Who Wore It Best: Taylor Swift Magazine Covers Compared

Tom Scocca · 11/13/14 11:55AM

Everyone wants Taylor Swift on their magazine cover this week. Everyone needs Taylor Swift on their magazine cover this week. But whose Taylor Swift magazine cover best gets at the essence of the Taylor Swift phenomenon? Who wins the Taylor Swift cover sweepstakes and two tickets to Subway (sponsored by Diet Coke and iHeart Radio)?

The Human Tower Competition Today in Spain

Jeff Neumann · 10/03/10 04:14PM

Today was the 23rd Tarragona Castells Competition in the Catalonia region of Spain, in which groups of "colles" made up of skilled "castellers" try to build very complex human towers using crazy techniques. More pics of human towers inside.

Big Fat Tears

Max Read · 04/25/10 10:16PM

[Sumo students attempt to make babies cry in the "Sadism Competition"—no, sorry, that's the "Crying Sumo Competition"—at Sensoji Temple in Tokyo. Tradition holds that crying is good for the health of the babies. Pic via Getty]

Is This the Most Overblown 'Times' Lede Ever?

Pareene · 04/18/08 10:26AM

"PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — Hunger bashed in the front gate of Haiti's presidential palace. Hunger poured onto the streets, burning tires and taking on soldiers and the police. Hunger sent the country's prime minister packing." Oh, really, Marc Lacey? Really, New York Times? Hunger did this? The inanimate sensation created when one's liver requires more glucose "bashed in" a gate and burned tires? Oh, sorry, are you trying to be poetic? A little fancy with the language? Great work! Your stupid lede made us too annoyed to read what is probably a very important and serious story about poverty. Your stupid lede and our hangover. Is it... the stupidest lede? Probably not! SO: find us even more egregiously 'poetic' Times ledes. Maybe we'll poll! After the jump, Denton's nomination for dumbest fancy intro to serious news.

Gross! Contest Attracts Public Radio Amateurs

lneyfakh · 04/28/07 03:38PM

Blood is in the water over at public radio, where top brass has apparently decided that Jesse Camp didn't teach big broadcasters enough lessons back in 1998. Officially, it's the "Public Radio Talent Quest," but Ira "I Am Shattering" Glass is calling it "This American Idol." The game is that people submit a short radio piece, and after a couple weeks of voting, the field starts to narrow and a panel of radio experts/personalities choose the best. If you win—and three people will—you get 10 grand and a mentor, who will help you produce a pilot of your show and shop it to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.