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Crack-Smoking Mayor Rob Ford Tackles Councillor, Loses More City Powers

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The Toronto City Council voted to strip Mayor Rob Ford of more power on Monday, in light of the mayor’s ongoing drug and behavior troubles.

Ford has now lost the authority to dismiss or appoint the city’s deputy mayor or any executive committee members. His office’s budget was also cut by 60%.

Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will serve as chair of the executive committee and handle any civic emergencies, the council ruled. The mayor’s staff will have the choice to work under either Ford or Kelly.

In his bizarre closing remarks, Ford talked about hockey and his father’s faith, and compared his situation to the Gulf War.

“This, folks, reminds me of when — and I was watching with my brother — when Saddam attacked Kuwait. And President Bush said, ‘I warn you, I warn you, I warn you, do not.’ Well, folks, if you think American-style politics is nasty, you guys have just attacked Kuwait,” he continued. “Mark my words, friends, this is going to be outright war in the next election, and I’m going to do everything in my power — everything in my power — to beat you guys.”

He continued talking, though his microphone had been cut off.

3. Earlier in the meeting, Ford also apologized for taking out this council member caught in his path.

“I apologize to anyone that I offended when I rushed over there, because my brother was in an altercation,” he said. “It was a complete accident, I do sincerely apologize to you, Councillor McConnell.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/watch-crack-smoking-mayor-rob-ford-tackle-a-toronto-city-cou

Wild Snowball Attack Incites Backlash Against Oregon Football Players

Video of a wild snowball fight devolving into unchecked aggression against an elderly motorist has incited a wave of backlash against students and football players at the University of Oregon.

The YouTube clip, above, has been viewed more than 2.5 million times since Friday, and exploded over the weekend. It shows the aftermath of an organized snowball fight reportedly put together by members of the Oregon football team to mark the first substantial snowfall in the school’s hometown of Eugene.

But after the voluntary college shenanigans end, things turn much darker. Students block the car of retired Oregon art-history professor Sherwin Simmons, then bombard him with snowballs from close range. One student dumps a bucket of snow on the driver’s-side windshield of his car. When Simmons gets out to protest, he’s pelted with more snowballs from point-blank range, and a bucket of snow is dumped on him.

While some online commentators dismissed the episode as a harmless college prank, the overall reaction was decidedly negative. Oregon’s student newspaper, the Daily Emerald, which first published the clip, said it had to disable YouTube comments on the video after backlash against the students turned racial. The clip also rose to Reddit‘s front page as more and more commenters condemned the students’ actions, and users who identified themselves as Oregon alumni expressed their embarrassment.

Making matters more complicated is that some of the students depicted are allegedly players on Oregon’s powerhouse football team. When the video reached its viral zenith Saturday night, Oregon offensive lineman Andre Yruretagoyena took to Twitter to offer this apology on behalf of the entire Ducks team:

Oregon starting tight end Pharaoh Brown has been suspended for Oregon’s Alamo Bowl game against Texas, The Oregonian reported Monday. Other players have reportedly been punished internally.

A photo taken by the Register-Guard shows Brown dumping snow on a fellow student. As noted by the Daily Emerald, someone wearing the same outfit and wielding the same bucket dumps snow on the car’s windshield, and then on Simmons himself, in the viral YouTube video.

As the video gained traction over the weekend, commenters on Reddit and elsewhere began to speculate whether the students and players involved could be prosecuted as well as disciplined by the school. But Simmons told the Daily Emerald on Sunday that he would not press charges. However, he did describe the ordeal in some detail.

“Someone started banging on the car, and it was like the snowballs were fists hitting the car,” Simmons told the campus paper. “Then I was blinded by people both tossing snow on the window and racking snow off the roof. They were out of control.”

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TV Host Loses His Sh*t After A Football Player Gets An Unbelievable Punishment For Beating His Wife

The NFL has long used its power as an employer to influence the behavior of players on and off the field. We’ve had a lot of time to see how they dole out fines, suspensions, and other kinds of punishment. They’ve made their moral priorities clear. I’m just glad I’m not the only one who thinks their priorities are effed up.

Trigger warning: footage of an unconscious woman, but no graphic violence.

If you’re in possession of an intact soul, you’re probably worried about Ray Rice’s wife, Janay. This incident of abuse happened in February 2014 and as of publishing, Janay is reported to be in good physical health.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/tv-host-loses-his-sht-after-a-football-player-gets-an-unbelievable-punishment-for-beating-his-wife

What Movies To See (And Skip) This Thanksgiving Weekend

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1. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

What’s it about? This is the sequel to 2012’s smash dystopian, kids-killing-kids hit The Hunger Games, and finds Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) and Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) thrust into the spotlight following their joint win at the battle royale from which the series gets its name. Evil President Snow is none-too-happy with the rebellion that their win has inspired, and so, they end up back in the arena, where many twists and turns await.

Who’s in it? Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Jeffrey Wright, Donald Sutherland, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Who should see it? Considering the fact that it made about $170 million during its debut weekend, there’s a solid chance that somebody in your family has already seen it. This isn’t exactly a family-friendly holiday movie, as there is a good bit of violence and it can get pretty depressing with its depictions of poverty and evil politicians, but since it’s based on a YA book and stars a young heroine, it isn’t necessarily inappropriate for kids past the third or fourth grade.

Verdict: See it, if you haven’t already.

2. Frozen

What’s it about? Disney’s latest animated adventure introduces a new heroine princess named Anna, who goes on a quest with a mountain man to find her sister, the Snow Queen, in order to save her land from the curse of eternal winter. There are kooky creatures along the way, including a reindeer and a snowman who are destined to be stuffed toys.

Who’s in it? Voices of Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Alan Tudyk

Who should see it? Rated PG, this is icy fun for the whole family. No child murder here!

Verdict: See it, but don’t worry about 3D.

