Sarah Palin an Apparent No-Show at Iowa Trump Rally

Gabrielle Bluestone · 01/20/16 11:33AM

According to Donald Trump’s schedule, Trump and Sarah Palin are currently headlining a rally in Norwalk, IA. But according to reporters on the scene, Palin is nowhere to be found.

Was the Bagram Airfield Plane Crash of 2013 an Act of Terrorism?

J.K. Trotter · 01/13/16 04:00PM

On April 29, 2013, National Airlines Flight 102 lifted off from Bagram Airfield, in northeast Afghanistan, carrying several tons of U.S. military equipment destined for the Emirati city of Dubai. Within minutes of liftoff, at 3:27 p.m. local time, the Boeing 747 aircraft suddenly stalled before crashing into one of Bagram’s open fields. The fuselage exploded upon impact, killing all seven crew members. You may remember watching a dramatic video of the crash captured by a nearby vehicle’s dashboard camera that was uploaded to the video website LiveLeak a day later.

Did Sean Penn Beat Up Madonna? An Archaeology of Hollywood’s Most Explosive Rumor

J.K. Trotter · 12/23/15 12:00PM

Sean Penn goes by a number of honorifics: actor, journalist, philanthropist, activist, humanitarian. At scattered points throughout his career, however, reporters and biographers have branded him with a much less noble title: wife beater. Since the late Eighties, numerous media outlets have alleged, with varying degrees of specificity and confidence, that Penn is guilty of assaulting—in some versions, torturing—his ex-wife of four years, Madonna. But are these accounts actually true?

The Two Mysteries of Martin Shkreli's Last Livestream

Jordan Sargent · 12/17/15 06:11PM

Before he was hauled away by FBI agents for allegedly using various investors as pawns in what essentially amounted to a long Ponzi scheme, pharmaceutical dillweed Martin Shkreli did what he does frequently: sit in front of his computer and livestream on YouTube nonsensically. As people have gone back and reviewed his last hours of freedom, two puzzling mysteries have emerged from the otherwise banal footage.

Who Just Bought Nevada’s Largest Newspaper for $140 Million?

Melissa Cronin · 12/12/15 02:29PM

“Who owns a multimillion dollar newspaper?” is not a question you hear very often. But with the shrouded sale of the largest paper in Nevada, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, to an undisclosed owner, the question is being asked over and over.

Woman—I Mean "Kidnappers"—Pissed Cops Accused Her of Gone Girl Scheme

Aleksander Chan · 03/31/15 12:02PM

Vallejo, Ca., police had ruled the kidnapping and ransoming of 29-year-old Denise Huskins last week an "orchestrated event" by the woman and her boyfriend in a supposed Gone Girl-style fakeout. But now people claiming to be her captors have emailed detailed messages to California news outlets demanding credit for the supposed crime and that Huskins' good name be cleared.

Is This Gay-Themed Taco Bell Commercial Real?

J.K. Trotter · 12/26/14 11:55AM

Earlier this month, a video titled “LEAKED GAY TACO BELL COMMERCIAL” appeared on YouTube. It depicts two guys consuming Taco Bell, playing skee ball, riding a Ferris Wheel, cuddling on a picnic blanket, unearthing buried treasure (?), getting married, and riding a jet-ski and a motorcycle together. And Taco Bell won’t say whether it’s real.