalized on Sunday after they were found vomiting, convulsing, and behaving oddly in downtown San Diego, California. According to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, they had all overdosed on Spice, a dried plant mixture laced with synthetic cannabinoids that are structurally similar to the THC, the natural cannabinoid in marijuana.

Unlike THC, which is has very low toxicity, synthetic cannabinoids can affect different brain receptors and can cause blood pressure spikes, vomiting, seizures, and other serious conditions.

Synthetic cannabinoids have been illegal since 2013, but some people favor them over weed because they can use them and pass a urine test and keep their job or not violate probation. [via] Read the rest

An Army colonel is in trouble for complaining that a $500k gas station cost $43 million to build


Army Col. John Hope blew the whistle on a task force that spent $43 million to build a useless gas station in Afghanistan. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction says the useless gas station should have cost about $500,000. As a result of pointing out the doubly wasteful project, Hope has “been singled out for retaliation and retribution” for “speaking truth,” said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a letter to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The gas station is useless because it supplies natural gas to cars that have been converted to run on natural gas. But there are hardly any cars that run on natural gas in Afghanistan, and the cost to convert a car to run on natural gas is $700. The average annual income in Afghanistan is $690, according to the Washington Post.

More from the Washington Post:

The high cost of the gas station has angered many in Congress. Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) has scheduled a hearing on it for next month. And Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said it was one of the worst cases of wasteful spending that she has ever seen.

“There are few things in this job that literally make my jaw drop,” she said in a statement. “But of all the examples of wasteful projects in Iraq and Afghanistan that the Pentagon began prior to our wartime contracting reforms, this genuinely shocked me.”

The contractor, Central Asian Engineering Construction Company, originally bid $3 million to build the gas station, which is already an order of magnitude too much to charge. Read the rest

Sub-Mariner beats up a bunch of tiny, pink-helmeted Nazi soldiers


There's nothing like an Alex Schomburg Golden Age comic book cover. Feast your eyes on Sub-Mariner #12, Winter 1943. I'm not a WWII historian, but I don't recall the Germans having pink helmets, pink rifles, or pink and green swastika flags.

Stan Lee on Schomburg: "Alex Schomburg was to comic books what Norman Rockwell was to The Saturday Evening Post...When it came to illustrating covers, there simply was no one else in Alex's league." [via] Read the rest

Funny photos of cats that pose like pin-up models


Here are a few samples from one of the better cats-that-look-like-pinup-model websites out there.

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