3. Nebraska

What’s it about?: When a booze-addled old man (Bruce Dern) receives a letter in the mail indicating that he’s won a million dollars — an obvious magazine sales scam — he insists on making the long trek to his home state of Nebraska to collect his bunk prize. His son (Will Forte) agrees to take him on the road, in part to escape his own misery.

Who’s in it?: Bruce Dern, Will MacGruber, June Squibb, Bob Odenkirk

Who should see it?: Everyone. A smart, sad, sweet, surprisingly funny movie that will contend for awards, it is a beauty.

Verdict: Uh, yeah, see it.

4. Oldboy

What’s it about? This is a Spike Lee-directed remake of the 2003 Korean film of the same name about a drunk asshole who gets randomly and mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years in a single, motel-like room. Upon his release, he goes on a brutal quest to find out who locked him up for all that time… and to kill that person.

Who’s in it? Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli

Who should see it? Well, this is certainly not one to take the kids to see; it is filled to the gills with torture and drenched in blood. And yet, it doesn’t really say all that much, and doesn’t compare with the original, which you can stream on Netflix for free.

Verdict: You can skip it.

5. Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

What’s it about? As the title suggests, this is a biopic about the all-important anti-apartheid leader (played by Idris Elba), who spent decades jailed in South Africa before emerging to ultimately become the country’s groundbreaking president.

Who’s in it? Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge

Who should see it? History buffs, those looking for an inspirational and triumphant story, fans of Elba, and most importantly, people in New York and Los Angeles, since those are the only two cities in which it is playing this weekend. A limited release, it will expand to other cities in the weeks to come.

Verdict: Not a must-see, but worth checking out if it’s in your area and you’ve seen others.

6. Black Nativity

What’s it about? This star-studded modern version of Langston Hughes’ famous play follows a teen from Baltimore (Jacob Latimore) who gets shipped up north by his mother to spend Christmas with distant religious relatives (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Of course, this teen, named Langston, isn’t all that pleased with the situation, but that only leads to him learning some very important lessons.

Who’s in it? Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones, Jennifer Hudson

Who should see it? With a PG rating, this movie welcomes all audiences. Reviews call it a bit schmaltzy and heavy-handed, but hey, that’s what the holiday season is all about!

Verdict: If you’ve got to go to the movies with family, see it. Otherwise, wait for DVD.

7. Homefront

What’s it about? Jason Statham plays a DEA agent, widower, and father to a young daughter. James Franco plays an insane person who deals meth. There is ass kicking and cackling in equal measure in Homefront, which is peak Statham, peak Franco, and peak cheese.

Who’s in it? Jason Statham, James Franco, Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo

Who should see it? Well, probably not the kids, since it’s rated R, but if you like a goofy action movie without any memorable plot, sure, check it out.

Verdict: You don’t need to see this in theaters, especially given how expensive tickets are these day.

8. The Best Man Holiday

What’s it about? Two weeks ago, this movie shocked — shocked! — box office prognosticators who did not expect a movie with a predominantly African-American cast to make over $30 million and nearly unseat Thor 2 as the weekend champion. Then, they explained it away by suggesting Universal just smartly targeted black audiences, which is also bunk: This is a fun comedy about friends that audiences first grew to love 15 years ago. They reunite a decade and a half later, exploring the relationships and jealousies that linger for a very, very long time.

Who’s in it? Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Regina Hall, Nia Long, Terrence Howard, Monica Calhoun, Melissa De Sousa, Sanaa Lathan, Harold Perrineau

Who should see it? It’s rated R, but that shouldn’t scare off anyone interested in taking their teenager.

Verdict: See it.

9. 12 Years A Slave

What’s it about? Sadly, exactly what the title implies. This is the heartbreaking, brutal, and core-shaking story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man (Chiwetel Ejiofor) who is kidnapped from the north and sold into Southern slavery in the years before the Civil War. It is difficult to watch, with horrific physical and emotional degradation especially wrecking because it happened on the soil of the country we celebrate this weekend. But it is also an incredible cinematic accomplishment by director Steve McQueen, and boasts first-rate performances by Eijiofor, Michael Fassbender (a maniacal slaveowner) and Lupita Nyong’o (another slave).

Who’s in it? Chiewetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Brad Pitt, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatti

Who should see it? Now in more theaters than ever before, this is probably your best bet to see 12 Years A Slave. It is a hard R, and is intended to leave a mark on its audience, but it’s also an important movie, so if you’re up for a difficult post-holiday viewing that will educate, this is a good bet. Just bring tissues.

Verdict: Definitely see it.

10. Philomena

What’s it about? Both sweet and heartbreaking, this British import is about a retiree (Judi Dench) who begins the search, assisted by a journalist (Steve Coogan), for the out-of-wedlock son that was taken from her 50 years prior by scheming nuns in conservative Ireland. Politics, religion, family, hope, and grief all play a part in Stephen Frears’ drama.

Who’s in it? Steve Coogan, Judi Dench, Anna Maxwell Martin

Who should see it? Luckily, the film’s distributors, The Weinstein Company, won a recent MPAA appeal that earned the movie a PG-13, so basically the whole family can see this one. It’s touching, but smart and heavy enough to avoid schmaltz. Plus, it is expanding this weekend, so there’s a good chance there will be a showing somewhere near you.

Verdict: See it, even if it requires a drive.

11. Expecting

What’s it about? Andie (Michelle Monaghan) gets pregnant from a one-night stand, and decides to give her baby to her pal Lizzie (Radha Mitchell), who is having difficulty conceiving on her own. Andie moves in during the pregnancy, which causes complications that no OBGYN can fix.

Who’s in it? Michelle Monaghan, Radha Mitchell, Michael Weston

Who should see it? Expecting obviously has some sexual content, but the consequences are nothing that any teenager hasn’t learned about through a million TV shows (hopefully just TV shows). It’s also available on demand, so fun pregnancy times for the whole family await!

Verdict: See it, but no rush — it’s not going anywhere.

