1. Beauty the bald eagle was shot in the face by a poacher in 2005, losing most of her beak. Now, thanks to 3D printing, she has a new nylon polymer beak. Photo: Vimeo


    Civil disobedience
    The University of California, Davis announces that the students who were infamously doused in pepper spray while supporting the Occupy movement will receive an undisclosed amount in damages to “move forward.” [Los Angeles Times]

    Proof of Apple’s power
    The iPhone 5 sells out in pre-orders a mere hour after it’s put on sale, breaking previous iPhone sales records. [Business Insider]

    Futuristic solutions
    A bald eagle whose beak was obliterated by a poacher survives thanks to a group of engineers who use a 3D printer to craft him a new one. [Death & Taxes]


    Royal privacy
    A French tabloid publishes blurry photos of a topless Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, taken while she was vacationing at a private French chateau. [HyperVocal]

    Pinching pennies
    The Royal Canadian Mint tells a folk singer he must pay for using a photo of pennies on his album cover. [Newser]

    Getting duty-free for free
    A group of truck drivers employed by Sky Chef, American Airlines’ catering company, allegedly skims more than 100,000 mini bottles of liquor and sells them on the black market. [Gothamist]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  2. Casey James Fury, a worker at the Portsmouth Naval Base in Maine caused $400 million in damage after setting a nuclear submarine on fire so that he could leave work early to confront his girlfriend about seeing someone new.


    Doing the right thing
    Warner Bros. announces it will donate a “substantial” sum of its proceeds from The Dark Knight Rises to aid the victims of the Aurora shooting. [Gawker]

    Climbing towards recovery
    Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is still recovering from severe injuries after being shot last year, climbs the French Alps with her husband, Mark Kelly. [The Daily]

    Making Hemingway proud
    In honor of the hard-drinking author’s 113th birthday, one of his old haunts, a Havana bar, creates the world’s largest daiquiri, a 71-gallon cocktail. [TIME


    Men of the cloth
    A Brooklyn preacher who’s accused of fleeing the scene after he hit and killed an 88-year-old woman with his car admits that he was distracted by his ice cream cone at the time. [Gothamist]

    One nation under soda
    A new Gallup poll finds that 48 percent of Americans drink at least one soda every day. [Newser]

    Playing hooky
    A civilian worker at a naval base intentionally sets fire to a nuclear submarine in order to get out of work early, and ends up causing $400 million in damage. [Tecca

    (Source: theweek.com)


  3. A new “cafe” in New York’s trend-setting East Village is not your run of the mill cappuccino and croissant cafe: It uses a $25,000 filtration system to purify tap water and sell it for $2.50 a serving.


    Dressing lightly
    A man who protested the TSA’s pat-down policies by stripping naked at an airport is cleared of his public indecency charge. [The Daily What]

    Mankind’s ingenuity
    Today marks the 110th birthday of the air-conditioner as the savior of sultry summers. [Discovery News]

    Poor intellectuals
    The New York Times offers digital subscriptions on Groupon for $1. [Death & Taxes]


    Clamorous traditions
    A judge orders an Austrian farmer to get rid of his cowbells, despite their place in Alpine history, after neighbors lodge noise complaints. [Newser]

    Admitting your mistakes
    United Continental refuses to honor a deal for nearly-free airfare from Washington, D.C., to Hong Kong that passengers snapped up before the company corrected the online pricing glitch. [The Daily]

    H2O elitism

    A “tap water cafe” opens in New York City, peddling filtered city tap water for $2.50 and boasting of a product with a “fluffy” and “smooth” finish. [Gothamist] 

    (Source: theweek.com)


  4. Backstreet’s back alright! The Backstreet Boys are reportedly working on a new album that will include all five original members. 


    Presidential PDA
    President Obama and the first lady share a smooch on the kiss cam at the U.S. men’s basketball game against Brazil. [The Daily What]

    ’90s nostalgia
    The Backstreet Boys are reportedly recording a new album, which will be released next spring. [New York]

    Larry Page and Sergey Brin
    A survey finds that Google+ users are happier with their social network experience than Facebook users are. [Newser]


    In-flight snacks
    Passengers on four separate Delta flights are horrified to find sewing needles in their turkey sandwiches. [Consumerist]

    Coming out to the Scouts
    The Boy Scouts of America reaffirms its ban on gay members after a secret two-year review. [BuzzFeed]

    Soupy potatoes
    7-Eleven stores in Singapore now dispense watery instant mashed potatoes and gravy out of a machine. [Death & Taxes]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  5. According to a recent poll, 30 percent of meat eaters say they wouldn’t date vegetarians or vegans, and 66 percent of respondents found picky eaters unattractive.


