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  • Bridge goes missing in western Turkey

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    A 22-ton bridge disappeared from the Gölçük district of Kocaeli Province in Turkey earlier this month.

    That's right: A steel structure weighing roughly 44,000 pounds and stretching 82 feet just up and left. No note. No forwarding address. No nothing.

    Today's Zaman reports that local police believe the bridge was dismantled by thieves and sold for scrap. Authorities are investigating.

    The bridge was regularly used by villagers who had to cross a creek to get to their orchards. Resident Mustafa Karakaş told Today’s Zaman, "Now we have to take our socks off and cross the creek."

    Gizmodo points out that this isn't the first time a bridge has pulled a Jimmy Hoffa. In 2011, a 50-foot-long bridge in western Pennsylvania suffered a similar fate when thieves used blowtorches to dismantle it and sell off the parts. Two men were later arrested for the crime. And in 2008, a 38-foot steel bridge disappeared from eastern Russia.

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  • Does the actor who portrayed Satan in a new miniseries too closely resemble Obama? (Twitter)

    The History Channel miniseries “The Bible” has been generating heavenly ratings, with more than 14 million viewers tuning in to its debut episode. But the show generated some controversy with its Sunday night episode in which the character playing Satan made his debut. The controversy was not over anything happening on screen, but rather whether or not the actor playing Satan looks a little too much like President Barack Obama.

    Conservative media figure Glenn Beck was the first big name to address the odd similarity, writing on his Twitter account, “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”

    Beck was not alone, with thousands of viewers and several media outlets jumping on the story. Many were quick to note the similarity reminded them of a recent controversy in which it was discovered that the makers of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” had used a prop of George W. Bush’s head in a grisly scene.

    History Channel has been quick to deny any

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  • An ad promoting Kwikies (Maine Lottery)

    Convenience-store owners in Maine are concerned that the state lottery wants to rebrand its scratch-off lottery tickets as "Kwikies."

    “That’s going to be real uncomfortable for my girls behind the register to have guys come in and say, ‘Hey, give me a Kwikie,’” David Welch, owner of Village Market in Fairfield, Me., told the Bangor Daily News after receiving a letter from the Maine State Lottery informing him of the plan.

    “It’s highly inappropriate,” Kaylee Constable, one of Welch's employees, added. “[Customers] come in and joke around with me and say, ‘Can I get a Kwikie?’ I’m only 19 years old, and I have 40- and 50-year-old men saying sexual remarks to me.”

    The newspaper provided some helpful context: "In slang terms, a quickie is a short sexual encounter."

    But state lottery officials say the origin of the new name has nothing to do with sex.

    “The benefit of buying this ticket is that it’s quick, easy and fun,” Gerry Reid, director of the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations, told the paper. “That’s what an instant ticket is.”

    The state lottery sells the instant tickets—priced between $1 and $20—at about 1,300 retail stores, generating about $30 million a year for the state's general fund.

    The newspaper interviewed a cashier who said he tested the new name by asking customers if they would like a Kwikie.

    “I tried that on a couple of women," Tom Borden, a cashier at Fox Brook Variety in Dover-Foxcroft, said. "It didn’t go over very well."

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  • Hefty punishments for brawl in China women's league

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Twenty three female basketball players in China have been suspended for their part in an ugly, bench-clearing brawl as organizers attempted to clamp down on ill-discipline in the scandal-hit league. The incident came during the Sichuan Whales's home game against the Zhejiang Bulls on Sunday, with the hosts reacting angrily to a heavy foul from the visitors that brought about the melee and led to the referee cancelling the game. ...

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