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/jordanzakarin/what-movies-to-see-and-skip-this-thanksgiving-weekend

Fallon’s Debut vs. Leno’s Finale: Which Attracted More Social Buzz?

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Comedians Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon share a laugh in 2013 at the Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles.
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“Welcome to 11:30, bitch,” shouted Stephen Colbert after dumping a bucket of pennies on Jimmy Fallon, the new host of The Tonight Show on Monday. It was just one funny moment of many during Fallon’s debut, which sparked a barrage of tweets from viewers.

But did Fallon’s first episode as host garner more or less social buzz than predecessor Jay Leno‘s finale as The Tonight Show host? We already know, as far as ratings go, Leno’s farewell on Feb. 6 attracted 14.64 million viewers compared with Fallon’s 11.31 million pull Monday, though Fallon’s debut is the show’s second biggest audience since 2009, only behind Leno’s exit. Both episodes trumped Conan O’Brien’s 2010 opener (9.17 million).

On Twitter, however, Fallon edged out Leno, according to data Nielsen SocialGuide shared with Mashable upon request. Roughly 79,900 unique accounts sent 157,600 tweets Monday night, amounting to 15.6 million Twitter impressions (number of times tweets were seen). For Leno’s last broadcast, 52,400 sent 79,400 tweets, which resulted in 9.9 million impressions.

Fallon brought in the stars for his inaugural outing, particularly for a “$100 Tonight Show Bet” segment in which such celebrities as Robert De Niro, Lady Gaga, Mike Tyson, Lindsay Lohan, Colbert and more welcomed Fallon to his new gig. Watch it unfold in the video, below:

Fallon’s first guests were Will Smith and U2. He has an impressive lineup left this week:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 18: Jerry Seinfeld, Kristen Wiig and Lady Gaga

  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: Bradley Cooper and Tim McGraw

  • Thursday, Feb. 20: First lady Michelle Obama, Will Ferrell and Arcade Fire

  • Friday, Feb. 21: Justin Timberlake

The first lady’s appearance comes two years after she and Fallon participated in a tug-of-war in a Late Night With Jimmy Fallon clip taped in the White House. Barack Obama appeared as a guest on Leno in 2009, which became the only time a sitting president appeared on late-night TV.

Fallon said goodbye to Late Night over the weekend with a musical assist from the Muppets. Together, they sang The Band’s 1968 hit “The Weight.”

BONUS: 12 Comedian Quotes to Help You Laugh Through Relationship Hiccups

Top 10 Famously Bizarre Robberies

Robbery is a crime which has been perpetuated throughout history in an array of high-profile instances. Some examples include the famous Brinks Mat Robbery of 1983, or the Lufthansa Heist which took place in 1978. Many of such memorable incidents have been romanticized in Hollywood movies and TV documentaries. The thefts which are most remembered are often shrouded in mystery, or have a bizarre twist making them all the more interesting to read about in a newspaper. This list documents some of those crimes which will continue to be remembered throughout history, for the extraordinary circumstances of their occurrence.

Although this robbery is far from what one might describe as “high-profile,” its strangeness and hilarity warrant it a place on this list. Earlier this year three young British men got themselves drunk and broke into SeaWorld on the Gold Coast in Australia. They proceeded to climb over high security fences before swimming with dolphins in the aquarium. It was then they disturbed Dirk the sleeping Penguin and snatched him before leaving. Apparently the next day the three drunken imbeciles discovered Dirk in their apartment, in a scene reminiscent of “The Hangover.” They dumped their unwanted loot, in this case a young fairy penguin, at a lagoon where he was later found hungry and traumatized by the ordeal. The three were later identified and prosecuted for their prank, and all faced large fines. Rhys Jones, one of the three men, said: “Still a bit fuzzy about the whole thing but on behalf of all three of us we are very sorry and it was just a prank that went too far.” Dirk made a full recovery and is back with his fellow penguins at SeaWorld.

Bizarre Factor: The video footage shown above was actually used in court by the three thieves, who wanted to prove that they didn’t mean to harm Dirk.

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In 1303, Richard Pudlicott was a peasant wool-merchant living in London. Down on his luck and indebted heavily to the local Jewish community, Pudlicott decided to plan a robbery of King Edward I “Longshank’s” (pictured above) treasury at Westminster Abbey. He recruited many high-ranking Church officials to help him with security issues, and made promises of large bribes once the deed was done. In the dark winter nights of 1303, Richard spent his time picking away with various tools on the outside of Westminster Abbey. Months before his robbery attempt, Richard had sown hempseed outside the building, so that the fully grown plants would hide the large gash in the stonework. After weeks and weeks of chiseling away at the masonry, Richard finally found himself in a room filled with baskets and chests loaded with jewels, coins and gold florins from Florence. He remained hidden inside the chamber for two whole days, before escaping with as much as he could carry. The amount stolen is thought to have been around £100,000, more than a year’s tax revenue for the entire kingdom of England.

The King, who was at the time fighting in Scotland, was alerted to the theft when crown officials discovered a large quantity of gold florins in a pawn shop in London. In the years that followed, hundreds of citizens around London were arrested and questioned, including Richard, though he was the only one who proudly confessed to the crime. In order to save his friends in the clergy from execution, he gave a false confession that he was the only one involved in the planning of the heist. After his hanging in 1305, he was flayed and his skin was nailed to the door of Westminster Abbey as a warning to potential imitators. Eventually the King recovered almost all of the stolen loot through inspection of pawn shops by crown officials.

Bizarre Factor: In the months following the robbery, samples of the loot began turning up in the nets of fishermen, who pulled the priceless artifacts from the bottom of the Thames River.

