America's top 99 problems

Max Read ranks the nation's problems in order of severity: "5. A loss of perspective on what is and is not important."

Massive plane stuck on short runway

A Boeing 747 DreamLifter, a gigantic cargo plane, landed at Wichita Jabara airport instead of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport. This wouldn't be a problem, excerpt for the fact that Jabara's runway isn't long enough for it to take off again. Twist ending: the pilot believed he'd mistakenly landed at a third airport, Wichita Beech. Jeez, how many airports can Wichita have?

Blackout: What's wrong with the American grid

It began with a few small mistakes.

Around 12:15, on the afternoon of August 14, 2003, a software program that helps monitor how well the electric grid is working in the American Midwest shut itself down after after it started getting incorrect input data.

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I will not put a pun in this headline

You may be pleased to know that there is an International Forum for the Study of Itch. And it has a regular conference, which just leads to inevitable jokes.