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Harry Shearer, best known for his work in films like "This Is Spinal Tap," "A Mighty Wind," and a little TV show you may have heard of called "The Simpsons," has re-created the incredibly bizarre final moments before President Richard Nixon delivered his resignation speech in the Oval Office 40 years ago today.
The re-creation was made to honor the event's anniversary and plays as both comedy and tragedy. The six-minute excerpt from the TV series "Nixon's the One" features Shearer as the infamous president preparing to deliver what must have been the most difficult speech of his life.
What makes the video so chilling is the fact that Nixon was apparently fixated on the logistics of the TV event, and not on the content of what he was about to say.
He asks several questions about the cameras that are filming him, poses for ill-timed photographs, and makes bad jokes in an awkward attempt to lighten the understandably dour mood. Warning: You will cringe.
Better (very) late than never.
Nearly 70 years after they were first sealed with a kiss, two love letters were finally delivered to Dorothy Bartos Carlberg in her Chicago-area assisted-living facility.
The letters, penned in 1945 as World War II was winding down, were recently delivered to an old address where Carlberg (then Bartos) used to live years ago. The home's present occupants tracked down Carlberg and delivered the letters so she could see them for herself.
Who was the Casanova behind the pen? Admirer and Navy man Al Fragakis wrote them from San Diego. One of the letters mentioned a poignant regret. Fragakis wrote, "You were the last girl I've been out with and I'm sort of disgusted with myself for not even trying to kiss you."
The two never saw each other again and one can't help but wonder if things might have been different had the letters arrived.
Stop us if you've heard this one before.
Guy walks into the jungle and has his camera swiped by a crested black macaque. The monkey, being a monkey, decides to have a little fun and takes a selfie. The photo winds up on Wikimedia Commons, where anyone can grab it for free. But the man who owns the camera wants it taken down, because he says the free downloads are eating into his income and he should have the copyright.
Wikimedia's response: Tough bananas.
It seems silly at first, but it actually poses a really interesting question.
Professional photographer David Slater clearly has a vested interest in the case, the Telegraph reports. He claims he made the conditions for the photograph possible. But because the image is on Wikimedia Commons, a collection of pictures that are free for anyone to use, he isn't getting his just desserts.
So, who's right?
One is a former first lady, former United States senator, former secretary of state, best-selling author and perhaps future presidential candidate. The other is a faux-blowhard talk show host.
OK, so we all know who has the more impressive resum é . But there's an even more important question to be answered: Who is better at name-dropping?
Hillary Clinton and Stephen Colbert put their talents to the test in a one-on-one battle of "Oh, I just happened to be hanging out with ..." one-upmanship.
The pseudofeud started when Colbert pointed out that the audio version of Clinton's memoir, "Hard Choices," features a slew of references to the famous and powerful. Colbert took mock affront to Clinton's name-dropping, and the two decided to settle the beef by seeing who could weave the names of the most celebrities into a supposedly casual conversation.
And it's a heckuva fight. Clinton starts out strong, but, like Rocky on the ropes, Colbert fights back. If you ask us, the battle is almost too close to call, but we gotta give the edge to Clinton for casually mentioning that she's met Bill Clinton.
If slow and steady really does win the race, count Ernie Andrus as the world champion.
The 90-year-old World War II veteran started running/jogging/ambling across the country last October from San Diego. In June, when CBS News profiled him, he was in Payson, Ariz. And now, more than 10 months after he started, he has crossed into New Mexico, according to his Facebook page, which keeps his fans updated on his whereabouts.
Andrus, who runs three days a week, isn't sprinting straight across the country, per se. Each running day, he sets off, covers as much ground as his 90-year-old legs will carry him, and then catches a ride back to his RV. He drives to the spot he stopped running and chills out until he's ready to set off again.
At least 14 people were injured when two tourist buses collided in the heart of New York City's Times Square on Tuesday.
Three of the injuries were serious but not life-threatening. Victims were taken to area emergency rooms, according to ABC7.
Several pedestrians were hurt, in addition to three people riding the tour buses — a red Gray Line bus and a blue CitySights bus, according to NBC News.
The crash occurred near the TKTS booth, where theatergoers purchase discount Broadway tickets. A traffic signal was knocked over in the collision, DNAinfo New York reports.
Orville Anderson told the New York Times:“All of sudden we heard this big boom,” he said. “I saw the lightpole coming over and fall down. I looked over and we saw people laying on the ground. It was scary.”
A CNN anchor who's being sued for allegedly threatening and biting EMT workers in Iraq is blaming an empty stomach and too much alcohol for her behavior, according to a new report.
The complaints against Arwa Damon became public after Charles Simons and Tracy Lamar filed a lawsuit against CNN America after an unpleasant run-in with the anchor at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad last month, The Wrap reports.
The $2 million lawsuit was filed in New York Supreme Court on Monday.
Simons and Lamar, who are both EMTs, were attempting to treat Damon when the alleged incident occurred. The pair's lawsuit claims that CNN was aware of Damon's history of violence, TMZ reports.
The New York Post's Page Six has obtained a copy of an apology email allegedly sent by Damon after the incident.
Don't. Look. Down.
Two French sky divers leapt from a plane, about 33,000 feet in the air, and captured this breathtaking photo.
And you thought that helmet-cam footage of your riding a bike to work was impressive.
The two divers, Frederic Fugen and Vincent Reffet, trained for a year and a half in preparation for the jump, which occurred on May 31, the Telegraph reports. From plane to land took approximately seven minutes. They reportedly pulled their chutes at roughly 20,000 feet and cruised alongside the Alps before touching down in Italy.
"It was a huge achievement and I'm so happy we were able to do it safely in the way we wanted," Fugen said, according to the Telegraph.
In 1988, a group of young men killed off-duty Chicago-area Police Officer John Mathews, beating him to death with a baseball bat.
One of them served 11 years for his role in the death, ABC7 Chicago reports, and isn't young anymore. Since leaving prison, Dean Chavez has spent years coaching youth baseball, something Mathews' son, Joey, only just learned.
"The fact is, a man who killed another man using a baseball bat is coaching kids to swing a baseball bat. It boggles the mind," Joey Mathews, 30, told ABC7. Mathews said he was 4 when his father was murdered and doesn't have a single memory of him. His sister, Anne, was 6. Now a teacher, she told WGN-TV, “Unfortunately, he (Chavez) forfeited his right to be a role model and a mentor when he took my father’s life."
A flight attendant with Jetstar Airways in Australia is facing criticism after reportedly advising passengers that if they have "anything you shouldn't have," they should flush it before landing.
The plane was carrying many passengers who'd attended the popular Splendour in the Grass music festival in Australia on Sunday.
The attendant reportedly told passengers that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on the ground waiting at the terminal in Sydney, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. The announcement reportedly sparked a rush for the airplane lavatories.
A spokesperson for Jetstar apologized for the casual nature of the flight attendant's remarks and said the attendant was complying with a rule that upcoming quarantines must be announced to passengers before landing.
Still, Jetstar said the words were "poorly chosen and plainly at odds with the professional standards we'd expect from our team."