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In 1969 a man named Roberto Solis shot a sixty-one year-old security guard in the back, during an armored car robbery in San Francisco. The man died, and Solis was imprisoned for seventeen years until his parole in 1992. While in Folsom prison he wrote poetry under the alias of Pancho Aguila. Despite his incredibly long sentence, he immediately began planning a massive heist upon his release. He seduced twenty year-old Heather Tallchief and convinced her to participate in the robbery. The pair moved to Mexico to formulate their plan; Heather would get a job at a security company, making deliveries to and from the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. When driving en-route to the casino, Heather would have a two-minute window of opportunity when her co-workers were absent, and she would be left alone with the van and $2.5million. During this period she would drive the Loomis armored truck to a rented warehouse a few miles from her current location, where Solis would be waiting for her.

On October 1st 1993 the pair executed the plan and it worked without a hitch. Solis and Tallchief proceeded to board a jet later in the day, disguised as elderly passengers. They flew to Denver, and then on to Miami with the $2.5million safely tucked away. The couple remained on the run for years and had a child together, until Solis decided to take off with the larger share of the loot. He left Heather Tallchief sleeping with only $1,000 and a child. In 2005 she turned herself in and is now in jail, but sixty-six year-old Solis is still on the run with the loot.

Bizarre Factor: When asked about a motive for her crime, Heather Tallchief claimed that she had been hypnotized by the murderer, and also that he used “sex magic” to convince her to participate in the heist.

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In 2003 Brian Wells, a pizza delivery man, received a call to deliver a pizza to an address which later proved to be fake. When he arrived at the location, two men forced him at gunpoint to put on a large metal collar with a time-bomb attached. They then handed him a note with instructions to rob a bank and complete various other tasks, including delivering the cash takings at a specified location. He was told that if he completed each task within a specified time-limit, the bomb would not explode, however investigators later found that the bomb was rigged to explode regardless of whether he completed the tasks. This was presumably to decrease the number of witnesses against the conspirators.

Soon after having the collar forced upon him, Wells robbed a bank with a homemade shotgun which had been provided for him. He demanded $250,000 but left with less than £10,000, and was apprehended by police outside the bank. While being threatened by police he begged them to call the bomb squad, but they were sluggish in their attempts to do so. Eventually a bomb squad was called in by the police half an hour after the robbery, but they arrived three minutes too late. At 3:18pm the bomb detonated around Wells’ neck blowing a massive hole through his chest. He died at the scene and footage of the explosion was broadcast live on television. Two of the conspirators were charged and convicted in 2007; Kenneth Barnes and Marjorie Deihl-Armstrong were sentenced to forty-five years and thirty years behind bars respectively. They both claimed upon arrest that Wells was conspiring with them to rob the bank, and that he assumed the bomb would be a fake.

Bizarre Factor: The apparent motivation of the crime was that Kenneth Barnes needed money to organize the murder of Diehl-Armstrong’s father. This would secure a massive inheritance for the pair, which would make them millionaires.

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In the 17th Century, Colonel Thomas Blood (pictured above) was famous for his trickery and devious behavior. He had already changed sides during the famous Wars of the Three Kingdoms, and had exhibited radical behavior that was deemed treasonous by some contemporaries. In 1671 however, he attempted the most audacious and anti-royalist stunt of his career: the theft of the Crown Jewels of King Charles II. The robbery was planned meticulously by Blood and carried out by him and several accomplices. Firstly, he visited the Tower of London disguised as a parson (a priest of an independent church) accompanied by another female conspirator who posed as his wife. The pair managed to befriend the seventy-seven year-old keeper of the jewels, Talbot Edwards, and his family, and returned to the tower to visit them regularly in the weeks prior to the robbery.

Eventually Colonel Blood persuaded Edwards to show him and some of his alleged family (three other male accomplices) the jewels in private. The men carried an arsenal of hidden weapons, including pistols and rapiers. As soon as they were granted access to the jewels Talbot Edwards was struck with a mallet by Blood, and then bound and gagged before being stabbed as he continued to struggle and shout. Blood then used tools to remove the metal grille which safeguarded the Crown Jewels, and the men escaped the building with their loot. The Royal Sceptre was cut in two by the thieves before they departed, because it wouldn’t fit in their bag, and St. Edward’s Crown was flattened out with a mallet by Blood for the same purpose. The robbers didn’t get far after leaving the building, as the alarm had been raised by Talbot Edward’s shouts of treason. Blood was captured along with his conspirators and brought before the king, who was impressed by Blood’s bold attempt. He not only spared his life, but granted him lands in Ireland, perhaps fearing a reprisal attack against him should he execute the Colonel. Blood’s accomplices were also spared and the Crown Jewels were recovered, though the Royal Sceptre was damaged beyond repair.

Bizarre Factor: Such was Blood’s reputation for deviousness, that upon his death in 1680 his body was exhumed. This was to prove he didn’t fake his own death to avoid taxes.

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On August 22nd, 1972, a branch of the Chase Manhattan Bank in Brooklyn, New York was held up by two homosexuals wielding rifles. These men included twenty-seven year-old John Wojtowicz and eighteen year-old Salvatore Naturile. Another man had also been involved in the robbery, but he lost his nerve before the hold up and ran home. Due to extremely poor planning by the robbers, who spent no less than twenty minutes inside the bank collecting their loot, the police surrounded the bank and a hostage situation ensued. The amateur thieves also called each other by their first names, despite being in the presence of multiple witnesses. Both were not wearing gloves and failed to conceal their faces with masks.

During the hostage situation, which lasted seventeen hours, the two men became media celebrities, and John Wojtowicz communicated with police outside the bank (pictured above), as a crowd of rebellious onlookers cheered him. Wojtowicz demanded a jet to be made available for the pair to escape, or else he would kill his hostages. Eventually the police tricked the robbers and Salvatore Naturile, determined not to go to prison, was shot dead. Wojtowicz, however, was arrested, charged and sentenced to twenty years of imprisonment. The motive for the crime was that Wojtowicz needed money to finance his boyfriend’s desired sex reassignment surgery. This fact was made evident in the media during the hostage situation, leading crowds of gay-rights activists to travel to the crime-scene.