    Protesting protests
    Hundreds of Texas A&M graduates form a human wall to prevent the Westboro Baptist Church from picketing the funeral of their fellow Aggie Lieutenant Colonel Roy Tisdale. [The Daily Dot]

    Narrowly avoiding the jaws of fate
    A Massachusetts kayaker has a close call with a great white shark off the shores of Cape Cod. [BuzzFeed]

    Messy eaters
    A blogger creates the “tacone,” an ingenious marriage of the taco shell and waffle ice-cream cone that allows one to eat a taco without spilling a drop. [Death & Taxes


    A new survey finds that 30 percent of meat-eating singles say they wouldn’t date a vegetarian or vegan, while only 4 percent of non-meat-eaters said they wouldn’t consider dating a carnivore. [Newser]

    Life imitating Footloose
    A New York City couple is arrested for allegedly impeding pedestrian traffic by dancing the Charleston on a subway platform. [Business Insider]

    Political correctness
    A “pro skinny” website called Skinny Gossip fat-shames Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton by calling her “thunder thighs” and “fatty.” [Gothamist]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  6. Tina Fey drops some mad beats on Donald Glover’s Royalty. 


    Kimye’s commitment
    The tabloid-baiting relationship between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West officially outlasts the reality star’s 72-day televised marriage to New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries. [Jezebel]

    Liz Lemon’s street cred
    Actor Donald Glover, also known as the rapper Childish Gambino, debuts a new mixtape with appearances from high-profile rappers like Ghostface Killa, RZA, and… Tina Fey. [New York]

    Entrepreneurs in Detroit plan to turn an abandoned set of warehouses into an immersive zombie theme park. [BuzzFeed]


    A New Mexico woman tries to auction off her “slightly used” soul on eBay for a mere $2,000. [Inquisitr]

    Implausible excuses
    A motorist rear-ends another car and drives off, later telling police that she fled the scene because she didn’t want her ice cream to melt. [Newser]

    Idle hands
    A new survey finds that teenagers are more likely to drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes or marijuana for the first time during the months of June and July, when many students are on summer vacation. [CBS]


  7. Minnesota company Drive A Tank offers a unique service: For $1,000, you can drive over a car with a Cold War-era tank.


    Making 50 shades of bank
    50 Shades of Grey author E.L. James makes an estimated $1.34 million a week off the erotic romance novels she originally began as Twilight fan fiction. [more like good year, amirite?] [Gawker]

    Fighting City Hall
    After a video showing dozens of people tripping over the same subway stair goes viral, the New York’s MTA steps in to repair the problem. [The Daily Dot]

    Crushing your rage
    A Minnesota business offers customers the chance to drive a tank over a car for a cool $1,000. [Discovery News]


    Flouting business casual
    A New Zealand reporter is kicked out of a murder trial for wearing gold sparkly pants that the judge deemed “distracting.” [Business Insider]

    A study of on- and off-line social networks finds that people with the most friends are typically the ones selected to assume leadership positions. [New Scientist]

    Inexplicable overreactions

    A woman sues a Chinese restaurant in Chicago after an employee allegedly throws her through a glass door for asking for more sauce packets. [Consumerist] 


  8. Google is set to release Google Glass(es) in 2013; until then, the glasses will only be available to developers at a whopping price of $1,500. 


    Reimagining Independence Day
    National Geographic poll finds that Americans believe President Obama would do better than Mitt Romney in fending off an alien attack. [Discovery News]

    Super specs
    Google announces the official pre-sale of Google Glass, the niftyTerminator-style eyeglasses the search giant introduced as a prototype in April. [Tecca]

    Joining the century club
    Hillary Clinton embarks on a trip to Latvia, setting a new record for the most countries ever visited by a Secretary of State. This is her 100th country. [New York]


    The most trusted name in news
    CNN initially reports that the Supreme Court struck down ObamaCare’s individual mandate. In fact, the opposite is true. [The Daily Dot]

    Feeling safe
    Eight TSA security screeners at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport are fired for allegedly sleeping on the job… in front of monitors that are used to detect bombs and other security threats. [Consumerist]

    Wedding crashers
    Alec Baldwin reportedly plans to send his wedding “invitation” via mass text message on the day of the nuptials to keep the date and location a secret from the paparazzi. [Videogum]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  9. According to a new Norwegian study that looked at 2,206 new mothers, those who were afraid of childbirth spent 1 hour and 32 minutes longer in labor than women who say they weren’t afraid.