Bizarre Factor: Wojtowicz based his robbery plan on scenes from the movie “The Godfather.” Ironically, Al Pacino, star of “The Godfather,” would later portray Wojtowicz in another movie (“Dog Day Afternoon”).

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In 1966 the Jules Rimet Trophy was to be awarded to the winners of the Football World Cup, which was to be held in England. Early in the year the trophy was scheduled to be displayed at an exhibition at Westminster Central Hall, under the condition that it was under constant guard. It was also insured for £30,000 against theft. On the day of the exhibition security was extremely tight, and the trophy room was monitored around the clock by guards and other plainclothes officers. However at some point around midday the trophy was left unguarded for only a short period, during a change in the guard. When the new guards went to their posts, they found the trophy was gone.

The display case had been forced open, along with the back door of the building. The thieves had somehow removed the padlock from the case and broken down the door, without making sufficient noise for anyone to investigate. Immediately following the robbery, police found they had no leads. Although witnesses had identified strange men hanging around the building prior to the theft, there was nothing to suggest they had anything to do with the robbery. Then the day after the theft, a phone call was made to the chairman of the Football Association, demanding a ransom of £15,000. The male voice identified himself only as Jackson, and warned the chairman not to contact police, or else the trophy would be melted down for scrap. Despite these warnings, the chairman immediately rang the police, who organized a successful sting operation. Although the trophy wasn’t recovered, “Jackson” was arrested and charged, though it is generally believed that he was not involved in the theft and acted only as a middle-man.

Exactly a week after the robbery, the trophy was discovered by a man named David Corbett, who was walking his dog. When the dog, Pickles, began sniffing at a brown parcel under a bush, Corbett unwrapped the parcel and found the trophy inside, wrapped in newspaper. After returning the trophy to the nearest police station, Corbett collected rewards totaling over £6,000. He was also given the privilege of dining with the England football team after they won the World Cup later in the year. The Football Association learned from their mistake, and a replica of the Jules Rimet Trophy was produced for the purpose of public exhibitions.

Bizarre Factor: Pickles, the dog who discovered the trophy, briefly became a famous celebrity and starred in films and TV adverts in the aftermath of the World Cup.

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The famous painting, “The Scream,” exists in four different versions all painted by Edvard Munch. The masterpiece is said to depict a panic attack, which is somewhat ironic considering its habit of being stolen in high profile heists. In 1994 a gang of thieves climbed a ladder to the National Gallery second floor, where “The Scream” was hanging by a window. Apparently the painting had been moved to a less secure location as part of the festivities of the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. However when thieves attempted to ransom the painting back to the museum, police set up a successful sting operation which saw the masterpiece returned undamaged.

In 2004 a different group of men succeeded in stealing a different version of “The Scream” from the Munch Museum, albeit with a more bold method than the first attempt in 1994. They burst into the museum wearing masks and brandishing pistols, and grabbed the masterpiece, along with another Munch artwork, “The Madonna,” before making their escape. Moments before the thieves left the scene, a bystander took a grainy photograph of them packing the two paintings into a car (shown above). For two years police had no leads and rumors circulated that the paintings had been burned to destroy evidence. Finally in 2006 the paintings were recovered with minuscule damage which proved repairable. Six men were charged and convicted in connection with the robbery, and the Munch Museum underwent a massive security overhaul to prevent future robberies.

Bizarre Factor: During the 1994 burglary of the National Gallery, the thieves left a note which read: “Thanks for such poor security.”

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During the great depression Marshall Ratliff (pictured above) was active as a prolific bank robber living in Texas. After being paroled from a long sentence, he found himself jobless and in desperate need of cash. Although Ratliff wanted to rob a bank, his notoriety was such that if he showed his face in his hometown of Cisco, he would surely be recognized. He had to disguise himself, and so he and three other conspirators planned to dress him as Santa Claus. The robbery was scheduled by the group to take place on December 23rd, a time when wearing a Santa Claus costume would not be perceived as unusual behavior.

On the day of the robbery, Ratliff entertained groups of eager children on the way to the bank and patted them on the head as he walked past. Some children began to follow Ratliff, and even walked into the bank behind him. It was at that point when Ratliff’s three conspirators charged in, brandishing pistols and ordering staff onto the floor. The robbers then forced the manager to open a safe and the main vault, before cramming over $150,000 in cash and securities, into Santa’s sack. However the gang didn’t count on a fanatical woman and her six year-old daughter who were inside the bank at the time of the robbery. The mother burst out of the door screaming uncontrollably despite orders to stay on the floor and remain silent. This alerted the police to the robbery, and they surrounded the bank with guns prompting a subsequent shootout. After taking two young girls hostage, the four bandits made their getaway in a stolen car, but not before shooting two police officers dead at the scene. One of the bank robbers was also fatally wounded in the shootout, and he died in the getaway car.

The subsequent manhunt was the largest ever seen in Texas at the time. Eventually the trio were ambushed and captured by police in another shootout, in which all three robbers were shot down. Despite their wounds, the three men survived and were able to stand trial. This included Ratliff who had suffered no less than six gunshots wounds. One of the robbers was executed while another was sentenced to life imprisonment. Ratliffe was given the death sentence, but attempted to appeal and filed for a lunacy hearing. When the angry citizens of Eastland County heard this, they stormed the prison where Ratliff was held and lynched him by hanging him between two telephone poles. His last words were a plea for forgiveness and mercy.

Bizarre Factor: In 2009 another bank was robbed by a man dressed as Santa Claus, in an apparent copycat crime. During the robbery the man told bystanders he needed money to pay his elves.

Horse Shergar

The mystery of Shergar is one that has attracted international fame in the media over the years. For those who don’t know, Shergar was an acclaimed Irish racehorse who enjoyed massive success, before being stolen from the Ballymany Stud in Ireland. The famous incident sparked massive media attention, and several TV documentaries have been produced on the horse’s disappearance. Shergar was never found, and police could only hypothesize on his whereabouts immediately following the robbery.

On a foggy evening of 1983, a mysterious car towing a horse-box arrived at the stud where Shergar was kept. When the son of the horse’s groom, James Fitzgerald, answered his door a few minutes later, he was immediately bludgeoned over the head with a blunt object and knocked unconscious. A gang of at least six masked men then stormed into the house and gathered the other family members by threatening them with pistols and submachine guns. According to the witnesses, Fitzgerald and his family, the robbers used code names to refer to each other and appeared extremely regimented. Before long Fitzgerald was forced outside and taken to the stud building where Shergar was being held. The robbers forced him to identify the famous horse, and then to help them load Shergar aboard a double horse-box. This was the last anyone laid eyes on the horse, except the thieves themselves of course.

In the aftermath of the robbery police resorted to unconventional means to track down the horse, having no sufficient leads to investigate. The culprits had planned their robbery exceptionally well, and had left no evidence other than a witness account from James Fitzgerald, and his family. Police even attempted to use clairvoyants to track down Shergar, to no avail.

Meanwhile the thieves were secretly communicating to the horse’s multiple owners, negotiating a ransom. This was never paid because the owners wanted to deter future thefts, and the thieves eventually gave up. Sadly, it is now generally believed the horse was slaughtered by the perpetrators to destroy evidence. The perpetrators of the crime were never brought to justice.

Bizarre Factor: According to a convicted criminal and member of the IRA, Shergar was stolen by an IRA special operations team, and machine- gunned to death when the gang assumed they were never getting a ransom. However this story is questionable.

Read more: http://listverse.com/2012/06/12/top-10-famously-bizarre-robberies/

A Roundup of Funny Shit We Found on the Internet

On today's internet roundup, some rules for abroad, more Superbowl commercials, and some embarrassing old pictures and videos of celebrities. TGIF motherfuckers.

Here's a picture of Mark Zuckerberg at a rave. He still manages to look like the dorkiest person there.

Because we love any and all things Mean Girls, here's a list of where the whole MG cast is now. As if you didn't already know… 

Sure these rules for going abroad are for bros, but most of them definitely apply to you. Namely, beware of the Abroad Fifteen. 

Here's a pic of Charlize Theron looking just like Justin Bieber.

In case you were wondering how Jennifer Laurence got into acting, here's a video from her very first gig with MTV. It's a promo for My Super Sweet Sixteen. It appears her acting skills have been amped up a bit since then, TG.

Check out this disgusting video of Bar Rafaeli making out with a huge, disgusting guy. With tongue. 

Take a look at this Disney themed wedding that some nicegirl freak actually had for her actual wedding. 

Also, today is National Freedom Day so use that shit to bounce out of work early.

Read more: http://www.betcheslovethis.com/article/a-roundup-of-funny-shit-we-found-on-the-internet-2-1-13

25 Last Survivors Of Exceptionally Significant Historical Events

According to the ancient Greeks the study of history is nothing more than the narrative of those who had the good or bad fortune to witness an event and so subjectivity has always been a factor in many cases where the story of the same event differs greatly depending on the source. On this list, however, we will meet people who either had the skill or luck to survive against the odds, or simply lived naturally long lives, and so were able to tell their own version of the story without anyone challenging their facts and truth. From the sole survivor of 300 to the sole survivor of James Cook first voyage these are 25 last survivors of exceptionally significant historical events.

25. Isaac Smith

Isaac Smith was a commissioned officer in the Royal Navy and the cousin of Captain Cook, with whom he explored the then-New World. Smith also became the first European to arrive in eastern Australia and the first man to create survey maps of various Pacific islands and coastlines, including Tierra del Fuego in South America. Despite all his pioneering in the world of exploration he’s best remembered as the last survivor of James Cook’s first voyage in the South Pacific Ocean aboard the HMS Endeavour, from 1768 to 1771.

24. Thomas Stewart Armistead

Thomas Stewart Armistead was a Confederate officer who fought bravely in the American Civil War. After being wounded at the Battle of the Wilderness he was captured and placed in a camp near Morris Island where the Union authorities used him as a human shield to prevent fire from nearby Confederate artillery batteries. Thomas Stewart Armistead and 599 other Confederate officers who had also been captured became known as “The Immortal 600.” When, on November 16, 1922, Armistead died at the age of 80 he was the last survivor and member of “The Immortal 600.”

23. Maria Do Carmo Geronimo

Maria Geronimo became widely known as the oldest living person on earth in August 1997 when she was featured in Time magazine right after the death of Jeanne Calment, who was the oldest person in the world before her death. Maria also claimed being the last Brazilian slave, something that some historical sources verify. She’s also one of the very few people in history who managed to live during three different centuries; she was born in Brazil in 1871 and she died on June 14, 2000, at the incredible age of 129 years and 102 days.

22. Ivan Beshoff

When Ivan Beshoff abandoned his chemistry studies as a young boy to join the Russian Navy he probably didn’t imagine that one day he would become part of history as the last survivor of the mutiny on the legendary Potemkin. In 1987 Beshoff died at the age of 102 (even though he personally claimed he was 104), and with his death the last survivor of the 1905 mutiny on the Russian battleship ended every living memory of one of the most famous rebellions in modern history.

21. Millvina Dean

Millvina Dean holds two notable records that are unfortunately connected with one of the greatest tragedies in modern history. At two months old she was the youngest passenger aboard the Titanic when the famous ship sunk and she also became the last remaining survivor of the incident. On May 31, 2009, she would officially stop breathing, even though her legacy will continue to live on alongside the tragic story of the ship.