    Blue Ivy
    A Croatian town grants honorary citizenship to Jay-Z and Beyonce’s world-famous daughter, who is supposedly named after a blue-ivy-covered tree that the power couple spotted while vacationing there. [TIME

    The kindness of strangers
    Did you hear about the New York City baby who was blown by a gust of wind onto the subway tracks? Turns out the baby’s savior is an unemployed man who missed his job interview by taking time to be heroic. [New York]

    The coming of the singularity
    Japanese researchers create a robot that is undefeated at “Rock, Paper, Scissors.” [HyperVocal]


    Warding off vampires
    Cops in Austria nab Romanians who allegedly tried to leave the country with 9.5 tons of stolen garlic worth $37,500. [Newser]

    A new study finds that women who are afraid to give birth are more likely to experience longer labors. [Jezebel]

    Taking the plunge
    An entire wedding party falls into a Michigan lake when the dock they are standing on during a photo session collapses. [The Daily What]

    (Source: theweek.com)


  10. Sorry, Biebs: A New York City principal found herself in hot water for trying to play Justin Bieber’s “Baby” at a kindergarten graduation


    Feeling safe
    New FBI data finds that the violent crime rate in the U.S. dropped for the fifth straight year, approaching a low not seen in decades. [Newser]

    Staying out of trouble
    A new study finds that the average per-person profit from a bank heist in the U.S. is a mere $4,330. [Business Insider]

    Early birds
    Researchers say that those who consider themselves “morning people” tend to be happier. [LiveScience]


    Anatomical discoveries
    A pair of what appear to be lungs are found just sitting on a sidewalk in Los Angeles. [Reuters]

    Brainiac paydays
    The Nobel Foundation looks to save money by slashing some of its prizes from $1.4 million to $1.1 million. [Slate]

    Justin Bieber’s squeaky-clean image
    A New York City principal prompts public outcry when she attempts to play Justin Bieber’s “Baby” at a kindergarten graduation ceremony instead of “God Bless the USA” — a patriotic song she deemed too controversial. [Politicker

    (Source: theweek.com)


  11. South Carolina mom Shannon Cooper was arrested for cheering too loudly at her daughter’s high school graduation ceremony. She was later released after posting a $225 bond. 


    Inclusionary athletics
    Blind people can now play tennis, thanks to an innovation that allows them to hear and track the sound of the ball when it rattles and bounces. [The New York Times]

    Hipsters hopping the pond
    Food trucks are becoming popular in Paris, with the highest praise going to cuisine that is “très Brooklyn,” a term that signifies informality, creativity, and quality. [Discovery News]

    Inevitable memes
    It was only a matter of time before the internet created a mash-up video in which Obama (sort of) sings “Call Me Maybe.” [Videogum]


    Good taste
    Taco Bell smashes records by selling 100 million Doritos Locos tacos (in which the taco shell is a giant nacho cheese-flavored Dorito) in a mere 10 weeks. [Death & Taxes]

    Public displays of patriotism
    An elderly New Jersey woman faces eviction for displaying American flags on her balcony, violating housing development rules that forbid any balcony decorations. [Consumerist]

    Parental pride
    A South Carolina mother is arrested for cheering too loudly at her daughter’s graduation ceremony. [Opposing Views]



    Bling that sings
    A design student creates a special pair of grills (a piece of gold or platinum status jewelry that encases your teeth) that can function as a tongue-controlled mp3 player. [New Scientist]

    Dressing together to stay together
    A Nebraska couple says the secret to the success of their 64-year marriage is the matching floral outfits they wear every day. [The Daily What]

    Monetizing anger
    Rovio Entertainment is set to release its first ever Angry Birds-themed credit card in Russia. [TIME]


    Leading by example
    Mitt Romney launches an iPhone app with a glaring typo that calls for “a better Amercia,” prompting a flurry of proofreading-themed humor. [Tecca]

    A man attempts to pay for his meal at Denny’s with $1 and a bag of marijuana, but flees without his food after the cashier calls the cops. [Death & Taxes]

    Mystery packages
    An unidentified sender mails Canada’s Conservative party headquarters a blood-soaked box containing a severed foot. [Newser]

    (Source: theweek.com)



    Google’s world domination
    Google Chrome surpasses Windows Internet Explorer to become the most used web browser on Earth. [Tecca

    Throwback jerseys
    The oldest known Babe Ruth jersey sells for a record-breaking $4.4 million, making it the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever. [Business Insider]  

    Submerged swilling
    Beer maker Guinness celebrates its 250th birthday by converting a submarine into an underwater bar. [Discovery News


    Spin-cycle parenting
    Two parents attempt to scare their child in a laundromat by putting him in a washing machine, which turns on when they shut the door. [Gawker]

    Fair-weather pet owning
    As the popularity of the Harry Potter series wanes, hundreds of Potter fans abandon their pet owls. [Geekosystem]  

    Pot deals
    Harbor Patrol agents in California discover 4 tons of marijuana worth $3.6 million floating in the ocean, without a boat in sight. [Newser]

    For more winners and losers see: Good day, bad day: May 18, 2012