20. Emil Klein

Emil Klein was born on December 3, 1905, in Oldenburg, Germany as Heinrich Emil Klein and died over a century later at the age of 105 (in 2010) in München, Germany. Under the Nazi regime, he participated in various hate crime activities and is believed to have been the man whotold the Nazis where they should hide Hitler’s treasure, which was nothing more than all the gold and art the Nazis had looted during their reign. However, Klein is best remembered for being the longest surviving participant of Hitler’s so-called Beer Hall Putsch (1923), which ended with Hitler’s arrest and imprisonment.

19. Nikonha

Nikonha was the last full-blooded speaker of Tutelo, a Virginia Siouan language that hasn’t been spoken from the late nineteenth century. It is estimatedthat Nikonha was around 106 years old when he died at the Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation, in Ontario, in 1871.

18. John Glenn

The only certain thing is that John Glenn is an American legend who will be remembered for many things, including being a decorated World War II veteran, one of the first American astronauts in history, and one of the epic Mercury Seven. Glenn was also the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth and the fifth astronaut in history to go into space. At the age of 93 he’s the last remaining astronaut of the Mercury Seven and one of the very few surviving astronauts (American or Soviet) of the Space Age that began in the late 1950s.

17. Josef Felder

Josef Felder was the last surviving politician and legislator who voted against the 1933 law that helped to entrench the Nazis and died back in 2000 at the age of 100. Josef Felder, also a Dachau survivor, joined the Social Democratic Party at the age of 20 and was elected to Germany’s Parliament for the first time in 1932. Near the end of his life he was celebrated in Germany as a symbol of democracy and freedom and the last of the 94 legislators who voted on March 23, 1933, against the law ceding parliament’s powers to Hitler’s cabinet.

16. Alexander Sizov

Alexander Sizov is one of the two living individuals on our list and the lone survivor of the 2011 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl air disaster in which forty-four of the forty-five passengers onboard died. Sizov, who was the avionics engineer, claims that the aircraft was in excellent condition before the flight, meant to become one of the worst air accidents in modern European aviation history. He will stand in history as the survivor of this tragic flight and one of the very few humans in history who have managed to survive such a tragedy.

15. Albert H. Wolff

Back in his prime as a federal agent and member of the Prohibition-era crime-busting team “the Untouchables,” Wolff was the fearless agent who became Al Capone’s living nightmare. Wolff was also a ferocious persecutor of those who obtained illegal alcohol; however, once he retired from law enforcement and alcohol was legal he got involved in the cocktail lounge business in Chicago. He is best remembered as having been the last surviving member of the highly skilled group of eleven federal law-enforcement agents, led by Eliot Ness, known as the Untouchables. He died in March 1998 at the age of 95.

14. Eliza Moore

Even though there’s a great dispute about the following fact, Eliza Moore is widely considered the last historically proven longest-living African American slave in the United States. Eliza Moore was born a slave in 1843, but died a free woman at the age of 105 in 1948 in Montgomery County, Alabama.

13. Frederick Fraske

At his death on June 18, 1973, Frederick Fraske was the last surviving veteran of the Indian Wars, dying at age 101. Despite taking part in this war he stated many times during his life that he never felt any animosity toward American Indians and could perfectly understand their point of view and the difficulties they dealt with. He once stated that he felt blessed he never had to fire a shot in armed battle against the Native Americans, even though we will have to take his word for it.

12. Doris Eaton Travis

Doris Eaton Travis was an American dancer and stage actress among other things and became widely known at the end of her life as the last living member of the legendary Ziegfeld girls, which were believed to be the most glorious specimens of American womanhood back in the early days of the twentieth century. As the last surviving Ziegfeld girl, Eaton Travis was featured in many books, while she was often interviewed for specials and documentaries about the Ziegfeld Follies. She would also take honorary part in benefit performances where the crowd usually paid tribute to her in standing ovations. She died on May 11, 2010, at the age of 106.

11. Erasmus Ommanney

The naval Battle of Navarino took place on October 20, 1827, in Navarino Bay (modern-day Pylos, Greece), and was one of the most decisive battles during the Greek War of Independence (1821-32), and would change the map of modern Europe forever. The Ottomans were literally destroyed by a united fleet that included England, France, and Russia. Erasmus Ommanney, an English Royal Navy officer, took part in this historic battle at the age of only 13. When Ommanney died in 1904 he was the last survivor and the only man from that battle who lived to see the dawn of the twentieth century.

10. John the Apostle

The Apostle John is usually ignored for this remarkable feat of longevity, mainly because of his immense historical and theological significance for Christianity, but despite everyone connecting his name almost exclusively to the book of Revelation, the fact is John was the last of the original twelve disciples and witness to the Crucifixion of Christ.

9. Maudie Hopkins

Even though there have been a few disputes about the validation of the claim, Maudie Hopkins is believed to have been the last recorded and publicly known surviving widow of a Civil War veteran. Maudie Hopkins died back in 2008 at the age of 93 and she had been married to the much older William M. Cantrell, who was 86 at the time of their wedding (February 1934), while Maudie was only 19. Despite this sounding extremely bizarre, it was quite common for young women in Arkansas to marry Confederate pensioners and take care of them until their deaths.

8. Mikhail Krichevsky

It might sound a bit strange today, especially when we take into account the current political relations between Russia and Ukraine, but Mikhail Krichevsky was a Ukrainian soldier for Mother Russia, and is on this list as the last surviving World War I veteran of the invincible Imperial Russian Army. After the October Revolution he returned to Ukraine, where he settled and lived the rest of his life in Donetsk. He died in 2008 at 111 years old and 305 days.

7. Francisco Varallo

Francisco Varallo was an Argentine soccer player who played with his team at the inaugural FIFA World Cup of 1930, which took place in Uruguay, and despite never winning the trophy or being considered one of the greatest footballers of all time, he made history as the last surviving player who participated in the first World Cup in history. He died peacefully in his hometown of La Plata on August 30, 2010, at the age of 100.

6. Ring Lardner, Jr.

Ring Lardner, Jr. was already famous from birth because he was the son of one of the most decorated American humorists ever (Ring Lardner), but he didn’t do quite bad himself since he earned two Academy Awards during his illustrious career as a screenwriter. His claim to fame, however, is without a doubt the fact that he was one of the Hollywood Ten, the ten filmmakers who refused to cooperate with the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) investigating subversion in Hollywood during the Red Scare of the late 1940s. As a result of this he lost most of his property, spent time in prison, and moved to England where he wrote and worked for various local TV series. When Lardner died in October 2000, one of the darkest chapters in American political history closed with him, since Ring he was the last surviving member of the Hollywood Ten.

5. Don Mancio Sierra de Leguízamo

Don Mancio Sierra de Leguízamo was the last conquistador who took part in the Spanish conquest of Peru and we get to learn more about the great Peruvian civilization and culture before the European invasion from the introduction tohis will:

We found these kingdoms in such good order, and the said Incas governed them in such wise that throughout them there was not a thief, nor a vicious man, nor an adulteress, nor was a bad woman admitted among them, nor were there immoral people. The men had honest and useful occupations. The lands, forests, mines, pastures, houses and all kinds of products were regulated and distributed in such sort that each one knew his property without any other person seizing it or occupying it, nor were there lawsuits respecting it . . .

4. Nicolas Savin

Nicolas Savin was a French soldier of Russian descent who claimed to be the last survivor of the French Revolutionary Wars of 1789-1799 as well as the last French officer of the Napoleonic Wars. He was particularly known for his amazing skills in fencing and when he was captured by the Cossacks in 1812, he worked as a fencing teacher for the Tsarist army thanks to his talent. It is also believed that he died at the age of 126, which makes him one of the oldest people who has ever lived in the past 250 years.

3. Mary Allerton

Mary Allerton was an immigrant who established a permanent residence in Plymouth Colony, which we know today as Massachusetts. She was one of the many passengers of on the Mayflower, the historic ship that transported the first Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England, to the New World. She was only four years old when she boarded the ship and would die almost 80 years later, making history as the last surviving Mayflower passenger.

2. Teodolfo Mertel

Teodolfo Mertel was an Italian lawyer who lived in Rome during the nineteenth century. He was also a deacon and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and is remembered for being the last cardinal in history who had not been ordained a priest. Eighteen years after his death, through Canon 232 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law Pope Benedict XV ordered that all cardinals must be ordained priests, thus cementing Mertel’s legacy as the last non-priest cardinal in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.

1. Aristodemus of Sparta

Aristodemus was one of two initial Spartan survivors, since he was not present at the last epic stand of the 300 Spartan warriors who fought Xerxes’s enormous army. According to the historian Herodotus, he and Eurytus were stricken with an eye disease that forced King Leonidas to order them to return home before the last battle of Thermopylae. However, Eurytus returned to Sparta only so he would order his helot servant to take him back to the battle, where, blind and wounded, he would die heroically next to his comrades. This made Aristodemus the sole survivor of the 300 but would also stigmatize him as a coward in the eyes of his compatriots back home.

Read more: http://list25.com/25-last-survivors-of-exceptionally-significant-historical-events/

Community Post: 10 Most Pun-Tastic Law School Student Organization Names

1. 10. Y’allSA (Penn Law)

Penn Law’s Y’allSA is designed to add a little southern charm to the Penn Law campus and share the joys of country music, fried food and front porches with our Northern brethren.”

2. 9. Lawcapella (Georgetown Law)

Law + a capella = Lawcapella.
Check out their Spring 2013 concert here.

3. 8. Scales of Justice (Harvard Law School)

Scales of Justice is Harvard Law School’s very own co-ed a capella ensemble! We are a close-knit group of 12-15 singers from various musical backgrounds, dedicated to bringing harmony to Harvard Law… In the past years, we have performed favorites from artists including Madonna, Jason Mraz, Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Barenaked Ladies, Evanescence, the Fugees, Rockapella and ABBA, as well as original compositions.”

4. 7. Learned Foot (NYU Law)

The purpose of Learned Foot is to bring the NYU community closer together through soccer. Learned Foot will provide an opportunity for both JD and LLM students to play pick up soccer throughout the year. It will host an annual game between the JD and LLM students at NYU, which will officially be called La Copa de NYU. ” (Miss the joke? Read about Learned Hand.)

5. 6. The Libel Show (UVA Law)

The Libel Show is an annual theatrical production which has been humoring the Law School since 1908 (making us the longest running student organization on campus). Each year the Show lampoons our professors and life at the Law School through a variety of impersonations, song parodies, and skits. The Libel Show’s mission is to do everything within its power to help the Law School community enjoy raucous laughter. About 200 students write, sing, act, dance, play in the band, and work as run crew on the Show.”

7. 4. Running from the Law (NYU Law)

Running from the Law is NYU Law’s official running club.

8. 3. Habeas Chorus (Northwestern Law AND Yale Law)

Above Northwestern’s Habeas Chorus performs “One Day More” from Les Miserables.

“Habeas Chorus, Yale Law School’s coed a cappella group, is known to remix popular songs with legal terminology.” (Yale Daily News)

9. 2. In Vino Veritas (Harvard Law School)

“The purpose [of In Vino Veritas] is to introduce interested members of the Harvard Law School community to the exciting world of wine at formal tastings, informal blind tasting workshops, and tasting dinners at area restaurants.”

10. 1. Beyond a Reasonable Stout (Penn Law)

Beyond a Reasonable Stout connects Penn Law students with Philadelphia’s vibrant craft beer culture. And through brewery tours, tastings, talks, and events, BARS educates members about the diverse range of beer styles and brewing processes, as well as craft beer’s connections to agriculture, gastronomy, community outreach, and local economies. Ultimately, BARS promotes a heightened awareness of brewing as an art form and craft brewing as fast-growing industry.”

Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/pennlaw/10-most-pun-tastic-law-school-student-organization-g5ia

10 Adorable Clips of Sesame Street Satire

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